Huoratron, ‘Cryptocracy’ (Last Gang)

Finnish DJ menace treats chipcentric French-style electro to Ministry jackhammers and brostep menace.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 27, 2012

Feist/Mastodon, ‘Feistodon 7″‘ (Warner Bros.)

Mastodon capture’s Feist’s menace but blot out melody; Feist drags Mastodon to a Waitsian dock murder.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 27, 2012

Prong, ‘Carved Into Stone’ (Long Branch)

Despite the occasional thrasher, eighth album is still catchy groove-metal made to snap fingers/necks.
Kory Grow / April 27, 2012

Traxman, ‘The Mind of Traxman’ (Planet Mu)

“Footwork” is prime proof of a recurring truth in dance music: While the various electronic vanguards strive self-consciously to break all sound barriers, it’s the…
Simon Reynolds / April 26, 2012

Felix, ‘Oh Holy Molar’ (Kranky)

UK duo-turned-trio add a touch of watery weight and seductive, intuitive groove to sparse-pop piano confessionals.
Melissa Giannini / April 26, 2012

Lazer Sword, ‘Memory’ (Monkeytown)

Bassy duo drapes electro thump in silky synths. As keen on detail (“Missed a Spot”) as abandon (“Pleasure Zone”).
Philip Sherburne / April 26, 2012

Woods/Amps for Christ, ‘Split LP’ (Shrimper)

Intriguing psych-folk from Cali (Amps) and Brooklyn (Woods) uncovers a nest of spooky, spidery guitars.
Jon Young / April 26, 2012

Cancer Bats, ‘Dead Set on Living’ (Metal Blade)

Nu-hardcore guys rake funk-metal’s bounce over catchy riffs, still sound like early-AFI understudies.
Jeanne Fury / April 26, 2012

Eve 6, ‘Speak In Code’ (Fearless)

Forever in the post-Dookie, pre-“Nookie” era of brow-furrowed pop-rock competence, no matter who isn’t listening.
Keith Harris / April 26, 2012

Maps & Atlases, ‘Beware & Be Grateful’ (Barsuk)

A seamless, sleepless avant-indie night of math terror, slinky syncopation and pop epiphanies.
Melissa Giannini / April 25, 2012
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