Petar Dundov, ‘Ideas From the Pond’ (Music Man)

Trance for the lactose-intolerant: no gurns or glow-stick whoosh, just pellucid Tangerine Dreaming.
By: Philip Sherburne / March 22, 2012

The Shins, ‘Port of Morrow’ (Aural Apothecary/Columbia)

There's this thing that's always made the Shins the Shins, and despite the hue and cry over James Mercer’s firing of his bandmates, it wasn’t…
By: Chris Martins / March 21, 2012

DVA, ‘Pretty Ugly’ (Hyperdub)

Grime DJ's Hyperdub LP drizzles rainbow melodies over hothouse funk, like Burial on a tropical getaway. Ugly? Hardly.
By: Philip Sherburne / March 21, 2012

Lost in the Trees, ‘A Church That Fits our Needs’ (Anti-)

A mother’s suicide inspires moving orchestral folk, beauty and hope found amid grief.
By: Jon Young / March 21, 2012

One Direction, ‘Up All Night’ (Syco/Columbia)

British/Irish boy band revives Backstreet/*NSYNC vibes, throws glam anti-consumerist curveballs ("I Want").
By: Barry Walters / March 21, 2012

Gift of Gab, ‘The Next Logical Progression’ (Quannum)

Bay Area icon’s blue-collar tales prove that being an aging “conscious” rapper ain’t bad.
By: Mosi Reeves / March 21, 2012

Odd Future, ‘The OF Tape Vol. 2′ (Odd Future Records)

The barbarians stormed the gates to build pop-up shops shilling $60 hoodies emblazoned with cats and donuts. Odd Future had 12 million syllables spilled about…
By: Jeff Weiss / March 20, 2012

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, ‘Rot Gut, Domestic’ (Mariel Recording Company)

Still mourning R.E.M.? Richard Edwards’ dark, dense songs will help you move on.
By: Jon Young / March 20, 2012

Housse De Racket, ‘Alesia’ (Kitsune/Cooperative/Downtown)

Bilingual Phoenix-esque French dance-rock duo team with Phoenix producer, get more like Phoenix.
By: Barry Walters / March 20, 2012

Kali Mutsa, ‘Ambrolina’ (Ambrolina)

Cumbia bonds with Bollywood when gorgeous Chilean actor rebrands self as stylish shamanic Gypsy acid queen.
By: Richard Gehr / March 20, 2012
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