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Kelley Stoltz, ‘To Dreamers’ (Sub Pop)

On his fifth full-length, this '60s-pop obsessive mostly ditches the balmy homemade chorales of his earlier work for folk-rock verities, crafting his tightest, fullest-sounding record…
Jason Gross / November 3, 2010

Suckers, ‘Wild Smile’ (Frenchkiss)

Animal Collective's layers of echoes give you a migraine? Try the foamy debut by this mask-clad Brooklyn quartet, who ground AC's sound, emphasizing the pretty…
Jason Gross / June 8, 2010

The Futureheads, ‘The Chaos’ (Nul/Dovecote)

In the post-punk revival sweepstakes, this U.K. quartet has chugged along since their 2004 debut full-length, gradually expanding their update on early XTC's kooky dynamics.
Jason Gross / June 1, 2010

Kleenex/LiLiPUT, ‘Live Recordings, TV-Clips & Roadmovies’ (Kill Rock Stars)

As an addendum to 2001's double-CD release of these post-punk Swiss misses' remarkable studio catalog, Kill Rock Stars digs even deeper for an appropriately lo-fi…
Jason Gross / March 9, 2010

F–ked Up, ‘Couple Tracks: Singles 2002–2009′ (Matador)

Think of this impressive, 25-song double-CD compilation as Singles Going Screaming -- a testament to a Canadian punk institution. Live, singer Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham…
Jason Gross / December 23, 2009

Circulatory System, ‘Signal Morning’ (Cloud Recordings)

Retro as it is -- 17 songs split into two "sides" -- this dense, complex document is an impressive display of vitality by the Athens,…
Jason Gross / August 4, 2009

Fruit Bats, ‘The Ruminant Band’ (Sub Pop)

This folkie indie-pop band doesn't slam you with hooks on its fourth album -- everything is catchy in a modest, reasonable way. Backed by Allman-esque…
Jason Gross / August 4, 2009

Micachu & the Shapes, ‘Jewellery’ (Rough Trade)

With micro-house maven Matthew Herbert at the controls, wunderkind composer and hip-hop head Mica Levi leads her trio through this 28-minute cockeyed burst, each song…
Jason Gross / March 23, 2009

Telekinesis, ‘Telekinesis!’ (Merge)

Seattle's Michael Benjamin Lerner is a one-man band that doesn't come off like one, mainly because as a drummer who plays guitar (like Dave Grohl)…
Jason Gross / March 23, 2009

Zach Hill, ‘Astrological Straits’ (Ipecac)

On his solo half of Hella's 2005 double album, Church Gone Wild/Chirpin' Hard, drummer Zach Hill further explored the Mars Volta metal prog that Hella…
Jason Gross / October 14, 2008

sBach, ‘sBACH’ (Suicide Squeeze)

Here's some déjà vu for fans of Hella guitarist Spencer Seim's Nintendo-spazz side project the Advantage and his solo half of Hella's 2005 double album…
Jason Gross / August 18, 2008

Centro-matic/South San Gabriel, ‘Dual Hawks’ (Misra)

Singer/songwriter Will Johnson masterminded this split double CD as a way to unite both of his decade-old bands. Centro-matic rounds out scraggly Southern rock with…
Jason Gross / June 15, 2008

Excepter, ‘Debt Dept.’ (Paw Tracks)

If Britney Spears channeled her bipolar instability into bizarre dance music, she still wouldn't sound as disoriented as this creepy Brooklyn ensemble. On their sixth…
Jason Gross / April 15, 2008

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, ’13 Blues for Thirteen Moons’ (Constellation)

Possibly spooked by the specter of global warming, this freakfolk spin-off from Godspeed You! Black Emperor shakes the new-age romanticism of their earlier albums and…
Jason Gross / March 25, 2008

Caribou, ‘Andorra’ (Merge)

The fourth Caribou album by multi-instrumentalist Dan Snaith (who has also recorded electronic music under the moniker Manitoba) sounds like it was hatched in a…
Jason Gross / September 25, 2007

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