The Melloncollies: Goodbye Cruel World

The Melloncollies may share their name with a Smashing Pumpkins album, but their bouncy optimism is as far from Chicago’s alt-heroes as Tuvan throat-singing. With a sound inspired by the punk-flavored crooning ...
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Boredoms: Exciting Ennui

Legendary for their confrontational and bizarre music, Osaka’s own Boredoms are a cult phenomenon, and deservedly so. Over the span of their 20-year career, they’ve created a highly fluid and original combinati...

Vandaveer: Divide & Conquer

Vandaveer is the project of Mark Charles Hedinger, a singer and multi-instrumentalist. Influenced by his long family history and a love for folk, his music is expansive, sparse, minimalist, and challenging ...

Still Life Still: Girls Come Too

Toronto’s latest contribution to indie-rock is the puzzlingly-named Still Life Still, who’ve delivered an ambitious debut album with gentle melodies and a huge, reverb-drenched sound. Are these gentlemen harken...

Vulture Whale: Vulture Whale

The dirty South has never sounded quite as dirty as on Vulture Whale’s basic and vicious eponymous debut. With British Invasion spunk mixed into their story-driven lyrics of such diverse topics as days at the b...

Starfucker: Jupiter

Short but sweet, Jupiter is the second album from the shockingly prolific Starfucker. In a world inundated with harsh and distorted dance music, inspired by the success of Daft Punk and, more recently, Justice,...
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None More Black: Hometown Punk

Jersey punk outfit None More Black took their name from a line in This Is Spinal Tap, and, at times, their career has seemed like it was borrowed from a music documentary. With internal drama and personal probl...

The Penelope(s): Priceless Concrete Echoes

In the grand tradition of alternative bands humping New Order’s leg, The Penelope(s) have struck with an album that sounds, from top to bottom, ripped straight from a late-night radio show in Manchester, circa ...
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Emiliana Torrini: Italian Ice

Half-Icelandic and half-Italian, singer-songwriter Emiliana Torrini is all soul. Everyone’s heard bands from Iceland, but influences reach far beyond the music her country is known for, with influences from fol...
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Chris & Thomas: Chopped Liverpool

Chopped Liverpool By Josh Frank Much like Matt & Kim and Tim & Eric, Chris & Thomas are two wayward souls, connected only by music, soul, and an ampersand. Hailing from Liverpool, England, the...