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Understand that I am only as he made me: a faithful servant to all of the noise, all of the lights, all of the flashing in my head. Laura Stevenson - Wheel

Dralms – “Crushed Pleats” / “Divisions of Labour”

For a band that only just put out their debut single, Dralms sound extremely composed. “Crushed Pleats” and “Divisions of Labour” are two deceptively catchy songs that brilliantly display songwriter Christopher Smith’s soft tenor. He’s Dralms’ crux, but it feels like the quality of Smith’s vocals would be lost if it weren’t for the deftly-tuned synth-R&B […]

Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose

Ex Hex are a trio out of the D.C. area, who later this year, will release their debut Rips on Merge. Their first single “Don’t Wanna Lose” joyously balances tinges of spacey prog and scuzzy garage rock with some palpable swagger. Simply put, the song goes for your gut. It’s a quick adrenaline jolt, but […]

SubmotionOrchestra – Time Will Wait

They’re back, they haven’t changed much, and that’s the best news possible.

Our Fold – She Goes On

Our Fold’s “She Goes On” makes me want to use all manner of adjectives that aren’t typically a part of my vocabulary – words like “rollicking” and “boisterous”. It’s one of those rare radio-ready indie-rock cuts whose character and dynamism grab you from the get-go and, once done, beg the question: how far can these […]

Perfume Genius – Queen

No family is safe.

David Sitek/Tinashe – Xylaphone

This has got to be Tinashe’s legit third exceptional coming-out-party in 2014.

Wale – The Followers

Looks like we all need a little bit of #nothing.

Adebisi Shank – Big Unit

“Adebisi Shank’s monumental “Big Unit” is one of the greatest songs I have ever heard.”

Sea Change – Bridges

A lurking monster of a song.


Shad - Flying Colours
The Shins - Port of Morrow
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
The White Bicycles - The White Bicycles EP
Smith Westerns - Soft Will
The Men - New Moon
I Can See Mountains - Life on a Houseboat

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