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New Madrid - Don't Hold Me Now

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Athens-based indie rock quartet New Madrid announced a third album, magnetkingmagnetqueen, due in April. Taste? 'Don't Hold Me Now' is propelled by skittering drums and lockstep bass and topped off by Phil McGill's mangy singsong. Crazy.

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Catfish And The Bottlemen Play On

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Hailing from the Welsh seaside township of Llandudno, Catfish and The Bottlemen have been busy in the United Kingdom. They've already earned considerable airtime on British radio. They've already played at festivals in Reading and Leeds. They supported Little Comets and The 1975 on a tour and recently headlined an abbreviated tour of their own.

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The Burning Of Rome Gores An Ox

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Sonically inclined indie rockers The Burning Of Rome have taken a detour of sorts since the release of their last album, the considerabley pop-centric With Us. The decision was definitely for the better.

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Ryan Joseph Anderson Sweeps A Debut

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Former frontman of the Chicago-based garage rock band Go Long Mule recently relocated to Nashville to record and release and his solo debut The Weaver's Broom.

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Cloud Seeding Mixes Wilding And Serra

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Cloud Seeding blends the talents of Alexa Wilding and Kevin Serra for one single. The track, Mirage, showcases Wilding one off from her solo albums, lending something infinitely more spacious to her sound.

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The Old 97's Are Most Messed Up

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After 20 years in music, the Old 97's say they know a few things about being messed up. Enough so, it seems, that the subject matter of this experience has finally become album material. Most Messed Up is all about bad decisions, bad behavior, and not treating yourself or other people so well.

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Liquid [Hip]: The Hold Steady Has Teeth Dreams

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Teeth Dreams is a melodramatic return and reinvention. 

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Slingshot Taps Classic Left Lane Cruiser

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Slingshot by Left Lane Cruiser is equal parts comedy, heaviness, and guitar licks. The album was recorded long before the band was featured on the hit television show Breaking Bad. Only 200 copies were ever turned out after the session at Temple Recording Studio.

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EMA Seethes To Fill The Future's Void

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The Future's Void is complexly paranoid. And Erika Anderson isn't alone in feeling this way.

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Manchester Orchestra Gives Up Cope

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“Cope, to me, means getting by. It means letting go, and being OK with being OK,” says Andy Hull. “You can cope in a positive way when bad things happen or a negative way, and that blend was a big lyrical theme for me on this album.”

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The Pretty Reckless Is Going To Hell

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Going To Hell by The Pretty Reckless is wildly accessible rock, good but none too reckless. Look for the shorter sleeper tracks to hear how well Momsen has evolved.

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Motorpsycho Sinks Behind The Sun

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Trondheim-based Motorpsycho sinks Behind The Sun, a back-to-basics progressive art rock album with a harder edge. It's easy to get lost in the long format tracks. 

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Fury by Koji

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'Fury', Koji's latest release, the celebrated songwriter recruited a backing band and recorded with producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive, Balance and Composure). Inspired by handful of indie-rock favorites before him, Koji concocted four new tracks that blend elements of indie, power-pop and alternative while remaining true to his signature, heartfelt delivery.

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Haunted Hearts Has A Initiation Debut

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Not everyone will get the hazy debut album by Dee Dee Penny (Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles) and that's all right. The music made by the husband-wife duo isn't meant for everyone.

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There Is Always Space For A Massacre

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Revelation by The Brian Jonestown Massacre effortlessly turns heads counterclockwise.

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Greenleaf Plays On Trails And Passes

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Former Swedish sideproject Greenleaf is back with more righteous rock and roll on their newest album Trails & Passes. The new nine-track album falls well within the band's comfort zone with its consistent heavy groove and always satisfying rumble.

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Morning Parade Puts Out Pure Joy

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Pure Adulterated Joy is a smashing sophomore album from Morning Parade. 

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Pink Mountaintops Get McBean Back

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Get Back by Pink Mountaintops is noisily nostalgic and classically anthemic. 

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Black Label Society In The Catacombs

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Black Label Society puts out a sedated retro rocker in Catacombs Of The Black Vatican. There aren't any hits or misses exactly, but the acoustic break out Scars is especially memorable. 

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Cloud Nothings Are Here And Nowhere

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Fighting off any urge to mature, Dylan Baldi and Cloud Nothings have tightened up their performance while muddying up their sound.

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Mount Carmel Gets Pure With Rock

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The Columbus, Ohio-based threesome Mount Carmel has one mission. All they want to do is write expressive rock music. And then they only want to play it slowly and smoky like British blues-rock musicians 50 something years ago.

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There Are 27 Ways To Desert Noises

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Desert Noises makes an escape and invites everyone along on 27 Ways, an album that combines folk rock sensibilities with haunting psychedelic rock and alternative pop.

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I Am The Avalanche Has Wolverines

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I Am An Avalanche ratchets up and polishes its post hardcore sound on Wolverines. Expect it to be weathered and their most cohesive album to date. 

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