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01 Apr 13
California X are a 3 piece trio from Amherst, Mass, the same hometown as one J. Mascis. And while there are some similarities to the guitar driven, riff heaviness of Dinosaur Jr, California X shines through with their own identity. The album is their eponymous debut, and while it may not be groundbreaking or wildly creative, it is a fun, rollicking ride. “Sucker” starts the album off with a couple of heavy distorted guitar strums and a vicious drum beat. Then comes the addictive guitar riff.  It is a fantastic opener, and gives you a precursor to the energy and passion this crew possesses.
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Release Date
04 Mar 13
On Naomi, The Cave Singers fourth full length LP, the Seattle quartet play it safe and never stretch their boundaries beyond the indie-folk sound that we are accustomed to. They've brought in producer Phil Ek to give them a crisper and cleaner sound, which helps in some aspects, but doesn't make up for the lack of variety and creativity.   The Cave Singers seem to have a little more focus here than on their darker, previous effort, No Witch. I do like that aspect of the album, and that they seemed to have a little more fun making this LP.
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Release Date
04 Feb 13
Waiting for Something to Happen is the sophomore album from London based outfit Veronica Falls.  This foursome have a knack for concocting catchy pop tunes, but they never stray far away from their C86 based version of jangle pop.  For the most part, they tread down the same path as their self titled debut album, instead of choosing to expand on their sound.
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Release Date
21 Jan 13
The electronic ambient duo of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg make a definitive statement with their latest effort; the vibrant and colossal, Centralia.  Like with a lot of ambient music, patience equals rewards, and the same holds true with this album.  Mountains have been consistent with their musical output, releasing an album about every other year over the past eight.  They have also been consistent with putting together good music and with Centralia, they have stepped it up a notch, and given us an album with a lot more depth, this is an album that captures your attention throughout i