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Willie J Healey
666 Kill

Willie J Healey took a novel approach to writing the songs for his first record of new material since 2017 debut LP People And Their Dogs. As soon as an idea would appear in his head Healey sought to flesh it out without over-elaborating the writing process. The results are these six tracks of plaintive freak-folk that recall Neil Young, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Devendra Banhart. The title of ‘Guitar Music’ is a red herring - it’s actually Healey’s first song to feature no guitars other than bass.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

R.E.M
R.E.M. At The BBC

More audio than you could ever need of R.E.M performing at the BBC. This follows the band from their legendary 1985 performance at Rock City (the first time many UK fans got a proper taste of Stipe & co) all the way through to later live performances, session tracks and most excitingly perhaps, a DVD of all their television performances.    
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Minus The Bear
Fair Enough

Minus The Bear bring their 17-year career to an end with the release of Fair Enough EP. Their career has seen them build up a cult following with six albums and at least two handfuls of singles and EPs. Their sound marries dark subject matter with a brand of indie rock that will get you up on your feet. LP and CD on Suicide Squeeze.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jamie Lenman
Devolver

Jamie Lenman has gone for a more focused approach on his second long-player, Devolver. His debut, Muscle Memory, was a sprawling double which mixed thrash metal with country. Here, with the help of Prodigy and Idles producer, Space, he has created an album that explores digital sounds and dance floor rhythms. Lenman took risks making this, purposefully avoiding his usual ways to force himself to be more creative. LP and CD on Big Scary Monster
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Upper Wilds
Mars

Upper Wilds are a three-piece featuring members of Parts & Labor and Models Pterodactyl. Following in the noise-pop footsteps of their parent bands, on Mars, they being to ponder what living there might be like. Guest appearances from Mark Shue (Guided By Voices) and Katie Eastburn (Young People) among others. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Primal Scream
Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings

So here’s how it went down - Primal Scream release Screamadelica in 1991. It's a barnstorming success and wins the band the inaugural Mercury Prize. Bobby Gillespie et al then decamp to the southern states of the U.S.A. to record follow-up Give Out But Don’t Give Up with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and producer Tom Dowd. However, they subsequently decide that the takes aren’t up to much and re-do the whole thing when they get back to the U.K. Now they’ve changed their mind and deigned that the originals are, in fact, good enough to go public. Might be fun to cop this one and the other tapes and see which one you prefer.

Buxton
Stay Out Late

Texas quintet Buxton emerge from an involuntary hiatus of strummer’s block with new album Stay Out Late. Aside from dictating to you how to spend your Friday night, the album comprises the results of reinvigorated creativity, the band having found itself back in the studio for the first time in years. The similarity of principle songwriter Sergio Trevino’s voice to Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor’s is quite remarkable. Has anyone ever seen them both in the same room?

The Cult
Pure Cult

The Cult started life as a goth rock band that introduced elements of post punk to their sound. It was all delivered with a Mick Jagger swagger and Jim Morrison-esque mysticism. By their the time of their third album, Electric, they’d mostly left the goth and post punk influences behind in favour of all-out hard rock. Pure Cult contains the bands singles released between 1984 and 1995 - y’know She Sells Sanctuary and the other ones.

Chavez
Cockfighters

Chavez went silent in 1996, although they are keen to point out that they never did anything as dramatic as actually break up. This first new material in two decades is a nine minute reminder of Chavez’s swaggering indie-rock power: Cockfighters sounds just the right amount of nineties. 12” on Matador.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Flaming Lips
Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: Rarities, B-Sides & Flexi-Discs 1986-1990

An extremely exciting release for all you fans of The Flaming Lips’ somewhat underrated earlier days. Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: delvers two LPs-worth of rare material, previously only sited on B-sides, compilations, and even flexi-discs, all dating from the chaotic yet fertile period 1986 to 1990. Double LP reissue from Warner Bros.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dinosaur Jr.
Ear Bleeding Country - The Best Of Dinosaur Jr.

Cherry Red Records issue a revamped edition of Dinosaur Jr’s career-spanning compilation Ear Bleeding Country. This new version updates the 2002 original with highlights from the subsequent sixteen years of output from J. Mascis et al. There’s even a couple of tracks from Mascis side-project The Fog on this thing. Also includes a new essay by punk’s ur-dad Henry Rollins.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Comet Gain
Fingerprint Ritual

Comet Gain return and pour us a shot of twee with Fingerprint Ritual, an EP of four new tracks, including the overwrought epic "Breaking Open The Head Part 2 (The Eye-Shaped Room)", which runs at eleven minutes and continues the narrative weaved in the song's first part. Beyond that there's fuzz, laughs, tears and plenty of your favourite DIY nonsense.

Calvin Johnson
A Wonderful Beast

Calvin Johnson, the man behind Olympia’s indie heroes Beat Happening and the label K Records has a new solo album out and it’s called A Wonderful Beast. It was recorded in Nashville and  produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. In a curveball-ish move by Johnson, it also features one-time pop princess Michelle Branch on backing vocals. LP and CD on K records.

Kagoule
Strange Entertainment

Twee-grungers Kagoule return to the fray with their sophomore LP Strange Entertainment. Now on Alcopop! after a stint with Earache, the band settle into their new surroundings with a playful record of loud-quiet-loud fare. Tracks like ‘Bad Saliva’ have a sort of pumped-up Trust Fund vibe to them. This one was recorded with Hookworms’ MJ at his Suburban Home studio.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

St. Vincent
MassEducation

St. Vincent's new record is new in the quixotic way that 'new records' quickly following the last record are. In fact MassEducation is a reimagined version of Annie Clark's recent LP of blistering and Bowie-adoring pop music. Here the songs are rendered sparser and take on an entirely new way of living. I'm sure it's worth hearing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Velvet Crush
In The Presence Of Greatness

I was a bit of a Ric Menck, Paulie Chastain fan boy back in the early 90's. I loved their twee pop bands Choo Choo Train, and the Springfields (amongst others). Velvet Crush was the moment when they stopped messing about in flowerbeds and decided to rock. Therefore my younger self was a bit horrified but if you like Big Star and Teenage Fanclub there's much to enjoy here.    
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Haley
Pleasureland

Haley is not a new person. It's a new truncated name for Haley Bonar (now McCallum). But it is a new sound for the Minnesota based artist who has used her name change to make a bold move by removing all vocals from her music. Bold because her music was pretty much based around her golden throated melodies. Instead you get synth driven music with lots of nods back to Brian Eno. God knows how it will affect her career and whether this will be a permanent move but it's nice to see an artist taking a few chances. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Miss World
Keeping Up With Miss World

Shit Girlfriend’s Natalie Chahal adopts the excellent moniker Miss World for her new project. Debut LP Keeping Up With Miss World finds Chahal turning in a baker’s dozen of brisk, brusque grunge-punk tunes as funny as they are catchy. ‘Carb Yr Enthusiasm’, ‘Buy Me Dinner’, ‘(U Watch My) Stories (But U Don’t Like My Posts)’ - this LP’s worth it for the song titles alone. Out via PNKSLM (Thee MVPs, Spice Boys).

The Wedding Present
Huw Stephens Session

Twelve years ago Leeds (or Otley as I once heard Dave Gedge specify at gig once) favourites The Wedding Present recorded four covers for Huw Stephens’ One Music radio show. One of them is Take That’s Back For Good.  Here’s Huw Stephens Session for your delectation on 10” vinyl EP or CD.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wild Cat Strike
Rhubarb Nostalgia

Essentially Mumford & Sons but from Brighton, Rhubarb Nostalgia is the debut record from Wild Cat Strike. Thus, you can expect some British-style pop-folk on this record and it even brings together vocalists from other bands such as Delta Sleep and Tall Ships. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released on Small Pond. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Birdpen
There’s Something Wrong With Everything

There’s Something Wrong With Everything by Birdpen is perhaps not the doom-laden title it initially appears to be. Whilst they do lament the state of the world that is piped into our living rooms via the TV, they suggest that you do something to find the positives and get out of the endless cycle of negativity because nothing’s perfect, there’s always something wrong with everything. LP and CD on Fintage House.

Estrons
You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough

Searing rock music from Welsh rock band Estrons. And I'm not just saying that because they've put a volcano on their album cover, this is proper pulse-quickening exciting stuff. Fast and catchy guitar riffs pair with vocalist Tali's visceral singing to make something with genuine weight. You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough, and I saw Estrons are just right.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kinski
Accustomed to Your Face

Kinski are a band from Seattle who formed when three members bonded over analog recording in a boozer. The majority of their releases over the years have been on Sub Pop or Kill Rock Stars, so that should offer some clues to their sound - the heavy end of indie rock with a bit of punk thrown in, comfortably mid-fi. Their new album, Accustomed To Your Face takes the gnarly enthusiasm of their early work and rounds off some of the edges with their 20 years together. LP and CD on Kill Rock Stars.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Nightingales
Perish The Thought

The Nightingales formed in 1979. The post-punk Brummies, fronted by Robert Lloyd, were favourites of John Peel and John Robb. They split in 1986 after making three albums. They reformed in 2004 and Perish the thought will be their 7th post-reformation LP. The album features guest performances from members of Faust and the Lovely Eggs. 180g Vinyl LP or CD on Tiny Global Productions
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Charlatans
Wonderland

This was from back in 2001 when Twitter wasn't a thing and Tim Burgess had 'normal' hair. It was their seventh album and contained such smash hits as 'Love Is the Key' and 'A Man Needs to be Told'.  If that doesn't convince you to re-purchase then remember that Jamie Oliver said that this album has been a really big inspiration for his cooking.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Soccer Mommy
Henry / I'm On Fire

Bedroom recorder and singer-songwriter sweetheart Soccer Mommy releases an alternative version of Henry, from 2016’s For Young Hearts. Plus, finally on wax, her cover of what is perhaps the Boss’s best song -- I’m On Fire, from Born in the USA. Finally out in better than quality than whatever you’ll find on YouTube.

Terry
I'm Terry

Hello Terry. Rather than a person (like Venables) Terry is in fact a band from Australia none of which (to my knowledge) are called Terry. According to the press release Terry romance the mundane but at the same time share ideals with Steely Dan and 10CC neither of which are mundane. They are meant to make you queasy.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kristin Hersh
Possible Dust Clouds

Possible Dust Clouds is the tenth solo studio album from Throwing Muses leader Kristin Hersh. It’s an album of contrasts, dark and light, loud and quiet, chaos and calm. It’s her first for Fire Records and is being ‘bigged up’ as return to form, and we know the heights that form has reached in the past. LP and CD on Fire.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cardiacs
Guns

Guns was the 8th album by Cardiacs. It was their last album with multi instrumentalist, Jon Poole, who went to play bass with The Wildhearts. The most interesting fact about this album is that the lyrics were written using the cut-up method (a technique also employed by David Bowie and William Burroughs) using the screenplay of the Robert Mitchum film, Night Of The Hunter and a rather inaccurate Portuguese to English phrasebook as source material. Reissue vinyl LP on The Alphabet Business Concern.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cat Power
Wanderer

Cat Power celebrates the great blues tradition of transience on her first album in six years Wanderer. It was written over the course of a couple years during which she toured, and travelled, and played. Folk and blues are fundamentally collaborative genres and Wanderer is no different, featuring old friends, and a tour mate in Lana Del Rey.

Motorama
Many Nights

Motorama surely have to be Russia’s finest indie-pop outfit, playing their dreamy wares to everybody across Russia and beyond. Many Nights, their fifth album, is light and punchy, bouncing along with a simple but infectious liveliness, good grooves, and that addictive jangle. Released by the Taitres label.

Felt
The Splendour Of Fear

The Splendour Of Fear is Felt's most glacial and otherworldly album. It's six tracks stretch and twist way beyond normal indie song length and as a result structure wise it kind of predates the wandering post rock of the likes of Mogwai. But Felt were full of classical flourishes aided most obviously by ace guitarist Maurice Deebank who now lives in a monastery! 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tim Cohen
The Modern World

The latest solo LP from Tim Cohen arrives courtesy of Sinderlyn (Homeshake, Cymbals Eat Guitars). Cohen may not reinvent the wheel on The Modern World, but what he does he does very well indeed. His songwriting style is a mixture of hard-bitten and soft, melancholy and hopeful, in a manner that recalls Eels and Girls. Throw in a good way with a tune and a warm, clear tenor and you’ve got yourself a winning record.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

She Makes War
Brace For Impact

Not to be confused with She Keeps Bees, She Makes War is the solo project of Bristolian singer-songwriter Laura Kidd. On Brace For Impact, the fourth SMW LP, Kidd comes through with a mixture of tender torch songs and sparky, passionate indie-rock. There’s both a grunge and a Britpop flavour to tracks like ‘Devastate Me’, which obviously wouldn’t have been allowed in the 90’s but is fine now.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wave Pictures
Look Inside Your Heart

They promised you a second album in one year and here it is. Wymsbold-via-London trio The Wave Pictures return with Look Inside Your Heart, with cover artist Nina Garthwaite swapping out the last album’s lion for a delightful scarlet ibis. Recorded straight to reel-to-reel while rather merry, the US-tinged, narrative indie rock & roll songs are full of kindness, joy and contempt for computers.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spiritualized
And Nothing Hurt

The new Spiritualized album really is just the work of one man, Jason Pierce, who wrote and recorded the album on a laptop in a small room in his east London home. Yet Pierce is so meticulous that he found a way of making the record sound like a studio session, and only things bigger than he could get up his stairwell were recorded in a studio. So, it's going to be interesting to hear how a band with such grandiose ideas as Spiritualized sound with such severe constraints on the recording process.  

Hugh Cornwell
Monster

Hugh Cornwell, aka chief of The Stranglers, strikes out solo on this occasion with a two-part double album. Disc one of Monster is all new material, with each of the ten songs written about someone important to Cornwell. On disc two, we get to enjoy ten acoustic versions of classic Stranglers cuts. Out on Silvertone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Echo & The Bunnymen
The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon

Ian McCulloch and co. have never been timid or averse to grand gestures, so this album of “improved” studio re-recordings of past highlights is well within character. The track list hasn’t been disclosed at the time of writing, but is said to include some new songs alongside the reworked hits. It seems safe to say that if you’re in the market for something new by legendarily mouthy and self-confident northerners you could very easily do a lot worse. Available on double vinyl, CD and cassette.
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  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

L7
L7

Nothing like a reissue to build momentum for a long-overdue reunion. In anticipation of their first studio album in 14 years, original riot grrrls L7 are reissuing their self-titled debut. L7 set the stage, back in 1988, for a wave of high-energy girl bands in the 90s and might be considered a punk monument, back out on Epitath.
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  • L7

Bloody Knees
You Can Have It

A band called Bloody Knees: that’s got to be a punk band of some kind right? Yeah pretty much, though a bit less wiry and a bit more indie than I would have guessed. You Can Have It is their newest release, featuring four new tracks and a nice picture of the lads in a swimming pool with their tour backdrop on the cover of the 12”. EP on Distiller.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Youth Killed It
What's so Great, Britain?

It’s easy to be cynical about bands like Youth Killed It. Yes their lyrics are a bit naff, and yes their Jack Penate/The Metros/The Holloways/Jamie T-Under-18s-Sunday-matinee-at-ULU vibe is somewhat behind the curve in 2018. But you know what? At least they do what they do with conviction. What’s So Great, Britain? - the follow-up to an LP called Modern Bollitics, which is an excellent thing to call your record - is a cheeky Inbetweeners-style lark.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Omni
Deluxe

Featuring former members of Deerhunter, post-punk outfit Omni hail from Atlanta, Georgia. The band combine über-precise beats and riffs with laid back Talking Heads style vocals. Recorded in the bands own practice space by Carnivores' Nathaniel Higgins, you can stay old school with the traditional black vinyl, or, for the more adventurous, why not try the purple?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

TTNG
Animals Acoustic

This Town Needs Guns, and the record-buying public need new wax, so the two parties have come to an arrangement agreeable for both sides. TTNG (as they’re now known) have agreed to do a special version of debut LP Animals in order to mark its tenth birthday, and all the 12” fetishists out there with a penchant for folksified math-rock have agreed to go in for a few copies of it. Vinyl enthusiasts of the world, unite!

Ron Gallo
Stardust Birthday Party

Ron Gallo was going through a difficult time when recorded his last album, Heavy Meta. This, he felt, prevented him from putting the real Ron Gallo on tape. With his new album, Stardust Birthday Party, he’s managed to find his essence. It’s still indie rock that fans of The White Stripes would probably like, though. Vinyl LP or CD on New West.

Adam's House Cat
Town Burned Down

Any of you cats like Drive-By Truckers? Then this one’s for you. Before forming DBT Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley were in Adam’s House Cat. Formed in 1985, they recorded one album in 1990 that never made it to the pressing plant. Nearly thirty years on and that LP is now seeing the light of day. Town Burned Down isn’t as refined a Southern rock record as the stuff Cooley and Hood would go on to create down the line, but there are still some fine tunes on here that make it worth a listen.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Suede
The Blue Hour

Well. They are back. David Bowie might be dead but Suede are still alive right? So everything is ok. This one follows on fairly swiftly from their successful 'comeback' LP 'Night Thoughts' and shares the line up with their classic 'Coming Up' record. Expect a lot of wrought songs about being outsiders in suburbia and wandering around the city feeling a bit isolated. 

Mudhoney
Digital Garbage

Apparently, Mark Arm wanted to write an album with lyrics akin to early Beach Boys records - a more holiday-ish vibe. The leader of Seattle grunge….can we still use the word grunge?....okay, garage rock legends, Mudhoney has instead decided that powerful social commentary suits their music better for new album Digital Garbage. Please Mr. Gunman and Next Mass Extinction both reference problems in America’s recent political and social history. LP, CD and Cassette on Sub Pop.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

WELFARE
Useful Toil

For those not yet forlorn enough, may I suggest the appropriately titled Useful Toil, which should sleepily descend melancholy on you without fuss. Dream pop cut from the finest reverb cloth, Welfare take their favourite genre and give its ethereality a lushness, offering acoustic guitars, strings and flutes, plus some of that organ that makes Beach House so good. A sure to be gorgeous release.

Hater
Siesta

Despite their name Hater are quite the romantics at heart. The Scandinavian four piece play heart-on-sleeve indie rock with memorable melodies, chiming guitars and just a bit of synth haze.  A perfect summer soundtrack that has led them to be compared to the Chills, Snail Mail and the Concretes. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Joy Formidable
AAARTH

Welsh power-trio The Joy Formidable follow-up 2016’s Hitch with their fourth LP. AAARTH is arguably the band's most full-blooded release to date. Songs such as 'Dance Of The Locust' and 'The Wrong Side' are full of bombastic guitar lines, cinematic strings and some show-stopping loud-quiet-low moments. Genre-wise it sits somewhere between Biffy Clyro, Jack White and St. Vincent. Out via Full Time Hobby sub-label Hassle (Tubelord, Lonely The Brave).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Doe
Grow Into It

The London trio Doe turned some heads with 2016’s Some Things Last Longer Than You, and now they’re back with another set of grunge-ified indie-pop in the form of Grow Into It. They have, indeed, grown into it here. Their songwriting is more mature and considered than in the past, and their lyrical ambitions both more mature and better-realised. This one was produced by Matthew Johnson of Hookworms/Suburban Home fame.
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  • Doe
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

alt-J
REDUXER

The Alty-Jays release an album that is set to be the best of their career to date, largely because it doesn’t feature all that much of their own music. Rather than being a new record from Image Of A Triangle, Reduxer is actually a collection of eleven ‘reinterpretations’ of tracks from the band’s third LP Relaxer. The fact that people like Danny Brown, Pusha T, The Alchemist and Little Simz are involved in Reduxer improves its chances considerably.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Metric
Art of Doubt

Big Band Metric release their new collection of Big riffs and smooth vocals on a collection of 12 songs which is possibly the first record in 2018 to tap into the cultural and political anxiety. But are Metric going to be quashed by Trump etc? No they bloody well aren't.  Instead they've created the most Metric album yet. 
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Richard Reed Parry
Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1

While Richard Reed Parry has previously explored neoclassical textures, Quiet River of Dust Vol 1 sees him move into exquisite songcraft matching Beach Boys harmonies with electronic pulses and songs culled from both the British and Japanese folk tradition. He's also a member of twenty plus-headed stadium rock beast Arcade Fire which should help his solo works find a deserved audience. 

Dot Dash
Proto Retro

Dot Dash, who presumably have taken their name from the Wire song, feature ex-Swervedriver drummer Danny Ingram, ex-Julie Ocean bassist, Hunter Bennett and Terry Banks from Tree Fort Angst and Sarah Records band St. Christopher. Proto Retro is their 6th album and sees them performing without ex-Minor Threat and Youth Brigade member Steve Hansgen. Their hardcore edge has been replaced by a new wave jangle, but this is no bad thing as they sound great! CD on The Beautiful Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eyelids
Maybe More

Eyelids have been touring the world and elsewhere with a brand of jangly, hook laden college rock that will appeal to fans of the Byrds, R.E.M and XTC. Sounds good to us. Having got back home they went straight into the studio to record another batch of songs for public consumption and once again R.E.M grey hair Peter Buck was on board to help out.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lala Lala
The Lamb

Unfortunately (or fortunately) nothing to do with La La Land, The Lamb is in fact the sophomore LP from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Lillie West’s Lala Lala project. West and her group do that sort of post-Deerhunter lo-fi grunge thing that the likes of Waxahatchee and Colleen Green also excel at. There’s real ache and passion to West’s lyrics that set Lala Lala apart. Out via Hardly Art (La Luz, Chastity Belt).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dilly Dally
Heaven

After a couple of years of thrills and spills touring in support of their 2015 debut LP Sore, Dilly Dally return to Partisan for another crack. By all accounts the band almost called it quits after their first album dropped, but fortunately for them and their fans they got it together enough to turn in nine more bits of grungy alt-rock anchored on singer Katie Monks’ ragged howl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mutual Benefit
Thunder Follows The Light

In his Mutual Benefit guise, NYC singer-songwriter Jordan Lee has recorded with artists like Julie Byrne and covered Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day in full. Safe to say that you can go into his latest full-length Thunder Follows The Light expecting a light touch. Lee weaves ten spare, spectral pieces here, lightly dappling his time-worn voice-and-guitar combo with synths and orchestral instruments in a manner that recalls Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie And Lowell.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Editors
In This Light And On This Evening

The third album from this highly derivative yet universally popular group. In This Light And On This Evening showed the band start to shake off the Joy Division-on-an-off-day vibe of their first records and start to introduce electronics into their dark sonic stew. Features the 'classic' ‘Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Smiths
Strangeways Here We Come

This 1987 album was the final chapter for one of the most prodigiously brilliant and era-defining bands of the 80s. It tends to steer away from the jangly guitar style that Johnny Marr was best known for, with more varied production than before. Hence, the glam stomp of I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish, the proggy jam Death of a Disco Dancer, and the extended-intro, string-laden Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me. Morrissey was melodically impressive as well as genuinely witty and capable of human empathy in these good old days, and I Won’t Share You ends the album and the band’s career with a sad and touching sentiment. Rourke and Joyce rarely get the plaudits they deserve, but as ever The Smiths sound like a proper four-piece. May they never ruin their legacy by reforming, and we can remember and still enjoy them like this.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black Honey
Black Honey

The press release for the eponymous debut LP by Black Honey begins by claiming that there’s no band around who’s quite like this Brighton quartet, but in the following paragraph it name-checks Garbage, Lana Del Rey and David Lynch. That just about sums up this one. Black Honey are cool and they and know it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blood Red Shoes
Get Tragic

Look how airbrushed they are now. This is probably the point in the biography of Blood Red Shoes where all hell breaks loose. They'd already split up once and gone off in very separate ways before reconvening until the guitarist broke her arm after falling off a motorbike. Her mother might well be furious with her but it led to the band using more synths and exploring new sounds and then going to LA (as you do) to make this 'comeback' album. It's one of those that could be brilliant or terrible. Let's find out...
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Sisters of Mercy
Greatest Hits Volume One: A Slight Case of Overbombing

Greatest Hits Volume One: A Slight Case Of Overbombing is a compilation of Sisters Of Mercy’s classic material that has now reached classic status in its own right, having been released in 1993. Naturally all the best of the Sisters is represented here, in a fantastic tracklisting that has been unavailable on vinyl for years. 2LP reissue from Rhino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black Belt Eagle Scout
Mother Of My Children

Black Belt Eagle Scout seems to be taking off. The solo-project by Katherine Paul brims with the different musical influences from her youth--from her Native family’s powwows to old grunge mixtapes, and is already a big hit on the blogs and streams. And we get it, Mother of my Children is a fuzzy and also very soulful affair. For fans of Chastity Belt, Pity Sex.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Destroyer
City of Daughters

Not satisfied with being a critically acclaimed prolific singer/songwriter Dan Bejar, AKA Destroyer is also a member of Canadian band The New Pornographers along with AC Newman and Neko Case. Destroyer, however is his main focus. City Of Daughters was his second album proper, and is getting the reissue treatment to celebrate its 20th anniversary. City of Daughters marks his first leap forward, introducing more instruments and production techniques to his previous efforts which consisted of voice and acoustic guitar. Opaque red vinyl LP on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Destroyer
Thief

Destroyer AKA Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Bejar used a backing band for the first time on his third album, Thief. At the time of its release in 2000 it was considered his best to date, the sound of an artist hitting his stride, and remains a jewel in his back catalogue to this day. Bejar is also a member of The New Pornographers. Orange vinyl LP on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Blinders
Columbia

Energetic, goth-tinged Yorkshire three-piece The Blinders take their influences from great lyricists, poets and writers such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, John Lennon, Rimbaud, Allen Ginsberg, George Orwell and William Burroughs, but also count Charles Manson and the devil among their influences. Their debut album, Columbia, therefore, is a bit different to the run-of-the-mill indie bands around today. LP and CD on Modern Sky Entertainment.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nothing
Dance On The Blacktop

Third album from New York shoegazers Nothing. Built on a hardcore foundation, the band have a bit more bite than you'd usually expect from the genre. Dance On The Blacktop celebrates the band's love for 90s anglophone guitar music so who better to produce it then John Agnello who's worked with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cowboy Junkies
The Caution Horses

Cowboy Junkies. Love it. The Caution Horses was the third studio LP from this Magic Mike-ass band. This album was originally released in 1990, meaning it just missed the being caught up in the slipstream of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ (that song would hit the Billboard top 10 in January of the following year). If Cowboy Junkies had waited a year then this album would probably have shifted millions of units, but of course we can’t know the future. Anyway, The Caution Horses is a fine alt-country record.

The Shifters
Have A Cunning Plan

A big part of any Australian indierock band is making sure you don't care too much about things. The Shifters nailed that part, but got their act together just enough to produce a hi-fi full-length debut. And we’re happy for it. Have a Cunning Plan boasts a bunch of rattling indierock jams, just in time for your Indian Summer.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Thalia Zedek Band
Fighting Season

Thalia Zedek, of Come and Live Skull, is back (though she never really went away), with an album of guitar-led songs inspired / informed by the Fighting Season of Afghanistan. With guest spots from Chris Brokaw and J. Mascis, as well as her own sterling band, Zedek creates a raw and personal political statement. Released by Thrill Jockey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blitzen Trapper
Furr (Deluxe Edition)

Blitzen Trapper’s Furr gets a tenth-anniversary reissue. Over the years, this LP has come to be considered one of the signature Sub Pop releases - quite a feat when you consider the competition. Dropping at a time when The Shins were still accepted as a good band and freak-folk was a thing, this record throws together the sounds of Pavement, Devendra Banhart and Eels for some Portland pleasantness. This deluxe edition features the Record Store Day singles ‘War Is Placebo’, ‘Maybe Baby’ and ‘Booksmart Baby’, some live recordings for KRCW, and seven hitherto-unreleased tracks.

Rapeman
Two Nuns & A Pack Mule

They are still calling themselves that? Ok.  Well this was Steve Albini's second band after Big Black and out of all the words in the English language this is what they chose for a name. This was the only album they made and this re-issue contains 'the 'Budd' EP as a bonus. Contains a song called 'Kim Gordon's Panties'. I do hope he's grown up a bit now.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Robert Pollard
Waved Out

Not only do we have to wade through a new Robert Pollard/Guided By Voices record each week, we now have re-issues to contend with. 'Waved out' was Pollard's second second solo album and came from an era where I was still fairly excited about his output. It's good, if not quite as good as it's predecessor 'Not In My Airport'. The highlight is 'People Are Leaving' where Pollard creates a brilliant double melody by singing over himself. It's worth the admission price alone. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fatherson
Sum of All Your Parts

 Fatherson release their third LP via Easy Life (Amber Run, Arcane Roots). The group bridge two great Scottish rock traditions - their sound is equal parts Biffy Clyro-style muscle and twee-rock sentimentality ala Frightened Rabbit (R.I.P. Scott Hutchison). It’s no coincidence that they’ve shared stages with both down the years. Sum Of All Your Parts brings a newly anthemic gloss to proceedings that might make this record a massive hit.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Night Shop
In The Break

You’ll know Justin Sullivan better as a drummer - he’s best known for being a tub-thumper for Kevin Morby’s various endeavours - but sometimes he likes to put himself centre-stage. In The Break, the debut LP from his Night Shop project, demonstrates that Morby isn’t the only good songwriter in his immediate circle. Sullivan’s breezy indie-rock ditties are reminiscent of Jonathan Richman.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Goon Sax
We're Not Talking

The junior to The Go-Betweens' senior, this very good band features Louis Forster, son of Robert, probably none too happy about this endless comparison, but I just really like the word junior so was compelled to namedrop. They released a real Norman beloved record in Up to Anything and for this here follow-up they've hopped over to Melbourne to record with James Ceecil and Cameron Bird, who both know several things about indie pop via their time in overtly-saccharine super group Architecture in Helsinki.

The Chills
Snow Bound

I've just danced around the room and celebrated as if I'd won the World Cup as there's a new the Chills album due. The legendary New Zealand group returned in 2015 with the excellent Silver Bullets which was as good as anything they recorded in their heyday. Their precise yet emotional economic pop is certainly welcome round here.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mr. Airplane Man
Compilation

Boston two-piece Mr. Airplane Man, who include no men whatsoever among their ranks, take their inspiration from The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, and garage rock. Their debut self-titled album was self released with the two that followed, Moanin’ and C’mon DJ being released on Sympathy For The Record Industry (the original home of The White Stripes). Compilation brings together the best tracks from their first three hard-to-get albums. LP and CD on Beast Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kleenex Girl Wonder
Vana Mundi

Kleenex Girl Wonder is the musical project of Chicago-born Graham Smith. Now based in New York, Smith is the only consistent member of the band, but he’s supported by a revolving cast of musicians. Umpteenth album, Vana Mundi, see’s Smith at his most melodic and most lyrically profound. It’s probably his best album yet. LP on HHBTM.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
Typical Girls Volume Four

Emotional Response has had great success so far with their girls-to-the-front compilation series Typical Girls, so much so that they have been deluged with a wealth of the highest grade material from punks and post-punks and now have enough material for two more editions! Wasting no time, they are consequently releasing volumes 3 and 4 simultaneously! Volume 4 features cool artists like The Primitives, Cruel Summer and No Love.

We Were Promised Jetpacks
The More I Sleep The Less I Dream

Fifteen years after they formed, these Scottish rockers are still grumbling about The Lack Of Jetpackery. The More I Sleep The Less I Dream, their fourth LP but first for Big Scary Monsters (Blakfish, Minus The Bear), finds We Were Promised Jetpacks turning in another collection of emoish, post-rockish, post-hardcoreish indie anthems. Very much of the Idlewild/Biffy Clyro/The Twilight Sad school.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Menace Beach
Black Rainbow Sound

Yeah, a Leeds band! Menace Beach are Liza Violet and Ryan Needham of 'the scene'. Their third album, Black Rainbow Sound, is distinct from their past efforts in that it was conceived entirely in the studio. Though more dense and experimental than before, their poppy no-wave is still as fun as ever. And this time features a cameo from The Fall's Brix Smith!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Basement Revolver
Heavy Eyes

Canadian three-piece Basement Revolver - no relation to Velvet Revolver, and for that we should be thankful - drop their debut LP via Fear Of Missing Out. They do a fine job of wedding that sort of Millennial shoegaze thing that Lana Del Rey does with the fuzzy pop nous of Colleen Green and Wavves. Contains ‘Johnny’, which was a mini hit on the net back in 2016.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

R.E.M.
MTV Unplugged 1991

R.E.M. stepped up to perform on MTV Unplugged twice: once in 1991, coinciding with the release of their first alt country record 'Out of Time', and again ten years later, around the time of 'Reveal'. These two performances show a stripped back, completely acoustic incarnation of an alt rock band that was often murky with their guitars and full of fuzz. The 1991 performance, now available on its very own vinyl release, shows the band in fine acoustic form, having just released their most countrified record yet and set to record the even folksier 'Automatic For the People'. Even the more rock 'n' roll entries to 'Out Of Time' are stripped back here, including "Radio Song", which is given bongo drum and unabashed organ. The newly acoustic "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" could do with some twang.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Slothrust
The Pact

Boston fuzzy post-grunge outfit Slothrust have moved to Los Angeles for their fourth album. For some reason, that means The Pact sounds a bit cleaner than we're used to. Of course, front-woman Leah Wellbaum still has her angry and slightly self-loathing lyrics, and they're still set to very catchy riffs. Great if you like Speedy Ortiz, Chastity Belt.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Flaming Lips
In A Priest Driven Ambulance

It's sometimes hard to recall when they are rolling round in oversized hamster balls and hanging round with Miley Cyrus that the Flaming Lips were once an incredible band. That's band not sideshow. In a Priest Driven Ambulance was their fourth album originally released in 1990 and features Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) helping Wayne Coyne out with his skewed psychedelic vision.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Teenage Fanclub
Grand Prix

Grand Prix is the album on which Teenage Fanclub perfected their chiming and charming indie rock-cum-power pop sound. Originally released in 1995 on the legendary and now defunct Creation label, the Glaswegian band stepped it up in terms of songwriting and production. Includes Sparky’s Dream and Mellow Doubt. Initial pressings come with a bonus 7” single.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eric Bachmann
No Recover

Former Archers Of Loaf/Crooked Fingers mastermind Eric Bachmann drops the third LP under his given name. No Recover isn’t a title that screams positivity, and despite the many gentle acoustic treatments and ringing vocal harmonies that crop up here the overall feeling of the album is bittersweet. It’s not exactly a sad record, but there’s certainly a lacing of melancholia to the tracks here. Imagine Fleet Foxes if they’d been through the ringer a few times.

La Luz
Floating Features

Fuzz pop daydreamers La Luz do their quartet rock for a month down the line with more sun (we hope) than this one. Floating Features sees them churn out some of their most lyrically aspirational work yet, doubling down on the hooks and harmonies that make them so good. Will most likely rule.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
If I Love You

12” vinyl re-issue of If I Love You?, an EP released by the legendary Brian Jonestown Massacre back in 2001. A seven-track collection, it acted as a bit of a clearing house. The first three tracks on side one are version of songs from Bravery, Repetition & Noise, while the second side houses unused tracks that date right back to the band’s origins in the early Nineties. 
  • Vinyl LP (AUK021LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Oneida
Each One Teach One

Shuffling, streamlined (after the first two tunes at least) psych ditties from the turn of the century by New York’s Oneida, now reissued by original label Jagjaguwar. Impeccable production and a splendid use of feedback harmonics gave this stuff quite an edge - and has kept it from ageing much and all.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Yuno
Moodie

Debut EP from wannabe New Yorker Yuno. On Moodie he finds a weird middle ground between Grizzly Bear's poppier moments and the freedom of Lil Uzi Vert while longingly looking across from the country from his West Coast home. There's also a hint of Len's 'Steal My Sunshine', which in my books, is always a good thing. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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