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Honey Radar
Blank Cartoon

Honey Radar is Jason Henn’s free-wheeling fuzzy indie project, an intimate outpouring of his much-beloved psychedelic sounds. He’s been operating DIY fashion for a while now, but Blank Cartoon bucks the trend by being a kinda ‘proper’ release, distributed by What’s Your Rupture in a non-tiny edition. Now we can all enjoy the warm songs of Honey Radar!
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hater
Hater

Reissue (and first-time vinyl release) of 1993's eponymous album from Seattle-based supergroup Hater. For anyone new to Hater - if we told you it was a collaboration between two guys from Soundgarden and members of Mother Love Bone, Devil Head and the mighty Monster Magnet, you could probably make a pretty informed guess as to how this is going to sound. Lovely swirly noisiness.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

True Widow
As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth

Heavy tings here on the second album by True Widow, first released in 2011. As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth has the emotional weight of slowcore as well as the distorted-riff weight of stoner rock. Mighty stuff. Reissued on vinyl by Mexican Summer.

True Widow
I.N.O.

Heavy tings here on True Widow’s I.N.O. EP, first released in 2011. The band have the emotional weight of slowcore as well as the distorted-riff weight of stoner rock, although this release also sees them pushing into some weirder territory, with 2 10-minute-plus tracks that drone and dirge. Reissued on vinyl by Mexican Summer.

Psychic Ills
Inner Journey Out

Psychic Ills’ new record is another ecstatic piece of psychedelic quality, working on an especially large scale. A broad cast of friends helped out with the recording, including Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star. Inner Journey Out is released by Sacred Bones, with sleeve art that imitates a battered old thrift-store record.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Netherlands
Audubon

Timo Ellis, famous for his work with Cibo Matto, founded Netherlands (not the country) to satisfy some of his grungier needs. And that’s exactly what the band does on their new album. Their guitars, drained in fuzz, play heavy and catchy riffs, making Audubon an album that's packed with heavy metal pop songs.

My Morning Jacket
It Still Moves (Deluxe Edition)

My Morning Jacket’s southern indie rock classic It Still Moves was first released in 2003, and is here reissued in truly deluxe style. The original record (some say the band’s finest) has been remastered, and is accompanied by 10 of Jim James’ demoes and another 3 tracks, previously unreleased, from the album sessions. 2 CDs or 4 LPs, on ATO Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
A Tribute To Pet Sounds

Can’t go wrong with The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds now can you? This is one of those timeless classics deep enough to withstand endless interpretations, and so the organisers of the Levitation festival have invited a star-studded, psych-streaked cast to cover the whole record. The Shivas, Cosmonauts and The UFO Club are among the many providing their own superb spin. From Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Moby
Animal Rights

Moby is best known for his electronica, but he’s always also been a massive fan of hardcore, grunge, metal: all the heavy guitar genres. The only time that really surfaced in his recorded material was his 1996 fourth album Animal Rights, which is Moby in proper alt-rock mode. First time reissue, on 180g vinyl.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Big Thief
Masterpiece

Big Thief is the next evolution of the music of Adrianne Lenker, drawing in her long-term creative collaborator Buck Meek and, for the first time, a regular rhythm section. Masterpiece (a bold title eh?) has the relaxed, guitar-led swagger of so much 90’s alt-rock, and Lenker’s songs manage to be instantly memorable. Released by Saddle Creek.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

FEWS
The Zoo

Swedish/American combo FEWS came to the attention of most people with their debut single Ill, which was released on Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label. They also wowed the crowds at the Speedy Wunderground festival. Now signed to Play It Again Sam, their new single The Zoo mixes post-punk’s angles with a motorik beat.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Night Beats
Who Sold My Generation

Night Beats are a trio who have apparently been hibernating in some kind of hemp cupboard since 1969, which is to say that they sound precisely like the psychedelic rock overlords of that era. Nothing wrong with that of course, especially when the music is dispatched with such verve. Third album Who Sold My Generation is out on Heavenly Recordings

The Stone Roses
The Very Best Of

Many thought that it would never happen but Manchester indie Gods The Stone Roses look to be releasing new music. They’ll be also be playing some live dates which I'm sure will have middle aged Madchester casualties salivating. For now though you can relieve their past glories with a reissue of The Very Best Of The Stone Roses. It does what it says on the tin and most likely doesn't include 'All For One' On double vinyl LP, housed in a gatefold sleeve and CD.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spring King
Tell Me If You Like To

Tell Me If You Like To is the debut album from Manchester post-punks Spring King. They're seemingly already on the road to success after being bigged-up by the NME with the music mag calling them the most promising new band of 2016. They also have the accomplishment of being the first band Zane Lowe played on his new Beats 1 show. It's like when Tony Blackburn played 'Flowers in the Rain'. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Band of Horses
Why Are You OK

On the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album, Everything All The Time, Seattle’s Band Of Horses release their fifth album Why Are You OK. The album contains all the melodic hooks and the stories the band are known for. This time however, the album is informed by top horse Ben Bridwell’s time songwriting at home whilst looking after his daughters. The album was produced by Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle with the help of the legendary Rick Rubin.
  • Artist(s):
  • Low
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

PJ Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project

The Hope Six Demolition Project is the ninth album by PJ Harvey. It is her first album since 2011’s Mercury Music Prize winning Let England Shake. The songs were created in sessions that were open to the public as part of an art installation at London’s Somerset House in 2015.  From snippets we’ve heard it sounds like she has returned to the punchy and riff-heavy indie-rock of albums such as Dry, Rid of Me and Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. Should be good then!
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Getaway

One of the biggest bands in the world, Red Hot Chilli Peppers need no introduction. What will be of interest however is that their new album, The Getaway, their first for five years, was co-produced by Danger Mouse, who’s had his fingers in a lot of pies production-wise and Nigel Godrich, most famously connected to Radiohead.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Barbarisms
Browser

Stockholm-based but fronted by US native Nicholas Faraone, Barbarisms have drawn praise of the highest order: musically being likened to Guided By Voices and Built To Spill and lyrically aligned with Destroyer and Silver Jews. Uncut magazine has also mentioned Bill Callahan and Herman Dune when praising their debut long-player, Browser. So....they've got a lot to live up to but they might just do it.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mutual Benefit
Skip a Sinking Stone

Mutual Benefit is Jordan Lee’s self-reflexive solo indie-pop project, and Skip a Sinking Stone is his second record. The album can be thematically divided into 2 parts: 1 nomadic, 1 grounded, but both presenting their own problems. Jordan gets it all accross with sensitive arrangements, strings, and his own plaintive vocals. On Transgressive.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

FEWS
Means

This debut release from FEWS borrows the structures and experiments of post-punk, but replaces any brooding seriousness with a playful melodic sensibility. Means, on the Play It Again Sam label, is ten tracks of bold, exuberant and psychedelic guitar music made for both dancing and headphone appreciation.

Kate Jackson
British Road Movies

After The Long Blondes’ untimely disbansion in 2008 Kate Jackson went on to working on her solo career, forming the Kate Jackson Group, working in The Wrong Moves and The Wilsons, as well working with Bernard Butler of Suede. British Road Movies is the result of the Jackson/Butler collaborations, and it has been a long wait. The result is a collection of cinematic alt-pop songs which would fit perfectly with any road movie.

Various
Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985

A big stack of awesome feminine sonic radicals are gathered up on this compilation, from searing post-punk to dub to rockabilly bands. Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985 features a whole wonderful subculture, with tracks from Strawberry Switchblade, The Kamikaze Pilots, Dolly Mixture and a great many more over 2 CDs. On RPM.
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  • RPM

Arbor Labor Union
I Hear You

On I Hear You, Arbor Labor Union make a heavy, repetitive rock ‘n roll from droning bass and abrasive guitar. The group were previously known as Pinecones and the name change has also meant a development in their sound, which has become heavier and more experimental, but also just more fun. Released by Sub Pop.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Head Wound City
A New Wave of Violence

Head Wound City (now there’s a strong descriptive name eh?) contains members of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blood Brothers and The Locust and they are vexed by the world. Debut album A New Wave Of Violence is a fierce, heavy thing, drawing post-hardcore and noise rock sounds into their dank sonic pit. On Vice Music.

Yak
Alas Salvation

With a couple of singles on Fat Possum and an EP on Third Person records, riot inducing noise-rock trio Yak turn to Octopus for their Debut album Alas salvation. With elements of Death from above 1979 and squealing of Lightning Bolt in a noisy garage band package. Catchy and sweaty. Is there anything better?
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  • Yak
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gates
Parallel Lives

Shimmering guitar rock sounds from New Jersey’s Gates here, who filter their radio-friendly indie sound through a production style that nods towards shoegaze and post-rock to achieve some smooth results. Parallel Lives is their second full-length album, and is released via the Pure Noise imprint.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Band of Skulls
By Default

New rock action from Band Of Skulls, with their fourth album. By Default is maybe not a super-wise name for a rock band to choose for their album, although actually the group get into some not-so-generic territory at times, switching between big arena rock moments and tight power-trio grooves. Out on BMG.
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  • BMG
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Yoni & Geti
Testarossa

Yoni & Geti are Yoni Wolf of Why? and Serengeti, and they’ve not been heard together since 2011. But now Testarossa is here, and it just so happens to be a narrative-heavy record, the pair telling the tale of 2 characters in a troubled relationship. This is told through deft flows and inventive beats, just as you’d expect from Mr Why?. On Joyful Noise.

White Lung
Paradise

White Lung’s new album Paradise comes with the approval of Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, so you know it’ll be a well thought-through work. Their indie-punk-rock is full of fierce energy, but the songs are also very lyrically involved. And Paradise wastes no time, firing through its 10 songs in just 28 minutes. On Domino.

Into It. Over It.
Standards

Evan Weiss’ brings back his project Into It. Over It. for a full-length record of new songs. Standards was written alone in a cabin in the woods before being filled out into full-scale band compositions. So the intimacy of the songwriting is balanced by the widescreen scale of the arrangements: perfect! Released by Brace Yourself Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Duke Spirit
KIN

The Duke Spirit return with KIN, their first record in 5 years. As well as the band’s own elegant performances, the album also features some considerable guests, including Mark Lanegan and members of Archie Bronson Outfit and Gallon Drunk. The LP is pressed to 180g translucent green vinyl, packed in a gatefold sleeve and accompanied by a handy download code.

Mountains and Rainbows
Particles

Mountains and Rainbows are a good-time Detroit band led by Matt Z, the drummer in Tyvek. They are one of those bands who become legendary on their local circuit, but aren’t fussed with spreading the word any further (this is their first proper album release, despite the band having been around a decade). Thanks due to John Dwyer then, who now presents Particles on his Castle Face imprint.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

DTHPDL
The Future

DTHPDL is Alastair J. Chivers doing his own thing, indulging his fondness for dark, hazy synth-pop vibes. The Future, which also features assistance from Humdrum Jetset and D. McDonald, is an atmospheric bundle of songcraft and no mistake. It is released as a cassette on the Scottish label Song, By Toad.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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10,000 Maniacs
Our Time In Eden

Our Time In Eden is the fifth record in 10,000 Maniacs catalogue, and was initially released in 1992. After this, singer Natalie Merchant moved on to fresh pastures, so she is in wistful swan-song mode here. Lush folkish pop music with a tint of darkness is what 10,000 Maniacs do best, and they certainly do it here. Reissued by Rhino.

Hurry
Guided Meditation

When he isn’t playing with Everyone Everywhere, Matthew Scottoline is squirrelled away making tracks for his alt-rock, mostly-solo project Hurry. Guided Meditation cites Weezer and Dinosaur Jr as influences, and that’s accurate, but I must say the main comparison that I would make would be with the breezy stylings of Travis. Released on Lame-O Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Manic Street Preachers
Everything Must Go: 20

The first album that the Manic Street Preachers made post-Richie, Everything Must Go is one of their major statements. 20 years on, it now gets its reissue dues in the form of a hefty box: the original album on CD and vinyl, a CD of bonus tracks, and 2 DVDs worth of contemporary footage. There is also a 2CD edition with the bonus tracks.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Zen Mantra
Zen Mantra

Zen Mantra, aka Sam Perry, produces his own songs from his bedroom studio, managing to achieve the perfect level of dreaminess that allows simple indie-pop songs to elevate the listener to some higher plane. Operating out of New Zealand, young Sam has now joined the roster of Flying Nun, ensuring dream-pop fame. LP release.

Uncle Tupelo
Still Feel Gone

The reliably excellent Music On Vinyl reissue Uncle Tupelo’s second album on 180 gram vinyl. Still Feel Gone consolidated the band’s pioneering blend of jagged American angst and heavy alt-country melancholy. Some of the songs also show the experimental direction that Jeff Tweedy would push with Wilco.

Pity Sex
White Hot Moon

Michigan’s Pity Sex shift to a slightly different gear on this album, the follow-up to their debut Feast Of Love. On White Hot Moon the scope is larger, the grungey indie-punk being better spread out, through both production and songwriting. Released by Run For Cover on CD and coloured vinyl editions.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Country Teasers
Destroy All Human Life

Edinburgh’s Country Teasers released their third album, the ambitiously-titled Destroy All Human Life in 1999. It finds them cutting back on the explosive mess of their earlier sound, allowing the cutting lyrics of Ben Waller and the alt-country musicianship to shine through clearly. Includes a Tammy Wynette cover! First-time vinyl issuing, on Fat Possum.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Saqqara Mastabas
Libras

Close collaborators from their shared time in Fiery Furnaces, Matthew Friedberger and Bob D’Amico (also of Sebadoh) have gone wild and spiritual with this Saqqara Mastabas project of theirs. Libras sounds something roughly like the kind of pagan ritual pictured on the sleeve art: ina good way, obviously. Out on the Joyful Noise label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wolf Solent
EP 2

Wolf Solent is solo artist and multi-instrumentalist Danny Barton. Originating from York, Barton learned his trade playing guitar, bass and drums in various garage and psych bands. Recorded and performed entirely by Barton at his home studio in 2014, ‘EP 2’ consists of seven, moody psychedelic garage pop songs with the subtle vocal sitting quietly behind a complicated arrangement of guitars and feedback.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nothing
Tired Of Tomorrow

Tired Of Tomorrow is the second album by Philadelphia’s nihilistic shoegazers Nothing. It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album Guilty of Everything. The fuzzy guitars and swirling melodies reference the glorious grungey shoegaziness of the ‘90s. Tired Of Tomorrow is an album that will both soothe and unsettle.

Garbage
Strange Little Birds

Garbage are back with a new full-length album, their sixth! They’ve retained their anthemic 90’s alt-rock sound: in fact, the band have suggested that this album found them going right back to first principles, rather than “fussing over” their sound too much. Strange Little Birds, their first album in 4 years, is released by the band’s very own label, STUNVOLUME.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Robert Pollard
Of Course You Are

Guided By Voices’ leader Robert Pollard is back with another solo outing (his twenty-fourth(!)), a suite of classically rock-based tunes and dextrous songwriting.. One track even has an appearance from that deliciously proggy instrument, the mellotron. Of Course You Are is released on the Fire America label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Heavy Times
Black Sunglasses

Heavy Times are a garage-rock band who are always worth your attention: for this new single on the HoZac label they add raw synth to the mix, where it sits comfortably with the frantic rhythm and Nick Cave-esque vocals on the title cut. The Black Sunglasses single is limited to 500 7” vinyl copies only.

Kitchen's Floor
Battle Of Brisbane

Grinding garage rock 'n' roll from Brisbane malcontents Kitchen's Floor. The guitars seethe, the drums pound, the bass thumps and the vocals express existential terror through a filter of cynicism. For fans of Australian legends like The Saints, Radio Birdman and The Celibate Rifles as well as the more contemporary likes of Blank Realm (whose Luke Walsh recorded the album).

Wire
Nocturnal Koreans

After finishing their self-titled 2015 album, post-punk unit Wire discovered they had material that didn’t fit that album’s themes. So, we get Nocturnal Koreans, a compilation of album offcuts that are as jagged and powerful as anything the band have recorded. The freedom of releasing music outside an album structure lets the band properly experiment with composition and sound.

Palehound
Dry Food

The kids are coming up from behind… Ellen Kempner is a very skilled 21-year old, which means she combines the ability to sound just as you want your punkish-indie singer-songwriters to sound with the electric energy of youth. Dry Food is her debut full-length under the Palehound moniker, out on Heavenly.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Dandy Warhols
Distortland

So who won? The Dandy Warhols or Brian Jonestown Massacre? I think it's quite obvious on musical terms even if the Warhols may have more bulging pockets. There's not quite as much excitement about this album as there was for BJM's 'Revelation' and whereas that album was a tour de force of psychedelic musics rich history, this sounds like a band on autopilot. Still, if it gives them an excuse to tour and reel out all those old hits everyone will be happy.   
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Man Made
TV Broke My Brain

Man Made are a new Mancunian indie rock band! This particular group have focused their thinking on the other side of the Atlantic, with an American alt-rock tinge to the vocals and to the production, handled by Ray Man. I’m probably also obliged to mention that the band’s Nile Marr is in fact related to *that* Marr… Out on Soul Kitchen.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blaney (featuring Mark E. Smith)
Urban Nature

Ed Blaney was formerly a member of The Fall, which is probably what made it possible for him to enlist Mark E. Smith himself to provide vocals on his album He’s lucky Smith didn’t claim it for himself as a Fall album under the “me and yr granny on bongos” doctrine… Smith drawls superbly over the rock instrumentals of Urban Nature. On Yerrrr Productions.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dr. Dog
The Psychedelic Swamp

Dr. Dog are at last releasing their long-schemed big concept album: and so, The Psychedelic Swamp. For a taste of just how psychedelic the record is, just take a look at the cover art… In fact, the band somewhat recall The Flaming Lips here, both in sound and in grand sweeping ambition. CD and ‘swamp green’ vinyl editions.

East Of Venus
Memory Box

East Of Venus is a new band formed out of members of Luna, The Feelies, Winter Hours and plenty more besides. The resultant alt-rock super-brew is sure to satisfy fans of all of the above as well as newcomers, with bold originals mixed together with covers of The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin and Red Buckets. Memory Box is out on Omnivore.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Street Chant
Hauora

The influential New Zealand label Flying Nun release Hauora, by Street Chant, on vinyl LP. The band make witty pop-punk full of yearning melodies and rich Pavement-inspired guitars. Despite the sophisticated songwriting there’s still plenty of gnarly, distorted guitar solos and bad attitudes to enjoy.

Nada Surf
Let Go

Let Go is the third record that Nada Surf have to their name, first released in 2002 but now back out in the world once more. Their sweeping, breezy alt-rock sound is in full effect here, with plenty of the songs having party-grade pop immediacy. This LP reissue courtesy of Mardev is the first time the album has been available on vinyl in Europe.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dick Diver
New Start Again

New Start Again is the debut full-length album of Australians Dick Diver. First released in 2011 by Melbourne’s Chapter Music, it’s now being reissued on Trouble In Mind. The sound is a sunny, rambling kind of indie pop: touches of 90’s slackerism but fronted by distinctly Australian-accented vocals. CD and LP editions.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Future of The Left
The Peace & Truce of Future of The Left

Future of The Left return with their fifth album, another set of grinding, noisy, shouty rock music. From Wales. The Peace & Truce of Future of The Left finds Andy Falkous using his sardonic lyrics and throaty howl to lead his troops into 13 fairly hardy songs. CD and LP release on the Prescriptions label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wolf Solent
EP//3

Wolf Solent’s EP//3 is the final installment in a trilogy of EPs by Danny Trew Barton on Sea records. Barton’s unique mix of psych and cheeky upbeat drum rhythms makes for shoegaze you can dance to... Many tracks start with you expecting it to go one way, but then happily break away to something completely different.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

SWANS
The Glowing Man

The gargantuan behemoth that is 21st Century Swans comes to a close with The Glowing Man, another large double. A very wide array of instrumentation is in play here, all feeding into the need for these songs to expand and explode. Presented on 2 CDs or 3 LPs, all in varnished and embossed card packaging. On Mute.

Giant Sand
proVISIONS

proVISIONS is Giant Sand’ 2008 record, reissued now by the Fire label. As well as main Sandman Howe Gelb, this double-disc collection also features vocal assistance from Neko Case, M Ward and Isobel Campbell, while PJ Harvey finds her ‘The Desperate Kingdom Of Love’ covered. Desert-music with plenty of atmosphere.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Teen Suicide
It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot

Recorded in just over a year with a sizeable group of collaborators and performers ‘It’s The Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir The Honey Pot’ is the latest album from Maryland rock outfit Teen Suicide and according to the band it will be their last. Consisting of 26 tracks covering an array of genres including punk, noise, country and electro dance music, the record is as eclectic and charming as it's title is long.

Primal Scream
Live In Japan

Live In Japan was recorded in 2002, which Primal Scream fans will know puts the band at the peak of their powers, following the releases of XTRMNTR and Evil Heat. Lots of that material appears here, played with aggressive vigour by a line-up that included Kevin Shields. Premium Scream. Double LP reissue with poster, on Sony.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Frightened Rabbit
Painting Of A Panic Attack

Frightened Rabbit return with their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack. The Scottish indie band have gone through some line-up changes, added some electronic elements to their guitar-based sound and have Aaron Dessner of The National in the producer’s chair. Frontman Scott Hutchinson’s dark and intensely sincere lyrics - here influenced by his move from Scotland to L.A. - tie the album together into a package that will delight fans old and new.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

New Madrid
magnetkingmagnetqueen

New Madrid’s new album magnetkingmagnetking spreads all the way over 2 LPs and 15 songs, painting their psych songcraft over a large canvas. It means they get to show off all their styles, though all are linked through a strong dedication to the groove and a hazy feel. Released by Normaltown Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

B Boys
No Worry No Mind

Coming at you straight out of Brooklyn, NYC, are the trio of B Boys, who play a cool kind of surf-garage punk-rock (surfing in the garage? Does that work?). They might recall fellow New Yorkers Parquet Courts to some ears: they certainly have the energy and the chops for it. No Worry No Mind is out on Captured Tracks.

Prism Tats
Prism Tats

Prism Tats release their debut full-length album, a groovy rock thing. Garett van der Spek‘s vocals are bold and soft at once, mixing up the vocal traditions of rock and R&B to compelling effect. Behind him, the band follow suit with a sound that struts and pulses. This self-titled record is out on the Anti label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

A Giant Dog
Pile

A Giant Dog are a Texas outfit who boldly bring back the glory days of glam rock, splashing sequins and sparkles all over the place with their riff-centric boogies. Plus, lyrics that can be favourably compared to Sparks! Pile is their third full-length, and you know what? It sounds like they are on a roll. Released by Merge.

The Foetals
Meet The Foetals

The Foetals is what happens when Jolan Lewis, veteran of bands like The Pink Teens and Temple Songs, strikes out on his own to let his deepest sonic loves run wild. Proper 60’s-esque pop is put through the lens of obscure American lo-fi bands. Meet The Foetals is consequently quite a lot of fun! LP release on PNK SLM.

Bleached
Welcome The Worms

Bleached return with a follow-up to their sun-kissed debut Ride Your Heart. The rough, and gratifyingly old fashioned, garage of their debut is much the same, but when you have a great melodic and abrasive sound why change it? But Welcome To The Worms is also more ambitious, with great songwriting and vocals.

White Denim
Stiff

White Denim’s high-energy garage/indie hybrid has always been built on loops developed in extensive jams. Stiff pushes this even further, in fact, making the songs looser than ever before. There’s bluesy riffing, weird little rockabilly breakdowns and a general experimental motivation to include whatever sounds good.

Mike & The Melvins
Three Men and a Baby

The Melvins are as dense and crushing as ever on this new record they’ve made with Mike Kunka of godheadSilo. Three Men And A Baby chugs along at speed, a sludge-noise-rock juggernaut that isn’t going to slow down for you, or for anybody else. The album is available from Sub Pop, on a broad array of formats: tape, CD and vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

Black Mountain
IV

JagJaguwar release Black Mountain’s newest slab of ferocious and psychedelic hard rock. Available on CD, black double vinyl LP and very limited white double vinyl LP, IV borrows the tough template of 1970s hard rock, but also blends a jam-band mentality and some analogue synth worship. Here, burnt out organ riffs and choral vocals meet extended improv.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Surf Friends
Dreams Are Real

Auckland’s shoegaze, two piece Surf Friends aka Brad Coley and Peter Westmoreland, are actual surf friends when they aren’t recording music together. Using just guitar, bass and drum machine, they create an impressively full sound, building poppy, burnt out, fuzzy melodies over driving psych/kraut rhythms. ‘Dreams Are Real’ reminds me of bands like Real Estate, Eddie Current Suppression Ring and Kraftwerk.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Juniper Moon
El Resto De Mi Vida + Singles Y Rarezas 1999-2003

Juniper Moon are lesser-known cult favourites, beloved of certain in-depth pop-punk fans. Their only album, El Resto De Mi Vida, is reissued here along with a disc of Singles Y Rarezas, which means their entire recorded output is here (some of it on vinyl for the first time). Energetic, sunny and gorgeous, lots of fun. 500 2LP copies on Elefant.

Kiran Leonard
Grapefruit

Kiran Leonard is an indecently good musician, bearing in mind his tender age of 20. This isn’t even his debut… Grapefruit has lots to show off, from fully rock-action passages to chamber orchestra sections and even some radio hiss ambience, all cemented by Leonard’s remarkable voice. Released by the Moshi Moshi label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cullen Omori
New Misery

New Misery is the solo debut from Smith Western frontman Cullen Omori. These eleven songs borrow the charm of his old band, along with melancholic indie-rock songwriting and ghostly lo-fi vocals. You can choose between authentic cassette, CD, standard vinyl or limited independent-only coloured vinyl, all from Sub Pop.

The Thermals
We Disappear

The Thermals are an old-school punk-rock band, their tracks bursting with a sense of abandon. The Portland trio have been doing this for years, so all the elements (howled vocals, guitars to put a smile on your face) are perfectly in place; time hasn’t dulled their thrill though. Available on CD, or in a clear vinyl edition that is limited to just 400 copies. Out on Saddle Creek
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Joy Formidable
Hitch

The third album from welsh indie-rockers The Joy Formidable is an ambitious and wide-ranging collection of feisty rock 'n roll. The band’s stripped back sound stops the songs from ever feeling overdone and the melodies are as lovely and as memorable as ever. Hitch is available on CD from Membran/Sony.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Coathangers
Nosebleed Weekend

Ten years into their activities as a band, The Coathangers release their fifth album, which maintains the best possible balance between experienced polish and the reckless sense of abandon that makes this garagey pop-punk work so well. Nosebleed Weekend is released on CD and LP by the Suicide Squeeze label: vinyl comes with a download code.

Black Peaks
Statues

Here we have the debut album from a Brighton band, Black Peaks. It’s rock all the way for these fellows, with the possible exception of a track called ‘Drone’, which is kind of drone. But mostly Statues is a tightly-knotted slice of arena-friendly epic rock action. Released by the Easy Life label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Death Cab For Cutie
Tractor Rape Chain

The classic 'Bee Thousand' era Guided By Voices track has been reworked by Mark Kozelek pal Ben Gibbard and his Death Cab For Cuties for a indie-rock geek guy pleasing 7". There's another song on the B side but I'm not sure what that is. It will set you back £10.99. I got a nice Mexican Wrap, fries and half a beer for that amount last night. Who's the winner?  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Flaming Lips
Lightning Strikes The Postman

If you didn't know already, Wayne Coyne's merry psychedelic nuisances love to release things, and they especially love to do it in weird formats. Behold this CD version of 'Lightning Strikes the Postman', taken from their pre-symphonic 'Clouds Taste Metallic' era. This tune has an alternate mix with old guitarist Ronald Jones, and of course it comes as a comic written by Coyne, because that dude never lets up.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

VANT
Fly By Alien

VANT’s single Fly By Alien is a high energy pop-grunge / pop-punk tune about an extraterrestrial encounter that leaves humanity with a message: something to think about there. Record Store Day 2016 stock, with very limited quantities available. Pressed to alien-style luminous vinyl, on Parlophone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
The Rarity of Experience Pts. I & II

Chris Forsyth is a guitar virtuoso, but one who decides to use his powers for good, not evil. Which is to say that he avoids tedious technical showcases in favour of expansive, classic-feeling jams with his excellent Solar Motel Band. The Rarity of Experience Pts. I & II is released as a double CD and double LP on the No Quarter label.

La Sera
Music For Listening To Music

La Sera (the band of former Vivian Girls member Katy Goodman) release their fourth album, on which they’ve lost none of their flair or energy: indeed, Music For Listening To Music exists on that lovely access of dream pop and noise pop. The album was produced by none other than Ryan Adams, and is released by Polyvinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tancred
Out Of The Garden

The garden in the title of Tancred’s new album Out Of The Garden must surely be the Garden of Eden: these songs are lyrically centred around the transgression of Judeo-Christian norms, with an emphasis on "feminine expectations". The group’s pop-punk power is as strong as ever, driving the message squarely home. On Polyvinyl.

Big Star
Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri

In one of the more surprising moves of the '90's former Box Top and professional grump since 1976 Alex Chilton was persuaded to reform his classic early '70s power pop band Big Star. The two surviving/interested members were joined by crazy haired Seattle two-some the Posies. This collection is the complete recording of their set at University of Missouri and includes run throughs of many of their ignored at the time but now popular numbers as well as nicely a take on fallen Big Star comrade Chris Bell's 'I Am the Cosmos'.  This is the first time the complete set has been released.  

Sunset Sons
Very Rarely Say Die

This record was recorded with the production assistance of an Arctic Monkey and a King Of Leon, which serves as pretty decent shorthand for the mainstream contemporary rock sound of Sunset Sounds, a band of Australians and Englishmen who met whilst surfing. Very Rarely Say Die is released by the French Exit label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
That's It Baby Right Now We Got To Do It Let's Dance! (Live in Tokyo 2015)

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - That’s It Baby Now We Got To Do It Let’s Dance (Live In Tokyo 2015) Captures the world’s wildest rock ‘n’ roll three-piece on top form. Armed with only two guitars, a drum kit and a theremin, JSBX burn through songs from their Freedom Tower album, throwing in a few fan favourites and covers along the way.

METZ / Mission of Burma
Good, Not Great / Get Off

Once a RSD item, now just a simple item, this 7" sees post-hxc tinged noise folk Metz go toe to toe with post-punk legends Mission of Burma. They do a punk swap by covering each other's tunes, with the former going in on "Good, Not Great" and the latter having a crack at "Get Off". A classic fairplay split in celebration of loud music sportsmanship. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Ukrainians
Vorony

Now  - like once parent band the Wedding Present - only releasing records on Record Store Day, the Ukrainians have this year chosen to re-issue their 1993 second album adding four bonus tracks. The Ukrainians mix post punk guitars with more traditional mountain music to create a high intensity blast of genre straddling fun. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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