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The 1975
The 1975

Who knew that when we watched Tim Healy on Auf Weidersen Pet and Denise Welch on Coronation Street that together they would make Matthew Healy who would found one of the biggest bands of the 2000s so far. This their debut started the process for they multi-layered eclectic approach bringing in electro-pop, emo and R & B to their on-the-surface rock band format. Their out-of-step 80s influences struck a chord particularly with younger listeners and the band have gone on to be hugely successful with further records featuring much longer titles than this one. 

Purling Hiss
Dizzy Polizzy

Dizzy Polizzy started life as a CDR containing six early recordings, circa 2004, Purling Hiss main man Mike Polizze had made with the help of drummer Ben Leaphart. By 2011, due to growing demand, Polizze made Dizzy Polizzy into a tour-only cassette which contained the original six tracks plus a few later recordings that fit the bill. Now, with demand even greater, Dizzy Polizzy is released as an LP! 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Murder Ballads

Nick Cave and his perpetual gloomy face released Murder Ballads back in 1996 with the Bad Seeds to great critical acclaim and even commercial success. To his dismay, he was even nominated for MTV Best Male Artist of the Year, although he was withdrawn at his own behest. Also featuring Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey and Shane Macgowan, this release also boasts four bonus tracks and four videos. CD on Mute.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Modest Mouse
White Lies, Yellow Teeth / Buttons to Push the Buttons

Modest Mouse are celebrating the days when they were at their rawest, playing stunningly rough guitar and howling lyrics for lost souls over disorientating dissonance. 'This Is a Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About' and 'The Lonesome Crowded West' are two early entries in the indie rock canon, and they're being reissued so we can all have the proof. This 7" features two tracks that failed to make their way onto a record proper: "White Lies, Yellow Teeth", which has been swiming freely through the internet for a while, and "Buttons to Push Buttons". 

Axes
Glory

Math punk. Is that a thing? Apparently so, it's just like math rock but punkier. This lightning-paced riff-loaded offering from London-based Axes (a four-piece hailing from Scotland, Denmark, Iran and... Essex) is fast, frantic and very fun. The sleeve features the band members on horse back. I hope the noisy music didn't scare the poor things too badly. Why the long face? 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cozy
Button by Button

Cozy Powell. Peeder Powell watch out. This is the debut release from Cozy who play a banging style of 70's glam power pop that gives Gary Glitter a run for his money. Fans of The Sweet and Bay City Rollers take note; there's a new gang in town and they are armed with fuzzy guitars, stack harmonies and stack heels galore. If you are allergic to handclaps you better look elsewhere, baby.  For fans of Slade, The Raspberries, Games and Mud. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Owen
Other People’s Songs

New album of cover versions from winsome acoustic guitar plucker Mike Kinsella aka Owen. Other People’s Songs contains 8 tracks tenderised versions of originals from the likes of Against Me! and Depeche Mode. Find out how he treats Descender from repeato merchants Lungfish and The Promise Ring’s emo classic Forget Me. On cd and vinyl from his usual home, Polyvinyl.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Games
Little Elise

Games got a lot of admiration for their debut album of power pop and here they come with a raucous blast of 70's pop fun. One part Big Star, one part Dwight Twilley Band and one part Bay City Rollers this is an absolute heap of be-mulleted fun. They have all those 70's glam moves down pat that you'd swear that this was taken from the lower reaches of the Top 75 back in 1976. If you like Raspberries, Shoes, Scruffs, Slade etc etc you'll love it. Great stuff.   
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Intensity Ghost

Drone conductor Chris Forsyth formed a band off the back of last year's 'Solar Motel', enlisting members of a variety of rock bands (including the ambient-leaning War on Drugs) to help him explore his rock 'n' drone'. 'Intensity Ghost' shows that band in full force, soloing until sore on tracks that are often purely instrumental, tightly-knit but resoundingly emotive. "I Ain't Waiting" sounds like modern post-rock mixed with the psychedelic undertones of Michio Kurihara and shades of Yes. 
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Bugs & Rats
Adidas

An obnoxious kebab of unrest from Bugs & Rats. Adidas is a bilge pump of evil hardcore/punk-rock with a seriously demented garage ascetic. Overblown with distorted-to-the-max guitars, muddy vocal squawks and a battery of drums. It's somewhere between Converge and The Sonics. Out on vinyl LP from Feeding Tube Records.
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Smashing Pumpkins
Monuments To An Elegy

Now that Billy Corgan is done composing and performing eight-hour tributes to Herman Hesse novels -- and making Oneohtrix Point Never laugh in the process -- he's decided to return to that little side project of his, also known as the Smashing Pumpkins. Monuments To An Elegy is their eighth record and hold the indie rock: we want it as pretentious as we know you can make it, Billy.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Phantom Band
Fears Trending

Some big sounds from Scots The Phantom Band. Fear Trending is the next installment from the half-dozen bunch. It's full of rocky guitars, wacky electronics and sincere Celtic crooning. It's proggy, post-rockish and has simple melodies which act as a contrast to the raucous instrumental madness. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Chemikal Underground.
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Superfood
Don’t Say That

This Birmingham four piece are a joyous fun-packed group squarely aimed at the late teens/early 20's market with infectious danceable pop with noticeable hip hop and Beck influences. They have nothing important to say, their songs are generally about food and fun but I'm sure would sound life affirming down the indie disco. This is their first full length following a popular 10" 'MAM'. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Yo La Tengo
Extra Painful

'Painful' was something of an early blueprint for another of Yo La Tengo's more beloved records, 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out'. Beyond their sickly blue covers, both are full of mumbled vocals, twilit riffs that slide seamlessly through the night, and romantic shoegaze outbursts. 'Extra Painful' compiles this old, understated effort from one of indie rock's subtlest acts with a second disc of original and unheard material -- plus lots of photos and an endless amount of goodies.
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Tyrannosaurus Dead
Flying Ant Day

For fans of fuzzed out indie rock from yesteryear with modern principles and a youthful exuberance, there's Tyrannosaurus Dead, who get by with sickly-sweet vocal exchanges (that recall a gentler Dan Bejar) and scuzzy chords that make you feel a lot of love. The succinct and always catchy enough 'Flying Ant Day' takes you back to the days of 'Slanted & Enchanted' carelessness, and also harkens to the newer work of Joanna Gruesome. A nice postcard from indie rock.

Destroyer
Your Blues

Dan Bejar's indie rock eye-rolling continued with 'Your Blues', his sixth record, which wasn't a testament to how bored he was hanging about with the twee and sickeningly lovely New Pornographers, but was a wonderful bit of abandon for him. As is custom for the Destroyer project, it shows him in high-drama form, performing pantomimic songs in his Bowie-inflected vocal snarl.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Amazing Snakeheads
Can't Let You Go

A Highland tantrum from The Amazing Snakeheads. Dripping with contempt, Can't Let You Go is a deluge of literal monosyllabic rage about how they just cannot seem to let this person go. Drenched in booze, fags, loud guitars, drums and shouting. I knew Limmy was angry, but now he’s bloody livid. Out on 7" vinyl from Domino.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wilco
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Wilco have never been particularly good at hiding their so-called rarities away, half of their fan-base having already been treated to the stellar, suffocatingly intimate early versions of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot songs. Here, though, the band leave another offering: Alpha Mike Foxtrot collates songs they've been commissioned to record for cover albums and film scores, and also throws in some of the band's quintessential b-sides, letting us live in an parallel universe where alt-country is still going strong.

Joseph Coward
The World Famous Joseph Coward

'The World Famous Joseph Coward' is more of a projection than a fact: it's actually Joseph Coward's debut record, one that hopes to push Coward swiftly into the indie rock canon. Coward's song-writing is plaintive and traditional, taking inspiration from solo artists with the same wistful Romanticism while also trying to extract the fury and hot blood of rock 'n' roll bands. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Primus
Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble

Wacky high energy Californian rockers Primus have been going for 30 years now, their unique brand of bass-heavy prog-funk silliness doesn't really need any introduction. Nor does the soundtrack to the musical film version of Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. On New Year's Eve 2013 the band performed their Zappa-meets-Beefheart-meets-Rush-ified take on said soundtrack and now here's a recorded version. “The tour and the album are solely a marketing tool just so we can sell candy bars,” says Claypool, who has just launched a new range of "Primus Bars".
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tyred Eyes
Elevator

Tyred Eyes are a three-piece from Göteborg in Sweden. They used to make clattering punk influenced by the oldies; now, they're opted to take on the oh-so-loud indie of the 90s they know and love. 'Elevator' is their new record and the follow-up to the direct, raucous pop music of their 'Ghost' EP, taking the band's noise in a more chilled, slow-paced direction .  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Joshua WF Thomson
Platinum Metres

Calling out to the cosmos, it’s Joshua WF Thomas, via Hong Kong's Platinum Metres. The record, which has the same name as the label, is an attempt to convey human nature and a depiction of music from around the globe. The Plantinum Metres vinyl LP spans many genres and is full of collaborations from a wide range of multicultural artists. It's extensive, weird and delightful and is Joshua's ode to the gold disc's NASA sent into space in then 70's.
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Fugazi
In On The Killtaker

In On The Kill Taker is one of Fugazi's most shamefully overlooked works, too straightforward to appease their later fans and not punx enough to piss off a hardcore kid the way they like it. What you get instead is a furious dance: some of the band's catchiest cuts, including "Public Witness Programme", along with the usual gleeful fury.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Afghan Whigs
Gentleman (Gentlemen at 21 Deluxe Edition)

21st anniversary reissue for the seminal 1993 album, complete with 17 bonus tracks - a collection of B-sides, live performances and demos. The album is available remastered, on vinyl (with none of the bonus stuff), CD, or on (Record Store Day only) very limited edition 3-album vinyl which includes the bonus stuff. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wedding Dress
Desperate Glow

If you collect up all the cosmic gloop oozing from a dozen excellent and oh-so-slightly experimental acts, you get Wedding Dress. The band features members of math rockers Maps & Atlases as well as Suns and Joans of Arc, though there's less of the noodling and more slow-burning. Layers of synth, industrial-sized percussion and sweet acoustic guitar can all appear in one song, making 'Desperate Glow' a very odd little pastiche.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Ministry Of Wolves
Happily Ever After

Weird German fantasists The Ministry of Wolves base their songs around fairytales by The Brothers Grimm. And why not. Suitably dark and sinister, these tracks will surely reignite the nightmares you had as a kid when you woke up convinced there was a wolf under the bed or a headless wood cutter lurking in the bushes outwide. Theatrical, dark German mayhem. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Girlpool
Girlpool

Keep things simple and rock 'n' roll will be forever: Girlpool are founded on these honourable principles, sticking to guitar and bass and hoping it'll translate louder than the biggest of the big bands. Their self-titled debut is a love letter to the days of DIY, lo-fi nonsense, a place where all the best pop songs came from. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dilly Dally
Candy Mountain

Toronto’s Dilly Dally formed in 2010 after discovering a shared propensity for dreamy guitars, weed and karaoke. With the addition of their two good friends, Corey Marshall (drums) and Michael Guiliani (bass) the quartet spent the years that followed playing anywhere they could with a PA, be it bar or basement. Now, with a solid fan base, the band are gearing up for the release of their debut LP with the release of a brand new 7” single, ‘Candy Mountain’. Grungy and abrasive, Dilly Dally make music that is steeped in accessible but not overly polished melodies. 

Mazes
Wooden Aquarium

It's been a year since 2013's triumphant 'Ores & Minerals' and London based trio Mazes hone in on the best of their craft with 'Wooden Aquarium'; here, the hypnotic motorik rhythms and infectious pop melodies remain firmly intact. Though defying tradition and recording the album completely live in a studio, Mazes have not compromised their lo-fi sensibility as evidenced on their previous two efforts. With the help of Parquet Courts' producer Jonathan Schenke, 'Wooden Aquarium' is probably their most accomplished record to date. 

TV Eyes
TV Eyes

Alright! Power pop revival! Let's all have a good time! TV Eyes! Let's go! Taking time off from his work making terrifying abstract compositions for television's 'Hannibal', Brian Reitzell meets up with pals Jason Falkner and Roger Manning Jr., so they can reissue their self-titled 2006 record, which was only ever released in Japan. On record, they pay respects to their not-so-secret favourite era of music: '80s. Expect the word new wave, and feel good with this new self-titled work. 
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Wild Smiles
Always Tomorrow

Debut album from Winchester three-piece Wild Smiles. Catchy angst pop with a droney harmonic kick, the band have garnered attention from all over the shop, landing an endorsement by Gibson and a string of European live shows. Bit like Dinosaur Junior but with shinier shoes to gaze into. Nice if you like that sort of thing. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

LoneLady
Groove It Out

Outrageous funk-pop from LoneLady. Her new 12" single is a lesson in pure fun, reveling in the sounds of mid-80's Madonna and Talking Heads. Establishing an array of bum-wiggling loops, Groove It Out is undeniable infectious. The B side has a remix by Bristolian electronic avant-nutter Ekoplekz. Out on Warp.

Big Star
Live In Memphis

Big Star were rock 'n' roll's most spectacular failures, ignored in their time but widely beloved now for their underdog story and inspiring power pop hooks. 'Live In Memphis' was one of their only recorded live shows, showing them off in 1994 when the stakes were low and the emotions ran high. Plenty of high points for Big Star are gifted to the crowd, here, along with random T. Rex covers. Those are important.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Green
Green

Finally one of the quintessential '80s pop/rock albums has been reissued! Underappreciated since its release, this self-titled album is sure to surprise you for being so well-conserved. Still fresh as a spring-time leaf, Green’s debut has not aged a bit. Treat yourself to a tasty music history lesson! Only 500 copies available!
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Arms
Are We All In This Together

Twee pop at its most cringe-inducing high -- just check the music video for "Are We All In This Together", which is pretty cat-driven -- Arms are reliving the glory days when guitars where shimmering and yet drab, when only chords where played and drums were softly shuffled. Their debut record, also called 'Are We All In This Together', has shades of the old Sarah days and also sounds like a spryer, more silly version of Allo Darlin'.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mariachi El Bronx
III

Otherwise known as Californian hardcore punk band The Bronx, the band’s alter ego Mariachi El Bronx return with their third album of Mariachi inspired music. Released via ATO Records ‘III’ is a different direction for the band as they come into their own: with a different approach to writing, the band defy tradition here with the help of old sequencers, synths and an ARP. Available in all formats, including day-glo orange vinyl. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Arctic Monkeys
AM

I have to admit (I'm embarrassed by this) I couldn't work out why Arctic Monkeys called their fifth album AM. Arctic Monkeys. No still don't get it. Anyway after a couple of mixed quality albums where they grew their hairs out and recorded in America, the Sheffield four piece returned with a vengeance on perhaps their most commercially successful album to date. It blended their sound with elements of hard rock, hip-hop and soul and contained several songs that have become concert staples. Barely anything on it suggested where they were headed next but this could almost be seen as Arctic Monkeys Party album before the Pet Sounds of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Portastatic
The Summer Of The Shark

Fourth studio album from Carolina-based indie rock band Portastatic. Fronted by Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, the band started off as a side project then steadily progressed to a fully fledged band. McCaughan stated that 'The Summer of the Shark' was intended as a concept albm about 9/11. Originally released in 2003 on Merge Records. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Das Pain
Joyride / Haunted Heart

Swaying mellow drama from Das Pain. Joyride / Haunted Heart has an air of hopelessness, lost love and gloom tinged whiskey. Both tracks plod along with vocal rasps, woeful guitars and staggering drums. This record will appeal to fans of Nick Cave, The Pogues and urban sea-shanties. This 7" vinyl is being self-released by Das Pain and is limited to 250 copies.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
I’m Your Fan

Like "I'm Your Man", get it? Such a fantastic pun is surely worthy of one of the most renowned songwriters of all time -- 'I'm Your Fan' features reinterpretations of Leonard Cohen's work by canonised rock acts like the Pixies, R.E.M., Robert Forster, Nick Cave and John Cale. Some of these covers are light, respectful and affectionate, while others tear into Cohen's work violently, as with Cave's wild version of "Tower of Song". 

Greylag
Greylag

Rich, moody guitar-powered Americana from Portland three-piece Greylag. This self-titled debut album was produced by the great Phil Ek, who has worked with Band of Horses, The Shins and Modest Mouse, among others. The album was four long years in the making and is available on limited coloured vinyl, as well as your usual black sort. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Minus The Bear
Planet Of Ice

In 2007, Minus The Bear were on math rock's biggest roll, having spent plenty of time messing with time signatures until their songs were stretched but bizarrely irresistible -- 'Highly Refined Pirates' and the more experimental 'Menos El Oso' were the proof. They followed those records up with 'Planet of Ice', a widescreen affair of battling guitars and proggy song structures. Seven years after its release, Suicide Squeeze are reissuing Minus the Bear's proudest, hugest sounding work. 
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Little Big League
Tropical Jinx

Little Big League are pretty accomplished when it comes to the whole indie rock thing: they've changed their name a couple of times, for starters, and each member comes from a stellar band in another corner of the genre, be it Post Post, Titus Andronicus or Strand of Oaks. So on 'Tropical Jinx', they just rip through these songs like they didn't even need to rehearse, each riff feeling fresh and immediate and frontwoman Michelle Zauner having a ball with her slurred, thrown off vocals. Pretty sick slacker rock.
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Melvins
Hold It In

Their first full-length as a quartet since 2010’s 'The Bride Screams Murder', ‘Hold It In’ marks yet another return for Washington’s ever-prolific Melvins, this time with the addition of guitar-proficient Paul Leary and JD Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), joining originals and sole constants Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover. Recorded between Washington and Austin earlier this year, ‘Hold It In’ promises to be a “refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit” according to Osborne. Sounds about right! 

Thurston Moore
The Best Day

What's been going on with Thurston Moore? Aside from release a new cassette of experimental space rock, it looks like he got a pet dog. 'The Best Day' is the Sonic Youth frontman's first solo record since he released 'Demolished Thoughts' in 2010, a year after Sonic Youth distributed their final document, 'The Eternal'. The record shows off Moore's dedication to ferocious no wave guitars but also flinches for moments of acoustic balladry. Aside from the dog, there are some accomplished indie rock musicians backing Moore on this one -- Steve Shelley, of course, as well as Deb Googe of MBV and James Sedwards of Nought. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dope Body
Lifer

Baltimore quartet Dope Body's last album 'Natural History' was a superbly bombastic explosion of gnarly wild-eyed noise rock and weird guitar manipulation that showed a significant step forward from debut 'Nupping'. Can they maintain the momentum on third album 'Lifer'? Early tasters suggest so. Expect dirty, tough and weird noise rock party anthems.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Aislers Set
Terrible Things Happen

Just look at my original review of this. Horiffic innit? That's how shit we were back then. A band who weren't shit of course were Aislers Set who were a bag of fun back in the day but whose stock has risen in recent years as the kids turn back to the twee pop their mums and dads liked back in the '90's. Aislers Set was formed by ex Henry's Dress leader Amy Linton who wrote and played all this stuff herself and she really delivered the goods on this, their debut LP. It's full of mod-ish melodic 60's influenced pop with her sweet vocals plopped on top like a particularly delicious cherry on an already exquisite cake. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
IX

Indie rock band and prog revisionists And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are back with another entry into their prolific and long-winded discography. 'IX' is their first record in two years, which doesn't seem like a lot, but totally is for this band. If you're looking to have that ecstatic and bombastic sound mixed into your indie rock soup, then fret not: they're back.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Giant Burger
Second

Second vinyl release from those fast food fantasists from Hackney. Describing their music as 'Doom Meat Pop', the band's only review on Facebook is "That's the worst band I've ever heard" - a man outside the New Cross Inn. This 45-er runs to an impressive 13 minutes and is available on limited edition blue vinyl. Do you want fries with that? 
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Yes I'm Leaving
Mission Bulb

'Mission Bulb' is the record and Yes I'm Leaving are the band -- and they are pissed off pretty much all the time. A straight-up noise rock act with only the grittiest elements of their post-hardcore influences, they've created something pummelling and punishing with 'Mission Bulb'. It recalls early era Unwound, back when the notorious noise rockers weren't dispirited and quiet and still screamed their heads off. Homeless Records are releasing the Sydney band's record once more, hoping it won't go unnoticed this time, and will knock out at least half of the people who listen to it. Recommended for fans of rackets and guitar tones that don't want to be your friend -- 'Mission Bulb' is kind of like the second coming of Shotmaker.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Twin Peaks
Wild Onion

Chicago garage rock smirkers Twin Peaks are releasing their second record, 'Wild Onion', as the follow-up to their brighter, short 'n' sweet debut. This time about, they make a sprawling, more free-wheeling record trading screeching guitars with sad boys indie pop endlessly. A recommended listen for fans of Thee Oh Sees and other garage thrill-seekers.

Detective Instinct
Black Floral

Middlesborough's experimental lover of loops and lo-fi, Oliver Heffernan, adopted the moniker Detective Instinct and inherited a bunch of problems with it (he cites the making of  the record as having a "miserable start and a confusing middle"). On this record, he takes his love of electronic, psychedelia and krautrock and the invites all of his friends over to sing over the top: there are contributions from the Minutemen's Mike Watt, members of Half Japanese and Heffernan's own Year of Birds. Yay for happy endings!
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Weezer
Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Geeky alt rockers Weezer return with their first studio record in four years, and judging by the record titles ('Raditude', and, uh, 'Hurley'?), the first record they've taken seriously in a very long time. 'Evertything Will Be Alright In The End' sees the band working with Ric Ocasek again, the producer who helped make their seminal 'Blue Album'. On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End', Weezer attempt to throw back to the good ol' days of shredding pop songs.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bass Drum Of Death
Rip This

Garage rock duo Bass Drum Of Death are based around the songwriting of frontman John Barrett, who returns here with his second effort, 'Rip This'. The record continues the band's dedication to a guitar sound dedicated first and foremost to raw power, though this time Barrett brings drummer Len Clark in to do some real collaborative work.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Unravelling

Sad Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks match up to their label-mates Frightened Rabbit for songs that try to tug on the heartstrings pretty much non-stop. 'Unravelling' is their third record in five years, trying out the kind of soaring, epic songs indie rock bands tend to make as they grow up. They remain similar to their miserable Scottish compatriots while recalling the melodrama of bands like Shearwater.
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The Clean
Anthology

Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism. The album is a compilation from across The Clean’s legendary career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP.

S (Jenn Ghetto)
Cool Choices

The all-too-simply named S is the project of Jenn Ghetto, who makes slow-moving bedroom pop on guitar and records it to four-track. Her sparse arrangements, accompanied by her calmly devastating voals, recall Lotte Kestner in her Trespassers William incarnation. 'Cool Choices' is pretty ironically named for a record this downbeat and scathing, but hey, irony isn't a problem: this is bona fide bedroom pop for when you're sad and in your bedroom.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Minus The Bear
Lost Loves

'Lost Love' follows up Minus The Bear's fifth record, 'Infinity Overhead', celebrating the band with a collection of recordings culled from the last decade or so. The math, prog and all things complex outfit consider these songs more than merely rarities or b-sides, though, having carried them in their heart for years but never found the proper place for them. They're now shared on this compilation.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The History Of Apple Pie
Feel Something

The History of Applie Pie continue to shoot for that blissful shoegaze sound on 'Feel Something', their washed out second record. It follows up 'Out of View', and sees the band trying to expand again, with "Tame" featuring a piano lead and "Shake" bringing indie rock dude Gary Jarman (of Cribs fame) into the fray. They're still noisy, but they let some new sounds permeate.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Suzerain
Dark Dark / Manhattan

Indie rock quintet Suzerain take a lot of photos in black and white and also occasionally write and record some music; the 'Dark Dark / Manhattan' 12" is a showcase of the latter, with two tracks that meld conventional guitar jamming with some weirder inspirations: hints of New Wave, Trent Reznor and krautrock Bowie. 
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Purling Hiss
Weirdon

Purling Hiss continues his stoned out slacker indie rocking on 'Weirdon', following up the heavy action of 'Water On Mars' with a dosage of more relaxed pop. There's still a lot of guitar ascension, though, with feedback smothering the song-writing gleefully. Mike Polizze continues doing exactly what he's best at doing: riffing, cussing and chilling.

Mass Spectrometer
Guild Hall

‘Guild Hall’ is the second release by Mass Spectrometer, which is the output of Leeds based kiwi producer Michael Canning, and drummer Richard Beech. Guild Hall follows on in the melodic but uncompromising footsteps of the first Mass Spectrometer release, the album ‘Music for Engines in Overdrive’. This EP of 6 pieces is a journey through flooded urban landscapes meeting - amongst others - greater horseshoe bats, gnostic sailors, deranged PR executives, economists, UFO watchers, northern soul aficionados, and gentle astronomers. All ending at a full-moon lit shindig with a soundtrack of crackling sinister guitars, echoed vocals, and shamanic-like drumming. Guild Hall features a guest vocal appearance from Red Lorry Yellow Lorry kingpin Chris Reed on the cosmic and critical paean Frames, with Futurists PLC members Wayne Bennett and Nog Cavanagh adding loud and funky guitar and bass respectively to the garage psych stomp of Luminar, plus David Higginson – from avant garde doyens The A Band - adding analogue synth magic to the crashing and hallucinatory realm of The Invisible Man. The 23 minute Guild Hall was recorded and mixed by Canning and mastered by Matt Peel at Cottage Road Studios in Headingley, North Leeds. Peel is also responsible for engineering and producing the new album ‘Blood’ by Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Germ House
Showing Symptoms

Dividing time between Las Cruces, NM & Boston, Justin Hubbard & Tara McManus (MR. AIRPLANE MAN & TURPENTINE BROTHERS) recorded "Germ House" w/Matt Rendon (RESONARS), providing a deranged amalgam of candidly direct & distinctive melodies drizzled atop ragged, lo-fi punk testimonials. Herein lies the uncomfortable duality of Germ House's album - a fascinating suite of tunes that are balancing with equal measure both the melodic & discordant.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lonely Wholesome
Vanity/ Lethargy

This is Jonah Falco of Career Suicide/Fucked Up/Mad Men/Smart Boys fame. These tracks are reminiscent of Wire in their more 'pop' moments and maybe even the Buzzcocks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

JAWS
Be Slowly

'Be Slowly' is the debut album from Birmingham-based indie/dream pop band Jaws. Taking their primary influences from early 90s shoegazers, the band swim in a sea of swirling fuzz, suppressed vocals and subtle melodies that nod towards Ride but also to acts like the Stone Roses. Jaws are devotional to guitar music at large, whether it's got a slacker vibe to it or barely decipherable amidst all the surface noise. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Balcony

Named after a chance encounter between lead vocalist Van McCann and an Australian busker called Catfish the Bottleman, this gaggle of Llandudno-based indie rockers have already been featured on the Radio 1 playlist, and this their debut album was overseen by über producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys / Adele). Add to that a slot at pretty much every UK festival going, it's hard to imagine how they can possibly not acheive mega fame. They can't not. That's how not. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Oldmate
It Is What It Is

Melbourne based Oldmate was initially the solo project of Pat Telfer from Australian band Bitch Prefect (what a name) but has since progressed into a band of 7-10 strong musicians including members of Wireheads and Peak Twins. Still predominantly led by Telfer, ‘It Is What It Is’ is Oldmate’s debut LP, and continues in the same melancholy and discordant vein as earlier material, summoning the spirit of Syd Barrett and Lou Reed, while also recalling Beat Happening circa 1991, not to mention a slightly distinct likeness to their fellow Aussie natives The Go Betweens. Sounds good to me! 
  • Label(s):
  • SDZ

Kasabian
Bumblebee

Kasabian returned this year with their first record since 2011, the at least accurately titled '48.13', which occasionally hopped genres into electronic experiments and a bit of feature rapping amongst the duo's dedication to making their standard alt rock. Released on a 10" at the same time as lead single "Eez-eh" comes single "Bumblebeee", a track that moves between raucous yelped vocals and ferocious drumming into slow, locked down grooves. It comes with a new track on the b-side, "Gelfling". Tracks: Bumblebeee Gelfling
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986-97

If you're a grunge fanatic and feel like learning everything you could possibly learn about the North-West scene that graced the world from the late 80s right through to the decline of the 90s, you should probably listen to 'No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986-97'. This massive collection brings together and maps the bands that played in Washington and places them in history, featuring interviews and profiles on artists as well as their songs.

Blonde Redhead
Barragán

Blonde Redhead are one of those slow burning bands, getting slightly bigger, slightly slicker on each release. Their previous 'Penny Sparkle' was a little too slick for my tastes so it will be interesting to see where they go next.  They are to be admired  -  21 years and still going strong  - as their press blurb states -they're making music, simply, because they have to. This blurb suggests a more organic approach - melodies occasionally flirt with folk music; outdoor sounds, a suite of field recordings that they made in London’s Kew Gardens, are woven gently into the mix; a cursory listen to 'No More Honey', guitars swirl back into the mix showcasing their recently dormant Sonic Youth influences. Yes it sounds polished but its grittier than before and in fact there is the odd moment where the band lets down their guard and leaves imperfections in the finished track such as on the slinky “Cat On Tin Roof”.  Released on a limited Edition vinyl package with accompanying "Peel and Reveal" sticker insert.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pulled Apart By Horses
Blood

Leeds-based Pulled Apart By Horses have returned with a brand new, much-anticipated 12 track album 'Blood', self-released through their own label 'Best of the Best'. Following on from 2012's 'Tough Love', recent single and opener 'Hot Squash' has already impressed the likes of Zane Lowe, while 'Lizzard Baby' was honoured with Radio 1's Track of the Day. Recorded in Leeds with the help of Matt Peel, who has also worked with Leeds' most recent success story Eagulls, 'Blood' is a leap forward in terms of breadth of vision, with the band citing cinematic influences such as Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Japanese
Overjoyed

Shambling dissonant geek-rock/fidelity-eschewing godheads Half Japanese shock the indie world with their first new studio album in 13 years. Always an acquired, divisive taste, this brother-led band of envelope-pushing ragamuffins nevertheless are hugely influential on the US underground and way beyond. This is a real treat for haters of contemporary music who yearn for the brighter, less studious days. The thinking man's GBV are back! Get involved. Yes, we know Kurt adored them yada-yada. Judge them on their own merits though.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Morning Parade
Pure Adulterated Joy

An indie pop band from none other than Essex, Morning Parade offer up a synthy slice of electro-pop on their new record, quite fittingly titled 'Pure Adulterated Joy'. The record recalls Rogue Wave in their colourful electronic phase, while utilising the kind of scorching guitar riffs Coldplay wept into on 'X & Y' and bringing piano to the crux of all matters on songs like "Alienation". It's emotive indie pop to help make the English indie pop pool that bit more emotive. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Teenage Guitar
More Lies From The Gooseberry Bush

Robert Pollard is the ringleader of the merry indie rock men Guided By Voices, who have been releasing dozens upon dozens of records since the late 80s. Pollard is renowned for making surreal jangle pop classics that are snipped off at the ends, traditionally playing them out at under two minutes at length. As such, he's got a lot of time to write more songs: his average output a year is about ten records, under about five different aliases. Teenage Guitar is yet another solo project of his, and brings forth the bizarre, experimental reaches of his brain for a concept album with thousands of tracks (well, like, twenty-odd). It's arguably his most conceptual record since Guided By Voices' 'Mag Earwhig!', full of lo-fi humming and loose vignettes. Billed by Pollard and PopMatters as being more Pollard than Pollard, this is definitely an album by Robert Pollard.    Tracks: Go Around (The Apartment Dwellers) Spliced At Acme Fair A Guaranteed Ratio Good Mary's House Skin Ride Full Glass Gone All You Fought For Gear OP No Escape Matthew's Ticker and Shaft  a. come to breakfast b. the girls arrive c. division of swans d. when death has a nice ring The Instant American Normalized New Light Birthplace of the Electric Starter A Year That Could Have Been Worse
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Rentals
Lost In Alphaville

At last, after a fifteen year wait, The Rentals release their third Album Lost in Alphaville. The band features Weezer bassist Matt Sharp and the glorious tones of Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe from Brooklyn band Lucius. Layers upon layers of rocking guitars, fuzzing bass, pounding drums and analog synths make this a solid block of melodic alt. pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Further
Where Were You Then?

Further were an early 90s indie rock band indebted less to the wordy, snarky bands around them and more to the slow, sludgy guitar jams of bands like Dinosaur Jr; just listening to "Filling Station", the guitar duelling instrumental that opens to 'Where Were You Then?', is proof of that. Further were super lo-fi and fit snugly into an indie rock scene that went on to eclipse them. Their own brand of noisy, no frills rock fun is available again with 'Where Were You Then?', courtesy of Bad Paintings.   Tracks: Filling Station Over & Out Generic 7 She Lives By The Castlr 5. Surfing Pointers California Bummer Quiet Riot Grrrl Springfield Mods Spheres Of Influence Wett Katt I Wanna Be A Stranger Be That As It May Grandview Skyline
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Vines
Wicked Nature

'Wicked Nature' is the sixth record from Australian garage rockers The Vines and their first since 'Future Primitive', released three years ago. It's a double LP with twenty two songs on it that exhaust the material the band have been working on in their time away. It's also the first time frontman Craig Nicholls has dared produce one of their records, taking on the reigns for the second disc after some guidance from Paul McKercher on the first.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sufjan Stevens
Illinoise

Sufjan Stevens had already made his superb Michigan album which blew this listener's socks clean off back in 2003. Illinois was the moment we all really thought he'd go through with his 50 state project. It takes Michigan's clever and complex rural folk and supersizes it with all kinds of compositions mostly with ridiculous titles. Like an enormous pudding buffet that lasts forever,  beautiful heartfelt folk rubs up against orchestrated pop, polka, ambient, neo-classical and everything in between. A brilliant record.   

Royal Blood
Royal Blood

Rock two-piece Royal Blood have paid their dues doing lots of pleasant tearing up of shit in quaint environments, and are now set to release their self-titled debut, featuring the two singles that have won them love so far: "Little Monster" and "Come On Over". The record continues to try and amp everything up to a volume dial that reads MAX, so you can be overwhelmed by the drumming, roll with Ben Thatcher's gruesome vocal snarl and enjoy some nice old fashioned riffage.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mutual Benefit
The Cowboy's Prayer

This digitally remastered reissue of 2011's 'Cowboy's Prayer' was previously only available as a download. Now, with a new album due and a substantial tour of the US, Canada and the UK in the pipeline, Boston-based Jordan Lee and his ever-changing gaggle of backing musicians release their debut EP on vinyl and CD. Lyrically rich, this record deals with global warming and changing landscapes, to a shimmering backdrop of warm, fuzzy and slightly surreal pop. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Happy Jawbone Family Band
Happy Jawbone Family Band

Eighth album from Vermont mentalists The Happy Jawbone Band. The band have generally released home-recorded stuff up to now, and there was a lot of it. Previous album 'Taste the Broom' was a sort of compilation, whittled down to nine songs out of the hundreds these guys have recorded. Here though, they've been into a proper recording studio and you can tell. Crisper and a bit more polished, but no less fun. Available on vinyl or CD. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wind-Up Birds
Poor Music

Leeds locals The Wind-Up Birds make raw post-punk about being British and out of touch with things -- which certainly sounds like post-punk. 'Poor Music' is the follow-up to their debut record, 2012's 'The Land', and retains the band's dedication to black comedy and moody riffs. The record is as loose and meandering as an early 90s indie rock record, and the band cite Pavement's 'Wowee Zowee' as inspiration for their looseness.    Tracks: There Will Be No Departures from This Stand Poor Music Bus Drove Off Two Ambulance Day Glue Factory I The Gristle The Jesus Puns Bar Sadness Addis Ababa A Song or Two The Wind-Up Birds Songwriting Worskshop Glue Factory II Mate Crime RSVP / Crackers Guy Ritchie Glue Factory III On the Ropes... But Then
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

DZ Deathrays
Black Rat

Like many bands these days, these are a two piece but sound like there are about a million of them on the recording. They make a brash noisy grungy effort that compares with the likes of Royal Blood and touring partners Blood Red Shoes but they have a metal sheen to them, not grungy as such but like hair metal gone pop punk. Like many people, they are from Australia. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Gaslight Anthem
Get Hurt

'Get Hurt' is the fifth record from New Jersey's proudest punk rockers the Gaslight Anthem, known for a nostalgic, Springsteen-touting sound that rivals even the Hold Steady. The band's Americana tinged punk is set to be changed up on this record, as frontman Brian Fallon has expressed a wish to try something new, dipping into folk as well as -- according to the video for lead single "Get Hurt" -- dance music. The record was produced with Mike Crossey, who is known for his work with New Wave/indie pop band the 1975 as well as the Arctic Monkeys.   Tracks: Stay Vicious 1, 000 Years Get Hurt Stray Paper Helter Skeleton Underneath the Ground Rollin' and Tumblin' Red Violins Selected Poems Ain't That a Shame Break Your Heart Dark Places
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Engineers
Always Returning

Always Returning comes with a 2-Disc 24 page booklet media book with the second disc being an instrumental version of the album. Engineers, who currently comprise Liverpudlian multi-instrumentalist Mark Peters, celebrated  German ambient artist/producer Ulrich Schnauss and London based drummer and composer  Matthew Linley, have been creating mesmerising music with brilliantly shaded guitar textures and  teasing lyrical ambiguities since 2004.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Districts
The Districts

Pennsylvania indie rock four-piece The Districts are now three albums into their career. Skip back five years and you’ll find their eponymous debut EP for Fat Possum. Here it is reissued with an additional track, Silver Couplets, a BBC session version of a live fave from their debut album, Telephone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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