Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Saint Agnes
The Family Strange

Following a highly successful 2019 for the East London-based rock four-piece, fronted by the talented and charismatic Kitty Austen, the critically acclaimed Saint Agnes follow up their explosive debut album Welcome To Silvertown and their sell-out British tour with a new four-track EP titled The Family Strange. 

Rays
You Can Get There From Here

Hailing from Oakland, California, Rays have diluted their sonic power, but not their quality, a little by borrowing from the UK ‘80s DIY scene. Influences such as Television Personalities, Cleaners From Venus and Dolly Mixture have shaped the band’s second album, You Can’t Get There From Here. LP or CD on Trouble In Mind.

Close Lobsters
Firestation Towers 1986-1989

C86 eh? Fun while it lasted. There were many great bands ...and many of these great bands who claimed that they weren't all jangly and fey. Thing is on the C86 tape only about a third of it was jangly and fey. Close Lobsters appeared on that legendary tape and this is a collection of their two studio albums and a single collection in a big 3LP package. I expect to see some excited fringes flapping about on RSD....and now along comes the CD if you missed out on the vinyl.   

Guided By Voices
The Bears For Lunch

New cheap (whilst stocks last) copies of this rather excellent 2012 album by the reunited 'classic' line up of Robert Pollard's long running Guided By Voices. It's probably the second best (after Class Clown Spots a UFO) of this period of the band and sees Pollard using an economical form of songwriting where one good riff or chord change seems to suffice per song. Also has the usual batch of very good Tobin Sprout-penned tracks.  
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Therapy?
Greatest Hits (2020 Versions)

Coinciding with their 30th anniversary tour, Northern Irish rock outfit Therapy? announce a new Greatest Hits compilation in which the band have re-recorded all 12 of their UK Top 40 hit singles at Abbey Road, in order to give them a modern feel. The CD edition comes with an extra 15-track compilation titled Official Bootleg, taken from the group’s personal archives and featuring a live performance corresponding with each of the band’s 15 studio albums. 
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Sky Valley Mistress
Faithless Rituals

Sky Valley Mistress come, leather clad, from Blackburn and make the kind of blistering modern rock ‘n’ roll that we’ve seen in recent years from Jim Jones Revue, Rival Sons, Royal Blood, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Eagles of Death Metal. Faithless Rituals is their debut album. On New Heavy Sounds.

Interpol
Marauder

A baker’s dozen of tunes from the mid-2000s indie bands who have grown old with the most grace. Marauder’s lead single ‘The Rover’ kind of sounds like Preoccupations having a go at covering ‘Mr. Blue Sky’, and in its own way it’s a charming post-punk ditty. They should have really called it Our Love to Maraud, but then again Interpol are not a band famed for their sense of humour.
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John Dwyer
Vinegar Mirror

Just in case you didn’t know, John Dwyer is not only the creative and driving force behind everyone’s favourite San Francisco rock band Oh Sees and co-owner of the Castle Face label, he also likes to take photos. Vinegar Mirror is a coffee table book filled with his photos taken between 2009 and 2013. The book depicts what caught Dwyer’s eye from his home in San Francisco to pretty much everywhere else.

Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network
Ballet Of Apes

Brigid Dawson was once a member of Thee Oh Sees. Here she’s stepping out with a new gang - The Mothers Network. Ballet of Apes is their debut album. It was recorded in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Australia with a number of musicians, namely, Mikey Young of Total Control / Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Mike Donovan of Sic Alps, Shayde Sartin of The Fresh & Onlys and Fellow Oh Sees member Mike Shoun and Sunwatchers.
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Sparta
Trust The River

So much attention was lavished on The Mars Volta (and deservedly so) after the dissolution of At The Drive-In that many overlooked the fact that Sparta - the other splinter band formed by Jim Ward and Tony Hajjar - were pretty damn great too. Trust The River is the first studio album from them in 14 years! 
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Mystery Jets
A Billion Heartbeats

Mystery Jets return with their sixth album and it now seems like a long time ago since they had their dad in the band. The boys have been influenced by the increasingly terrifying rise of the alt-right in the UK and other territories and have set about constructing an album that tries to share a positive message in the fight against intolerance. Basically that we should all love and respect each other regardless of beliefs. Fat chance with some of those running our country but it's a nice sentiment.   
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The Spitfires
Life Worth Living

Watford-based outfit The Spitfires keep up their impressive rate of industry with their fourth studio album in a little over half a decade. Alive with enervating, ska-influenced garage rock, Life Worth Living was guided by one-time Weller producer Simon Dine, and comes with a cheery and optimistic message of perseverance. 
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Green / Blue
Green / Blue

Green / Blue are a garage / psych / pop band made up from members of The Soviettes, The Blind Shake and Birthdays Suits. They claim to be the Belle and Sebastian of psychedelic garage rock. They mix a deep love for Jesus and Mary Chain with a recent fondness for Guided By Voices, The Clean and The Chills. Expect melodic fuzz.
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Chelsea Wolfe
Pain is Beauty

Following her breakthrough release 'Ἀποκάλυψις', Californian songwriter Chelsea Wolfe released this fan-favourite. 'Pain Is Beauty' weaves sombre goth rock and ghostly darkwave into Wolfe's unique take on the singer-songwriter format gorgeously. Chelsea has become a beloved musician in both the metal and folk communities, and with albums as strong as this one it's easy to see why.
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Algiers
There Is No Year

Algiers hail from Atlanta, Georgia, apart from drummer, Matt Tong, who comes from Bloc Party. They mix disparate styles such as post-punk and gospel into one rocking sound. The band also take influences from non-musical sources such as southern Gothic literature and politics. There Is No Year is their third album.

Alienbaby Collective
Fishbowl / Terrestrial

Alienbaby Collective is the new solo project of Dutch guitarist Liú Mottes, formerly in the bands Blue Crime and New YX. Fishbowl / Terrestrial are two EPs on one LP of guitar-led noise pop recorded at home at a time of personal upheaval. There are imperfections along with this catharsis but Mottes, whilst acknowledging them, happily accepts them as part of the the artistic expression. For fans of Pixies, PJ Harvey and Black Moth Super Rainbow.
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Millionaire
APPLZ ≠ APPLZ

Like a lot of electronica artists Timmy Vanhamel has worked under a multitude of aliases but Millionaire is his first love. He reconstituted the brand in 2017 for a series of sold out shows and now presents his second full length album which he claims is pronounced Apples Not apples. Like a lot of us Tim has been influenced/appalled by the recent political landscape but wants the music to exist on its own terms so you can dance to it and escape the daily sludge.  
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Gravves / Deh​-​Yey
Split EP

Two blasts of noise from the west of the UK here. Gravves hail from the North Wales border and make a cacophony of noise that has seen them gain a large and rather fanatical following due to their endless tour schedule. Deh-Yey emerge from the mean streets of Chester and the two of them make a full on rock racket with their large guitar sound and pummelling drums. 
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Moaning
Uneasy Laughter

The 2018 self-titled debut album by LA trio Moaning rocked with echoes of goth and grunge running through its veins. For their new outing, Uneasy Laughter, on Sub Pop, they’ve put down the guitars and picked up, or stood in front of, synths and laid down some beats. It’s an album about going through anxiety in the modern age. Undoubtedly a bunch of people will find a friend in this LP.

Land Of Talk
Indistinct Conversations

Indistinct Conversations is the fourth album by Canadian indie band Land of Talk. They are led by singer, guitarist and keyboard player Elizabeth Powell. This album is fuelled by her bad experiences at the hands of men. Judging by the melodic yet melancholy first single, Weight of That Weekend, their sound is more acoustic pop / rock, but I’m assured they make a bit of racket, just like in their early days, on the album too.
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The Lottery Winners
The Lottery Winners

A discovery of the esteemed Seymour Stein (co-founder of Sire and who signed Madonna, Ramones, Talking Heads) a couple of years back, Lancashire’s exceptional The Lottery Winners have taken their time preparing their first full-length statement, honing and polishing their existing catalogue of live favourites to translate their sound effectively to the studio. 
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The Twang
Amsterdam

Hot on the heels of 2019’s album, If Confronted Just Go Mad, Birmingham indie band The Twang are back with Amsterdam, an EP of acoustic songs. Three of them are brand spanking new, along with a version of their single Dream which is arranged to fit the mood of the EP.  Despite the stripped back production, these songs have The Twang stamp all over them.
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Liam Gallagher
MTV Unplugged

Old monkey chops himself, Liam Gallagher was ill when Oasis recorded their obligatory MTV Unplugged set in 1996. Fortunately for him he’s carved out a solo career for himself so he could finally get to record one despite the band being defunct. His set includes a run through some of his solo favourites, but there’s a handful of Oasis classics in there, too.
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Bonny Doon
Blue Stage Sessions

Bonny Doon play some beautiful, laid-back psych-folk grooves. You will usually find their records, such as the beautiful album Longwave (2018) on the Woodsist label, which is owned by Jeremy Earl of the band Woods. Blue Stage Sessions is a live album recorded at Third Man Records and features cuts from the length and breadth of their catalogue.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Protomartyr
Ultimate Success Today

Ultimate Success Today is the fifth album by Detroit rock band Protomartyr. It is their second album for Domino Records. The album was inspired by the reissue of their debut album, making singer Joe Casey think about the way they felt first time out. He was reminded of how that could have been the band’s only album and the urgency to make it that spurred them on. He realises that they are in it for the long haul now, but he still wanted to make sure he said what he wanted say while he has the chance.
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False Heads
It's All There But You're Dreaming

London post-punk three-piece False Heads got together in 2015 and spent four years honing their craft, writing and recording songs. Their best 12 tracks, so far that is, are present here on their debut album It’s All There But You’re Dreaming. Five of the tracks you may have heard on the EPs Gutter Press and Fall Around, but they’ve been given a bit of a makeover for the album. Rifftastic and earwormy.
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Slum Of Legs
Slum Of Legs

Slum of Legs are a self described queer noise - pop band who make danceable music perfect for a night down Wharf Chambers. They come from Brighton (natch) and blend a fragmented cut up approach to their music with a similar aesthetic to their artwork. This is their debut full length which is as melodic as it is experimental and as compassionate as it is furious with the ways of the world. Think the Shaggs, Erase Errata, ESG. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Manic Street Preachers
Gold Against The Soul

Manic Street Preachers moved studios and in the process unearthed a load of tapes from the Gold Against The Soul sessions. It seemed only right for them to reissue the album as a deluxe set and include a bunch of extra tracks. Gold Against the soul was the band’s second album, originally released in 1993. Includes the single From Despair To Where. Extra tracks come as download with LP version.
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The Cool Greenhouse
The Cool Greenhouse

Built around the vivid imagination and lyrics of Tom Greenhouse, The Cool Greenhouse releases its debut studio album. Produced by Phil Booth and with the benefit of a full band behind him, The Cool Greenhouse injects grand, pop-orientated visions into the framework of DIY indie, taking aim at British society and reactionary politics along the way. 
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Woods
Strange To Explain

Fresh from backing David Berman on last year's magnificent Purple Mountains record, Woods are make with some new music of their own. 2016's Love Is Love was all about how tumultuous world events affected the lives of the band but here it seems Woods are more hopeful, creating an album inspired by fatherhood, moves to the coast and that feeling that despite everything the world is a pretty beautiful place. 
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Dream Wife
So When You Gonna…

In my day, the NME marked albums out of ten, so when I heard that the 2018 eponymous debut from garage punk band Dream Wife received a five star review from the magazine I was a little nonplussed, I mean it was good right? Apparently, they mark out of 5 now, so it was indeed a good thing. Now they’re back with a new album called So When You Gonna...an album which adds a little dynamism to their sound.
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Working Men's Club
Working Men's Club

Working Men’s Club have been earmarked as a band to keep an eye on for a good few months now. With a few singles under their belt, they are ready to unleash their eponymous debut album. Their music blurs the lines between indie, dance and techno. They have toured with the Fat White Family and even have a song which spells out their dislike of journalist Andrew Neil. 
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Big Stick
LP

Sometimes, a name is all you need. Something about the phrase Big Stick tickles me more than I can express. But less about me. The band are back with the less well named LP, their first album proper in 15 years. Completely anarchic punk nonsense, rarely have two musicians sounded like they were having so much fun.
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Porridge Radio
Every Bad

Heavily tipped newcomers Porridge Radio announce their debut studio album Every Bad, following exposure from BBC 6 Music and Radio X among others. Formed around an initial solo project by now-lead singer Dana Margolin and her bedroom-composed tracks, their thoughtful, DIY indie approach has made them one of the most exciting new bands in Britain. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dan Lyons
SubSuburbia

Having released a steady stream of singles and one EP since he turned solo a couple of years back, former Fat White Family member Dan Lyons presents his debut full-length effort. SubSuburbia presents a “semi-fictionalised” version of modern, divided and unequal Britain, inspired by retro indie and replete with spoken-word interludes. 
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Mansions
Dig Up The Dead

Dig Up the Dead was the second album by Washington indie-rockers Mansions. It is a solid set of songs that brings to mind the emo of Sunny Day Real Estate and the grandeur of Smashing Pumpkins. Weirdly, Bad Timing had already issued an acoustic version of the LP but now it's time for the real electrical thing on orange vinyl with white bits inside.  
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Trey Gruber
Herculean House Of Cards

The untimely loss at the age of just 26 of Trey Gruber - and therefore his band, Parent - was a real tragedy for the Chicago DIY scene, just as they looked on the cusp of nationwide indie success. Three years after his death comes Herculean House of Cards, a double-vinyl collection of previously unheard demos compiled by his family and friends, which will forever be testament to his talent. 
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Mr Ben & The Bens
Life Drawing

Mr Ben and the Bens is the brainchild of Ben Hall of Sheffield who has gone the opposite way of most performers and replaced his synth-based earlier recordings with acoustic based ones. These twelve brightly lit folk tunes are inspired by Sheffield and the surrounding area and follows up the earlier Who Knows Jenny Jones release. 
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The Snuts
Mixtape EP

The Snuts have a name so simple and so ridiculous that they may well become very popular. They certainly share a lot in common sonically with the early days of another preposterously named band Arctic Monkeys such is their zest of simple, catchy and rather snotty pop. The weight of Parlophone is right behind these guys so expect big things.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Human Impact
Human Impact

Human Impact are a band made up from members of Swans, Cop Shoot Cop, Xiu Xiu and Unsane. As you can imagine from that mix of musicians their eponymous debut contains some gritty, post-industrial rock and punk. Whilst the band draw on the artistic successes of their past, they also give a new spin on it with their widescreen sonic assault.

Circa Waves
Sad Happy

Despite having already released an album in April this year, Liverpudlian indie outfit Circa Waves are not only doing it all over again within the space of 12 months, they’re releasing a double-album too. Sad Happy, arriving in March 2020, is a 14-track album split into halves reflecting two moods. As well as a black vinyl single LP edition, there’ll be a limited edition gold double-vinyl package that physically splits the two halves onto separate discs. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Districts
You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere

Pennsylvania indie-rockers, The Districts, are back with their fourth album, You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere. It’s the follow-up to their well received 2017 album, Popular Manipulations. The band’s front man, Rob Grote, describes the album title as being unachievable, putting off death and sticking around forever with your better half. I’m guessing he likes to dream about that though.
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Orchards
Lovecore

You would have thought Orchards was already used up as a band name but seemingly not as this Brighton quartet have utilised it as their moniker. The band - who feature at least one moustache - play a vibrant form of festival-friendly indie-rock fronted by pastel-suited frontwoman Lucy Evers. Seems they have enough big hooks to have gained support from 6 Music Radio 1 and NME. 
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Deap Lips
Deap Lips

Deap Lips is a collaboration between Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips and Deap Vally, the L.A. rock duo made up of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards. Judging by the two tracks that have been released so far this eponymous LP has a sound that meets somewhere between not what you would imagine and exactly what you would imagine.
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Carla Geneve
Carla Geneve

Without even looking at the press release or knowing anything about her I deduced that Carla Geneve was Australian. She just kinda looks Australian. She follows in the path of a lot of all the other female Australian singer songwriters (Stella Donnelly, Courtney Barnett et all) in producing solid and confessional indie-rock with a strong '90s vibe.  
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Maita
Best Wishes

Maita hail from Portland, Orgegon. Best Wishes is their debut album. Ostensibly a solo act, with Maria being front and centre of everything they do, they are actually a band. Their music hops between sparkling acoustic pop and heavier ‘90s-ish American indie rock. They're signed to Kill Rock Stars too, so they must be pretty cool.
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Montevale
Figure and Ground

Montevale are a post-minimalist duo from Stuttgart. They feature composer and philosopher Thomas Sattig and Ahlie Schaubel who was previously in ‘90s bands elektrolochmann and Monochrome. Figure and Ground is the duo’s second album and has been five years in the making. Whereas their last album recounted the findings of a 10 year journey, this is seemingly about feeling closer to home and was written and recorded in their purpose built studio.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
Captured Tracks CT10: Volume 2

A decade of Captured Tracks, eh. What kind of world would we be living in if the Brooklyn label hadn’t risen to the top of the indie-rock pile since launching back in 2008? Would Mac Demarco still be eating his own shoes, cartoon-hobo style, in a Tribeca loft rather than cooing politely for huge crowds of dope-fugged Millennials? Would Meredith Graves be sewing up dresses rather than flying high at Kickstarter? Would we have had to deal with DIIV? Who knows. What we do know is that the second volume of their 10th-anniversary sampler CT10 is very reasonably priced.
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The Tubs
I Don't Know How It Works

Owen 'O' Williams & George 'GN' Nicholls lead The Tubs. These two guys were the primary songwriters in Joanna Gruesome, and therefore really know how to write a melodic, noisy indie tune. I Don’t Know How It Works is their new single. This 7” features the B-side Silver Moon. On Prefect Records.
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Roy Montgomery
Last Year's Man

New Zealand outsider dude Roy Montgomery takes on a Leonard Cohen song, the early 1971 morose-masterpiece ‘Last Year’s Man’. Roy tackles it in lovely droney style, using the particular sounds of the Omnichord, along with the assistance of Jessica Moss. Add in a second track, ‘After Vermeer’, and you’ve got a very fine little 10” release.
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The Raconteurs
Help Me Stranger / Somedays (Alternate Version)

Kind of like a modern day Travelling Wilburys in both sound and personnel, the Raconteurs released their third album Help Us Stranger last summer to excellent sales. Now the sorta title track is coming out as a 7". It's an acoustic rock song with lots of guitar licks - really rootsy. On the other side you get an alternate take on their song Somedays.  
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The Magic Gang
Death Of The Party

The Magic Gang have been getting played on Radio 1 and have received the accolade of Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World. Their new album, Death of the Party promises to be exactly the opposite of what its title suggests due to the addition of some Northern Soul grooves to their modern indie sound.
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Biffy Clyro
A Celebration of Endings

Scottish alternative rock gods Biffy Clyro aim to make it three UK no.1 albums in a row with new effort A Celebration of Endings, their eighth record overall. Working with producer Rich Costey once again, the trio embrace all of the elements that have made them so acclaimed and popular throughout their two-decade career, from the jagged rock of their early years to the lighters-in-the-air stadium indie that propelled them to the top of the charts. 
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Once & Future Band
Deleted Scenes

Channelling all the finest and most tasteful Seventies influences, from Bowie to the better end of prog-rock, and released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face imprint, Oakland’s Once & Future Band deliver a brand new studio album in Deleted Scenes. Recorded to magnetic tape, these songs sound truly unique! 
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Muertos
EP1

Groovy, distorted psych punk on very gorgeous, and very limited, red and white splatter 10” vinyl. EP1 emerges from the deranged minds of trio Muertos. These tracks distill the atonal riffing and droning vocals of post-Velvet Underground garage into a pure snotty essence of amplifier fuzz and catchy hooks.

The Fiery Furnaces
Blueberry Boat

Back in the days when it was a proper print rag, you could always tell a good album by a 1 out of 10 score in NME. That judgement ensured I picked up Fiery Furnaces second LP which took the bluesy White Stripes rock of their debut and ran with it to the asylum taking in bits of Beefheart, Zappa and the Cardiacs along the way. It's bonkers but brilliant. 
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The Vaselines
Dum-Dum

Dum Dum was the first album by legendary Scottish indie pop  band, The Vaselines. They were led by Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee. It was originally released in 1989.  It was albums such as this that piqued the interest of Kurt Cobain who went on to cover several of their later songs with Nirvana. 
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Mac DeMarco
Here Comes The Cowboy Demos

Never one to just toss stuff out willy nilly, Mac DeMarco is allowing us into his hallowed archive so we can hear the demos for last year's Here Comes the Cowboy album. The original LP was so minimal that it's hard to know what anything more skeletal than that would sound like other than simply being recordings of thin air. At least you get some unreleased recordings that presumably failed the Mac quality control test. 
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Jad Fair And Daniel Johnston
It's Spooky

A much needed vinyl re-issue of Jad Fair and Daniel Johnston's collaborative LP It's Spooky. The pair had already collaborated most notably on Johnston's exquisite Some Things Last A Long Time but here the duo got together in the studio to make this sprawling opus. Two twin geniuses of American lo-fi together in one place. The re-issue has been remastered and comes with a bonus flexi. On 'Casper White' vinyl (groan).   
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Saxophones
Eternity Bay

Eternity Bay is the second album from husband-and-wife duo The Saxophones. Their first record, Songs of the Saxophones, was written on a boat, and that sense of time-and-place is present again on Eternity Bay. Woodwind, guitar and soft vocals are the dominant sounds, but the influence of jazz is detectable in the way the songs meander and gently drift. 
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Øyvind Holm
After The Bees

Beeeeeeeees. Bzzzzzzzzzzz. Oyving Holm was once in the rather great '90s psych pop lot Dipsomaniacs but these days is probably better known as a member of Americana band Sugarfoot. After the Bees his his attempt to explore the more melodic side of his songwriting with hints of the old psychedelic stuff but with a more straightforward hooky rock/pop dynamic. Buy it for the honey  - or just as a gift. 

Luke Haines & Peter Buck
Beat Poetry For Survivalists

You have to hand it to Luke Haines. He keeps to the wayward path which he can then write about in his next tomb of prose.... "and you won't believe what I did next". Well what he did next was collaborate with R.E.M guitarist Peter Buck. Now, in the mid '90s a collaboration between the Auteurs and R.E.M. would have been exciting but unthinkable. The couple met when Buck bought one of Haines painting of Lou Reed and so began a musical journey which we hope yields fascinating results.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The No Ones
Sun Station

The tragically self-deprecating No Ones are made up of corners European and American and make for something of a super-group if you happen to like R.E.M., I Was A King or The Minus 5. Peter Buck and buds have here created a 7" of pop chime, using cool-guy guitars, close harmonies and a good belting of hard psych. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Lemon Twigs
Songs For The General Public

Songs For The General Public is the third album from ‘70s obsessed sibling duo The Lemon Twigs. Their previous albums have been clearly influenced by Todd Rundgren. Their 2016 debut album earned them fans such as Elton John, The Roots drummer Questlove and American indie guitarist Jack Antonaoff. Foxygen, a similarly odd duo, also count themselves among their fans.
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Waxahatchee
American Weekend

For her first record as Waxahatchee, Katie Crutchfield hauled up in her room with a guitar and a lot of remorse, crafting skeletal folk-punk songs about relationships and romantic non-starters. It's a less electric and rawking affair than her previous work in P.S. Eliot with twin sister Alison (of Swearin'), instead recalling the artists on Plan-It-X as well as Hop Along and Nana Grizol.

U.S. Girls
Heavy Light

Heavy Light is the 7th album by U.S. Girls, the versatile musical project of Meg Remy. It follows up her massively critically acclaimed 2018 album, A Poem Unlimited. Remy’s work has often concentrated on other characters of her making, on Heavy Light she focuses on herself and the value of hindsight. The album was co-written by Basia Bulat and Rich Morel and recorded live using no less than 20 musicians.
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  • 4AD

The Fall
Interim

There's enough the Fall LPs in the world already without all the non-official ones. Mark E. Smith's attitude to contract signing ensured that there was always someone out there with rights to live tracks and studio outtakes. Interim contains early versions of tracks that would appear on the later (and excellent) Fall Heads Roll alongside studio rehearsals and live tracks.  
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The Fall
The Idiot Joy Show

The Idiot Joy Show was one of those the Fall live albums that appeared from time to time when Mark E. Smith mislaid the rights to his live recordings. It features the band in 1995 which of course means that it was the six headed line-up that featured Brix Smith (again). This era would end in total pandemonium but the band would be a fascinating and grotesque live draw. It's all here on vinyl should you want to take a peek.  
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Sea Girls
Under Exit Lights EP

Formed in London in 2015 and steadily building their reputation through hard touring ever since, indie-rock quartet Sea Girls are preparing their fourth EP release. A six-track collection containing the recently released single ‘Ready For More’, Under Exit Lights could be the moment that a wider audience pays attention. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Disq
Collector

Wisconsin five-piece Disq enter their collective twenties with their latest album, out in early March via Saddle Creek. Positioned between alt-folk, post-punk and lo-fi indie, Collector is assembled from demos put together over the years by the band’s various members and licked into shape by veteran producer Rob Schnapf. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mega Emotion / Lady Di
Move Motherfucker / I Know You Know I'm Perfect

The creative trio of Lisa Horton, Jan Robertson and Iain Ross present debut releases from two of their alter-ego bands on one transparent magenta vinyl. Move Motherfucker is an icy, electronic and stylised affair from Mega Emotion, while I Know You Know I’m Perfect is a grungey, earthy affair from Lady Di. 
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Slint
Spiderland (Remastered)

2014 remaster of Slint's beautiful second and final album. It comes with various outtakes and demos, as well as Breadcrumb Trail, the documentary about the album’s creation directed by Lance Bangs. The band's use of dynamics gave them an uncanny ability to bottle emotions; the words "he decided to piss", have never sounded so tragic.

Soccer Mommy
color theory

Color Theory by Soccer Mommy (AKA Sophie Allison) is the follow up to 2018’s rather marvellous Clean. Here she lays herself bare to listeners through unflinchingly honest lyrics that detail her struggles with mental health and her family. It seems that writing about these issues has been a cathartic process for the resilient 22 year-old.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Greg Dulli
Random Desire

As frontman of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers, Greg Dulli has always been a keen student of the extremes of the human condition. Forged in the aftermath of the Whigs’ last album In Spades and the death of their drummer Dave Rosser, he presents his excellent first solo album, Random Desire. 
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  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wedding Present
Going, Going…

Could you have ever imagined that in 2016 there'd be a new Wedding Present album? They have seemingly been content to rest on their nostalgia laurels over the past few years but they show that there is some fire still there with this 20 track album of linked songs which begins with four instrumentals.  "Some things just don't change" sings David Gedge on 'Bear' and he's still wittering on about break ups and relationships and stuff like that but there's nothing here that suggests that this won't appeal to long term fans. 

Jack Medley’s Secure Men
Secure As Fuck

Secure As Fuck is a posthumous release of experimental sessions from Jack Medley’s Secure Men, which the late Brixton promoter recorded with Dom Keen. After Medley’s passing in May this year, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to release the results of that unique session, presented here on a limited run of black and pink splatter vinyl. All proceeds will go to Music Minds Matter. 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Real Estate
The Main Thing

Rejoice - a new Real Estate album! The New Jersey band’s knack for guitar jangle and glorious melodies has cemented their status a favourite around these parts over the years. Their new album, The Main Thing, is inspired partly by the Roxy Music song of the same name, simply because 5 albums into their career they need to be making music that sounds that good. Features a guest appearance by Sylvan Esso on the album’s first single Paper Cup.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
C90

You’re probably familiar with the ‘C’ series of compilation albums that were inspired by the era-defining NME C86 cassette. C90 is the latest is that lineage, compiled by the guys at Cherry Red who have a whole heap of indie box sets under their wings. C90 contains tracks by bands that went on to become household names such as The Charlatans, Manic Street Preachers, Ocean Colour Scene, Boo Radleys, Spiritualized and many more.

Throwing Muses
Sun Racket

Kritstin Hersh’s legendary art-rock act Throwing Muses return for their 10th studio album. A change in direction from their last outing Purgatory/Paradise seven years ago, a fidgety and restless affair, Sun Racket is becalmed and monolithic, characterised by rising and fading walls of guitar noise. 
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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
Under The Covers - Vol. 3

Under The Covers Vol. 3 is the third album of covers by singer / songwriter Matthew Sweet and Bangles’ guitarist and singer Susanna Hoffs. This time they tackle songs by R.E.M., Kirsty MaColl, The Clash, Roxy Music, The Smiths and Marshall Crenshaw’s My Favourite Waste of Time, a 1986 hit in the UK for the one and only Owen Paul - remember that? Anyway, there's lots more too!
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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
Under The Covers - Vol. 2

Under The Covers Vol. 2 is the second collaboration between singer / songwriter Matthew Sweet and Bangles guitarist and singer Susanna Hoffs. As the titles suggests, it is an album of covers, and the songs comes from all directions: Covers of songs originally by Television to Carly Simon, Grateful Dead to Blondie and Big Star to Queen and lots more. Dhani Harrison and Yes guitarist Steve Howe put in guest performances. 
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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
Under The Covers - Vol. 1

A re-issue of a low-key yet sparkling collaboration album between alternative rock artist Matthew Sweet and former Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs. Originally released back in 2006, Under The Covers, Vol. 1 features sumptuous covers of the Beatles, the Velvets and Dylan among others, and now comes on double silver vinyl. 
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JOHN
God Speed In The National Limit

John plus John equals JOHN. Noise rock two piece from Crystal Palace release their new full length album God Speed In The National Limit For fans of Idles, Pulled Apart By Horses and the like, they mix aggressive yet danceable guitar and drum noise with introspective lyrics. LP on Pet Care in limited numbers .
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

JOHN
Out Here On The Fringes

They are a two piece and both are called John but they are not They Might Be Giants. Instead these two Johns have called themselves JOHN. Makes a sort of sense I suppose. This is their second LP and the first off the back of a European tour with Idles which I'm sure brought them to a new and sweaty fanbase. Expect idiosyncratic songs and lots of capitalisation. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Cure
Disintegration

Disintegration was The Cure's 8th studio album and one of their bleakest. After a few years of commercial success, the band returned to their gloomy gothy roots on an album that - despite it's lack of actual tunes - has since become somewhat of a classic. Despite it's unrelentingly somber mood it still contains future the Cure staples as Lullaby, Plainsong and Lovesong. One way or another it is a true artistic statement from Robert Smith and his long running collective.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hayley Ross
The Weight of Hope

The Weight of Hope is the debut album from Brighton-based singer and songwriter Hayley Ross, and everything about it suggests a future classic. Four years in the making and informed by a host of rock and alternative classics ranging from Dylan to the Velvets during a childhood surrounded by music and creativity, it was mixed by John Leckie at Abbey Road studios. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gladie
Safe Sins

Running a veritable gauntlet of indie sub-genres ranging from jangle-pop to gently grooving shoegaze, Philadelphia-based group Gladie present their debut studio album. Taking its title from lead singer Augusta Koch’s record of personal poetry, Safe Sins is an all-encompassing shelter for those seeking respite from shame. 
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The Subways
Young For Eternity

I'm trying to remember the Subways...nope they are not coming to me. Anyway Young For Eternity was their debut album released in 2005 and produced by Ian Broudie (the Lightning Seeds). It is a full-bore racket containing bluesy thrash, high octane indie and some more considered reflective moments. It's all here again on red vinyl.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Close Lobsters
Post Neo Anti (Arte Povera In The Forest Of Symbols)

As absolutely incredible it is to have Close Lobsters back I'm not feeling that artwork... and the title is certainly a mouthful but it's the sounds inside that count. The band first came to prominence on the legendary C86 album and their jangly indie-pop went down well on both sides of the atlantic ocean. There have been reformations over the years but (deep breath) Post Neo Anti (Arte Povera In The Forest Of Symbols) is their first album since 2009. 

Bodega
Shiny New Model

Brooklyn quintet Bodega (and not the Nottingham venue of the same name) have announced a mini-album titled 'Shiny New Model'. It features eight songs of big grooves and wistful melodies. FFO Parquet Courts, Shame, and Idles. What is a mini-album anyway? Where is the line? Is it just an EP? Answers on a postcard.

Our Girl
Live At St Pancras Old Church

Recorded in St. Pancras’ atmospheric Old Church in London while the country was in the grips of the Beast From The East, Our Girl delivered a specially re-arranged set of tracks from their eventual self-titled debut album. Live At St. Pancras Old Church is presented here on limited edition clear vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lavender Flu
Barbarian Dust

Lavender Flu (sounds quite pleasant actually) is the project of brothers Chris and Lucas Gunn, Scott Simmons and Ben Spencer. Here on their first studio-based album they continue their long term pursuit of perfect biker rock. It's both their most aggressive and confrontational album but also showcases a more sensitive side. Just like bikers themselves - it's as soft as teddy bears.   
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Wasted Shirt
Fungus II

If you wanted a musical duo to make a record that would blow your mind from the opening chord, perhaps you would pair Ty Segal and Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt together. The thing is, they’ve done it themselves and are known as Wasted Shirt. They got together after finding themselves recording with their respective bands in the same studio. Fungus II is their debut album and has all the riotous rock ‘n’ roll seeping from its pores that you would expect. It’s also worth mentioning that it has the approval of Henry Rollins, so you’d probably best buy it.

No Age
Goons Be Gone

Their second album for Drag City and their sixth overall, Los Angeles noise-rock duo No Age present possibly their most luxuriantly loud album yet. Harking back to the EPs that first made their name at the end of the Noughties, Goons Be Gone gleefully piles self-recorded samples and basic, noisy riffs on top of one another. 

The Fratellis
Half Drunk Under a Full Moon

Amongst the good news of the announcement of a new album, glass half empty the Fratellis fans may fret that their sixth album emerges on Cooking Vinyl  - a label with a rich history of managing to kill off once successful bands.... the Dignitas of record labels. Never mind, it's sure to be full of their foot stomping indie anthems. Certainly Jon Fratelli is proud as punch  - he lavishes praise on lead track Six Days In June as if it were a new favourite track by another artist. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

L'épée
Diabolique

L'épée is a collaboration between Brian Jonestown Massacre main man, Anton Newcombe, French psych-pop duo, The Limiñanas and French actor, former model and singer, Emmanuelle Seigner. Diabolique was recorded in The Limiñanas studio in the south of France then taken to Berlin by Anton, where he gave the songs a darker, more psychedelic edge. 

Q And Not U
Different Damage

Remember Q and Not U? Well they were a short-lived post hardcore band out of Washington who released three albums, the second of which was Different Damage released in 2002. It was a more stripped back take on their complex math rock sound following the departure of bassist Matt Borlik. The band mixed edgy guitar riffing to danceable beats using just a duel guitar and drums line-up. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sandy (Alex G)
Live at Third Man Records

Sandy (Alex G)'s last album 'Rocket' was just superb. A favourite here for both home and office so it's nice that he got invited to play hits from that and his other albums live at Third Man. Not only that it got recorded and now unleashed for his adoring fans. Listen to his lovely songs being played live and just imagine for a second that you were there. 
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Iron and Wine
Live at Third Man Records

The latest in a seemingly unending, but very welcome, series Live At Third Man, sees Sam Beam bring Iron & Wine to the Blue Room in Nashville. Beam kept his backing band as minimal as possible to make this a genuinely affecting and moving performance. Songs from albums Our Endless Numbered Days, Ghost on Ghost and his rarities compilation, Around The Well are featured.

Coriky
Coriky

Formed in 2015 but taking three years to perform live together for the first time, and a further two to release this self-titled debut album, Washington D.C. outfit Coriky is formed of iconic underground figure Ian MacKaye on guitar, his old Fugazi bandmate Joe Lally on bass and Amy Farina on drums, with all sharing vocals.