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Sounds by Mike Evans   TRIPPING DAISIES THE LONELY FOREST — Adding Up the Wasted Hours THE GOOD: Northwest indie rockers Lonely Forest bring on a tighter fourth full-length. THE BAD: A couple of clunkers aside (rambling closer “The Stars, Like Dust” sticks around far too long), most of these cuts are fine. THE NITTY GRITTY: Produced by the band with a...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   COMPLICATED LADIES DUM DUM GIRLS — Too True THE GOOD: Dee Dee Penny and her latest incarnation of Girls go retro on their third full-length. THE BAD: 10 songs, in and out in 30 minutes, leave you craving more. THE NITTY GRITTY: A reflective album written in her NYC apartment, Too True is Penny’s “new wave” record; a collection...

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DANCE TO DREAM PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING — Inform Educate Entertain THE GOOD: London-based musical outfit Public Service Broadcasting offer up a unique debut full-length. THE BAD: A little less guitar and a little more electronic ambiance would probably better suit these compositions. However, that’s more of a personal preference and not necessarily...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   VALENTINES OF A DIFFERENT KIND CLOUD CONTROL — Dream Cave THE GOOD: Australian indie rock outfit Cloud Control brings forth a hypnotic sophomore effort. THE BAD: No complaints. THE NITTY GRITTY: When a band is difficult to pigeonhole, it always makes for fascinating listening. You’ll end up loving a lot about Dream Cave, but...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   LET’S GROOVE CUT COPY — Free Your Mind THE GOOD: Australian electronic outfit Cut Copy is back with a hippy dippy fourth. THE BAD: Mind isn’t very ambitious at its core; the band neither progressing nor regressing. But it’s a “sunny” collection with an undeniably strong flow. Go with it and you will have a fantastic...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   ROCK REVIVALS THE FRATELLIS — We Need Medicine THE GOOD: Scottish indie pop trio Fratellis are back with their first album in five years. THE BAD: Fratellis were never a great band. The best you could always hope for was some extremely infectious ear candy and a set list where the catchy tunes outweighed the duds. THE NITTY GRITTY:...

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Sounds by Mike Evans   SLIGHT ALTERATIONS ISLANDS — Ski Mask THE GOOD: Canadian progressive indie outfit Islands come back with an unpredictable fifth. THE BAD: You take the awesome right along with the unhinged on any Islands record. Expect some extremes. THE NITTY GRITTY: Nicholas Thorburn remains the brains behind the operation, his accomplished yet...

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Sounds   ALMOST UNPLUGGED THE AVETT BROTHERS — Magpie and the Dandelion THE GOOD: North Carolina folk rockers Avett Brothers are back with a varied third. THE BAD: No gripes. THE NITTY GRITTY: Magpie was recorded during the same sessions as 2012’s The Carpenter; Rick Rubin producing both albums. But one shouldn’t consider this a “leftovers”...

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GUYS AND DOLLS CULTS — Static THE GOOD: New York City duo Cults (Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion) dodges the sophomore slump. THE BAD: Making Static must have been pure hell. Follin and Oblivion used to be a couple, but split sometime during the recording process. Yet turmoil sometimes breeds great music. Didn’t Fleetwood Mac make Rumors under similar...

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BEST OF THE BEST Yikes! 2014 is here! But before we move onto THIS year’s goodness, we take one last look back at LAST year’s best. The TOP 10 albums of 2013. 10. OMD — English Electric (April) It’s rare that a band will produce some of their very best music 30 years into a working career. But that’s exactly what British synth-pop pioneers Orchestral...