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Neon Indian: VEGA INTL. Night School
Buy! - (Mom+Pop)
The third album from Texas-raised, Brooklyn-based artist Alan Palomo (aka Neon Indian) is a strong set of psych-tinged electro-pop featuring a densely layered blend of twinkling synths, bright guitars, woozy textures, propulsive, occasionally tropical-tinged rhythms and sparkling pop hooks. 10/9/2015 - Don Yates

Other Neon Indian album reviews:

Era Extrana - 9/13/2011
Psychic Chasms - 10/20/2009

Saintseneca: Such Things
Buy! - (Anti-)
The third album from this Columbus, OH band led by Zac Little is another excellent set of smartly crafted folk-pop with a dynamic, densely produced sound combining a colorful variety of instrumentation with buoyant melodies, exuberant harmonies and heady metaphysical lyrics. 10/9/2015 - Don Yates

Other Saintseneca album reviews:

Dark Arc - 4/4/2014

Keep Shelly In Athens: Now I'm Ready
Buy! - (Friends of Friends)
This Greek duo’s latest album (and the first since former lead singer Sarah P was replaced by Myrtha) is a well-crafted, emotive set ranging from haunting dream-pop to propulsive electro-pop and shimmering space disco. 10/9/2015 - Don Yates

Eagles Of Death Metal: Zipper Down
Buy! - (T-Boy/UME)
The fourth album (and first in seven years) from the duo of Jesse Hughes and Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme is another irreverent and irresistible set of bluesy garage and ‘70s boogie-rock, combining primal guitar riffs and energetic rhythms with Hughes’ swaggering vocals and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. 10/9/2015 - Don Yates

Other Eagles Of Death Metal album reviews:

Death By Sexy - 1/30/2006

Amateur Best: The Gleaners
Buy! - (Brille)
The debut album from this solo project masterminded by UK electronic musician Joe Flory (previously known as Primary 1) is a top-notch set of sophisticated electronic-pop with an infectious, kinetic, and slightly off-kilter charm. While shades of Hot Chip appear throughout, as well as temporary glances of LCD Soundsystem and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, The Gleaners is a thoroughly refreshing electronic-pop record. 10/9/2015 - Alex

Childbirth: Women's Rights
Buy! - (Suicide Squeeze)
The second album from this Seattle trio comprised of members of Chastity Belt, TacocaT and Pony Time is a strong set of snarky garage-punk with primal, grungy guitar lines and pounding rhythms accompanying Julia Shapiro’s sarcastic vocals and the band’s biting, often-hilarious lyrics skewering sexism and lots more. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

Other Childbirth album reviews:

It's A Girl! - 1/10/2014

Wavves: V
Buy! - (Warner Bros.)
The fifth album from this LA-based band led by Nathan Williams is a potent, hook-filled blend of power-pop, garage-punk and grunge-pop, featuring consistently strong, sharply crafted songs juxtaposing angst-fueled lyrics with bright pop melodies. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

Other Wavves album reviews:

Afraid of Heights - 3/29/2013
King of the Beach - 7/13/2010

Protomartyr: The Agent Intellect
Buy! - (Hardly Art)
This Detroit band’s third album is another stellar set of bleak post-punk with angular guitars, taut, driving rhythms, gloomy vocals and acerbic lyrics. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

Other Protomartyr album reviews:

Under Color of Official Right - 4/4/2014

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die: Harmlessness
Buy! - (Epitaph)
This nine-piece Connecticut band’s second album is an impressive set of dramatic, beautifully crafted emo-rock with a dynamic, richly textured sound combining a variety of instrumentation with a multitude of singing voices and anthemic song hooks. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

Yppah: Tiny Pause
Buy! - (Counter)
The fourth album from Long Beach, CA-via Texas producer/multi-instrumentalist Ypaah (aka Joe Corrales Jr.) is another transportive set of blissed-out grooves incorporating elements of atmospheric post-rock, downtempo electronic and ethereal shoegaze. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

Other Yppah album reviews:

Eighty One - 3/23/2012

Blackalicious: Imani Vol. 1
Buy! - (OGM)
This veteran Sacramento-based duo’s fourth album (and first album in 10 years) is a strong set of warm, funk-infused hip hop pairing Chief Xcel’s boom-bap beats with Gift of Gab’s intricate, life-affirming rapping. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

Other Blackalicious album reviews:

The Craft - 9/14/2005
Blazing Arrow - 4/15/2002
Nia - 3/15/2000

Israel Nash: Israel Nash's Silver Season
Buy! - (Loose Music/Thirty Tigers)
This Dripping Springs, TX-based artist’s fourth album is another impressive set of psych-tinged folk-rock reminiscent of Neil Young, featuring a warm, ‘70s-steeped sound with expressive guitar solos, occasional pedal steel, gentle vocals and wistful melodies. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

Other Israel Nash album reviews:

Israel Nash's Rain Plains - 1/31/2014

Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon
Buy! - (Interscope)
This LA-based artist’s third album is her strongest, most-focused work to date. Honeymoon plays to her strengths with a string of dark, atmospheric torch songs, languidly paced and spaciously produced with mournful orchestration, spare beats, haunting melodies, sighing vocals and fatalistic lyrics of addictive love and LA decadence. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

New Order: Music Complete
Buy! - (Mute)
The veteran British band’s 10th studio album (and first in 10 years) features a revamped lineup with original keyboardist Gillian Gilbert back on board while iconic bassist Peter Hook is absent. It’s still a fairly strong comeback with a few missteps, though most of it’s quality dance-pop with propulsive rhythms, sweeping synths, atmospheric guitars and sparkling song hooks. 10/2/2015 - Don Yates

Say Hi: Bleeders Digest
Buy! - (Barsuk)
The ninth album from Seattle artist Eric Elbogen (aka Say Hi) is a sequel to his 2006 vampire concept album Impeccable Blahs. Like that album, lyrics revolving around vampires are used to explore themes of love and alienation on songs fleshed out with buzzing synths and catchy pop melodies. 9/25/2015 - Don Yates

PWR BTTM: Ugly Cherries
Buy! - (Father/Daughter)
The debut full-length from this New York duo is a strong set of punkish garage-pop combining a stripped-down guitar-and-drums sound with buoyant pop melodies and bold lyrics revolving around being young and gay in a mostly straight world. 9/25/2015 - Don Yates

Chvrches: Every Open Eye
Buy! - (Glassnote)
This Scottish trio’s second album is another powerful, impeccably crafted set of anthemic electro-pop with bright, shimmering synths and propulsive rhythms accompanying Lauren Mayberry’s crystalline vocals and emotive lyrics. 9/25/2015 - Don Yates

Other Chvrches album reviews:

The Bones Of What You Believe - 9/20/2013

Kurt Vile: b'lieve i'm goin down...
Buy! - (Matador)
This Philadelphia artist’s sixth solo full-length is another first-rate outing of expansive, folk-tinged psych-rock, with a consistently strong set of mostly dark, open-ended songs combining Vile’s expressive guitar work along with some occasional banjo, piano and other instrumentation with his laconic drawl and smart, self-aware lyrics that leaven deep melancholy with flashes of wry humor. 9/25/2015 - Don Yates

Other Kurt Vile album reviews:

Wakin On A Pretty Daze - 4/5/2013
Childish Prodigy - 9/30/2009

Dungen: Allas Sak
Buy! - (Mexican Summer)
The seventh album (and first in five years) from this Swedish band led by Gustav Ejstes is an impressive set of expansive psych-rock, with a warm, beautifully detailed sound combining a variety of instrumentation including fuzzy guitars, piano, organ, horns, woodwinds, vibes, harp and more with delicate vocals and twisty melodies. 9/25/2015 - Don Yates

Other Dungen album reviews:

Tio Bitar - 5/4/2007

Julia Holter: Have You In My Wilderness
Buy! - (Domino)
This LA artist’s fourth album is a beautifully crafted set of sophisticated avant-pop with a lush, airy, imaginatively arranged sound featuring a variety of colorful instrumentation and inventive rhythms to frame her intimate vocals and cryptic lyrics, along with some of her most gorgeous pop melodies to date. 9/25/2015 - Don Yates