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Wand - 1000 DaysA colorful display of synths and distorted guitar rifts mixed in with gentle vocal melodies and acoustic guitar, Wand's new album is fun and easy to listen to. It sort of reminds me if Pond or Tame Impala's Innerspeaker met a punk band.  Sounds like stuff you'd listen to on a summer road trip or on the third day in the afternoon of a long music festival. DYLAN

RIYL: The Oh Sees, Pond

Recommended Tracks: Grave Robber, 1000 Days, Little Dream

Dead Weather - Dodge And Burn: After a five-year wait, The Dead Weather finally got back together to release their third LP Dodge and Burn. The album definitely feels like a Jack White album because of its dirty blues sound and messy guitar tone, but has a heavier touch than most of his and The Dead Weather’s other music. The songs still rely on their usual blues grooves, but are filled with pounding drums and highly distorted single note guitar riffs. The album’s first track and lead single, I Feel Love (Every Million Miles), is a great example of this new direction. Only 10 seconds in, the band already feels like it could be Rage Against the Machine. However, some songs on Dodge and Burn have their moments where they could have easily fit in on a Raconteurs album. For example, Buzzkill(er) has The Raconteurs’ upbeat drums and minimalistic punk guitar power chords. My favorite moment on the album has to be Lose The Right. It has a groove that feels so good and at the right moments turns up the distortion. I’d say this album certainty lives up to all of the great material in the bands catalogue. HARRY

RIYL: The White Stripes, The Raconteurs

Recommended Tracks: I Feel Love (Every Million Miles), Buzzkill(er), Lose the Right

Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness:
I have always grouped Julia Holter into a group with Grouper, Joanna Newsom, and especially Juliana Barwick, with her persona being barely distinguishable. Have You In My Wilderness delivers in that it creates a distinct character for Holter. The string arrangements on tracks like on album standout “How Long?” recall Newsom and surprisingly Lana Del Rey, but not to the point of feeling like copies.  On tracks “Night Song” Holter utilizes a fascinatingly slow delivery, taking about 15 seconds to ask, “what did I do to make you feel so bad?“ Surprisingly, this deliberate pacing makes me as a listener want to hear what she has to say and draws more attention to the lyrics, instead of the atmosphere like her previous albums. A case could be made for this being Holter’s best album (although Ekstasis could give it a run for its money).  Have You In My Wilderness is a solid album that is definitely worth listening to. KEN

RIYL: Juliana Barwick, Joanna Newsom, Grouper, Laurel Halo

Recommended Tracks: “How Long?” (3),  “Sea Calls Me Home” (5), “Night Song” (7)

Coke Weed - Mary Weaver: Hailing from Maine, indie psych-rock group Coke Weed initially sounds a bit like, yeah you guessed it, shitty Mac deMarco. However, where your average shitty mac demarco band would bore you to death with slow indie jams, Coke Weed’s new record Mary Weaver thrives on catchy guitar riffs and weird sample patterns, not unlike Tame Impala. The more beach jam sounding tracks on the album are decidedly not my favorite, however a few songs on the album make it clear that Coke Weed is capable of making dope music. The slow march of emotional jamming in “Shortest Night” is so good. Nina Donghia’s vocals remind me a lot of Courtney Barnett’s deadpan, middle-finger-up tone. “Honkey Tonk Man” is another slow vibey one. My third-favorite track would have to be “Malocchio,” which features really happy chords and a beat that makes you want to dance. The signature riff of “Malocchio” is so fun sounding, I immediately picked up my guitar and tried to figure out how to play it. Give this album a listen - I guarantee you’ll come back to it! CHRISTIAN

RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Mac Demarco Recommended Tracks: Malocchio (1), Shortest Night (8), Honkey Tonk Man (10)  

Recommended Tracks: Malocchio (1), Shortest Night (8), Honkey Tonk Man (10)

 

Peaches - Rub: It is maybe impossible to give Peaches due justice in a review that is short enough that any of you will actually read it, but I will (obviously) make an attempt -- in list form so we get straight to the point! 1. Peaches is a feminist queen. 2. We know that she is a feminist queen because she is friends with Kim Gordon. 3. Also, most of her songs address and promote awareness of female sexuality (hello, the album is titled Rub, and I know what she is rubbing, if you catch my drift), and for some reason, women are still not regarded as sexual pleasure-seekers, which is pretty fucked up. It's 2015. 4. The album is perfect for bedroom dance parties (it is probably best classified as dance music) in your pajamas -- try it out... and maybe invite me?? #slumberpartychamp ASHLEY

RIYL: Le Tigre, Ladytron

Recommended Tracks: "Dick in the Air" (3), "Pickles" (4), "Bodyline" (12)

Blink-182 - Dude Ranch: You knew this was coming; in fact, you thought it was coming in the last email because I all but promised that I would turn Blink-180-Tuesday into a month-long event... And despite my unwavering love for the trio from San Diego, some of you just don't get it, so I will break it down for you. Pop-punk is (mostly) totally fucking repulsive, and though Blink-182 did not create this disgrace to the punk canon, they did, however, manage not only to perfect but also redeem the subgenre of its cardinal failing -- an aggressively un-hardcore sound that can only be described as ridiculous and lame compared to real punk music. How did they do this, you wonder? By acknowledging (through lyrical content and overall attitude) that their music is totally fucking ridiculous and stupid. Blink-182 is a self-conscious joke, a fact that is never more obvious than when listening to this album (which is why I chose Dude Ranch overEnema of the State, which was potentially controversial, but everyone has listened to the latter... or they should immediately). Every song on Dude Ranch sounds like it was written by someone who just hit puberty -- a pimply boy in the seventh grade who thinks black spiked belts are "cool," perhaps. Case in point: "A New Hope" (the eighth song on this album, not the Star Wars film) is pretty clearly about having wet dreams about Princess Leia. Dumb. Absurd. A little gross. But also relatable? (I'm looking at you, Harry Zec.) Music does not have to be profoundly meaningful to be engaging or -- dare I say it -- true. Don't even pretend that you haven't listened to "Dammit" and been like, "yeah, growing up fucking blows." (P.S. I am doing that right now. P.P.S. I also burned "What Went Wrong" off Take Off Your Pants And Jacket at the end of the CD because it is *maybe* the funniest song ever... if you, like me, have the humor of a middle schooler.) ASHLEY

RIYL: The Offspring, Angels & Airwaves, Green Day

Recommended Tracks: Again, all of them -- I would not add an album that I did not like all the way through