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Blue Rev captures Alvvays as they have always existed onstage: more urgent, more dense and noisier, cocooned in distorted guitars and smeared with synthesizers. Theres still the quiet pop and downtempo tunes, but this a brilliant and boisterous affair made for the sorely missed live setting. *Limited Edition Marbled Blue LP*

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Round Hill Records

Under the Midnight Sun, with its smooth yet slashing swagger, is a return to The Cults original sound of the Post-Punk era. Its a haunted plea for a new language couched in a reaffirmation of old glories. Those dark energies meld with the wisdom of age to create something fresh and powerful. *Indie Exclusive White LP*

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4AD

Strange deals in elegantly volcanic indie rock, with a love of exultant hooks, and a soaring, soulful voice. Theres playfulness here, too, but the peak comes as he makes poetry of the big issues. Strange's earnestness is artful, and Farm To Table an uplifting triumph. *Indie Exclusive Yellow LP*

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Pure Noise

A Eulogy feels like the pinnacle of this sort of hardcore, where innovation can afford to take a backseat to quaking, electrifying power when its carried out this well. Its the best in its field, a dubbing which Counterparts shouldnt be unfamiliar with, nor should they be expecting to lose anytime soon. *Indie Exclusive Orange/Red/Black Splatter LP*

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4AD

Furious indie-pop anthems combine across the record with psych and prog influences, demonstrating the wealth of influences the band feed off and their deep musicality. Surrealist lyrics are as ever at the forefront, but the new album gives greater opportunity to explore bugged out guitar jams, and immersive journeys touching on krautrock territory.

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Rough Trade

For their first album as Gilla Band, (formerly Girl Band) the foursome has redrawn their own paradigm. Most Normal is like little you've heard before, a kaleidoscopic spectrum of noise put in service of broken pop songs, FX-strafed Avant-punk rollercoaster rides and passages of futurist dancefloor nihilism. Swans for the Black Midi generation.

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Roc Nation

Willows musical ambition has always been there, but here its matched by larger-than-life rock that borrows from multiple eras, creating something new. The emo-pop wild childs idiosyncratic songwriting pairs with arena-headliner production, creating a soaring thrill ride, with the high drama of her lyrics and vocals matching the tumultuous music surrounding her.

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Metal Blade

47 minutes of the bands trademark blend of death, black, thrash and sludge metal delivered with breathless intensity and an unrepentant bloodlust. Featuring the old school crossover flavored "Death From Above" with its guttural chorus, and the epic, chilling title track that is as haunting as it is heavy. Play it loud!

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Century Media

From the albums frenetic opener, In Extremis, to the pensive, Forest and Behind The Walls, Digital Noise Alliance echoes Queensrches genre-defining albums while effortlessly moving from strength to strength. Immediate and thought-provoking. Quintessentially Queensrche. *Limited Edition Lilac 2xLP*

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Napalm Records

The undisputed harbinger of metal horror returns with a brand new slathering of terrifyingly grim and groovy anthems to get blood pumping and brains melting! Showcasing the band's 20-year career, Horrifier weaves a raucous blend of ballistic metal and macabre heavy rock that'll have new and diehard fans alike ascending from the depths.

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Third Man

The Wolf Bros (Weir, Don Was, Jay Land & Jeff Chimenti) second vinyl collection of recorded live material from Red Rocks show in June 2021. Featuring Greg Leisz on pedal steel, along with The Wolfpack: Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown. *Indie Exclusive Tie Dye LP*

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Fat Possum

Loose Future positions Andrews between Waxahatchee and Angel Olsen, a triumvirate of singer-songwriters finding new alleyways in and out of familiar territory. The 10 absorbing songs, perfectly warped like a heart thats survived hurt, are testaments to remaining in motion. *Indie Exclusive Red LP*

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Saddle Creek

Running the gamut of slacker sounds, bouncing between 90s touchstones like Pavement and The Lemonheads, its the sort of record Beck might have made, if you swapped the hip-hop and delta blues of Odelay for midwestern emo and the sort of all-American indie that functions as classic rock for this cherubic cohort. *Indie Exclusive Green/Blue LP*

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New West

Town Mountain creates a collage of sound and scope within the same template of freedom found in the round-robin fashion of the musical institution that is The Band. Lines in the Levee is a bona fide workshop in their seamless blend of Americana, country, bluegrass and folk roots. *Indie Exclusive Orange LP*

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Oh Boy Records

Created as a celebration of Prines life and career, Vol. 2 features new renditions of some of Prines most beloved songs performed by Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, Iris DeMent, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Valerie June, Margo Price, Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff, Amanda Shires, Sturgill Simpson and John Paul White.

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Domino

So much of Anywhere But Here could be the soundtrack to a 90s indie movie, but these songs stay in their own world; there is no drowning in influence here. Fueled by rapturous and disjointed guitar work and bittersweet lyricism, this record will easily be in the running for one of 2022s best. *Indie Exclusive Opaque Seafoam LP*

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