Hollow Ground

Album by Cut Worms

 

Midwestern-bred and New York-based Max Clarke recently released Hollow Ground, his highly anticipated debut album as Cut Worms, just before embarking on a North American tour supporting King Tuff. Crackling with a warm nostalgia and a palpable Everly Brothers influence, the 10 song album is a layered and cerebral exercise in sharp lyricism and evocative storytelling. (Jagjaguwar)

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Lost Friends

Album by Middle Kids

 

Following last year’s powerful self-titled EP, Sydney’s Middle Kids recently released their highly anticipated debut album Lost Friends. Continuing to hone their layered sound anchored by lead singer Hannah Joy’s deep, belting vocals that are at once joyful and melancholic, the album lands in the sweet spot at the intersection of indie rock and alt country. (Domino)

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Goat Girl

Album by Goat Girl

 

Goat Girl, an all female quartet that emerged from the close knit South London music scene and consists of four friends who hung around the same club in Brixton, burst onto the post-punk scene amidst a wave of buzz, signing with Rough Trade Records before they had even started working on their first full-length album. Their self-titled debut, which dropped last month, was met with acclaim, and their biting brand of politicized garage-punk has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Kinks and The Libertines. They made their stateside debut at SXSW and will return in May to support Parquet Courts on their North American tour. (Rough Trade Records)

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Yesterday Was Forever

Album by Kate Nash

 

One of the most honest, self-effacing and unpretentious pop-stars Britain has produced in a generation, Kate Nash returns to her indie pop roots with her fourth album, Yesterday Was Forever, the follow up to 2013’s critically acclaimed Girl Talk. Containing smatterings of 90’s femme pop rock like Alanis Morrisette and The Cranberries, as well as upbeat dance tracks and spoken word confessionals, Yesterday Was Forever is a biting and bittersweet blend of bubble-gum-pop hooks and driving garage rock, tackling themes revolving around mental health and relationships.

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Vessel

Album by Frankie Cosmos

 

Frankie Cosmos, the exuberant indie pop outfit of New York-based songwriter and composer Greta Kline, has taken several different shapes since the release of their breakout debut Zentropy in 2014, and sophomore follow up Next Thing in 2016. Their latest offering, Vessel serves as another distinctive chapter in the acclaimed group’s unique biography, containing esoteric and heartfelt narratives expressed with the reveling energy and clarity of a group comfortable with their continuing evolution. (Sub Pop Records)

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A Partner To Lean On

Album by Trace Mountains

 

Trace Mountains, the side project of LVL UP’s Dave Benton, is gearing up to release their first full-length debut album, A Partner To Lean On at the end of the month, before embarking on a spring tour. The album, which the Brooklyn-based musician describes as a continuation of his “life-long relationship with music-making as a social process,” showcases a collaborative effort of tender and idiosyncratic low-fi pop, brought vividly to life through Benton’s evocative lyrical imagery. (Figure 2 RC)

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Levon and Kennedy:
Mississippi Innocence Project

Book by Isabelle Armand

 

Levon and Kennedy: Mississippi Innocence Project is a photo book by acclaimed photographer Isabelle Armand that documents the time she spent over the span of five years with Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, two African American men from rural Mississipi who were both wrongfully convicted of murder in separate trials the early 1990s. Brooks, despite an alibi, was sentenced to life and was imprisoned for 18 years. A few years later Brewer was convicted and sentenced to death. He was incarcerated for 15. In 2008, the nonprofit legal organization Innocence Project in New York exonerated both men. The intimate and at times heartbreaking photographic essay puts faces on the victims of wrongful conviction, capturing their lives, bonds, obstacles and environments, and raising consciousness about the critical issues in our criminal justice system. (powerHouse Books)

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Twentytwo in Blue

Album by Sunflower Bean

 

New York trio Sunflower Bean’s spirited sophomoric album arrives almost two years and two months after their critically acclaimed debut Human Ceremony, and finds all three members twenty-two. Co-produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait, Twentytwo in Blue stays true to their raucous, rock-inspired roots, while exhibiting a softer and more refined sound, and delving into progressive and political themes without sacrificing an ounce of their blissful, youthful cool. (Mom + Pop Music)

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