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Her We Go Magic, Pigeons (Secretly Canadian)
  • Her We Go Magic, Pigeons (Secretly Canadian)

Here We Go Magic, Pigeons(Secretly Canadian)

Bedroom pop gets wildly multifaceted with Here We Go Magic's latest collection of bopping, over-caffeinated sonic tapestries. Synthesizer is stacked upon synthesizer, which is piled onto more synthesizer, which is topped with some catchy vocal performances and great live drum takes. DPR

Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. Deluxe Edition reissue (Universal)

Rock 'n' roll's perennial all-time greatest band leave no stone unturned as they go all-out with a long-overdue deluxe edition for the greatest of their many masterpieces. The 10 previously unreleased tracks from the original Exile sessions are the rock fans' equivalent to 10 additional commandments unearthed from Moses' tomb. AG

Karen Elson, The Ghost Who Walks (Third Man/XL)

While spouse Jack White has been relying on swagger-jams lately, Elson's gone in through the other door, keeping things muted and stylish. Recommended if you like your murder ballads Doors-y and delivered with detached cool. SH

Otis Redding, Live on the Sunset Strip Reissue (Concord/Stax)

There's no such thing as too much Otis Redding, so the fact that this two-disc reissue contains three complete sets from his 1966 performances at the Whiskey, recorded with his crack road band (instead of the MGs), means good news for everyone. As legendary as you'd expect. SH

Fol Chen, Part II: The New December (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Fol Chen, Part II: The New December (Asthmatic Kitty)

Fol Chen, Part II: The New December (Asthmatic Kitty)

Abrupt, warped and somehow tuneful and melodic at the same time, the new Fol Chen joint is pop music disassembled and rebuilt on stilts. The halting bop of "In Ruins" might best be described as Bananaramenomena. SH

Delta Spirit, History From Below (Rounder)
  • Delta Spirit, History From Below (Rounder)

Delta Spirit, History From Below (Rounder)

Wondering if Delta Spirit have branched out stylistically since their ear-catching 2008 debut of Americana- and soul-inflected indie rock? They haven't, but they're still good at it. DPR

WOOM, Muu's Way (Ba Da Bing)

If The Brunettes were weirder and more prone to entropy, they might sound a bit like their U.S. labelmates WOOM, who've put together a beguiling collection of teetering, refracted pop songs. Calling them a less-cluttered, less-manic Micachu and The Shapes wouldn't be terribly far off, but the crafty duo are definitely painting with colors they mixed themselves. SH


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