Matthew Mowatt

The xx: Coexist

It seems that though The xx’s distinctness had put them on the map, it might also be the very reason that held them back in Coexist, as there was only slight evolution from their debut album, leaving us wanting more in the end. The question remains whether they’re up for the challenge of adding a unique and fresh sound in the future.

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Imperial Teen: Feel The Sound

In spite of some heartfelt and at times sardonic indie-pop, Feel the Sound, which clocks in at under an hour, leaves one with a sense of being unfulfilled but not necessarily wanting more.

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The Antlers: Nouveau Casino, Paris, France 11/21/2011

The Antlers’ evident enjoyment in playing to European crowds was certainly reciprocated by an equally fervent group of fans. It’s safe to say that The Antlers are welcome back to the Nouveau Casino at anytime as long as they continue to put on softly-layered and great sounding live performances.

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Dum Dum Girls: Only In Dreams

It’s the growing pains of Only in Dreams that capture and pull in something novel to an already saturated 60’s garage-pop revival. The Dum Dum Girls have taken a risk in trying something new, but this risk, for the most part, has paid off.

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Parlor Snakes: Let’s Get Gone

[rating=3.50] After replacing their drummer and bassist numerous times, releasing multiple tracks on some compilations and scattering a handful of singles around Europe, the Paris-based band Parlor Snakes have finally

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Mogwai: Earth Division (EP)

On the whole, the Earth Division EP works structurally, serving an image of a classically-informed sandwich with some meaty sounds left in the middle to savor.

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