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Play Me: “Go On” by Blur

Well, burn my biscuits, I didn't see this coming. Brit-Pop icons, Blur, announced today that they will be releasing Magic Whip, their first album of new material, in 12 years on April 28th. Not only that, but they've released the first preview track from the album, too. Oh, and the news gets even better: guitarist Graham Coxon is back in the fold, too.
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7 Score

The Rockometer: Range Anxiety by Twerps

The Twerps are admitted fans of the Go-Betweens. And, depending on your own listening habits, you may hear traces of C86, The Kinks, or the Shins on Range Anxiety, the band's first album for Merge Records. This is all another way of saying the casual facade of this Australian quartet conceals a deep understanding of what makes guitar pop tick.
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A Jam Packed Wednesday with JEFF the Brotherhood, Disappears, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dirty Dishes, and Twerps

That picture up there, the one of the new JEFF the Brotherhood album, Wasted on the Dream, is reason number one why you should be worried about ...
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Play Me: “Waste the Alphabet” by Dick Diver

The first words I associate with Melbourne indie rock act, Dick Diver, tend to be words like casual, comforting and familiar, as if the musicians in the band were friends first and musicians later, and the songs were merely extensions of the bond they already shared.
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Nothing

A Jam Packed Thursday with Nothing, Cult of Youth, Mr Gnome, Twerps, and Parkay Quartz

When the book is closed on 2014, or a month from now when music pubs start pushing their end of the year round-ups, a surprising release will likely top my list -- Nothing's Guilty of Everything. Upon it's release, I found it more diverse and more engaging than most modern shoegazer albums (your best comparison may be '90s alt-rockers Hum, a band who weren't afraid to go full metal during their atmospheric rock jams), yet, I also felt emptiness upon my initial listens. Here was a band fronted by an ex-punk, ex-con and I wanted more of the story to come through in the lyrics. Turns out, Nothing wasn't lacking. My patience was lacking. The title track kills me to this day.
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5 Score

The Rockometer: Tied to a Star by J Mascis

Look, I'm under no impression that acoustic J. Mascis on his latest solo outing, Tied to a Star, will deliver the same type of thrills as plugged in J. Mascis posing in front of a six-stack of Marshall amps, leveling a room with feedback and fury. I have much more realistic expectations. All I want is a moment or two of fine finger-picking and a couple tracks to reassure myself I indeed need J. Mascis unplugged in my life.
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8 Score

The Rockometer: Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers

By definition, a supergroup, like Canada's New Pornographers, should be fun. A supergroup is an opportunity for friends to get together and make music free from the same kind of expectations placed on their main projects. Yet, despite the pedigrees of Carl "AC" Newman, Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Neko Case, and the others who've contributed to the band's last two albums (2007's Challenger and 2010's Together) this supergroup had begun to sound like a super drag. Ornateness had been mistaken for quality. Tempos lurched into mid-tempo hell. The band's most recent effort, Brill Bruisers, is a lot of things: Fun, engaging, a return to form, a new direction, and most definitely not a drag.
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A Jam Packed Thursday with Thurston Moore, Perfect Pussy, Godflesh, Dark Blue, The Twerps, and King Tuff

The news of a new Thurston Moore album has been out and about on the internet for a little while now. What's gotten fans most excited, is that this new band would include both Debbie George from My Bloody Valentine and ex-Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, as well as English guitarist, James Sedwards.
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