of Montreal – “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia”

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Kevin Barnes has announced a new of Montreal album called White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, the follow-up to 2016’s Innocence Reaches and last year’s Rune Husk EP. According to Barnes, the new LP was heavily inspired by ’80s club remixes, and the squelchy synth-funk of lead single “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia” thumps appropriately. Listen and … More »

Go Your Own Way: 25 Notable Divorce Albums

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Pop music is littered with the shattered remains of relationships. As the stereotype goes: Personal strife often makes for good art. And for many artists, nothing is more of a catalyst for a great song than romantic discord or destruction. The list of classic breakup songs and albums feels endless; some artists’ whole catalogs seem … More »

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Turns 10

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omhissingfaunaartKevin Barnes spent the winter on the verge of a total breakdown while living in Norway. He says as much on “A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger,” the jubilant sixth track on Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Released a decade ago today and a decade into of Montreal’s career, the album stands as … More »

Stream of Montreal Rune Husk EP

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C2EEsI4UAAEJzj6of Montreal put out their most recent album, Innocence Reaches, back in August, and today they’ve dropped a new EP called Rune Husk with very little fanfare. (Some would even call it a … surprise release.) It’s the first release on Kevin Barnes’ new digital record label Sybaritic Peer, and it contains four previously … More »

Stream The Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl Comp

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Polyvinyl Plays PolyvinylIllinois indie rock label Polyvinyl Records is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a neat bit of self-referential reflection. On the 20-track compilation Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl, the label’s past and present artists cover each other. Some of the combinations are obvious (Beach Slang covering Japandroids), some not so much (Braid covering Alvvays). But all are worth … More »

of Montreal – “Find Yourself” (Jacco Gardner Cover)

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of Montreal - "Find Yourself" (Jacco Gardner Cover)For Polyvinyl Records’ 20th anniversary, the label is putting out a compilation made up of bands on their roster covering other bands on their roster. Back when the set was announced in September, we got a string of them: the Dodos doing American Football, Deerhoof in the style of Xiu Xiu, Beach Slang … More »

Elephant 6 & Friends Reflect On The Legacy Of The Olivia Tremor Control’s Dusk At Cubist Castle

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DuskThe Olivia Tremor Control lined up their first big hometown show at the 500-cap 40 Watt in 1995. After a few years developing their kaleidoscopic live act in house shows and smaller clubs around Athens, Georgia, the psych rockers had built a reputation among the dozen or so people who might attend a given show, … More »

of Montreal – “Let’s Relate” Video

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of Montreal - "Let's Relate" Videoof Montreal released their fourteenth studio album, Innocence Reaches, a few weeks ago. They’re about to embark on a long North American tour, and today they’re sharing a video for “Let’s Relate.” One of our commenters pointed out that the song sounds like “Kevin Barnes fronting LP1-era Crystal Castles,” and I haven’t … More »

Blind Pilot, Savoir Adore, of Montreal

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This week has been hot. Unbearably hot. So while you wallow in your likely un-central-air-conditioned apartment, we’ve got some tunes to help keep your spirits high — or at least semi-motivated to keep going. First off is Blind Pilot, whose album And Then Like Lions will surely lull you into a gentle state of acoustic euphoria. Then, of Montreal will draw you back to reality, delivering another album of perfectly bizarre, psychedelic punk pop with Innocence ReachesThe Pack A.D. and Thee Oh Sees will then kick things into a much higher, much more blistering gear, as both have returned with new rock records to leave you sweating even more than you already are. Next, Savoir Adore, with their album, The Love That Remains, will keep your heart beating fast, as synth tones and pounding drums swirl around pop vocals. Finally, Young the Giant, delivering their newest, Home of the Strange, will give you a little bit of everything, offering punchy rock numbers, straight-up pop gems and vibey synth tunes. Follow the playlist to stay updated!

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Blind Pilot – And Then Like Lions

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of Montreal – Innocence Reaches

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The Pack A.D. – Positive Thinking

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Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits

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Savoir Adore – The Love that Remains

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Young the Giant – Home of the Strange

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Stream of Montreal Innocence Reaches

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of Montreal - Innocence ReachesNext week, of Montreal, the long-running and prolific Georgia troupe of theatrical psychedelic glam-sprites, will follow up last year’s Aureate Gloom with a new album called Innocence Reaches. Even by this group’s astronomical standards, this is a bright and giddy and painstakingly worded piece of work. We’ve already posted the early songs “It’sMore »