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Slay-Z by Azealia Banks (Self-Released)

Azealia Banks is a well-known figure, not for her music, but rather for her outspoken personality and controversial claims. In fact, a quick search of Banks on Google generates more about her Twitter rants and less about her music. Banks self-released her second mixtape, Slay-Z,

Are You Serious by Andrew Bird (Loma Vista)

It wasn’t until Andrew Bird’s 13th studio album that he was able to open himself up to make his most personal record yet. Are You Serious, released April 1, takes listeners on the journey that Bird experienced through getting married, having a child, and watching

Atomic by Mogwai (Rock Action)

Mogwai’s new album, Atomic, released April 1, doesn’t quite hold up with their classics like Young Team (1997) or Mr. Beast (2006), but it certainly isn’t a throw away. Instead of the songs all building into a mountain of heavy distorted guitar layers, Mogwai now

Save Yourself by SBTRKT (Self-Released)

Elusive British producer SBTRKT quietly released a collection of tracks—not quite long enough to be an album, nor succinct enough to be considered an EP— titled Save Yourself late March. Collaborating heavily with rapper The-Dream, Save Yourself carries in it a buoyancy and hopefulness, tempered

Junk by M83 (Mute)

M83’s new album Junk, released April 8, sounds like it was brought here on Marty Mcfly’s DeLorean straight from 1985. It’s hard to listen to it without imagining a row of high schoolers donning shoulder pads and Flock of Seagulls haircuts heading to senior prom.

Lost Time by Tacocat (Hardly Art)

Packed with a mix of angst and pop vocals, Tacocat, a female-fronted band from Seattle, released their third album, Lost Time, on April 1. The album is filled to the brim with West Coast surf grunge-inspired jams that are moody and strong in sound. As

Amen and Goodbye by Yeasayer (Mute)

Yeasayer may have released their new album, Amen And Goodbye, on April Fools’ Day, but their fourth studio album is no joke. The quirky band upped its game by creating a spunky-yet-melodious soundtrack. Amen And Goodbye could be described as an indie album, but Yeasayer

Up to Anything by The Goon Sax (Chapter Music)

The trio of Brisbane teenagers who perform as The Goon Sax released their debut album, Up To Anything, on March 11. Signed on the basis of an unsolicited demo, the group has created a sound integrating indie pop with lyrical storytelling. It is tempting to

Welcome the Worms by Bleached (Dead Oceans)

There’s not much more punk-rock than two neon-haired, LA-based sisters singing Damned covers in Black Flag T-shirts and scuffed boots. With their sophomore album, Welcome The Worms, released April 1, Bleached continues this outrageously rock’n’roll trend, only this time they showcase more tightened production and