Second Look: Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Beats Per Minute)

Ten years later, Celebration Rock remains one of the most earnest rock records you’ll ever hear.

Second Look: The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient (Beats Per Minute)

It’s easily their most sonically cohesive and atmospheric record to date, yet is nevertheless filled with emotional and climactic moments. 

Second Look: Girls – Broken Dreams Club (Beats Per Minute)

For all the lamentations on lost loves and hopeless futures, Girls could still envision a life where things could be better. 

The Underdogs: Deerhunter – Monomania (MiniMusicCritic)

A manic and abrasive album that’s nonetheless a mission accomplished.

The Underdogs: Animal Collective – Centipede Hz (MiniMusicCritic)

An album that highlights a band confident and secure enough to pursue creating music in their vision, accessibility be damned.

The Underdogs: The Avalanches – Wildflower (MiniMusicCritic)

An album that tugs at our collective and individual sense of nostalgia.

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