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7:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Mac DeMarco, 'Salad Days'

Mac DeMarco's album, Salad Days, comes out April 1.
Robert Redfield Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:15 am

For someone who once coined the phrase "jizz jazz" to describe his own style, Montreal 23-year-old Mac DeMarco sounds remarkably grounded on his second album, Salad Days. Gone are the Rocky Horror pantomimes, the sleazy radio promo skits, the gnomic pronouncements about "European Vegas." In their wake is a thematically tight, formally slender album full of sun-dappled songs about frittering youth away and being mostly okay with it.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Cloud Nothings new album, Here and Nowhere Else, comes out April 1.
Pooneh Ghana Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:13 am

The word "maturation" and the word "punk" don't often coexist easily: For a band like Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, whose sloppily aggressive songs channel slackerdom and frustration, growing up would seem antithetical to its mission. But the group's third album, Here and Nowhere Else, threads the needle just right, tightening and brightening Cloud Nothings' sound in ways that never numb its blistering, careening forcefulness.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Timber Timbre, 'Hot Dreams'

Timber Timbre's new album, Hot Dreams, comes out April 1.
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Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:13 am

Timber Timbre's members tiptoe across some strange boundaries: Atop atmospheric sound beds that often conjure spaghetti Westerns, Taylor Kirk's dusky croon can seem seductive, inviting and, when he prefers, deeply creepy. It's a voice that can embody Halloween itself — Timber Timbre is self-aware enough to have titled its last album Creep On Creepin' On — and yet Kirk possesses the versatility to sing sweet ballads with Feist on the side.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

Thievery Corporation's new album, Saudade, comes out April 1.
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Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:16 am

Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo Thievery Corporation defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

First Listen: Inventions, 'Inventions'

Inventions' self-titled album comes out April 1.
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Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:14 am

The majestic instrumental rock band Explosions in the Sky broke into the mainstream thanks to its contributions to the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights — both the film and the TV series of the same name. With three-quarters of the band originally from Midland, Texas, Explosions in the Sky possesses an ideal toolkit to capture the sounds of football, the roaring wind of the plains and the quiet hope and despair of small-town life in the Texas Panhandle.

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