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Loma Vista

Living in LA, there are a lot of people looking for that one trick that will help the new them emerge fully realized, successful & happy. It's a worthwhile, but doomed pursuit, & the best we can hope for is to be present in a moment. Local Natives' album comes at a moment of personal metamorphosis. Former selves melting away, some becoming fathers, some enduring periods of isolation, loss, & identity crisis. Time Will Wait For No One is a mantra of reassurance in response to relentless changes.

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Glassnote

I Want It All Right Now is the sixth studio album from Californian alternative rock act Grouplove. With the help of Grammy-winning producer John Congleton, Hannah Hooper and co. pursue the same arena-ready combination of singalong radio-friendly rock and Nineties-influenced indie that made them such a hit when they first emerged at the start of the 2010s.

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Republic

From T. Swift herself: I first made Speak Now, completely self-written, between the ages of 18 and 20. The songs that came from this time in my life were marked by their brutal honesty, unfiltered diaristic confessions and wild wistfulness. I love this album because it tells a tale of growing up, flailing, flying and crashing and living to speak about it. With six extra songs Ive sprung loose from the vault, I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate it.

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Partisan Records

On her first release in seven years, recorded with long-time creative collaborators John Parish and Flood, PJ Harvey builds a sonic universe somehow located in a space between lifes opposites, and between recent history and the ancient past. Scattered with biblical imagery and references to Shakespeare, all of these distinctions ultimately dissolve into something profoundly uplifting and redemptive.

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Matador

Lifeguard make music that adeptly balance melody and chaos, rhythm and drone. Hooks and noise are held to the same standard. Both have to stick. The EPs here find the band refining its voice honing songs that are succinct, catchy, and propulsive. Lifeguard write together through collaboration and improvisation, but theyve learned to streamline their sound, to make each hook, beat, and gesture purposeful.

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