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Like Like, by Portland's Advrb, is an album in ten vignettes. Relationships, almost relationships, last frost walks, A.A. Milne recitations. Lyric-driven jangle pop in the lineage of Jonathan Richman, Jason Anderson, and Eleanor Friedberger.

On autumnal goldenrod-colored cassettes, with cool reversible covers.

Released on Antiquated Future Records. Listen on[ continued ] Advrb- Frenzied Spring

The full-length debut from Oakland duo, Upside Drown. Taking retro pop and bringing it into the metaphysical—imagery of magic and nature disguised as catchy love songs, fairytales and mythology as piano ballads. Nine songs too good to easily fit in your hands (bigger than that).

Featuring members of Flying Circles, Silver Shadows, Polka Dot Dot Dot, Twig Palace, The Mumlers, La Dee Da, and Tall Grass...[ continued ] Upside Drown- Go

Deadpan and vulnerable, grounded and surreal, Sara Renberg's indie-pop songs are small worlds that envelop and surprise. Night Sands, her second full-length, is a record about the desire for and fear of intimacy; about being 32, gay, and single. The album's story-songs are funny and sad, grounded and surreal, nodding to artists like the Silver Jews, Liz Phair, Frankie Cosmos, and the Mountain Goats...[ continued ] Sara Renberg- Roger Miller Baby

Shimmery psych-pop from Philadelphia's Strange Parts. Attia Taylor and Corey Duncan's dueling vocals mesmerize over wild drums, guitars, and synths. A perfectly disorienting pleasure.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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A finally crafted thing indeed. A more mature songwriting that I can’t help but liken to Joni Mitchell, in the way the songs have moments of darkness and dischord that resolve so gracefully and how the songs are so catchy but never dumbed down. Some songs lush and bright, some songs rocking and aggressive. An album that is sure to make her fanbase grow across the lands.

Eleanor Murray- Street To Ride

Unbeatable, surfy power-pop, heartbreak gems from Chicago's Richard Album and the Singles. Highly recommended.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Richard Album and the Singles- Quiet

As Long Gone, members of hardcore punk bands like Curmudgeon, Pandemix, and Discipline play country-tinged indie rock. Like early Dinosaur Jr fronted by Richard Buckner, perhaps. There's even a surprising alt-country Prince cover at the end.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Last copy! Hazy, shoegazey, witchy post-punk from Oakland, California. Led by Colleen Johnson (Flying Circles) and Margaret Butler.

Packaged in a soft poly case with vellum sleeve and a digital download code. Listen on Bandcamp.

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A stunning indie-pop gem a piece from Michigan's finest: Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, City Center) and Anna Burch (Failed Flowers, Frontier Ruckus). On rich maroon vinyl.

Released on Polyvinyl Records, distributed by Life Like. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Last one! XXL is an album of addicting, scrappy indie rock from Portland's Snow Roller. Reminiscent of Butterglory, Good Luck, and the Jason Loewenstein side of Sebadoh.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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