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REVIEW: The Mountain Goats – ‘In League With Dragons’ (Merge)

Although their 17th album concerns ageing and decline, John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats show no sign of slowing down on ‘In League With Dragons’.

REVIEW: Ex Hex – ‘It’s Real’ (Merge)

American indie icon Mary Timony re-assembles Ex Hex for a fun, if predictable, second album of garage-punk in ‘It’s Real’.

REVIEW: Bob Mould – ‘Sunshine Rock’ (Merge)

It’s business as usual for former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould on his 13th solo album ‘Sunshine Rock’, one of the least gloomy and most reflective works he’s ever produced.

REVIEW: Waxahatchee – ‘Great Thunder’ EP (Merge)

Katie Crutchfield revisits some of her oldest work with her latest Waxahatchee release ‘Great Thunder’.

REVIEW: Spider Bags – ‘Someday Everything Will Be Fine’ (Merge)

Now on their fifth album, Spider Bags are still tinkering with their off-kilter mix of punk, indie, country and blues on ‘Someday Everything Will Be Fine’.

REVIEW: Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (Merge)

A confusing mess of bar-room blues, electrified country and traditional rock, ‘A Productive Cough’ sees Patrick Stickles and Titus Andronicus throw a significant curveball.

REVIEW: Ought – ‘Room Inside The World’ (Merge)

Ought’s third studio album ‘Room Inside The World’ sees them temper their post-punk with a newfound darkness and beauty.

CULT ’90s: Neutral Milk Hotel – ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’

One of the most divisive yet enduring albums of the Nineties, ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’ by Neutral Milk Hotel turns 20 years old.

REVIEW: Waxahatchee – ‘Out In The Storm’ (Merge)

Katie Crutchfield’s 4th outing as Waxahatchee is her most personal yet, and a sturdy addition to her growing discography.

REVIEW: The Mountain Goats – ‘Goths’ (Merge)

John Darnielle’s 16th album with The Mountain Goats contains a handful of quality highlights but is ultimately a mixed bag.

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