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Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles, Love’s Middle Name
  • Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles, Love’s Middle Name
Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles, Love’s Middle Name (Blue Corn Music) – Massachusetts-based pop-punker Borges has only released two studio albums in the last decade, but this one is definitely worth the wait. The 10 boisterous and chiming tracks virtually wink at the listener (try “Oh Victoria”), while the maturation of her husky voice brings her sound closer to Susan Cowsill — a compliment of the highest order.
The Dodos, Certainty Waves
  • The Dodos, Certainty Waves
The Dodos, Certainty Waves (Polyvinyl) – The San Francisco duo are following a path akin to Bon Iver and Low, by introducing rhythmic noise that makes their music as cryptic as song titles like “Center Of” and “SW3.” Since The Dodos earlier evolved from acoustic to rhythm-pop, the sonic waves may hold too much uncertainty for casual listeners, but a careful listen will show the duo’s seventh album is their finest.

Swearin’, Fall Into the Sun
  • Swearin’, Fall Into the Sun
Swearin’, Fall Into the Sun (Merge) – After Allison Crutchfield’s band Swearin’ collapsed following her 2013 split with guitarist Kyle Gilbride, her sister Katie achieved fame with Waxahatchee. Allison elected to release her own solo work and join with Katie in multiple sister-projects. Now, she and Gilbride have taken the tenuous step of bringing Swearin’ back together, and it works like a well-oiled machine with stunning grace on both acoustic songs and rockers.

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