Arcade Fire: Reflektor

• 2013/10/28 • Merge • Alternative/Indie Rock • Reflektor | We Exist | Here Comes the Night Time | It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus) “Will I See you on the other side?” — “Reflektor” Behold the rare instance where pre-release hype and expectations are not only met, but wildly surpassed. Realizing such a statement tiptoes the line of hyperbole…

Richard Buckner: Surrounded

• 2013/09/03 • Merge Records • Alternative/Indie Rock, Alt-Country • *Surrounded* | Foundation | Go | Mood | When You Tell Me How It Is “Dying for an opening line.” More rock than country, but the hints are there in the sounds produced by this strong singer-songwriter. Richard Buckner

Shout Out Louds: Optica

• 2013/02/26 • Merge • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop • Sugar | Illusions | 14th of July “And after ten drinks this is what I meant to tell you.” — “Glasgow” For their fourth album, Shout Out Louds from Sweden choose to continue in the same vein as their previous albums, but they do it so well its hard to…