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Girls , Title + Date TBA
In 2009 came an album from Girls that miraculously sounded like Elvis Costello had covered a bunch of Beach Boys songs, then a stunning EP at the end of 2010 that made us realize this could be a band just beginning to hit its stride. Whatever may come from Christopher Owens and co. in 2011, it could, should, and probably will be wonderful. You guys, THIS COULD BE BIG.
Kurt Vile ,Title + Date TBA
Vile's most recent EP showcased a slower, sadder, cleaner, more detail-oriented version of his roughed-up brand of psych-folk. If this continues to be the case for its follow-up, as a bit of early press would lead us to believe, we're in for something good.
The Dodos , Title + Date TBA
According to The Dodos' Twitter feed, they drove to Portland in August for a two-month recording session in "a truck full of every instrument known to man." Admittedly, we (or maybe just one of us) like these guys more than most, but, damn, that's how you should make a record.
Noah & the Whale ,
Last Night on Earth, March
Putting out a pretty-but-boring sophomore album didn't do much to help gain their charming debut the attention it deserved, but, fingers crossed, Noah & the Whale's latest batch of happy-sad folk pop will to earn them retroactive praise.