A thumbnail of the cover image of Trojans by Atlas Genius

National Anthem are a singles label with a good ear for a good record, and they've picked another gem with Atlas Genius.

  • band name: Atlas Genius
  • release name: Trojans
  • Label: National Anthem
  • Format: EP
Rating: 8.4 out of 10

Here's some lively, cheerful and remarkably assured pop music for you.

  • band name: The Steelwells
  • release name: Cool Kids
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: EP

Imagine if Robin Pecknold actually liked music, had a decent drummer, and was more interested in rocking out than appearing fey and ethereal. That's Port Isla.

  • band name: Port Isla
  • release name: Sinking Ship
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: single

An eleven year anniversary seems an unusual occasion for an extravagant box-set reissue, but that hasn't stopped the folks at Saddle Creek from doing just that.

  • band name: The Faint
  • release name: Danse Macabre
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • Format: album

Theatre Is Evil is taught and spiky and entertaining, but just too strident and earnest to be genuinely great.

  • band name: Amanda Palmer
  • release name: Theatre Is Evil
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: album