As we prepare for the release of Indie Cindy, the new album from alt heroes the Pixies, we look back at the month in new indie releases, which spotlights quite a few artists somewhat influenced by the Pixies themselves -- or at least their noisy mentality. Topping our list is feisty provocateur EMA and her decidedly angsty, '90s-leaning The Future's Void, alongside Cloud Nothings' Here and Nowhere Else, which recalls that same Gen X style with more of their great lo-fi slacker punk. Speaking of the '90s, we've also got Afghan Whigs' first album since 1998, Do to the Beast; the Eels' latest bummed-out beauty, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett; and The Faint's synth-rock sizzler Doom Abuse. In other captivating sounds, there's Animal Collective member Avey Tare's latest experimental journey (featuring ex-Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian); the Kaiser Chiefs' sharpest, snappiest rock album to date; songwriting vets Aimee Mann and Ted Leo joining forces as The Both; Sufjan Stevens' Sisyphus collaboration with rapper Serengeti and producer Son Lux; and much, much more. Also, in our attached playlist, check out new singles from Damon Albarn, Lana Del Rey, Little Dragon, Lykke Li and Jack White.
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