The Fever (Aye Aye)
Death Grips' Exmilitary was one of the unlikeliest indie hits of 2011, and no one guessed that this defiantly underground digital hardcore/rap trio would sign a major-label deal. But it's tough to catch lightning in a bottle twice. The Money Store is just as ferocious as that first album, but it doesn't have as many memorable songs, and nothing as outstanding as "Guillotine," though "The Fever (Aye Aye)" and "System Blower" are impressive. The group's fortunes rise and fall on Stefan Burnett, a surly punk enigma who claims on "Hacker" that he's "teaching b*tches how to swim."