Articles tagged avant-garde

26 Aug 2016 // 2:20 AM

Battle Trance: Blade of Love

Experimental saxophone quartet Battle Trance pushes the capabilities of both the tenor saxophone and the human breath on Blade of Love.

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Momus: Pubic Intellectual - An Anthology, 1986-2016

Hilarious, catchy, incisive, and exhausting, Pubic Intellectual captures Momus in all of his forms, from lo-fi pop craftsman to boundary-pushing satirist.

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27 Jun 2016 // 8:26 AM

Alto!: LP3

With as many tracks as the group has members, Alto!'s LP3 is intellectual, challenging, and downright weird.

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22 Jun 2016 // 2:30 AM

Deerhoof: The Magic

Deerhoof exploit lo-fi warmth to signify their musical roots and chaotic beginnings on their lucky 13th album.

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Shining: Blackjazz From the Band at the Edge of the World

For a band so out on a limb, so close to the edge of experimentation, to have come so close to mainstream success is a minor miracle.

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Deerhoof / Ensemble Dal Niente: Balter-Saunier

Not one forgettable moment surfaces; not one skippable track presents itself in this era of impatient listeners waiting for the memorable or gut-punching banger.

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Licht-Akiyama Trios: Tomorrow Outside Tomorrow

How many experimental guitarists does it take to change a light bulb? I don't know, ask the cornet player.

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8 Apr 2016 // 9:28 AM

Colin Stetson - “SORROW III” (Singles Going Steady)

The track isn't merely about "sorrow", that passing sentiment of unhappiness that always allows recovery; rather, it is about this sentiment amplified tenfold.

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Colin Stetson: SORROW - A Reimagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony

Saxophonist Colin Stetson focuses on leading over playing here, assembles a group and building compositions with them to both honor a classic work and render it entirely new.

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AJ Cornell and Tim Darcy - “Too Significant to Ignore” (video) (premiere)

Tim Darcy, the guitarist/vocalist for post-punk band Ought, and Andrea-Jane Cornell have created an exciting new experimental, electronic, spoken word project.

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18 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Boris with Merzbow: Gensho

Pushing the virtue of patience to full capacity, Boris and Merzbow combine their demented artistry to be listened to both separately and simultaneously.

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The Pop Group: For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?

Harsh, abrasive, uncompromising and wholly unique, the Pop Group's sophomore album is as essential in 2016 as it was in 1980.

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24 Feb 2016 // 12:45 PM

ONO/Tenaglia - “Walking on Thin Ice (Maestro Version)”

The track is a portrait of a body crumpled and floored, knocked off its feet by the intensity of its longing for someone.

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23 Feb 2016 // 1:00 PM

FKA twigs - “Good to Love” (Singles Going Steady)

With characteristically airy, nerve and neuroses-plagued vocals, FKA twigs confirms that love can be real, important, and "good" even.

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Anna Homler and Steve Moshier: Breadwoman and Other Tales

A reissue of a 1985 story by two sympatico avant garde performers that sounds new and exciting.

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On the Meaningful Nonsense in ‘Jottings From a Far Away Place’

Formally inventive, beautifully written and thematically dense, Brendan Connell's latest collection is a multi-layered anthology that compels multiple readings.

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5 Jan 2016 // 3:15 AM

Norman Westberg: 13

Almost too obscure to gain any attention the first go-round, Swans guitarist Norman Westberg's 13 enjoys a deserved reissue.

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10 Dec 2015 // 12:59 PM

Julia Kent - “Flag of No Country” (video) (premiere)

The cellist goes to Italy in her powerful, elegiac new video.

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The Best Avant-Garde and Experimental Music of 2015

Music of all kinds are tending toward a consciously experimental direction. Maybe we’re finally getting through to them.

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Food: This Is Not a Miracle

After spending 15 years exploring the hidden corners of ambient jazz, Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen still have not run out of ways to explore their chemistry.

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"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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