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Bill Payne, Carol Liebowitz, Eva Lindal: Payne/Lindal/Liebowitz

Bill Payne, Carol Liebowitz, Eva Lindal make an entire album's worth of music by the seat of their three pairs of pants.

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Will Mason Ensemble - “Finn” (audio) (premiere)

The debut album by the chamber ensemble embraces the beauty and ominousness of isolation in nature.

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Nation Beat - “Liza Jane” (audio) (premiere)

The multinational band serve up a lively performance of a traditional New Orleans tune.

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Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen: Love & Life

Love & Life creates a continuous buzz that often translates into a very deep groove or the sound of a persistent rumble.

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Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4

With the fourth installment in the so-called bootleg series, the evolution of Miles Davis is on full display. To say these recordings are essential to understanding the artist’s progression would be an understatement.

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Robert Glasper: Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capital Studios)

The Best R&B Grammy winner who is really a jazz pianist does both on this acoustic trio record.

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23 Jul 2015 // 2:20 AM

Years & Years: Communion

There may be the odd misstep, but Communion is a solid debut, and one of the better pop albums in recent memory.

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Bumper Jacksons - “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down” (audio) (premiere)

The Baltimore band delivers a raucous performance of an old gospel standard.

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Fantastic Negrito: Fantastic Negrito

The immediacy and disjointed nature seems fitting, in tune with Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s rebellious nature and his disregard for formulaic music.

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Sun Ra: Duke Ellington’s Sound of Space

Dear patrons in attendance at The Bottom Line on the night of February 17, 1987: shut up, won't you?

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Alejandro Meola and Robinsones - ‘First Impressions’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The Argentina-raised musician explores blues, rock, and reggae on his first English-language release.

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JD & the Straight Shot - “Better Find a Church” (video) (premiere)

Produced by Rodney Crowell and featuring Nashville fiddler Erin Slaver duetting on vocals with James Dolan, this track is a pleasant surprise.

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Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Planets of Life or Death: Amiens ‘73

Afrofuturism and retroactive joys dominate this special Record Store Day release.

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The Resurgent Power of Miles Davis’ Late Music

A new box set of Miles Davis' appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival remind us of his restless need to evolve -- and several new records remind us of how his later styles live on.

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16 Jul 2015 // 12:00 PM

20 Questions: Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker's febrile blues run deep with stories both beautiful and majestic. He brings his unique personality to PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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15 Jul 2015 // 2:20 AM

Galactic: Into the Deep

When Galactic explores the deep, it's the places we all found before, explored, had a little fun with, left, and sort of forgot about for a while.

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Nozinja: Nozinja Lodge

A listener with an open mind, a tolerance for video game music, and a great deal of energy for dancing will find in Nozinja Lodge a unique, carnivalesque sound.

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14 Jul 2015 // 1:30 PM

Andre Bratten: Math Ilium Ion

Norwegian house producer Andre Bratten returns with an album heavy on rhythm, light on the obvious.

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Jeff Beck: Performing This Week… Live at Ronnie Scott’s

Recorded at the famed London jazz club of the same name, this sensational double disc set recasts many -- though not all -- of the individual highlights of Beck’s nearly 50-year career.

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The Benjees - ‘Alright Alright Alright’ (album stream) (premiere)

The Brooklyn foursome blend punk, funk, blues, and soul into one crazy little gumbo on their debut album.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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