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Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest: Sylva

On their collaboration with the Metropole Orkest, Snarky Puppy takes us on a journey, visiting a century of American music in a few seconds without ever stopping for air.

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The Milk Carton Kids: Monterey

Monterey is an earnest, serious collection of minimalist folk songs that only comes to life when the Milk Carton Kids liven up those songs through lyrics or tempo.

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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear: Skeleton Crew

If Madisen Ward’s singing surprises for its somewhat overt oddness, the lyrics sometimes surprise too -- not in big, powerful ways but in humble ones.

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21 May 2015 // 2:20 AM

The Acorn: Vieux Loup

Vieux Loup is more of a holding pattern than a great revelation.

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Ruth Moody - “Far and Wide” (video) (Premiere)

The talented banjo picker and singer Ruth Moody (Wailin' Jennys), who will be joining Mark Knopfler for his upcoming tour, urges for peace on "Far and Wide".

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Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was

The unlikely duo of saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld creates a series of classically minimalist dronescapes that toe the line between the accessible and the avant garde. It’s a daring collection with often surprising results.

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Jeremy Loops: Trading Change

There's something for everyone in Trading Change, a record that altogether breaks down every conventional wall sustained by the music industry for the past several decades while maintaining a respect for the traditions of each.

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Fairport Convention: Myths and Heroes

In some ways, Fairport's new album, Myths and Heroes is a bit of a throwback to their hallowed legacy.

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The Henrys - “A Weaker One” (audio) (Premiere)

"A Weaker One" comes off of Quiet Industry, the first album in six years from the Toronto-based outfit the Henrys.

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Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two

Luis Perdomo recorded Twenty-Two 22 years after turning 22.

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Quaranta

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino marks its 40th anniversary with a portrait of Italy and its discontents.

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Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection

The Centennial Collection serves as a masterful representation of Billie Holiday’s enduring legacy.

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Jayme Stone: Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

Presenting much more to its audience than simple background history, the album is a leap through time and an introduction to the life of a man worthy of being celebrated.

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18 May 2015 // 10:00 AM

20 Questions: Ryley Walker

The Chicago folk star is riding high on his daring, genre-bending new disc, but would much rather talk about Led Zeppelin III and that one perfect Mark Ruffalo movie that brought him to tears.

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Josh Gilligan - ‘Steady On’ (album stream) (Premiere)

Evoking the tunefulness of singer/songwriters like Paul Simon and Gordon Lightfoot, Josh Gilligan timelessly evokes the acoustic folk of the '70s with his new LP Steady On.

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18 May 2015 // 2:15 AM

Juan Wauters: Who Me?

Wauters slouches, sighs, and whines his way to goofy charm.

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Leo Bud Welch: I Don’t Prefer No Blues

On this latest album, Leo Bud Welch makes the blues sound like the future and, at 82 years old, his future is bright.

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The Chandler Travis Three-O - “Air, Running Backwards” (audio) (Premiere)

Chandler Travis takes one of his classic tunes and radically re-interprets it for his latest compilation, which captures his friendship with fellow songsmith David Greenberger.

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Anne McCue: Blue Sky Thinkin’

Despite the fact McCue had a hand in writing every one of its dozen songs, any one of the selections might just as easily be mistaken for a standard tune that originated in the ‘20s, ‘30s or ‘40s.

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13 May 2015 // 12:05 PM

Mt. Wolf: Red

As a first foray into the world of studio recording with a founding member lost, the collective does better than most in more than making up for a missing piece.

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Double Take: 'Fantasia' Muses on Music

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"Fantasia stands alone as a virtuoso tribute to the virtuosity of its music.

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