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7 Jul 2011 // 10:00 PM

Bob Marley: The Untold Story

Bob Marley’s story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies, among other themes, political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare, and various periods in a mystical wilderness.

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26 Jun 2011 // 10:00 PM

Warren Haynes: Man in Motion

The legendary guitarist explores his more soulful side.

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“You Can’t Blame Those Who Have Tried”: An Interview with Cedella Marley

In this revealing and open interview, Cedella Marley discusses her father's legacy, the planned bootleg series ahead, and what's currently missing in the current state of reggae music ...

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About Group: Start and Complete

Comprised of past or present members of – or contributors to – Hot Chip, This Heat and Spiritualized, About Group craft a sophomore release that’s somewhat improvisational in nature to surprisingly listenable results.

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Bob Marley and the Wailers: Live Forever

Whether you need to hear Marley's final concert depends on how devoted a disciple you are. He couldn't have sung it any better, though.

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Empress Hotel: Empress Hotel EP

This is an inconsistent but fairly engaging EP, one that shows a band trying out a bunch of different things.

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21 Feb 2011 // 9:58 PM

Telepath: Crush

Excited by drums we are calmed by flutes and women.

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Amanda Palmer: Goes Down Under

Pandering is not always a bad thing. Pimping one’s self and music as a way of entertainment is a form of performance art with a long-honored tradition.

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Joan As Police Woman: The Deep Field

Joan Wasser's third album with her Joan As Police Woman proves a dense listen, but one that rewards patience and attention with gems of blues and soul for the new decade.

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Various Artists: Dr. Boogie Presents Wasa Wasa: Fabulous Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Shakers, 1952-1968

While it might not be the best place to start your foray into classic R&B, Wasa Wasa is still a respectable collection, not to mention fun as hell.

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8 Feb 2011 // 9:59 PM

Com Truise: Cyanide Sisters

Com Truise is never far from a long-discontinued synthesizer or a 1980s VHS tape.

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2 Feb 2011 // 9:59 PM

Bilal: Levels EP

"Levels" has Flying Lotus’s sonic fingerprints all over it, even if he was only involved with a "re-edit" here.

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Various Artists: Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!

Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! offers the screeching guitar tones and blurting organs you'd expect, with spirited and blissful head trips peppering its 20 thoroughly researched selections.

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20 Dec 2010 // 8:05 AM

No BS! Brass: No BS!

The band No BS! Brass is no-nonsense in its approach. That could explain the album title.

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Asmara All Stars: Eritrea’s Got Soul

Reminds me of Sally Nyolo's Studio Cameroon -- not the music itself, but the feel of the album, the impression that these people have been invited to perform with no particular mandate.

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Funktronica Jams: An Interview with Freekbass of Headtronics

Freekbass explains the "funktronica" sound and discusses his work with Headtronics, who recently appeared at Moogfest.

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Lake Street Dive: Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive is an astonishingly strong record, one that at times recalls the work of mid-period Chicago or Steely Dan or any variety of ‘70s AM-radio gold staples.

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8 Nov 2010 // 9:20 AM

Onmutu Mechanicks: Nocturne

Nocturne is a murky Drexciya album by Onmutu Mechanicks gone dub, minimal, and without the thrashing TR-808.

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3 Nov 2010 // 10:20 AM

Gecko Turner: Gone Down South

Sleepy cat music.

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Counterbalance No. 6: Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

At number six on the list, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On has been called the greatest soul album of all time. But is it truly "right on"—or maybe a little bit "jive"? Counterbalance’s Mendelsohn and Klinger find out what's happening, brother.

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