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Blue Sails - ‘Blue Sails’ (album stream) (premiere)

Wisconsin brothers leave school, retreat to the woods and emerge with psych-soaked collection of songs filled with surprises.

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Transform the Fillmore to Defy the Apocalypse

There’s a tight prog-metal vibe here that recalls Iron Maiden in their heyday, but King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard soon show they’re more than just a metal band.

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18 Oct 2017 // 2:05 AM

ORB: Naturality

ORB are a trio that sounds like a trio -- the surprises are few and tedium is bountiful.

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Spock’s Beard - “I’m Dying” (live) (video) (premiere)

Spock's Beard shares a live performance of their classic song "I'm Dying".

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Love Light Orchestra - “Love and Happiness” (audio) (premiere)

Love Light Orchestra recall the glory days of Memphis soul and blues on "Love and Happiness".

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‘Baby Driver’ Really Really Wants to Be Cool, Which is Not Cool

If this seriocomic heist flick about a music-obsessed getaway driver had more on its mind than some killer tracks, it might have been a blast.

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Wax Fang - “Glass Island” (audio) (premiere)

Kentucky outfit continues its long-held tradition of defying the rules and coming up winning.

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13 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Robert Plant: Carry Fire

The latest album from the voice of Led Zeppelin is another top-notch, adventurous collection of music that’s nearly impossible to classify.

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Envy on the Coast - “Virginia Girls” (video) (premiere)

Envy on the Coast wanted to make a video but couldn't fully translate their ideas about suburban boredom, so they took matters into their own hands.

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A Clash of Hip-Hop Legend, Pop-Culture Philosophizing, and one Incredible Story

What is the true value of music? Cyrus Bozorgmehr considers this question in his wild retelling of the story of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin; the Wu-Tang Clan's single-copy album project.

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Gov’t Mule Rocks the Equinox with Revolutionary Fervor in Oakland

Guitarist Warren Haynes always brings a fiery rock ‘n’ roll show to town, but he’s also carved out a well-earned reputation for delivering music that taps into the current cultural zeitgeist.

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Terra Lightfoot - ‘New Mistakes’ (album stream) (premiere)

Your new rock ‘n’ roll hero, Terra Lightfoot creates a winning combination of roots genres on her new album New Mistakes.

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PopMatters is looking for smart music writers. We’re looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and past alongside

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9 Oct 2017 // 9:47 AM

U2 - “You’re the Best Thing About Me” (Singles Going Steady)

It's vanilla ice cream with none of the toppings, which has been U2's musical direction for the last 13 years.

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Sprung from a $36 Ukulele: ‘Joni: The Anthology’

If Joan Baez was the purest folkie, Judy Collins the chanteuse, then Joni Mitchell was probably the siren.

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9 Oct 2017 // 8:24 AM

David Crosby: Sky Trails

David Crosby gets a second (third? fourth?) wind and releases two albums in less than a year. Good ones, too...

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Reveling in Abandon: The Triumph of Tom Petty

Tom Petty was a democratizing mix of Southern rusticism and California cool, a split that made him the most relatable special-burnout rock figure for every gravel-road kid in America with an FM radio.

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Larry Conklin and Jochen Blum - “Water & Time” (audio) (premiere)

The latest reissue in the Tompkins Square Private Press series, reveals a deep bond between Larry Conklin and Jochen Blum.

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4 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Liam Gallagher: As You Were

Liam Gallagher answers all the questions about whether he can cut it as a solo artist on audience-pleasing rock 'n' roll record.

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Life Lessons from a Hardcore Pettyhead

I’ve been neck-deep in the philosophy of Tom Petty, my spiritual gangster, for years now and here are the things he taught me.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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