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Transience Permeates the Introspective Pages in ‘Turkey Rediscovered’

Where Job scraped his sores, where Xenophon crossed the Euphrates, Krause Reichert links the stories he knows well to their terrain and traces.

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Our Lives Are Guided By Addiction

Gregor Hens’ new non-fiction work, Nicotine, is an exploration of one particular niche in the addiction dialogue.

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Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau: Nearness

Good jazz doesn't always have to knock down barriers. Sometimes it's just the sound of two friends catching up.

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Forcing Connections in ‘100 Streets’

100 Streets offers four groups of people who have nothing to do with each other than, well, the fact that they have to.

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Madness: Can’t Touch Us Now

Madness serves up a release that disappoints while also suggesting there's still plenty of life left in the veteran band.

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Various Artists: Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta

Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta is a goldmine for musical history buffs and an excellent purchase for anyone in need of a little more African jazz.

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Sundara Karma: Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect

British indie rock's latest "next great hope" release a debut album packed with anthemic sing-alongs and a festival-ready sound, but also hints at greater depth, lyrical range and musical intelligence.

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The Band of Heathens: Duende

All in all, Duende goes down as the first notable Americana release of the New Year.

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‘Arsenal’: Saving Your Brother From Himself

This small entertaining genre movie about the strengths and dangers of brotherhood transcends its shortcomings.

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‘We Are the Flesh’ Is a Work of Art Masquerading as an Atrocity

The madman’s meditations on the rewards afforded solitude are intriguing and there are intimations that he has roots in a reality we might recognize.

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‘This Is Us’ Has Some Mixed Messages About Parenting in “Career Days”

This Is Us is in danger of presenting parenthood as a zero sum game.

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‘Rogue Archives’: Fan Fiction and Cultural Memory

Featuring "archive elves" and "digital marionettes", Rogue Archives offers a joyful memorialization of fan productions.

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The Forecast Is Unsettling in ‘It’s Always Fair Weather’

Not all musicals present a slap-happy world.

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12 Jan 2017 // 2:30 AM

Austra: Future Politics

Austra's third album represents a fuller realization of their self-concept as a queer political band.

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12 Jan 2017 // 2:25 AM

Davey Dynamite: Holy Shit

With Holy Shit, Davy Dynamite releases a masterfully anthemic folk-punk album with which we can all relate.

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Visage: The Wild Life (The Best of 1978-2015)

This is the collected works of the '80s British New Romantic band, best known for the synthpop classic “Fade to Grey”.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Quintessentially Cleveland Film?

Cleveland’s film resume doesn’t equal even a Toronto or Vancouver, but it’s been hiding in plain sight behind some fairly notable films over the years.

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Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Madjafalao

After years of lighting up the night, Benin's oldest big band lets the sunshine in.

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Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur: Penny’s Farm

Those that listen to this music will treasure the beauty of the musicianship. These guys got the goods. Others may find the artifice bothersome.

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Paul and the Tall Trees: Our Love in the Light

Staten Island native and former touring guitarist for Charles Bradley steps out on his own with a soulful, vocally idiosyncratic debut.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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