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Umphrey’s McGee Treads Where Eagles Dare in Oakland

There's a fine line between just enough and too much, and Umphrey’s McGee aren’t shy about going over the edge just for the hell of it. But the band is at their best when they can rock just up to the edge.

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The Other Is a Void: Intimacy and Loss in ‘45 Years’

45 Years gently explores the unbridgeable distance that is hidden within intimacy.

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Future Islands: The Far Field

If Future Islands have created a formula, they have yet to exhaust its creative potential.

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Lydia Ainsworth: Darling of the Afterglow

Lydia Ainsworth's sophomore LP is a warmer and more open effort than Right from Real, one that achieves remarkable consistency throughout.

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‘Elvis’s Army’: Training for a War That Never Came

A masterful look at the US Army between Korea and Vietnam: stumbling into an uncertain future, amid racial integration, endless paperwork, and nuclear-armed jeeps.

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Timothy Seth Avett as Darling: IV

The Avett Brothers frontman returns to his solo project after over a decade, and it's a good one.

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Entrance: Book of Changes

Echoing the past can be more problematic than it is cool, a case made by the first Entrance release in a decade.

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Heath Green and the Makeshifters: Heath Green and the Makeshifters

God Bless Alabama, its clay, or whatever the hell else it may be that incites these grooves.

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The Politics of Happiness: ‘Kushuthara: Pattern of Love’ and Bhutanese Cinema

In Bhutan's Kushuthara, happiness becomes a pronounced theme, one discussed and conceptualized in emotionally and ethically complex ways.

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New Order: Presents Be Music

A comprehensive, if scattershot, compendium or Sumner, Hook, and the Other Two's production work -- and then some.

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The Residents: The Ghost of Hope

The Residents are still weird and they still exist on the extreme ends of the left side of the dial. Their latest is a concept album about train wrecks.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell: What in the Natural World

Some things are eternal. Beauty is one. Strangeness another. Brutality a third. The songs here reflect all of those, through the harshness and beauty of the natural world, the generosity and brutality of humankind.

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‘Electri_City’ Is Missing the Spark

It took a lot of work in the '70s to make music that sounded like it was created entirely by robots. The same could be said for Electri_City.

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In Film as in War, There’s What Remains in Its Wake: ‘Apocalypse Child’

Apocalypse Child is a wonderful slice-of-life drama that thrives in the space between truth and fiction.

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The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions

Whiteout Conditions continues the New Pornographers' traditions of great hooks and vocals while increasing the band's use of synths even more than on their last album.

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Imagine a World of Trees—Without Us

Bloomsbury's Object Lessons' installment, Tree, brings to the fore our complicated relationship with this life form.

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Between Comfort and Threat, Thriving and Despair: Stories From Iceland

The affluence enjoyed by many in these pages pales before the ultimate mysteries suffusing the island.

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31 Mar 2017 // 8:11 AM

Soulwax: From Deewee

Soulwax return after their soundtrack excursion Belgica with From Deewee which was recorded live in one take.

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‘X-men Prime #1’ Takes a Breather, Then Prepares for More Conflict

From sterilization and decimation to hope and promise, the X-men move forward.

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‘The Good Fight’: A Fast Resolution Saps Some Energy from “Not So Grand Jury”

A too tidy and convenient resolution this week can only mean that the Kings come back with chaos and discord next week, right?

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