Gene & Eddie: True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe at Ru-Jac

Omnivore Recordings continues gets it right with latest reissue of the Maryland-based Ru-Jac label.

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Madeleine Peyroux: Secular Hymns

The acoustics of the place of worship allow the sparse instrumentation and vocals to sound pious, even when the lyrics promote the heavy consumption of alcohol and non-marital sexual relations.

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Ambition, Folksy Charm, and an Alligator: ‘Carrying Albert Home’

Homer Hickman's story offers a light-hearted, ultimately feel good series of stories that are more often than not as amusing as they are poignant.

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6 Oct 2016 // 8:19 AM

Trails and Ways: Own It

The Oakland band’s sophomore album is bright, optimistic and agile despite the weight on its mind.

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6 Oct 2016 // 8:15 AM

Trentemøller: Fixion

With Fixion, Trentemøller continues the evolutionary process from straight electronic act to electropop artist with broad-ranging appeal.

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Placebo: A Place for Us to Dream

The British alt-rockers celebrate 20 years with an exhaustive singles collection. They're still going, if not exactly going strong.

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6 Oct 2016 // 7:50 AM

Phantogram: Three

Phantogram's third (and best effort) hides a lot of sadness behind that swagger, and that tension helps define their most scintillating set yet.

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‘The Mandibles’ Presents an America Under Economic Siege

If you aren't terrified, you aren't paying attention.

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5 Oct 2016 // 10:29 AM

Black Marble: It’s Immaterial

Without crossing too far over his tastefully stark lines, Chris Stewart's new album allows a little more endearing color and candor.

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‘Death by Water’ Is a Postmodern Tale That Flows With the Tides of Life

Commingling the anticlimactic and the violently unexpected, Oe's novel rings true to life.

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‘iZombie’ Season Two Continues to Be the Spark of Life in the Zombie Genre

TV's most lively zombie returns on DVD, and she, and the rest of the cast, are as fun and wild as ever.

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5 Oct 2016 // 2:30 AM

Banks: The Altar

The high points of The Altar are nearly perfect, but are outnumbered by a middle section comprised of unremarkable, uninspired filler.

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Pat Thomas: Coming Home - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1964-1981

Pat Thomas' voice was made for singing, and that's the simple truth.

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Todd Snider: Eastside Bulldog

Todd Snider conjures up partying alter ego to defend East Nashville and his love for small gigs and local music scenes.

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The Handsome Family: Unseen

Ten albums and 20 years in, the Handsome Family haven't run out of odd tales or memorable melodies.

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A Kick Ass/Kick Arse Depiction of the Stylish Mods in ‘60s England

Jim McCarthy and Kevin Cross, writers and graphics artists from either side of the Atlantic, join forces to create a candid tale of the Mod scene.

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5 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Vinyl Williams: Brunei

Less than a decade after it made a brief appearance on the critical radar, hypnogogic pop appears to be vying for a revival at the hands of Vinyl Williams and his gorgeous Brunei.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Brings Blues Power to Oakland for Benefit of Mankind

The Tedeschi Trucks Band carries the banner of the blues as an artform that not only pays homage to the past but continues to blaze a trail through the present.

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We Are Forever Haunted: ‘The Penguin Book of the Undead’

These glimmers into the underworld betray a primeval and persistent human urge to peer beyond the grave.

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Player Choice Remains the Central Pleasure of ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’

Mankind may be divided, but the Deus Ex franchise stands strong with its latest game.

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