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Science Inspires Thomas Pierce in This New Story Collection

Hall of Small Mammals is a disquieting book of bizarre, brainy tales from a young Virginia-based writer.

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20 May 2015 // 2:30 AM

Shamir: Ratchet (take one)

Far beyond boxes and genres, Shamir Bailey's debut album Ratchet sees the 20-year-old arrive in front of the public eye, creatively unscathed and defiantly confident. 

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Shamir: Ratchet (take two)

On Ratchet, Shamir predicts his own domination of pop music. He’s probably right.

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Prefuse 73: Rivington Nao Rio

The second of three releases for 2015, Rivington Nao Rio finds Guillermo Herren testing his ability as collaborator and producer, and ever-so-slightly evolving his acoustic-tinged electronic formula.

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Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was

The unlikely duo of saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld creates a series of classically minimalist dronescapes that toe the line between the accessible and the avant garde. It’s a daring collection with often surprising results.

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Jeremy Loops: Trading Change

There's something for everyone in Trading Change, a record that altogether breaks down every conventional wall sustained by the music industry for the past several decades while maintaining a respect for the traditions of each.

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Punk Was Never the Same After the Slits Came on the Scene

There’s a lot of blood on the pages of Albertine's memoir. And she mixes it into the ink generously for an unflinching look at life in a punk and post-punk world.

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Fairport Convention: Myths and Heroes

In some ways, Fairport's new album, Myths and Heroes is a bit of a throwback to their hallowed legacy.

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Agatha Christie Plus Alfred Hitchcock Equals Mario Bava’s ‘Evil Eye’

This dual language (Italian and English) Blu-ray release is a disorienting, elliptical, and dreamlike horror experience.

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Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two

Luis Perdomo recorded Twenty-Two 22 years after turning 22.

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Cannes 2015: ‘Carol’ and ‘Nahid’ Reveal the Costs of Repression

Two dramas at Cannes 2015, one by Todd Haynes and the other by Ida Panahandeh, depict the costs of repression and loss of privacy for women under patriarchal codes.

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Cannes 2015: ‘Mia Madre’ and ‘Tale of Tales’ Are Two Contrasting Italian Films

Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre is a minor-key ode to family and film-making, while Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is a wild fairytale ride.

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‘Toren’ and the Art of Mythmaking

Toren does everything that games are supposed to be excellent at while also providing all the things that games need most right now. It looks stunning, it sounds incredible, and every moment of play is filled with importance.

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It’s Not the Spirit of (19)76 in ‘Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #1’

It's disappointing that so little of the original spirit of these characters found its way into this book.

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‘Formalism and Historicity’ Marks an Important Place in the Revival of the Frankfurt School

Benjamin Buchloh's dense, insider guide to 20th century problems of Abstraction continue the rigorous and serious work of October press.

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Faith No More: Sol Invictus

While it probably won't top Angel Dust or The Real Thing for most longtime fans, Sol Invictus finds Faith No More fully engaged and playing with enthusiasm. That's a whole lot better than where they left it in the late '90s.

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19 May 2015 // 2:20 AM

Holly Herndon: Platform

The nexus of surveillance paranoia and sound architecture resides in Holly Herndon's mind.

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Quaranta

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino marks its 40th anniversary with a portrait of Italy and its discontents.

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Raekwon: Fly International Luxurious Art

The world of top-40 rap proves to be to Raekwon what dry land is to Aquaman.

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Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection

The Centennial Collection serves as a masterful representation of Billie Holiday’s enduring legacy.

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'Staircase' Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

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"Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.

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