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Cinema Cinema: Man Bites Dog

Brooklyn duo makes loud, angry music that reminds us that there is no escape from the inevitable.

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2 May 2017 // 7:49 AM

Fazerdaze: Morningside

The balance between poppy and grungy make Morningside a fine debut, despite its all-too clean appearance.

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Perfume Genius: No Shape

As its title suggests, No Shape is playfully elusive, and the album is often content simply to create beauty while remaining agnostic about what lies beneath its surface.

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1 May 2017 // 9:50 AM

Miles Okazaki: Trickster

The jazz guitarist has made his best record, marrying the Steve Coleman sensibility with so many other influences and serving up songs for an ideal quartet featuring Craig Taborn, Sean Rickman, and Anthony Tidd.

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Relics and Replicas: A Retrospective Reimagining of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Disney's latest rendition misses a kaleidoscope of potentialities: to revise and ruminate, to subvert and distort, to complicate and transcend.

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Helado Negro: Private Energy (Expanded)

Floating electronics and strong social messages make an exquisite combination on the latest dynamic update from Helado Negro.

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Alexander Theroux’s ‘Einstein’s Beets’ Is an Acquired Taste

Einstein's Beets digs up animal and spiritual drives that lure us to gorge and stir us to gag.

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The Afghan Whigs: In Spades

On their second reunion album, the Afghan Whigs craft a layered exploration of the fluid nature of memory and how experiences shape us as individuals.

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Maxïmo Park: Risk to Exist

On their sixth release, the Newcastle post-punk band lay out an impassioned cry of protest with a danceable disposition.

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Can an Illustrator Capture One Man’s Descent into a Void?

Imagine sitting, chained in place, watching the light from a window move across the wall. Guy Delisle imagines and renders it in Hostage.

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Bridget Kearney: Won’t Let You Down

Won’t Let You Down is an album that stays true to its name.

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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Way Out West

Musical preservationist and staunch traditionalist Marty Stuart returns with his Fabulous Superlatives for a musical exploration of the myriad sounds and styles indicative of the mythic West.

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28 Apr 2017 // 9:33 AM

Ryuichi Sakamoto: async

The celebrated composer is back from a recent health scare with his first solo album in eight years, and it's a dark, eerie, ethereal beauty.

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A Divided Economy Will Not Stand: America and ‘The Vanishing Middle Class’

As America starts to resemble a developing country, racism plays a key role in the One Percent's seizure of power.

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28 Apr 2017 // 2:30 AM

Gorillaz: Humanz

Gorillaz return with their fifth album, Humanz, their most chaotic release yet.

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28 Apr 2017 // 2:20 AM

Ray Davies: Americana

The most quintessentially, idiosyncratically British of all British Invasion artists returns to a time of youthful idealism and a fascination with the American mythos that finds him exploring the titular nation in all its idioms, while also delving into his past.

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Progress Through Enlightenment, Progress Through Force: ‘Infamous Iron Man #7’

While stories about heroes becoming villains are nothing new, a character like Victor Von Doom requires a certain level of refinement.

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On Profiting From War and the Privatization of Earth’s Remaining Resources

Loewenstein paints an essential portrait of post-9/11 globalism, framing war and natural disaster as among the most coveted "commodities" facing mass exploitation for financial gain.

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‘Feud’ Finds the Emotional Truth of an Epic Rivalry

By flipping the script, Feud dreamed of a way to reinvent two of Hollywood's most iconic and most tragic leading ladies.

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The Suitcase Junket: Pile Driver

The Suitcase Junket is an old school one man band who uses a beat up old guitar and found objects as percussion. Wait, don't leave! His songs are actually very good.

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