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Joyce Carol Oates Is at Her Best With ‘Soul at White Heat’

Oates' prose has achieved a level of polish most writers can only wish for.

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15 Dec 2016 // 2:25 AM

Moderat: Live

Serving as the perfect culmination of Moderat's studio LP triptych -- which reached its apex with this year's III -- Live proves that 2016 was Moderat's year.

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Kjartan Sveinsson: Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen

Former Sigur Rós pianist Kjartan Sveinsson's first major orchestral work is an intriguing listen for patient listeners. The fourth movement is worth the price of admission alone.

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Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions

Led Zeppelin’s full BBC sessions are finally reunited more than 40 years after they were recorded and 20 years after the bulk of the collection first appeared.

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The Spencer Davis Group: Taking Out Time: Complete Recordings 1967-1969

What happens to a band when founding members depart? If you're the Spencer Davis Group, you soldier on and make the best of it.

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Various Artists: Christmas on the Lam and Other Songs from the Season

Christmas on the Lam offers itself up as a fine alternative to the traditional Christmas fare without falling back on the cloying tropes found in the majority of contemporary Christmas songs.

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Bob Dylan, ‘The Lyrics: 1961-2012’

Grizzled poet, mercurial visionary, and now Nobel Prize winner. More than 50 years of Dylan lyrics are lovingly compiled in this handsome set.

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The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me / Separation Sunday (Deluxe Editions)

Craig Finn's spoken vocals are a barrier to entry, but the Hold Steady's first two albums literally contain the beginning of the story. These deluxe editions have enough strong extras to warrant a look.

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Various Artists: 20 Years of Victory

Catskills Records' eclectic anniversary release features squeaky toys, kazoos and Finnish cheerleader champions.

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Rob Noyes: The Feudal Spirit

Here comes another fingerstyle guitarist a-rollin' down the track, one that manages to inject some warmth into all those pretty little notes.

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Animated “Power of the Daleks” Is a First Look at the Second Doctor’s Debut for Many

The animated version of a missing serial provides fascinating insight into a pivotal moment in Doctor Who's history.

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Star Wars ‘Rogue One’: The Force Is Weak With This One

Director Gareth Edwards’ disappointing sci-fi actioner has little merit beyond its famous pedigree.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Shows There’s Life in Star Wars Yet… Barely

If nothing else, Gareth Edwards’ combative, hard-working installment answers why the Death Star was so easy to destroy in the first place.

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Greensky Bluegrass: Shouted, Written Down and Quoted

Greensky Bluegrass' strong new album sticks close enough to bluegrass trappings to satisfy traditionalists while being adventurous enough to attract both jamgrass and progressive fans. That's an achievement in and of itself.

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13 Dec 2016 // 9:50 AM

Goat: Requiem

Although Goat's sense of adventure sometimes results in indulgent and diminished returns, it just as often furnishes the listener with warm, inspired, and exuberant music.

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13 Dec 2016 // 9:39 AM

TOY: Clear Shot

TOY set an ominous mood that ultimately proves superficial. As a result, Clear Shot makes few indentations and leaves few fingerprints behind.

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The Rolling Stones: Blue and Lonesome

On their new album, the Stones return to their origins -- but now with greater authority and skill

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The Music in Brian Wilson’s Mind

Brian Wilson proves himself to be just that in the appropriately titled, I Am Brian Wilson.

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Shirley Clarke’s Films Collected and Restored

Every short film, documentary and home movie here tells you something about this indefatigable dynamo and largely overlooked artist.

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“Winter” Offers a Solid Launch for ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’

Despite some hitches, "Winter" offers an great re-introduction into the Gilmore world.

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