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Iglooghost: Neō Wax Bloom

Neō Wax Bloom is the product of insatiable and earnest curiosity about musical subcultures. It becomes a museum of contemporary digital sound, and Iglooghost its curator.

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Hallelujah Anyhow

As long as life carries on and darkness exists, the world needs messengers of hope. Hiss Golden Messenger deliver that here, making it relevant regardless of time and place.

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27 Sep 2017 // 2:15 AM

Christian Lopez: Red Arrow

With Red Arrow Christian Lopez proves that his sights are set far beyond the parameters of Americana.

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27 Sep 2017 // 2:10 AM

Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents

This top-of-the-line piano trio plays with an intense beauty that is, perhaps, not often enough interrupted by joy.

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‘The Sinner’ Transcends the Procedural Genre With Complex Narrative and Performances

The Sinner, a sad, stunning exploration of trauma, starts with a killer hook and goes deep.

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Reason on the Cusp of Madness: Anti-Semitism and Mihail Sebastian

The ease with which one can draw a line from the message of For Two Thousand Years to the events of 2017 is almost too terrifying to contemplate.

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Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Come Together to Jam for Mt. Tam

Catching these counterculture pioneers in an intimate setting is a treat.

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26 Sep 2017 // 8:30 AM

TIFF 2017: High Fantasy

High Fantasy presents a brilliant take on the sci-fi body-switching genre, transforming a device that’s usually used for laughs into one that uncovers deeper truths about the complex nature of identity.

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26 Sep 2017 // 2:30 AM

Josh Ritter: Gathering

On his ninth full-length studio album, Josh Ritter continues to combine poetic imagery with organic, expertly crafted arrangements.

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Pere Ubu: 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo

The underground rock outfit, Pere Ubu, returns with 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo, re-establishing its off-kilter take on the rock music form.

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Shout Out Louds: Ease My Mind

Ease My Mind gives the impression of a record made by musicians finally comfortable with their place in the world.

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26 Sep 2017 // 2:10 AM

John Tejada: Ceol

A little bit of Tejada is better than none at all.

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Chicago Afrobeat Project: What Goes Up

Master drummer Tony Allen lends his legendary skills to Chicago Afrobeat Project's soul and social consciousness to make some hard-hitting grooves.

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25 Sep 2017 // 10:30 AM

TIFF 2017: What Will People Say

The culture clash in What Will People Say is manifest in a life-and-death difference between interpretations of defiance.

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What Is Brought Back in Michel Leiris’ ‘Phantom Africa’ Is Not Tangible

Phantom Africa represents a poignant and beautiful window into something more universal.

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Martial Solal and David Liebman: Masters in Bordeaux

Two modern jazz giants give us an understated duet album. Covers are most welcome here.

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Whiffs the Serve

This easy-rock dramatization of the 1973 blockbuster match between Billie Jean King and past-his-prime champ Bobby Riggs has its moments but can’t capture the liberating drama of the moment.

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25 Sep 2017 // 8:13 AM

Paul Weller: Mother Ethiopia

Paul Weller offers a homage to Ethiopian music on latest EP, Mother Ethiopia.

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Imitating Aeroplanes: Planet Language

The middle of the album by itself would represent a largely unremarkable debut for the electropop of Imitating Aeroplanes. But the beginning and end of this album are so strong that they lift up the whole record.

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25 Sep 2017 // 7:52 AM

Grave Pleasures: Motherblood

Motherblood is loaded with apocalyptic imagery amidst dark-hearted romanticism.

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