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With Great Sound Comes Great Responsibility

Cheng's Just Vibrations poses the only essential question left unanswered by the academy and the secret of its truly massive failure: an absence of any instinct to repair.

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Luísa Maita: Fio da Memória

Luísa Maita's sophomore album is effortlessly cool, a lush contemporary fantasy under neon lights.

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

True Enough collects the Maryland-based soul duo’s complete recordings for the Sir Joe Quarterman-owned Ru-Jac label.

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Steve Vai Brings Passion and Warfare to the Fillmore

The album cover features a quintet of fairies flying around Vai, suggesting a shamanic ability to traverse alternate dimensions. The album does exactly that, with Vai exploring bold sonic territory in a compelling manner.

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Season Three of ‘Black Mirror’ Maintains Its Tone of Grim Absurdity

Season three of Black Mirror doesn't always hit the mark, but it remains endlessly interesting.

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Wonder Woman Embraces Men’s World. Men’s World Embraces Her Back

Wonder Woman fights in a crowded mall after drinking a margarita with men.

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Frances and Robert Can’t Put Their Feelings Into Boxes in a Punishing Episode of ‘Divorce’

In "Gustav", Divorce can't seem find its feet as Frances and Robert lose both the battle and the war.

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Private Goes Public in Miklós Janscó‘s ‘Private Vices, Public Virtues’

With this highly contentious erotic drama, Miklós Janscó fashions a most insular story of sexual freedom with an impenitent degree of self-indulgence.

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14 Nov 2016 // 2:24 AM

Super Unison: Auto

Poetic justice at once ferocious and dreamy, Auto sees Super Unison as a voice that takes you and grabs your attention.

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14 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

Body Language: Mythos

Seasoned though they may be, Body Language maintain the youthfulness and vigor of a band just starting out, and this album still has the charm and promise of a debut.

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With the Holiday Shopping Season Rapidly Approaching, Is the Ancient Virtue of Frugality Possible?

Contemporary "frugalists" are only playing at a virtue that previous generations practiced, willingly or not, to an unenviable degree.

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The Griswolds: High Times For Low Lives

A desperate plea for radio recognition, the Griswolds' High Times For Low Lives is a step back for a band known for tentpole hooks and untempered kinetic dynamism.

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Soundwalk Collective: Killer Road

Atmospheric soundscape architects Soundwalk Collective team up with proto-punk legend Patti Smith to breathe new life into the work of Nico.

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14 Nov 2016 // 2:05 AM

U.G.: Portals

Delivered through a mastery of dark spell, Portals finds rapper U.G. ensuring that his telesthetic rhymes are grounded in the loping swings of granite-heavy beats.

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14 Nov 2016 // 2:02 AM

Lubomyr Melnyk: Illirion

When Lubomyr Melnyk takes the bench, the notes coming raining down.

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‘Arrival’ Insists on Conversation, on Communication, on Sharing Experience

If we're thinking in circles, maybe this arrival was always in motion.

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‘Come and Find Me’ Is Good at Playing With Our Expectations

We are challenged to recalibrate our preconceptions of where this plot is going and to rethink the dynamics of the relationship between the two leads.

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Uri Caine: Calibrated Thickness

The incredibly eclectic jazz pianist offers a series of short songs that consistently dazzle.

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“Lost & Found” Shows a Series Still Finding Its Way

Some answers lead to even more questions that need to be addressed as Dirk Gently moves forward.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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