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Albert Goldbarth’s Adventures of Frustration and Cleverness

The Adventures of Form of Content is filled with exceptional essays for a specific crowd.

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Albert Goldbarth’s Delightful Adventures

In his new collection of essays, Albert Goldbarth takes on the interconnection of random aspects of life, revealing a synergy present among all things.

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Murder She Sang: Stardom and Psychosis in Eckhart Schmidt’s ‘The Fan’

A close-cutting examination on fame and the persuasive power of celebrity, The Fan is rife with tension and controversy.

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Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau

Thile and Mehldau make a pretty great duo, but it’s also an idiosyncratic one. For the most part this album feels like Thile is playing around in Mehldau’s jazz-oriented world.

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The Menzingers: After the Party

The Menzingers enjoy the ride on another dazzling punk rock album.

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Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels 3 is the sound of one hip-hop's most significant groups channeling their feelings of frustration, alienation, and rage into a radical call to arms.

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Rush: 2112 (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe)

Rush's 2112 is reissued with bonus material and powerful reminders of the trio's full prowess.

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Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn: Trust Me

This is as fine an introduction as any to the electronic stylings of Mr. Tophat.

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The Translators of ‘Thousand and One Nights’ Were Unquestionably Thieves

Marvellous Thieves notes that each interpreter's acts of plagiarism, theft, and recreation are nearly as interesting as the tales themselves.

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1 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Elbow: Little Fictions

Over seven studio albums and 20 years as a band later, Elbow hasn't lost an ounce of skill, charm, or joie de vivre.

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Moon Duo: Occult Architecture, Vol. 1

Moon Duo link kaleidoscopic, magnetic, and driving post-punk inflected psychedelia with hermetic overtones. Their best passages are not cryptic but recursive, often forceful, and occasionally mundane.

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PnB Rock: GTTM: Goin’ Thru the Motions

Maybe the album title isn’t such a bad thing after all; when you know what you’re in store for, can you really be disappointed?

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‘Sounds of the Underground’, Excavated

Stephen Graham manages to distil the essence of underground and fringe music into identifiable and recognizable components of a larger, global movement.

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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home

As the story goes, German producer Ralf Kemper wanted to make one last great album with Jimmy Scott before he passed from this earth. But is this it?

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‘Riverdale’ Has Yet to Justify Its Continued Existence

Despite a keen visual flair and an intriguing performance from Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Riverdale has some work to do.

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Sam and Dean Go Rambo, the Men of Letters Go Evil in Supernatural’s “First Blood”

The show returns from a winter hiatus with an intriguing episode that introduces some key plot points.

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To Be Iranian Is to Be in a State of Perpetual Motion and Discovery

Hamid Dabashi's Iran Without Borders is a paean to the alternate ways in which the “real” Iran has been depicted since the 19th century.

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31 Jan 2017 // 2:29 AM

Erik Hassle: Innocence Lost

On Innocence Lost, Swedish soul-pop stalwart Erik Hassle brings out all the bells, whistles, smoke, and mirrors he can to make music that seems sculpted from the mortar that holds the Hot 100 together

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31 Jan 2017 // 2:20 AM

Throwing Snow: Embers

Rather than building on one another, the tracks making up Embers largely drag the listener through their gloomy uniformity.

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Iron Reagan: Crossover Ministry

Iron Reagan authentically recaptures the rage and rapture of '80s crossover with a dose of humor and an energy that could light and power the world.

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"The episode reveals some key plot points in a family-themed episode that resolves itself far too easily.

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