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‘Stephen Stills’ Won’t Be Making an Appearance Tonight

This new biography of Stephen Stills is an entertaining and informative overview of one of rock's most durable legends -- even without Stills' input.

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‘X-men Blue #1’ Brings Back an Original Cast With Renewed Energy

The original X-men get a fresh, but familiar infusion of energy.

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‘The Fate of the Furious’: Dom (Vin Diesel) Meets the Crocodile

Cipher (Charlize Theron) is the kind of smooth-talking villain you find in a Bond film, inflicting psychological and physical torture with abandon. Dom doesn't stand a chance.

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‘The Good Fight’: “Self-Condemned” Offers Needed Wins, Familiar Faces, and Bad News for Maia

Is Maia going to jail? Did Colin Sweeney just become a good guy?

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The Sexual, the Female, and the Forbidden Beckoned: ‘The Oxford History of Witchcraft & Magic’

It is hoped this solid anthology of level-headed observation will supplant spurious New Age-tinged assertions as well as lurid "exposés".

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13 Apr 2017 // 2:30 AM

Sam Gellaitry: Escapism III

The streaming era has opened up the floodgates for people looking to make music, but the chief indicator of breaking through is still sheer quality; Sam Gellaitry has that rare quality.

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Marc Almond: Hits and Pieces - The Best of Marc Almond and Soft Cell

Hits and Pieces concentrates on the commercially-appealing aspects of Almond's recordings, painting him as the pop star he has always been so reluctant to be.

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Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer: Bach Trios

Three musical masters combine forces to tackle all manner of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, with thrilling results.

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13 Apr 2017 // 2:10 AM

Matt Mitchell: FØRAGE

Pianist Matt Mitchell has made a solo piano recording (his first) of compositions by Tim Berne, his longtime leader in Snakeoil. It is in every sense a masterpiece.

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‘Win It All’ Plays It Safe

In Joe Swanberg’s latest amiable amble of a comedy, Jake Johnson plays a broke gambling addict who tries not so hard to do the right thing.

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‘Supernatural’: The Twisty “British Invasion” Is Confusing, Surprising, and Fun

Supernatural (finally) airs a must-see episode of genuinely surprising plot twists.

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's experiments with microtones are ambitious, strange and dense.

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Rev. Samuel Dixon Presents the Voices of Freedom: My Soul Says Yes

You don’t need religion to love gospel music. If church ain’t your thing, just play this every Sunday and the light will shine upon thee.

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Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night

Somehow, time and a fresh remaster have turned Tango in the Night's digital sheen and cool, clinical professionalism into virtues. How'd that happen?

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12 Apr 2017 // 2:30 AM

Gonjasufi: Mandela Effect

Gonjasufi offers a companion piece to his most recent album which furthers his dark and warped artistic vision.

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12 Apr 2017 // 2:20 AM

Sondre Lerche: Pleasure

Messy in its composition and its emotions, Pleasure finds Sondre Lerche creatively unhinged -- and what fun it is.

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Ruby Amanfu Gives Rich Emotional and Musical Experience at Lincoln Center

Amanfu's rich, gorgeous set alternately had people itching to dance or wiping away tears.

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‘The Good Fight’ Offers Unexpected Portrayals of Difficult Topics in “Reddick v. Boseman”

A pastor, sexual abuse claims, a slimy lawyer and a botched suicide all paint a glorious picture as this first season winds down.

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: Front Porch Sessions

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band's new LP features songs that are rough and rootsy with no concessions to modern technology.

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Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit

A trio of viola, piano, and drums plays a recital of total improvisation, but the adventure is beautiful, focused, cohesive. Recommended to any listener with a taste for the (slightly) different.

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