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23 Jun 2017 // 9:27 AM

Banditos: Visionland

Banditos are at the fore of a new generation of Southern rock bands capable of both mining the region's deep musical heritage and nudging it forward.

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The Drums: “Abysmal Thoughts”

With "Abysmal Thoughts", the Drums have made a record that is emotionally powerful, disarming in its honesty, and unexpectedly fun.

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Steve Earle: So You Want to Be an Outlaw

Steve Earle reaffirms his country outlaw status with the appropriately titled, outlaw country primer So You Want to Be an Outlaw.

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Novice Enters Nick Cave Performance at Beacon, Comes Out Undeterred

Intense and dramatically profound, Nick Cave's performance allows fans to worship at the feet of a preacher.

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22 Jun 2017 // 8:19 AM

Rancid: Trouble Maker

Rancid deliver yet another Rancid album, rehashing nearly every facet of their multi-decade career as they rage their way into middle age punkdom.

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22 Jun 2017 // 2:30 AM

Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar

Former Gossip frontwoman makes a welcome return with her first solo album of pure pop bliss.

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22 Jun 2017 // 2:20 AM

Com Truise: Iteration

On his first full-length album in five years, Seth Haley, a.k.a. Com Truise, unleashes his usual battery of vivid retro-synth anthems.

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Midnight North: Under the Lights

The blend between their rock side and their country/folk side is actually what makes Midnight North a relatively unique band.

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Various Artists: Oté Maloya - The Birth of Electric Maloya on Reunion Island 1975-1986

Strut Records delivers the best of vintage African music yet again, this time straight from Réunion Island.

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Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex

The Brooklyn-based quartet's smokey-eyed songs breathe with dark nuance, each devastating track allowing Greg Gonzalez’s seductive voice, one of elegant, epicene beauty, to blossom and dance in the shadows.

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound

The 400 Unit join Jason Isbell on a personal and strong set of songs tuned to modern American life and the past we can never recapture.

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Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm: Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Robert Cray teams up with Memphis's Hi Rhythm for a supergroup album with no pretensions and all soul.

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Various Artists: Funky Chimes: Belgian Grooves from the ‘70s

The good and the baffling of 1970s Belgium come together for a unique ride through a tiny nation.

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DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, and Scofield: Hudson

Four top-shelf jazz musicians who are neighbors in the Hudson Valley of New York collaborate on a set of varied tunes that represent their neighborhood. Graceful but fragmented.

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Young Fathers: TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 (Reissue)

The reissue of Young Fathers' TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 shows the Scottish group's early promise.

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20 Jun 2017 // 2:30 AM

Lorde: Melodrama

Lorde continues to mine the uncertainties of youth, the tribulations of romance, and an ambivalence toward partying on her revelatory sophomore album.

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Leslie Mendelson Sings Songs of Bittersweet Catharsis at the Sweetwater

“Love You Tonight” has a decidedly somber tone, but finds Mendelson melting hearts across the room as she sings with an aching longing of not wanting to be “another of the lonely ones…”

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Träd, Gräs och Stenar: Tack för Kaffet (So Long)

As the group nears its 50th anniversary, Träd, Gräs och Stenar brings heavy and hypnotic rock to its brand new album.

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Garland Jeffreys: 14 Steps to Harlem

There are two types of music fans: people who love Garland Jeffreys and people who've never heard of him. His latest album is proof that the legendary artist still has a lot of great music left.

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19 Jun 2017 // 7:21 AM

Arcadea: Arcadea

Mastodon's Brann Dailor sings and drums like crazy for this synth metal act featuring no guitars. It's a treat if you're part of that very specific audience that enjoys synth-metal.

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