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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love

Psych-rock bedroom dwellers Unknown Mortal Orchestra expand their horizons on their latest album, sounding bigger than ever.

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27 May 2015 // 2:20 AM

Anti-Flag: American Spring

Anti-Flag have been in the game for quite a while. On American Spring, they show that it may be time to throw in the towel.

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Olivia Chaney: The Longest River

Baez, Collins, Mitchell, Marling -- the debut folk album by Olivia Chaney shows that she belongs in this company. It's pretty much perfect.

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Zac Brown Band: Jekyll and Hyde

A mess of competing signals and bad politics mar what could have been a blandly competent country rock experience.

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Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune

Though only four songs long, her latest, Your Good Fortune, offers a succinct summation of Staples’ range and ability.

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26 May 2015 // 12:06 PM

Peach Kelli Pop: III

For round three, Peach Kelli Pop’s Allie Hanlon enlists the help of a few friends to flesh out her sugary sweet pop confections.

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Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest: Sylva

On their collaboration with the Metropole Orkest, Snarky Puppy takes us on a journey, visiting a century of American music in a few seconds without ever stopping for air.

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26 May 2015 // 2:20 AM

Turbowolf: Two Hands

Featuring big notes, commanding melodies and biting hooks, Two Hands bathes listeners in thick, fuzzy, quirky rock.

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Shelby Lynne: I Can’t Imagine (take 1)

I Can't Imagine feels like a remarkably minor record in Lynne's discography, full of warmth and good vibes but lacking that conviction that has defined virtually all of her post-millennial work.

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26 May 2015 // 2:10 AM

Bill Fay: Who Is the Sender?

Once obscure singer-songwriter Bill Fay returns with his second album in three years, a celebration of life and an expression of hope for the future.

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Sneaky Feelings: Send You

This 1983 debut effort by under-appreciated Flying Nun band, who were in the vanguard of the famed Dunedin Sound, is the latest to get the Captured Tracks reissue treatment.

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Milford Graves & Bill Laswell: Space/Time – Redemption

Milford Graves and Bill Laswell turn in another one of those duet albums that don't sound like one.

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The Milk Carton Kids: Monterey

Monterey is an earnest, serious collection of minimalist folk songs that only comes to life when the Milk Carton Kids liven up those songs through lyrics or tempo.

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Joanna Gruesome: Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome mash together lo-fi punk and fuzzy twee pop for a gleefully unbalanced follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 debut.

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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear: Skeleton Crew

If Madisen Ward’s singing surprises for its somewhat overt oddness, the lyrics sometimes surprise too -- not in big, powerful ways but in humble ones.

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Darryl Holter: Radio Songs: Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles 1937-1939

By making a record to remind us about Woody Guthrie's tenure on Los Angeles radio, Holter is also reminding us of California’s unique legacy of promises unfulfilled.

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Darren Hanlon: Where Did You Come From?

Hanlon, the Australian, was walking on hallowed American ground when he recorded these songs. But they're still very much his songs -- elevating his own personal style to new heights.

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21 May 2015 // 10:30 AM

Shark Week: Beach Fuzz

With a name befitting their sound, Shark Week heads to the beach with copious amounts of fuzz, reverb and punk posturing in tow.

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Paul Weller: Saturns Pattern

This is not just serviceable "craft" meant to keep the fans happy; this is magic that's up for grabs to all.

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21 May 2015 // 2:20 AM

The Acorn: Vieux Loup

Vieux Loup is more of a holding pattern than a great revelation.

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