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Muse Commandeer Barclays Center for Drones World Tour (Photos)

Resistance is futile. Muse's walloping Drones World Tour forces the audience to confront Big Brother.

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Game Theory: Lolita Nation

The most critically acclaimed masterpiece of the '80s that you’ve never heard finally sees re-release. Time having been kinder to this long lost album than the music industry, it remains fresh, exciting, and essential for any fan of good pop songwriting.

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5 Feb 2016 // 2:20 AM

Mass Gothic: Mass Gothic

Noel Heroux crafts a genre-blending record of infectious creativity in debut as Mass Gothic.

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Bert Jansch: Avocet (Special Edition)

To say Avocet is representative of Bert Jansch’s other work would be missing the mark because it’s so individual and unique.

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Venomous Concept: Kick Me Silly: VCIII

Grindy little supergroup bringing together members of Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, etc. gives the people what they want with 20 tracks of whack.

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Benji Hughes: Songs in the Key of Animals

The beauty of the stream of consciousness that bleeds into both Hughes' lyrics and his melodies is that while it feels sporadic, it doesn’t ever become disjointed.

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5 Feb 2016 // 2:00 AM

Jamie Woon: Making Time

Jamie Woon’s Making Time is a diligently watched pot that, predictably, refuses to boil.

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Tradition Meets Innovation at the Fifth Annual Maqam Fest

In a city with an abundance of smartly conceived and adventurous music events, Maqam Fest stands out for its unique vision and its broad and expanding constituency.

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August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Gets a Vibrant National Theatre Revival

Charismatic performances from O-T Fagbenle and Sharon D Clarke ignite Dominic Cooke’s major revival of August Wilson’s play at the National Theatre.

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4 Feb 2016 // 2:30 AM

Bloc Party: Hymns

Over a decade since their classic debut Silent Alarm, Bloc Party's fifth album does nothing to change the downward trajectory of each album they've released since.

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4 Feb 2016 // 2:20 AM

nonkeen: the gamble

nonkeen's the gamble is a really impressive release given its context. Strip the album out of it and the listener will have something more humane and approachable.

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Jason Collett: Song and Dance Man

A versatile assemblage of roots and country-influenced singer/songwriter pop, with splashes of '70s AM soul.

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Ane Brun: When I’m Free

Ane Brun is capable of making strong records, maybe even great ones. But this isn't one of them.

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Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg: Celestial Weather

A titan of trumpet, a titan of double bass come together and give us a record that is undeniable in its ability to blow winds and minds.

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Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20

On her superb new album, Lucinda Williams takes the wheel for a memory trip down Highway 20.

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John Cale: Music for a New Society / M:FANS

Rather than merely reissue his classic 1981 album, John Cale reworks and rerecords the majority of the album, showing the thematic through line that connects the two.

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The Pines: Above the Prairie

The Pines give us a record that is artful and imaginative and in many ways defies easy classification. In others, it's pure joy Americana.

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3 Feb 2016 // 2:10 AM

Lemaitre: 1749 EP

1749 EP finds Lemaitre approaching the top of their pop-slinging game

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3 Feb 2016 // 2:05 AM

MONEY: Suicide Songs

A Manchester band who create some beautiful music. But the singing is not on the money.

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2 Feb 2016 // 2:30 AM

Field Music: Commontime

David and Peter Brewis dexterously bend funk, R&B and Top 40 radio to fit their distinct regional post punk dialect.

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