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Sziget Festival 2017: 25 Years of Love, Part 2

The 25th anniversary celebration of the great cultural events sees somewhat smaller crowds, promises major changes in the next quarter of a century, and the love keeps growing.

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Gogol Bordello: Seekers and Finders

The immigrant punks of Gogol Bordello are back with odes to world wandering and anarchic party spirit on Seekers and Finders.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There as Fast as I Can

Call him the people’s poet laureate of Texas. Ray Wylie Hubbard delivers another collection of spare, beautiful songs of grace and damnation.

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Pyrrhon: What Passes for Survival

Technical death metal outfit Pyrrhon returns with their most captivating record in What Passes for Survival, establishing their position in the pantheon of the genre.

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Sziget Festival 2017: 25 Years of Love, Part 1

The iconic week-long festival in Budapest -- possibly the most diverse cultural event in the world -- welcomes its 8-millionth visitor and celebrates a quarter century of love and freedom.

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17 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Steven Wilson: To the Bone

With To the Bone, his foray into '80s progressive pop, Steven Wilson does something unusual: he writes happy songs.

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17 Aug 2017 // 2:15 AM

Black Asteroid: Thrust

Rather than channeling misery, Thrust has a way of inflicting it.

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17 Aug 2017 // 2:15 AM

The Accidentals: Odyssey

The Accidentals deftly blend a mélange of musical influences on their major label debut.

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Oneohtrix Point Never: Good Time Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

One of the finest electronic musicians of this era continues his hot streak with the Good Time motion picture soundtrack.

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16 Aug 2017 // 2:20 AM

KMFDM: Hell Yeah

KMFDM's 20th studio album is a stirring, brutal rally cry against fascism, conformity, and America’s new administration.

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Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano: Compassion - The Music of John Coltrane

Two very different saxophonists revisit a rare set of tunes on an anniversary John Coltrane's death. Original, bracing, excellent.

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Roger Waters: Is This the Life We Really Want?

It’s not quite a lost Pink Floyd album, but it gives a sense of what they might sound like now.

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Kasey Chambers: Dragonfly

Australian roots artist Kasey Chambers creates a stunning statement, bold and big and essential, with Dragonfly.

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15 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Grizzly Bear: Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear returns with Painted Ruins, the band's best album to date.

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Circles Around the Sun Take Orbit at Terrapin Crossroads

It’s only the first song of the night, but the band is soon in “the zone” as they go on to deliver a sensational 30-minute opening jam.

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Moon Diagrams: A Lifetime of Love

Moon Diagrams' debut merges an intriguing, genre-hopping beginning and end with a lackluster middle section of extended ambient dance tracks.

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Dusty Springfield: The Complete Philadelphia Sessions - A Brand New Me

Two recording sessions separated by one album are compiled on this collection to represent the cohesive recordings Dusty Springfield made with production team Gamble and Huff.

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14 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Jay-Z: 4:44

Already one of the greatest rappers in history, this is the kind of late-career artistic gem that will cement Jay-Z’s place on rap’s Mount Rushmore.

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Jesse Ed Davis: Red Dirt Boogie - The Atco Recordings 1970-1972

A tight musical structure itself was considered uncool when being free was the highest value. The 19 tracks on this anthology embody this type of loose approach.

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Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

A rediscovered Thelonious Monk session sheds light on the composer's skill as a bandleader as well as his unassuming professionalism.

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