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26 Jul 2016 // 10:00 AM

Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer

Angered by a world going to hell, Jeff Beck rages against the dying of the light with a little help from his friends.

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Little Richard: Mono Box - The Complete Specialty and Vee-Jay Albums

Little Richard wasn’t just making music for the baby boomer generation; he was making music for the new millennium.

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Connections: Midnight Run

After the taut Into Sixes, the more fractured Midnight Run risks upsetting the formula the band has established, and yet that risk pays off at every turn.

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25 Jul 2016 // 2:29 AM

Rhyton: Redshift

Redshift is an impressive and lasting record because it manages something not all experimental music can pull off. It is both immediate and challenging, catchy and complex.

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25 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Aaron Neville: Apache

Aaron Neville sounds overcome with feeling -- even orgasmic, without having to strain. Like a gentle rain, his voice soothingly cleanses the air.

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25 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Spain: Carolina

Spain's sixth album features a wealth of smart, sophisticated songs from Josh Haden. It's a record both haunting and haunted.

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The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Fifty years on, Pet Sounds is still celebrated.

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Various Artists: Hungarian Noir: A Tribute to the Gloomy Sunday

The curse of "Gloomy Sunday" may or may not be lifted, but we are still left with one of the most tedious musical exercises that I have come across in some time.

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22 Jul 2016 // 9:09 AM

Tony Joe White: Rain Crow

Tony Joe White is to swamp rock what the Beatles were to the British Invasion and the Sex Pistols were to punk.

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22 Jul 2016 // 9:07 AM

Floating Points: Kuiper

Sam Shepherd's electronic/jazz/jam collective continues to push boundaries with a hypnotic new EP.

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22 Jul 2016 // 8:53 AM

Bat For Lashes: The Bride

The Bride is an intimate concept album on the death of a loved one and the process one takes in returning to normalcy.

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Grace Jones: Warm Leatherette (Deluxe Edition)

Though it was her fourth album, Warm Leatherette is really where it all started for the one and only Ms. Jones.

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The Strumbellas’ Fun Folk Appeals to 4 Knots Festival-Goers (Interview + Photos)

A conversation with Canadian folk-pop group the Strumbellas and photos of Car Seat Headrest and Protomartyr from the 4 Knots Music Festival.

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21 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Amazing: Ambulance

Ambulance finds the Amazing pushing forward, trying new angles, and adding moments of clarity and sparseness to their trademark bittersweet gauze.

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The Avalanches: Wildflower (take two)

After 16 years, the hype for another Avalanches album is inescapable, and Wildflower drowns in comparisons. On its own, however, it's a joyous ray of sunshine with an identity all its own.

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Amber Arcades: Fading Lines

Amber Arcades' debut is a solid dream-pop album. A little more work on the pop side of the equation and she could be a lot more than solid.

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They Might Be Giants: Phone Power (take two)

They Might Be Giants’s 19th studio album is a reminder to the world that if they aren’t indie rock’s answer to Lennon and McCartney, they could at the very least be geek rock’s heirs to Difford and Tilbrook.

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Bob Brown: The Wall I Built Myself / Willoughby’s Lament

Tompkins Square brings a pair of forgotten 1970s gems long cherished by vinyl collectors into the digital age. Bob Brown’s delicate baroque-folk musings will be welcome to fans of the singer-songwriter genre.

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20 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Clams Casino: 32 Levels

32 Levels is the album that Clams Casino’s production up to this point has been promising, and he made good on it.

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William Bell: This Is Where I Live

Soul survivor reunites with the label that launched his career and the result is captivating.

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