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Various Artists: Sweet As Broken Dates - Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

Sweet As Broken Dates showcases a golden age of pre-civil war Somali pop music -- and it's a new kind of groovy.

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The Electric Grandmother: Cancelled

The Washington, D.C.-based sitcom-core outfit throw their fans a stimulating if somewhat troubling curveball with Cancelled.

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LCD Soundsystem’s ‘American Dream’ Live: James Murphy Assures You It Is OK Not to Be There

A decade and a half on, James Murphy hasn’t lost his edge one bit, just like the greats never do. However, not only is he more mature and less concerned with all of us -- he is also successful in his own eyes, on his own terms

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13 Sep 2017 // 8:29 AM

Wild Cub: Closer

On Closer, Wild Cub emphasize their ear candy qualities on a collection of emotional arena anthems, but get caught following many of the clichés of modern indie rock.

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13 Sep 2017 // 2:30 AM

Alvvays: Antisocialites

Antisocialites is chock full of sly, honest assessments of the misery -- or, at best, the ambivalence -- inherent in so much of dating, especially when toxic masculinity enters the frame.

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Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan

Trio Da Kali and the Kronos Quartet are musical soulmates on collaborative album Ladilikan.

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Queens of the Stone Age: Villains

More energetic than 2013's ...Like Clockwork, Villains finds QOTSA teaming up with super-producer Mark Ronson to emphasize their grooves as much as their riffs.

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12 Sep 2017 // 2:20 AM

Lunice: CCCLX

CCCLX is an album that works best when experienced front-to-back, as the simply-built tracks effectively build upon one another toward a common end.

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12 Sep 2017 // 2:15 AM

Lizz Wright: Grace

There is a Southern elegance to the music. One can almost touch the Spanish moss. The songs are frequently languid and sensual.

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Midnight Sister: Saturn Over Sunset

Though thoroughly steeped in the ‘60s and ‘70s music that influences them, Midnight Sister’s sound is indeed now -- a timeless effort for the duo’s first time together.

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CYMBALS: Light in Your Mind

On their third album, the artsy UK synthpop outfit CYMBALS have matured, but have they gotten better?

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11 Sep 2017 // 2:15 AM

Neurosis: The Word As Law

Out of print since the 1990s, The Word As Law show the evolution of Neurosis from straightforward hardcore to a more thoughtful, but nonetheless aggressive, outfit.

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Lal and Mike Waterson: Bright Phoebus

Once considered too weird for the folkies, this long-out-of-print 1972 album featuring Ashley Hutchings, Martin Carthy, and Richard Thompson in addition to Waterson siblings is a long-lost masterpiece.

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The Dream Syndicate: How Did I Find Myself Here?

Nearly 30 years on, the Dream Syndicate sound even more revelatory and energized than when last heard from them.

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8 Sep 2017 // 2:20 AM

ODESZA: A Moment Apart

ODESZA demonstrate their natural ability to write tight, late summer floor fillers on mixed third album.

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8 Sep 2017 // 2:15 AM

Living Colour: Shade

Funky hard rock veterans still own the block and knock socks off.

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8 Sep 2017 // 2:10 AM

Adam Rogers: DICE

Jazz guitarist Adam Rogers makes a record drenched in rock and funk but not without complexity and melodic invention. Strong brew.

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Tori Amos: Native Invader

On her 15th studio album, Tori Amos dispenses wisdom and evokes complex, unspeakable emotions with inimitable skill.

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Mogwai: Every Country’s Sun

Every Country’s Sun certainly has some very lovely, dense, and poignant moments borne out of creative and unpredictable arrangements, yet the majority of it fails to leave any impression.

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6 Sep 2017 // 2:30 AM

Zola Jesus: Okovi

Zola Jesus takes a confident and empowering stance on matters of life and death in her supremely dark but undeniably uplifting new album.

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