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22 Mar 2017 // 8:38 AM

Pallbearer: Heartless

Pallbearer’s third album Heartless exists outside of easy genre signifiers. This band is in a league all their own.

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Craig Finn: We All Want the Same Things

Craig Finn's new album continues to differentiate his solo material from the Hold Steady, but without Tad Kubler's guitar heroics as a buffer, his lyrics can be pretty harrowing.

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21 Mar 2017 // 2:20 AM

Anjou: Epithymía

Epithymía is ambient music at its grandest scale, molding a sense of sublime wonder through its six tracks.

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer’s Hollow

For their latest avant rendering of jazz and culture in a broader sense, MOPDTK take on trad jazz in a decidedly non-traditional manner, using literary titans from Pynchon to Joyce to Vonnegut as source material.

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Los Campesinos!: Sick Scenes

The British indie pop collective are still going strong ten years after their debut album. Their latest shows the remarkable consistency of their songcraft.

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21 Mar 2017 // 2:02 AM

Natalie Hemby: Puxico

In the case of Natalie Hemby, she takes an old trope in dedicating an album to a small town and making it new again, all by her own means.

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Sting Wraps up North American Leg of ‘57th & 9th’ Tour on Winteriest of Nights

Sting went back to rock on his latest album. His enjoyable tour covers the entirety of a phenomenal musical career.

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DeadPhish Orchestra Soars Over the Hills and Far Away in the Bay

There’s only band that actively seeks to mix Phish and the Grateful Dead together like Reese's Pieces and that’s the DeadPhish Orchestra.

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Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me

A Crow Looked at Me is a masterpiece in the manner of A Grief Observed and “She Will Find What is Lost”. These works create a special communion between creator and observer.

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20 Mar 2017 // 2:20 AM

A7PHA: A7PHA

Alt-rap veterans Doseone and Mestizo combine for A7PHA's debut record, an experimental album that will challenge and bemuse many listeners but remains deeply original and technically fantastic.

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Ruthie Foster: Joy Comes Back

Like all of Foster’s albums, this one contains a diverse selection of bluesy material with a folk-rock edge and a gospel bottom.

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The Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Fifty years on, the Grateful Dead’s debut gets the deluxe reissue treatment along with an early, previously unreleased live performance.

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Donald Byrd: Love Has Come Around - The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982

Donald Byrd’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s studio albums are sliced and diced in this newly issued collection of the most forgettable era of his otherwise illustrious and well-regarded career.

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17 Mar 2017 // 8:27 AM

Lusine: Sensorimotor

Lusine strikes the same synapses as Tycho. That is Lusine's music feels designed to accompany visuals.

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17 Mar 2017 // 8:12 AM

Pontiak: Dialectic of Ignorance

The Carney brothers’ latest album fumes with ominous portent but still holds on to the hope of a hopeless romantic.

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17 Mar 2017 // 8:02 AM

Shobaleader One: Elektrac

Shobaleader One defy the expectations of what a band can do with electrifying reinterpretations of Squarepusher tracks.

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Colm Mac Con Iomaire Brings Pastoral Tranquility to Muldoon’s Picnic

NYC's Irish Arts Center hosts a regular literary/musical salon curated by poet Paul Muldoon and will offer free books on St. Patrick's.

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Kath Bloom: This Dream of Life

We're all dreams, evaporating before each other's eyes, within Kath Bloom's complicated folk, transcendent but grounded in human weakness.

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Methyl Ethel: Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel might not forge anything very unique in their introspection, yet their power to possess still manages to yield results.

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Lawrence English: Cruel Optimism

Lawrence English's Cruel Optimism is a noise-ambient gem and a work of pained beauty.

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