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Surrealistic Superjam Conjures the Fillmore’s Summer of Love Glory Days

An all-star cast of Bay Area musicians gather for a magical night featuring the hippie hits of 1967.

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Children of Alice: Children of Alice

An ambient project emerging from the remains of Broadcast, Children of Alice is often as lighthearted as it is spooky.

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Crystal Fairy: Crystal Fairy

A thrilling and very strong yet semi-straightforward rock album from a collection of very cool weirdos.

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Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament

Scott H. Biram is a filthy-ass peacock in full bloom on this record, kicking arse and not even bothering to take names.

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Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D

These 1968 live recordings offer a glimpse into Detroit’s storied music history courtesy of three of its finest session players.

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The Wood Brothers: Live at the Barn

In the world of new live records, you could do far worse than Live at the Barn, but it would be quite the task for you to find far better.

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21 Feb 2017 // 3:30 AM

Xiu Xiu: Forget

On their latest effort, Xiu Xiu express their grave existential concerns in a structured, disciplined pop format, managing to sound palatable and even fun without diminishing any of their gravity or darkness.

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Hayes McMullan: Everyday Seem Like Murder Here

A window into an earlier time. Plain and simple: any serious fan of the Delta blues will want this record.

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Kingdom: Tears in the Club

A future pop canvas of exquisite beauty, experimental club producer Kingdom shares an intimate, half-drunk night in and out of safe and not-so-safe spaces.

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20 Feb 2017 // 3:20 AM

Big Sean: I Decided

Is Big Sean cool? I Decided has done little to sway that to a “yes".

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20 Feb 2017 // 3:15 AM

Sam Patch: Yeah You, and I

Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury steps out on his own with a winning, engaging solo project full of analog synths and killer hooks.

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Gary Stewart: Gary / Cactus and a Rose

Stewart sung with the stateliness of a drunk at the bar just one shot short of getting sloppy. He can be imposing one minute and heroic the next.

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William Matheny: Strange Constellations

Beside his seasoned piano chops, Matheny makes for a compelling debut.

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17 Feb 2017 // 10:05 AM

Tall Tall Trees: Freedays

Tall Tall Trees show that they are capable of big big things on their new record.

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Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now

Singer-songwriter Jens Lekman returns with Life Will See You Now, possibly his finest record to date.

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17 Feb 2017 // 3:20 AM

Dutch Uncles: Big Balloon

Big Balloon’s many highs don’t owe much to either trends or the tried-and-true.

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Teen Daze: Themes for Dying Earth

A cold atmosphere and candid words are what make Teen Daze soar on Themes for Dying Earth.

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Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now (take 2)

Life Will See You Now makes no secret about exposing its tender heart, but luckily it has enough substance to rescue it from a Lifetime movie level of sentimentality.

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AJ Hobbs: Too Much Is Never Enough

As a backroads country outlaw and a soulful modern gentleman altogether, Hobbs makes a compelling case.

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Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: Young Brigham / Bill Durham Sacks & Railroad Tracks

Ramblin' Jack Elliott celebrated people who lived at the margins of society. He was older than the new, young generation. It was difficult to make him hip.

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"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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