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Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift in Decorum - Live at the Village Vanguard

Our most intriguing young trumpet player, live and with just a rhythm section, making magic.

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Offa Rex: The Queen of Hearts

Think of Offa Rex as the Decemberists and UK singer Olivia Chaney jumping into a wormhole to come out the other side as Fairport Convention. It works magically in every way.

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Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul

Captured at the height of their strength as a live unit, Truth, Liberty & Soul proves an excellent showcase for both Jaco Pastorius and the Word of Mouth Big Band.

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Whitehorse: Panther in the Dollhouse

The music has a Western movie vibe and offers an aural CinemaScope in black and white where the color sometimes bleeds in. Is that blood really red?

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Various Artists: American Epic - The Collection

Think of American Epic: The Collection as a newly definitive survey that captures the fullness of rural American music recorded during the 1920s.

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Beach House: B-Sides and Rarities

This collection adds further definition to our understanding of a band too often reduced by oversimplified interpretations.

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14 Jul 2017 // 8:01 AM

Quindar: Hip Mobility

Space is the place. On Hip Mobility, Quindar's two-man instrumental combo provide a lush, futuristic soundtrack of NASA's glory days.

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Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band Re-ignite the Spirit of 1967 at Monterey Pop

There’s a truly endearing vibe here watching Grahame Lesh lead the band through Jerry Garcia’s most epic song while Dad continues to drop bass bombs.

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I Draw Slow: Turn Your Face to the Sun

This Dublin-based folk band plays American-style folk music but sounds better when they stretch outside the traditional American folk style.

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Erasure: From Moscow to Mars - An Erasure Anthology

From Moscow to Mars is a definitive set that thoroughly explores three decades of pop magic by the veteran British duo.

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13 Jul 2017 // 8:03 AM

Lo Tom: Lo Tom

David Bazan's new group, Lo Tom, makes low-stakes indie rock that's easily enjoyable.

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Haim: Something to Tell You

These songs remain as tightly constructed, propulsive, and personally relatable as ever, and it's hard to deny the talent Haim has for hooks and intricate songwriting.

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Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie: Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac - Stevie Nicks = Buckingham/McVie. Typical Fleetwood Mac math, yet somehow it adds up to a pretty-good album.

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Ryan Keberle and Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light

The trombonist's superb quintet is now both more political and more lush in arrangement. One of the music's best bands just got better.

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Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Calvin Harris’s new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 is a high-water mark for good vibes pop, reflecting the whimsical and collaborative spirit that is prevailing in pop music right now.

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12 Jul 2017 // 7:59 AM

Ex Eye: Ex Eye

Led by Colin Stetson and augmented by drummer Greg Fox, Ex Eye makes a black metal/jazz amalgam that is cathartic in its athleticism.

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Drummers of the Société Absolument Guinin: Vodou Drums in Haiti 2

The impact is immediate when hypnotic ritual drumming strips music down to its most basic element: pure rhythm.

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11 Jul 2017 // 8:14 AM

Foreigner: 40

40 is a well-rounded overview of hits that would make even the most jaded indie music fan admit that Foreigner songs have an ability to really sink in their hooks.

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Young Thug: Beautiful Thugger Girls

It's not the singing album we were promised, or the country album we were suggested: it's just a great Young Thug album.

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The Telescopes: As Light Return

The Telescopes have progressed from an experimental style with concealed moments of melody and drama towards one that abandons almost every formula associated with conventional songwriting

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