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Yoko Ono: Antony & Yoko / Yoko Ono & John Zorn

With a pair of singles, Yoko Ono furthers her case for artistic relevance as a proponent of fringe music that, like much of her back catalogue, was never intended for mass consumption.

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The Go-Betweens: G Stands for Go-Betweens (Vol.1)

First volume of the Go-Betweens' box set series: four LPs, four CDs, with re-issued albums, rarities and a live concert – a completist’s reverie.

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George Usher and Lisa Burns: The Last Day of Winter

After fighting the crippling effects of chemotherapy, George Ushers's dogged determination is apparent even at the outset.

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Peter Katz: We Are the Reckoning

The Juno nominee proves that he still has what it takes to innovate in We Are the Reckoning.

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7 Apr 2015 // 9:30 AM

Timbre: Sun & Moon

Ambitious, beautiful indie pop and alt-classical concept album creates sonic images of dark and light, sun and moon.

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7 Apr 2015 // 7:37 AM

Toro y Moi: What For?

Chaz Bundick turns his restless dissatisfaction into artistic fuel on Toro y Moi's psychedelic fourth album.

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

No Pier Pressure is a lifeless, limp collection of songs that counts as a Brian Wilson album in name only.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian’s Misfortune

Perhaps this is the true ruffian’s misfortune: one mellows with age. Hubbard tries to pretend otherwise by snarling and playing blues licks.

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José James: Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday

Forgoing a more exploratory route, José James delivers a set of pleasantly predictable Billie Holiday covers.

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Barnstar!: Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!

In spite of a few generic weaknesses and maybe a little too much joy, Barnstar!'s sophomore effort's a boot-stomping good time.

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Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers’ radicalization of pop is important and thrilling.

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6 Apr 2015 // 1:05 AM

Big Data: 2.0

Submitted for your approval, Big Data presents a dark dance-pop album written by NSA agents and sentient surveillance machinery.

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Will Hoge: Small Town Dreams

Will Hoge is rapidly positioning himself between those two pillars of populist rock, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp.

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Dutch Uncles: O Shudder

Dutch Uncles' fourth album is slightly more pop-oriented and immediate than previous efforts but still bound to the band’s abstract vision.

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6 Apr 2015 // 1:02 AM

Estelle: True Romance

The British singer-songwriter returns with a wide range of styles to conquer our imaginations. The result? A partial victory.

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Fractal Mirror: Garden of Ghosts

Fractal Mirror's sophomore set reaffirms the Dutch band's sophisticated sensibilities and makes a stunning step forward.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

Godspeed You! Black Emperor deals in catharsis, which the world needs as much now as it ever has.

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Ryley Walker: Primrose Green

A headphone trip for the ages, Primrose Green is a diaphanous tapestry that envelops our musical history.

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Ride: OX4: The Best of Ride

Reissue of the British dream-rock band's 2001 compilation, to "celebrate" their current reunion. As ever, the back half of Ride's career nearly spoils the party.

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Quiet Company: Transgressor

This is a record of top-notch power pop that’s a strong candidate for one of 2015’s best in its genre.

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