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11 Jan 2016 // 2:10 AM

Romain Collin: Press Enter

Romain Collin makes crossover music sound easy on Press Enter.

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Au Pair: One Armed Candy Bear

Gary Louris and Django Haskins have produced an album that fully integrates the sounds that each have forged on their own.

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8 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

David Bowie: Blackstar

Blackstar is Bowie’s most unconventional album since his dual '70s masterpieces Low and ”Heroes”, and is a breathtaking and relentlessly fascinating piece of work.

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Alternative TV: Viva La Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Complete Deptford Fun City Recordings 1977-1980

There are experimental acts that can't touch Mark Perry's otherworldliness, punk bands that can't capture his pop fury, and we're all the better for it.

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Grupo Fantasma: Problemas

Yeah, there's a Beatles cover on this record, and that's a good hook, but the other stuff will blow you away too.

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Ron Pope + The Nighthawks: Ron Pope + The Nighthawks

Americana comes rip-roaring out of the gates in 2016, with Ron Pope's first outing with the Nighthawks leading the way.

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A Tribe Called Quest: People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 25th Anniversary Edition

This is an anniversary worth celebrating, but is this repackaging the best way to celebrate?

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Various Artists: Sam Phillips, The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll

Not a greatest hits collection, nor organized chronologically or thematically, these are idiosyncratic favorites.

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7 Jan 2016 // 2:15 AM

Harmonia: Complete Works

Brian Eno loved them, and probably would not have made those beloved Bowie albums the same way without them.

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Beach Slang: The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us

Beach Slang hit the ground running with a debut that chronicles the existential ennui of being smart, weird, and bored.

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6 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Hinds: Leave Me Alone

Hinds' debut is fuelled by an infectious lust for life. Well, that and copious amounts of Sangria.

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Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981

This comprehensive live set moves back and forth in time, and between quintet and quartet line-ups. The comparisons make for fascinating listening, and suggest that maybe the jazz fusion band is actually more genre defying than defining.

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6 Jan 2016 // 2:15 AM

FOXTROTT: A Taller Us

FOXTROTT's A Taller Us overstays its welcome with its tinny and familiar electronic beats.

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Eugene Mirman: I’m Sorry, You’re Welcome

Comedian Eugene Mirman really puts the "post" in post-modern on this box set.

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5 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Baroness: Purple

Back from nearly losing it all, the reconstituted band sounds bigger, bolder, and better than ever on an album that makes no apologies for reaching for mass acceptance.

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Sara Bareilles: What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress

Fans of Sara Bareilles will want more than a slice of her in What's Inside: Song from Waitress, a more than fair record from the talented musician.

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5 Jan 2016 // 2:15 AM

Norman Westberg: 13

Almost too obscure to gain any attention the first go-round, Swans guitarist Norman Westberg's 13 enjoys a deserved reissue.

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5 Jan 2016 // 2:10 AM

Wimps: Suitcase

Suitcase is a 27-minute uprising of stupid fun.

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Pugwash: Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)

Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) is often as unobtrusive as its banner implies, but still cheery enough to beg repeated hearings.

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Various Artists: Hulaland: The Golden Age of Hawaiian Music

Hulaland is a set to peruse and enjoy in your “little grass shack” on the beach, poolside, or by the fire on a snowy day.

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