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PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project

Harvey's ninth album buzzes with energy, but her stories, for the first time, often make her sound like a tourist unable to scratch the surface of the places she documents.

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22 Apr 2016 // 2:20 AM

J Dilla: The Diary

Fifteen years after J Dilla signed a two-album deal with MCA, his solo rap album The Diary is finally seeing release.

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Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear

The eclectic drummer fronts her best jazz band ever, setting up clarinet, cornet, violin, and piano to fly free and have fun. Allison Miller is a force.

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22 Apr 2016 // 2:10 AM

RJD2: Dame Fortune

Master hip-hop bricoleur RJD2 creates a set of arresting electro-funk beat-impulses on his new LP.

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21 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

Wire: Nocturnal Koreans

Though Wire have radically reinvented themselves in the past, Nocturnal Koreans finds them aiming their formula just slightly to the left.

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Carlos Niño & Friends: Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!

While interesting in concept and number of musicians involved, Carlos Niño’s new album is about as disappointing as finding out that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.

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Betty Boo: Grrr! It’s Betty Boo

A charming mix of pop kitsch, lite rap and Julie London mannerisms, Betty Boo's lost gem, 1992's Grrr! It's Betty Boo, gets a re-release from Cherry Red Records.

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21 Apr 2016 // 2:10 AM

Yeasayer: Amen & Goodbye

Yeasayer throw everything into the mix, resulting in a beautiful, trippy, mind-blowing album with smart, catchy songwriting.

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Various Artists: Miles Ahead Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Don Cheadle, director and star of Miles Ahead, has assembled a mostly enticing soundtrack to his film, though still peppered with a few inessentials.

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20 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

M83: Junk

What connected on a deeper emotional level with Saturday=Youth is replaced by a chasm of wonder: what in good God’s name was the band’s central idea with Junk?

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Lil Uzi Vert: Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World

A member of rap's ascendant new class, Lil Uzi Vert's newest release is worth exploring to discover what direction the genre is taking.

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Peter Wolf: A Cure for Loneliness

Wolf's eighth solo album shows a gradually mellowing singer still in fine voice and experimenting with a variety of styles.

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Eskimeaux: Year of the Rabbit

Breezy pop music meets exquisite storytelling in Eskimeaux's Year of the Rabbit.

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20 Apr 2016 // 2:04 AM

Lush: Blind Spot

The four songs here announce Lush's return, but they're just a tease.

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19 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

Suuns: Hold/Still

Suuns made a career-focusing album reflective of, and worthy of, our scattered brains.

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Woods: City Sun Eater in the River of Light

A slight step out of the comfort zone from Brooklyn's Woods, one of indie rock's most reliable and steady voices

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19 Apr 2016 // 2:15 AM

Ace Frehley: Origins Vol.1

We finally get the inevitable covers collection from the ex-KISS guitarist and it's all we imagined it would be.

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Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil: Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música - Multishow Live

These artists' names evoke Brazilian music to anyone even faintly familiar with the country's cultural history.

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Ulli Bomans: Sort by Dragging

Ulli Bomans may deal mainly in moods, but his music still has a profoundly eerie pulse.

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19 Apr 2016 // 2:02 AM

Claffy: Claffy

Well-fashioned post-bop from an up-and-comer with a broad pedigree.

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