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Keep Shelly in Athens: Now I’m Ready

The birthplace of Western Civilization have been on the phone. They want their groove back.

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Jon Irabagon: Behind the Sky / Inaction Is an Action

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon unleashes two albums in one day, with one succeeding in doing what the other one sets out to do.

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Black Lillies: Hard to Please

When the band pulls out all the stops, there’s simply no containing the energy and enthusiasm therein.

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23 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Joanna Newsom: Divers

After a five-year musical silence, Joanna Newsom returns with her most focused and refined album yet.

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Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson: The Light Princess Original Cast Recording

Tori Amos' music has always been impactful and dramatic, and often incorporates a thematic concept into her work, so composing for a musical was a logical next step.

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The Doobie Brothers: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983

Sure, the Doobie Brothers story is really about two separate bands, but let's be honest: it truly is hard to have a bad time when listening to the Doobies.

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23 Oct 2015 // 1:10 AM

Ms. John Soda: Loom

After such a long hiatus we hoped for more zeal from Ms. John Soda, but Loom does not sound like a band rested, refreshed, and ready for action.

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23 Oct 2015 // 1:05 AM

Toro Y Moi: Samantha

Samantha sees Toro Y Moi going back to his roots in a move that struggles to be more than just another chapter in his career.

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22 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Gun Outfit: Dream All Over

The evaporating songs of Gun Outfit transport listeners on a ride that's a treasure to behold.

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22 Oct 2015 // 1:20 AM

Inventions: Blanket Waves

While Eluvium's sound used to have a cathartic bent to it, Matthew Cooper has been increasingly pushing his sound into intellectual territory.

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The Zombies: Still Got That Hunger

The celebrated ‘60s psych pop practitioners return to life with songs that bear little resemblance to those of their glory days.

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Robert Forster: Songs to Play

The former Go-Between turns the page in his career book with an intimate and highly likable little album.

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22 Oct 2015 // 1:05 AM

Ana Egge: Bright Shadow

Egge wrote these songs with the knowledge that the music would be created with the collaboration of the American roots trio, the Stray Birds

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Rudimental: We the Generation

Rudimental need to have greater ambitions than just performing with important guests. They need to find something to say.

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Run the Jewels: Meow the Jewels

The jewel runners go full Cheezburger, pointing claws and snatching collars in the finest feline-based album in the history of everdom.

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George Strait: Cold Beer Conversation

It's hard to believe that the veteran singer is still hitting the post after all these years but, really, could we expect anything less?

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Various Artists: Aquabear Legion Volume 5

Aquabear Legion Volume 5 includes artists from Athens, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Yellow Springs and could be thought of as a travelogue about Ohio in the here and now.

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Corb Lund: Things That Can’t Be Undone

Continuing an impressive winning streak, Lund delivers another stellar set, taking things down a notch and back to the beginnings of country rock.

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20 Oct 2015 // 1:20 AM

Disclosure: Caracal

Disclosure continue their reign as electronic crossover giants with their second set of finely crafted, star-studded house.

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20 Oct 2015 // 1:15 AM

Dan Friel: Life

It's refreshing when an artist can mature without succumbing to clichéd trappings of maturity.

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