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3 Nov 2016 // 1:20 AM

Mandolin Orange: Blindfaller

The duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz enlist the help of a quartet of instrumentalists to help flesh out their acoustic-based bluegrass/folk on their lovely fifth album.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Cuban Rare Groove

The new, the old, and the timeless meet, seamlessly joined in their intent to keep Cuban styles alive across the diaspora.

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3 Nov 2016 // 1:10 AM

Crushed Out: Alien Ocean

This duo provides a heady, garage-influenced take on surf rock that's heavy on aesthetic pleasures, but sadly light on songwriting heft.

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The Westerlies: The Westerlies

This all brass quartet has pulled off what few all brass quartets can pull off -- a highly artistic double album of mostly original material.

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Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense: Moving Still

Moving Still is the most gorgeous, enticing, classic album of 2016 in jazz so far.

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2 Nov 2016 // 1:25 AM

Johnnyswim: Georgica Pond

Johnnyswim's Georgica Pond situates catchy refrains across many different genres and moments of intimacy, honing their rich hooks with more sophisticated musical accompaniment.

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2 Nov 2016 // 1:20 AM

Mono: Requiem for Hell

Mono's main strength is their ability to make one realize how infinitesimal they are in the universe.

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S U R V I V E: RR7349

The perils of nostalgia notwithstanding, many listeners will find the foggy atmospheres and neon-lit cityscapes of RR7349 irresistible.

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2 Nov 2016 // 1:10 AM

Usher: Hard II Love

Despite a handful of stellar tracks, Usher's latest album tries too hard to stay current and gets lost in the process.

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2 Nov 2016 // 1:05 AM

Dexter Wansel: Stargazer

Stargazer compiles all of Dexter Wansel’s Philadelphia International recordings, but the collection’s sequencing leaves something to be desired.

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The Weirwolf Revisits Cowboy Roots in Marin County with Explosive Results

The new album is truly a throwback to Bob Weir’s roots, making “The Campfire Tour” a rare and special chance to see a rock legend turn the clock back to show his fans how it all started.

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American Wrestlers: Goodbye Terrible Youth

Gary McClure's power punk combo manages to combine the rich musical landscape of his native UK with the sophisticated pop songcraft of his adopted US, with excellent results.

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1 Nov 2016 // 1:25 AM

Powell: Sport

Powell has matched his high-concept buffoonery with a fittingly wacky record that tiptoes the line but never oversteps it.

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1 Nov 2016 // 1:20 AM

NOFX: First Ditch Effort

What initially sounds like a scattered album ends up feeling more like a revue of NOFX's 30-year career. For better and for worse.

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1 Nov 2016 // 1:15 AM

Joyce Manor: Cody

Joyce Manor’s fourth album, Cody is their most elegant effort yet.

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IAN SWEET: Shapeshifter

While Shapeshifter phases in and out of being great, the musical ability and connection between the band members is undeniably strong.

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The Head and the Heart Get to Both at the Fox Theater

Even without frontman Johnson, The Head and the Heart host a soaring communal sing-along worthy of the price of admission.

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Ulrich Schnauss: No Further Ahead Than Today

Big, busy, melodic statements from an architect of populist electronic music.

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31 Oct 2016 // 1:25 AM

Purling Hiss: High Bias

The Philadelphia-based garage rockers try to broaden their psychedelic edge but cover too much of the same old territory.

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31 Oct 2016 // 1:20 AM

Alabama 3: Blues

Alabama 3 show once again why they're the sheriffs of this two-bit blues-rock town.

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