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Plainsong: Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Farina

Plainsong's intuitive arrangements and progressive playing provide a collective rebirth for the masterful songs of Richard Farina, 50 years on from his tragic death.

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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Step It Up

The latest in a series of top-notch recordings from the reactivated fusion unit is funkier than you think.

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Thievery Corporation Throws Down a Global Gauntlet at the LA Greek

Thievery Corporation's ultra-eclectic mix of rock, reggae, acid jazz, dub, electronic, trip-hop, bossa nova and Indian music with frequently socio-political lyrics defies categorization and makes them one of the most original and subversive acts in music history.

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Made in America Festival 2015

Even though it is on Labor Day and it is called “Made in America", this fest has nothing to do with manufacturing jobs. Instead, this is Jay Z’s vision of a new – or renewed – sense of patriotism.

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19 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Rival Consoles: Howl

Rival Consoles humanizes electronic music with his scintillating third LP.

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Autre Ne Veut: Age of Transparency

The follow-up to Anxiety explores a wider sonic palette, while simultaneously perfecting Arthur Ashin's deeply emotional vocals.

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19 Oct 2015 // 1:15 AM

Maroon 5: Singles

One of the most successful and consistent pop acts cherry-picks a handful of singles for their first greatest hits package.

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19 Oct 2015 // 1:10 AM

HeCTA: The Diet

Inspired by '70s dance culture and '60s standup comedy, Kurt Wagner and some Lambchop cohorts come up with an eclectic electronic collection.

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David Berkeley: Cardboard Boat

Quiet, contemplative, heartfelt and forlorn, David Berkeley's new effort is built around some of the barest designs imaginable.

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16 Oct 2015 // 3:00 PM

Marrow: The Gold Standard

There is a rich vein of ambition backing up The Gold Standard, which can yield captivating rewards, but also searching stretches.

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Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars

Beach House once again has us drifting slowly in musical space. Thank Your Lucky Stars is hypnotic head trip music of the highest caliber.

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YACHT: I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler

With crisp production that highlights a bevy of killer hooks, I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler finds YACHT vivifying their sound with successful results.

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Black Breath: Slaves Beyond Death

The Washington band take one giant leap forward on their latest LP and prove that they're one of the best bands of their kind.

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Supersuckers: Holdin’ the Bag

Supersuckers' impenetrable wall of defiance and desperation remains as rock solid as ever.

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Michael Rank and Stag: Horsehair

Snatches of melancholy brilliance from Michael Rank, whose simple arrangements capture the complexities of longing and loss.

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15 Oct 2015 // 11:30 AM

Ms. John Soda: Loom

German duo running on radio silence since 2006 returns with a strong, smart showing. The message? The less things change, the more they stay the same.

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Karl Denson and Ivan Neville Team Up to Help LA Get Down

Like a Captain Kirk of the musical cosmos, fans can always count on Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe to seek bold new adventures in sonic space.

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15 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Rizzla: Iron Cages

A #deepdream of technology, violence, and freedom in globalized clubland.

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Shopping: Why Choose

The East London trio's knack for punk repetition with a funk sensibility isn’t novel, though what makes them stand out is their poised, joyful interplay.

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15 Oct 2015 // 1:15 AM

Wavves: V

“I’m just stumbling and I’m looking for a purpose”, Nathan Williams muses. Putting out reliable surf-rock is at least one good answer to the search.

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