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Jerry Lawson: Just a Mortal Man

Lawson’s experience in the industry has only blessed him with a greater step in his stride.

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3 Jun 2015 // 3:28 PM

Timbre: Sun & Moon

Timbre's double-disk concept album asks a lot of its listeners, but gives plenty in return.

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3 Jun 2015 // 3:30 AM

Goatsnake: Black Age Blues

Sunn O))) guitarist Greg Anderson has revived his old band, and it's a balm to anyone who fears that all the good power chord progressions have already been written.

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3 Jun 2015 // 3:20 AM

Algiers: Algiers

The debut album from the post-punk/gospel trio Algiers is provocative, challenging, and nothing short of a triumph.

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3 Jun 2015 // 3:15 AM

Iron Butterfly: Ball

While many critics and hardcore fans have debated the merits of Ball, the truth is that it served as a solid follow-up to their one mega hit.

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3 Jun 2015 // 3:10 AM

Nosaj Thing: Fated

Fated exists as a road leading to a dead end, a journey with no arguable purpose.

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Blitzen Trapper: Live Harvest

To a certain extent, Blitzen Trapper's desire to retrace Neil Young’s fourth and arguably most famous album, Harvest provides some practical purpose; that is, to reestablish their Americana allegiance.

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Shelby Lynne: I Can’t Imagine (take 2)

This is Lynne’s show, and when she sings her voice is always the lead instrument, but she lets the layers of music carry her forward. Sometimes she gets wordlessly overwhelmed and resorts to sounds to express her emotions.

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2 Jun 2015 // 3:30 AM

Jamie xx: In Colour

Jamie xx steps out from behind the xx's monochromatic palette with a Technicolor solo debut, the appropriately titled In Colour.

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Daughn Gibson: Carnation

Carnation finds Daughn Gibson taking scissors to his signature sound, recutting it to a new style all the while keeping his natural waywardness.

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Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes / Under the Pink (reissues)

Extremely welcome reissues of two of Amos’s classic ‘90s albums, which, over 20 years on from their original releases, have lost none of their ability to challenge, enlighten, and empower.

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The Mike + Ruthy Band: As Bright As You Can

Bright As You Can finds ballads and bluegrass a decided part of the mix, be it the shimmering steel guitar tempered “Chasin’ Gold” and “Freckled Ocean” or the opening good time romp of the title track itself. However, this pair are far more diverse than your typical back porch combo.

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Warm Soda: Symbolic Dream

Not unlike a sugar rush, Symbolic Dream's candy-coated sheen quickly becomes too much of a good thing.

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Mark Olson: Good-bye Lizelle

Mark Olson and guests create a warm sonic atmosphere with an international flavour on Good-bye Lizelle.

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Soak: Before We Forgot How to Dream

Soak's full-length debut may be more briny than brainy, but it’s the emotional truths she sings that keep the listener afloat.

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Girlpool: Before the World Was Big

Before the World Was Big is ready to comfort you on the road ahead, in so doing becoming the sound of growing up.

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Old Crow Medicine Show: Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer EP

Sometimes the most simple statement can sum up a career and all it entails. With the EP Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer, Old Crow Medicine Show have done just that.

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Arnold Dreyblatt: Nodal Excitation

A long but not-quite-lost piece of DIY minimalism gets its second victory lap on Drag City.

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Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was (take 2)

Two Constellation instrumentalists produce an organic work of seismic proportions.

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Striking Matches: Nothing But the Silence

Striking Matches have developed what is certainly an exciting first step in the right direction, cementing their album as one of the most solid full-length country debuts of the year so far.

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