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Rocky Dawuni: Branches of the Same Tree

Rocky Dawuni fuses feel-good reggae vibes with innovative instrumentation, leaving an influential mark on the African roots scene.

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Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.

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22 Apr 2015 // 1:05 AM

Wire: WIRE

Eponymous albums aren't for amateurs, and Wire's 13th chunk of full-length steel proves it.

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Merzbow, Gustafsson, Pándi, Moore: Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper

A stunningly ferocious noise album from four masters of their craft.

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22 Apr 2015 // 1:03 AM

Ron Sexsmith: Carousel One

Blandness sometimes encroaches, but Sexsmith’s 14th record proves, at its strongest, to be a typically warm, reassuring, and likeable piece of work.

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Peggy Lee: At Last: The Lost Radio Recordings

Forty four tracks from Lee’s radio show that she never recorded later and have, for the most part, not been heard since they originally aired.

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Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Sax Gordon and friends make for a relaxed performance for the staunch jazz enthusiast.

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21 Apr 2015 // 11:04 AM

Danko Jones: Fire Music

Another day at the Rock and Roll Office for one of the genre's true believers.

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21 Apr 2015 // 9:54 AM

The Honeycutters: Me Oh My

A tempest formed on a Thursday night, Me Oh My unfurls throughout the weekend, leaving nothing but wreckage come Sunday.

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John Andrews & The Yawns: Bit by the Fang

Bit by the Fang is a decidedly lo-fi, low-key album of psychedelic alt-country folk pop -- Big Lebowski fans, take note.

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Built to Spill: Untethered Moon

Built to Spill's guitar-driven sound is the indie-rock equivalent of comfort food, indulgent and satisfying in how familiar it is.

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21 Apr 2015 // 1:05 AM

Turbo Fruits: No Control

No Control turns the trouble of being a very fast fruit into a full-on, true rock and roll experience.

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Marie Davidson: Un Autre Voyage

Canadian Coldwave Queen's third heralds the rise of the machines. Quick hide!

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Kristian Bush: Southern Gravity

This isn’t disconnected from the current country-radio charts entirely; some of what he’s doing is taking familiar tropes and making them sound “fun” and easily digestible.

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The Gibson Brothers: Brotherhood

Eric and Leigh Gibson continue to innovate with a collection of bluegrass covers dedicated to fellow bands of brothers.

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21 Apr 2015 // 1:01 AM

Bandit: Of Life

For an album that's sparse on ideas and interest it certainly SOUNDS big.

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20 Apr 2015 // 11:48 AM

Null: Almost EP

Australian producer's debut tries to envision '90s electronica through a 21st century lens.

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20 Apr 2015 // 9:30 AM

Citizens!: European Soul

Second album from Citizens! is surprisingly optimistic Euro-pop.

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20 Apr 2015 // 1:06 AM

Speedy Ortiz: Foil Deer

They may party like it's 1995, but 2015 might just be the year of Speedy Ortiz.

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20 Apr 2015 // 1:05 AM

Daktyl: Cyclical

English DJ Daktyl's first album of originals suffers from a lack of conviction, but shines in short bursts.

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