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10 May 2017 // 2:30 AM

Slowdive: Slowdive

Beneath all the stylish and escapist waves of sound and texture on Slowdive's return, there is a profoundly human core waiting to be sought out and unearthed.

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The New Pornographers and Waxahatchee Offer Houston Set Filled with Gems

The New Pornographers recently played Houston for the first time in nine years. They did not disappoint.

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9 May 2017 // 7:55 AM

Sam Outlaw: Tenderheart

Southern Californian singer-songwriter returns with a solid set of somber and rockin’ tunes, but without the support his first record enjoyed in producer Ry Cooder.

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9 May 2017 // 7:53 AM

Bombadil: Fences

Something subtle this way comes: Veteran bands release a mostly quiet affair that provides a genuinely avant-garde notion: Close listening.

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9 May 2017 // 7:35 AM

Sevdaliza: Ison

After two otherworldly EPs and a handful of surreal videos, Sevdaliza lets loose with Ison, a captivating dive into darkness, humanity, and downtempo beats.

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Moon Duo: Occult Architecture, Vol. 2

The flip side to the first volume, Occult Architecture, Vol. 2 is a brighter and suitably trippy yang to its predecessor’s yin.

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The Black Watch: The Gospel According to John

The Gospel According to John preaches assertive vocals over intense guitars.

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Rolling Blackouts C.F.: French Press EP

Rolling Blackout C.F.'s new EP is for indie rock fans alone and can’t stretch past the borders of the genre.

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Tom Armstrong: The Sky Is an Empty Eye

Another worthwhile entry in Tompkins Square’s ongoing archeology of unheralded outsider artists, Armstrong’s catchy, new age-inflected playing offers solace for late nights.

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Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel: I Can Spin a Rainbow

I Can Spin a Rainbow is a slow parade of gothic vaudeville, but what at first seems a tolerable novelty quickly becomes insufferable.

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Anna Domino: East and West + Singles

This expanded reissue of Domino's debut EP begs the question, Why wasn't she as big as Kate Bush or even Julee Cruise?

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Coheed and Cambria Impress As They Perform ‘Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV’ in Full

Coheed and Cambria put on a stellar show as they ran through a performance of their stellar 2005 album Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV

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5 May 2017 // 8:57 AM

Forest Swords: Compassion

Forest Swords offers a dazzling, evocative album that acts as the perfect soundtrack to the precarious times we live in.

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5 May 2017 // 2:30 AM

Mac DeMarco: This Old Dog

Don't let its modest exterior fool you: DeMarco's latest has a rich emotional life that will reveal itself over time. This Old Dog indeed has some new tricks in it.

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The New Pornographers Bring Siren Songs and a Monkey’s Paw to Oakland’s Fox Theater

Their siren sound draws indie rock fans like the sailors who would shipwreck after being enchanted by the sirens’ voices of mythological lore.

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Avery*Sunshine: Twenty Sixty Four

Avery*Sunshine focuses on the power of love and relationships on Twenty Sixty Four, her sophomore project for Shanachie.

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Christopher Paul Stelling: Itinerant Arias

On Itinerant Arias, a masterful collection of songs, Christopher Paul Stelling is willing to take his listeners into dark places, but he never loses faith in the light.

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Les Amazones d’Afrique: République Amazone

When a dozen of West Africa's most talented women hit the studio for a good cause, the result is a potent brew of musical skill and fighting spirit.

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Van Morrison: The Authorized Bang Collection

Van Morrison's Bang sessions have been bootlegged and shamelessly repackaged for 50 years. This collection brings it all together the right way.

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Leo Kottke and Keller Williams Transcend Fear and Loathing in Phoenix

The best treat occurs when Williams joins Kottke onstage for several songs to close out the set -- the interaction is infectious with the dynamic duo trading licks and complimenting each other in virtuoso fashion.

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