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Chris Bell: Looking Forward - The Roots of Big Star

Definitive proof that there was more than one genius behind the rise of Big Star.

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30 Jun 2017 // 2:30 AM

Lapalux: Ruinism

Lapalux frees himself from routine and expectation on standout electronic album.

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30 Jun 2017 // 2:20 AM

Bent Knee: Land Animal

Boston’s Bent Knee make music that sounds like it comes from another planet. Fortunately, it’s a planet full of extremely talented musicians with really good taste.

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29 Jun 2017 // 8:33 AM

Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

The Norwegian bassist has created a funhouse environment for improvisation, as Overseas V is a perfect example of the kind of hybrid music that jazz has become in 2017.

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Kane Strang: Two Hearts and No Brain

Kane Strang stretches his songwriting muscles on a hook-filled, razor-sharp indie album.

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Alex Chilton: Take Me Home and Make Me Like It

Alternate takes and rehearsal takes during 1975 sessions highlight Alex Chilton’s frenzied energy and uncompromising musicianship that resulted in Singer Not the Song and Bach’s Bottom.

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29 Jun 2017 // 2:15 AM

Bill Orcutt: Bill Orcutt

Beautifully messy, fractured and fragmented and utterly inimitable, guitarist Bill Orcutt lays gentle waste to the canon of American song on his self-titled release.

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Swans: The Great Annihilator / Michael Gira: Drainland

By pairing The Great Annihilator with Drainland, the emotional rawness of Gira and Jarboe's art comes through in full color.

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28 Jun 2017 // 8:41 AM

Slow Dancer: In a Mood

The indie answer to John Mayer's Continuum, In a Mood is a smooth collection of indie pop with a jazzy, '70s gloss.

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2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

2 Chainz cashes in on his elder statesman status on one of the best rap albums of 2017. He proves that there is a path to aging gracefully as an MC by embracing trends but preserving his own unique, off-kilter sensibility.

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Rocqawali: Sufi Spirit

A fusion of rock and hypnotic Sufi music, Sufi Spirit is a warm, brilliant album to bask in from start to finish.

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Ryan Adams & The Unknown Band Take the Berkeley Greek Prisoner

Ryan Adams rocks the People's Republic of Berkeley for his "best show ever"?

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Various Artists: Pop Makossa - The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976​-​1984

An airy blend of funk and rumba make for a pleasant collection of vintage Cameroonian dance music, but never quite has its moment.

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27 Jun 2017 // 7:33 AM

Portugal. The Man: Woodstock

Woodstock demonstrates just how peculiar and adventurous yet relatable and enjoyable music can be.

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Algiers: The Underside of Power

The Underside of Power dives headfirst into the political tumult of our times, wringing from it a set of powerful, genre-defying songs.

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Roger Waters Takes on the Swine in Oakland

The pinnacle zeitgeist moment of the show occurs with “Pigs”, and who would have thought back in 1977 that the song would make such a fitting anthem for 2017 some 40 years later?

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26 Jun 2017 // 7:19 AM

Little Cub: Still Life

South London's Little Cub craft a debut album that elegantly addresses modern-era woes via a blanket of warm, familiar influences.

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26 Jun 2017 // 7:15 AM

Billy Stoner: Billy Stoner

Lost outlaw country classic gets a second chance at the long-overdue critical praise it so richly deserves.

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26 Jun 2017 // 7:10 AM

Laurel Halo: Dust

Dust dissects the modes and techniques of commercial advertisement and displaces them in barely recognizable, decidedly non-commercial contexts.

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Vince Staples: The Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples returns with his troubled and furious second album, The Big Fish Theory.

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