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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues

The historical reframing and high quality of re-mastering make this and other Rough Guide early music collections well worth the time and investment.

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Bic Runga: Close Your Eyes

Made up of ten dreamy covers and two dreamy originals, Bic Runga's latest is a gentle reminder of the versatility and skill of one of New Zealand's national treasures.

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The Human League: A Very British Synthesiser Group

Some of the pop music on this collection ranks among the best, but fans and the curious of nature might be better off with acquiring the four-disc anthology than another greatest hits package.

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14 Feb 2017 // 3:02 AM

BONOMO: Phases

Elegance for the ears to behold, bred as much by folk as it is interpretive jazz and gospel.

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Migos: C U L T U R E (take 2)

Migos’ second studio album, Culture, is a victory lap and a statement of intent.

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Whitney Rose: South Texas Suite

Like the flower from which she takes her name, Rose may be thorny, but it’s her showy blossom that gets one's attention.

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Debashish Bhattacharya: Hawaii to Calcutta

Classical Indian ragas meet Hawaiian roots music on Hawaii to Calcutta, an impassioned tribute to trailblazer Tau Moe.

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The Orwells: Terrible Human Beings

The Orwells do what they do best, except a little better, on their new full length.

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Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Backlash

On Backlash, Lewis and his Honeybears are finished retreading genre tropes of the past and set their sights on targeting their own musical identity.

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10 Feb 2017 // 3:20 AM

P.O.S: Chill, Dummy

P.O.S was taken out of commission by kidney failure. Almost five years after his previous album, he's back with a fresh perspective and a renewed energy.

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Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart

Solo classical guitar from the ECM stalwart whose music is so beautiful that it can seem vanilla. But it isn't.

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Chuck Prophet: Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins

Chuck Prophet is a novelist in a Nudie suit composing sun-splashed California gothic snippets.

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Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now

Assertive and eloquent, Jesca Hoop’s Memories Are Now should have no trouble retaining fans that know her for her previous work with Sam Beam.

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9 Feb 2017 // 3:15 AM

Brian Eno: Reflection

The ambient wizard returns with a singularly ambitious project: an album designed to tailor itself in perpetuity to the listener's mood.

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Crushed Stars: Displaced Sleepers

After a four-year absence, Todd Gautreau's moody indie-outfit returns, pitting world-weariness against sonic beauty.

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Led Bib: Umbrella Weather

The group knows how to chase each other into new territory, and the horizon stays perpetually distant.

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8 Feb 2017 // 9:52 AM

Lowland Hum: Thin

Lowland Hum operate across their debut much like a quiet tempest.

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Rose Cousins: Natural Conclusion

Years collaborating and exploring creative outlets result in a collection of tight, focused songs from folk artist Rose Cousins.

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8 Feb 2017 // 9:25 AM

Surfer Blood: Snowdonia

Surfer Blood's first LP since the passing of Thomas Fekete, the group's longtime guitarist, Snowdonia is laden with the same power pop-meets-surf rock that put these melodically-minded Floridians on the map.

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8 Feb 2017 // 3:30 AM

Lowly: Heba

On debut album Heba, Lowly is skilled at communicating new ideas about the shape of pop to come.

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