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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

The only thing stranger than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' new album is the mindset that the duo must've had when making it.

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Bent Shapes: Wolves of Want

With Wolves of Want, the hooks will bring you back to the record, and the clever turns -- lyrically and musically -- will make it sound fresh each time.

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Pete Yorn: Arranging Time

Reversing gears toward the guitar pop that originally kicked off his career, this record is late '90s/early '00s radio rock nostalgic and comforting.

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Lincoln Durham: Revelations of a Mind Unraveling

Touched by the Southern gothic as well as the big city idea of it, Lincoln Durham proves himself ready for wider attention on this latest and greatest.

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Margo Price: Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

Margo Price’s country stylings sound like whiskey compared with the watery product often associated with Nashville.

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The Cars: The Elektra Years 1978-1987

The Cars made six albums for Elektra in just under a decade. Five of those are far above average. Another shows why the group stopped at exactly the right time.

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Lust for Youth: Compassion

Lust for Youth's Compassion is danceable and hypnotizing, to the point where their songs' clichés of mystery and jealousy become erased in the trance.

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Prins Thomas: Principe Del Norte

Prins Thomas doesn't waste a second of this 100-minute collection. And that's no small feat.

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22 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Bayonne: Primitives

If Debussy and Phil Collins fell in love, Bayonne would be their baby. (That's a good thing.)

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Allen Stone: Radius (Deluxe Edition)

These seven songs serve themselves well as must-have additions to Stone’s overarching catalog, perhaps even better than the original whole of Radius itself.

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Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

Phillips' “The Narrows” is self-assured alt-country from a songwriting veteran.

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Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band: The Rarity of Experience

The Rarity of Experience is another brilliant turn for Forsyth with the Solar Motel Band, but what makes it truly remarkable is that it also feels like a new start.

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22 Mar 2016 // 2:05 AM

Babyfather: Platinum Tears

In just 25 minutes, the self-styled Babyfather contrasts braggadocious raps with wildly shambolic instrumentation.

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Ace Frehley Rocks Time and Space in Beverly Hills

Frehley delivered the goods song after song, ripping off the hot licks that inspired the next generation of guitar heroes while also delivering almost all of his most beloved classics with his typically affable wit and charm.

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Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day

Parker Millsap’s smart musical choices and intense delivery here will bolster his reputation as one of the fresh young voices in the Americana genre.

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The Body: No One Deserves Happiness

No One Deserves Happiness, is the Body's attempt to make "the grossest pop album of all time". Well, they've certainly shown another bend in their malleable sound.

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21 Mar 2016 // 2:15 AM

Amon Amarth: Jomsviking

Viking kings return for a concept piece that is smart, simple and stays on track. It's classic Amon Amarth and, really, what else could we ask for?

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21 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

MMOTHS: Luneworks

Debut album from Irish electronic master takes listener on a trip through multiple moods with masterful precision.

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Nyck Caution: Disguise the Limit

Pro Era member Nyck Caution proves that he's ready for the big leagues on his new mixtape.

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Gun Outfit: Two Way Player

In structure -- five songs, almost 20 minutes -- Two Way Player is an EP. But the experience of listening to it feels like something far grander.

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