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Penny & Sparrow: Wendigo

Penny & Sparrow’s somber mood is still the same, but their lyrical and musical exploration bring them to their most ambitious state thus far.

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Gary Bartz NTU Troop: Harlem Bush Music - Uhuru

Stepping out on his own with the NTU Troop, saxophonist Gary Bartz delivered an empowering declarative opening statement of purpose with 1971’s Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru.

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Rosemary Clooney: I Feel a Song Comin’ On: The Lost Radio Recordings

It’s too late to change the popular perception of Rosemary Clooney as an artist, but this is a pleasant release nonetheless.

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29 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Deerhoof: Mountain Moves

Deerhoof has been cranking out vital, multifaceted music for decades, and their latest album shows no signs of the band slowing down.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Echo of Pleasure

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back to show us that '80s alternative synthpop isn't dead, and it's perfectly fine to be mopey as long as there's a good beat.

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Dean Hurley: Anthology Resource Vol. 1: △△

The Twin Peaks soundtrack collection exposes a key architect for one of the most daring shows of all time.

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Dan Tepfer Trio: Eleven Cages

A piano trio on the rise, these guys play free or precise, romantic or mechanical, standard or original. Get your ears opened, but there is better on the way, I'd guess.

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Terrapin’s Allstars Rock Petaluma All Day Long to Keep Music in the Schools

“Outside of the corporate music business, it’s an amazing time for music,” Robinson said prophetically a couple days earlier in an interview on Sonoma’s NPR station KRCB.

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28 Aug 2017 // 2:30 AM

Iron & Wine: Beast Epic

Sam Beam returns to his roots with a warm acoustic record which is often understated but packed with emotional power and arguably his strongest vocal performance to date

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Akercocke: Renaissance in Extremis

After a decade in waiting, progressive black/death metal connoisseur Akercocke, returns with an enticing album of brutal intentions and twisted machinations.

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Chris Speed Trio: Platinum on Tap

The ubiquitous saxophonist goes way forward and way back on this trio date.

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Juiceboxxx: Freaked Out American Loser

Juiceboxxx offers a self-portrait of maybe the most energetic and gregarious loner "freak" ever to put an album on tape.

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Vic Mensa: The Autobiography

While it may not be his most innovative offering, detailed execution and honesty make it worthwhile.

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Bodies of Water: Spear in the City

Bodies of Water describe themselves as a gospel group, but their sound is more indie rock meets soul than traditional gospel. And that turns out to be a really good sound.

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The Jerry Douglas Band: What If

Dobro wizard Jerry Douglas returns with a virtuosic septet in tow on the jaw-dropping, highly enjoyable What If.

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Various Artists: Inner Peace - Rare Spiritual Funk and Jazz Gems

Collecting rarities from the vaults of Mainstream Records, Inner Peace acts as both a fine showcase for the label’s founder and producer Bob Shad, as well as a shag-carpeted aural time capsule.

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24 Aug 2017 // 7:53 AM

Ben Gibbard: Bandwagonesque

Gibbard's tribue to Teenage Fandclub overcomes any aspect of mere novelty and stands proudly on its own.

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24 Aug 2017 // 7:40 AM

A Giant Dog: Toy

A Giant Dog throws listeners a bone with Toy.

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Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over

The everywhere-at-once pianist has recorded with his sextet, using a bank of horns for the first time and touching several different modes. An album of surprise, tradition, and exploration. But it grooves too.

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Paul Bergmann: Nothing at All

Paul Bergmann's sophomore release won't have you smiling, but it may grow on you nonetheless.

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