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Young Fathers: TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 (Reissue)

The reissue of Young Fathers' TAPE 1 and TAPE 2 shows the Scottish group's early promise.

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20 Jun 2017 // 2:30 AM

Lorde: Melodrama

Lorde continues to mine the uncertainties of youth, the tribulations of romance, and an ambivalence toward partying on her revelatory sophomore album.

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Leslie Mendelson Sings Songs of Bittersweet Catharsis at the Sweetwater

“Love You Tonight” has a decidedly somber tone, but finds Mendelson melting hearts across the room as she sings with an aching longing of not wanting to be “another of the lonely ones…”

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Träd, Gräs och Stenar: Tack för Kaffet (So Long)

As the group nears its 50th anniversary, Träd, Gräs och Stenar brings heavy and hypnotic rock to its brand new album.

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Garland Jeffreys: 14 Steps to Harlem

There are two types of music fans: people who love Garland Jeffreys and people who've never heard of him. His latest album is proof that the legendary artist still has a lot of great music left.

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19 Jun 2017 // 7:21 AM

Arcadea: Arcadea

Mastodon's Brann Dailor sings and drums like crazy for this synth metal act featuring no guitars. It's a treat if you're part of that very specific audience that enjoys synth-metal.

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19 Jun 2017 // 2:30 AM

UMFANG: Symbolic Use of Light

UMFANG has created a thrillingly live and raw techno album with the emphasis placed on capturing the moment.

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16 Jun 2017 // 8:31 AM

Goldie: The Journey Man

Goldie returns after a near decade absence with the lengthy double-album The Journey Man.

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Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister: Planetarium

Although overly padded and repetitious at times, Planetarium is a poignant, adventurous, and highly promising debut.

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16 Jun 2017 // 2:30 AM

Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up

On their first album in six years, Fleet Foxes produce a dense, complex album that's easily their best, most ambitious work yet.

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15 Jun 2017 // 10:11 AM

Bibio: Beyond Serious

Since Mineral Love, Bibio has been in an exploratory period which has blossomed into two drastically different EPs. Beyond Serious is way off the beaten path.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues

Full of surprises, this lively anthology explores a sometimes under-appreciated genre of early-recorded blues, highlighting its creative diversity.

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London Grammar: Truth Is a Beautiful Thing

While compelling, London Grammar did not exactly sound wildly original when they first emerged in 2013. In 2017, it is even harder to find a context for their work.

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15 Jun 2017 // 9:11 AM

Ride: Weather Diaries

Oxford’s dreaming sons erase their ending with an album that is fondly unfamiliar and more rewarding for it.

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Mark Mulcahy: The Possum in the Driveway

With only the second release after his wife’s tragic passing in 2008, Mark Mulcahy manages to make the most of his time spent moving forward.

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Chris Stapleton: From a Room: Volume 1

Although From a Room likely won’t sweep the CMAs as Traveller did, its refined craftsmanship hammers home Stapleton’s abilities as a singer and songwriter.

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Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound: Not Two

It is elevating to the spirit to encounter music and philosophy characterized by such warmth and amenity.

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14 Jun 2017 // 8:52 AM

Katy Perry: Witness

Who's going to bear Witness? The listeners, of course, because this album, unfortunately, proves to be one hell of a burden.

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13 Jun 2017 // 8:14 AM

Joe Fiedler: Like, Strange

One of the era's most astonishing trombonists, Fiedler has made his best, most appealing recording with a sterling quintet.

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13 Jun 2017 // 8:08 AM

Lyle Lovett: Greatest Hits

Despite being something of a misnomer on multiple levels, Greatest Hits is as fine a place to start as any for those looking to get into Lyle Lovett.

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