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14 Nov 2016 // 2:05 AM

U.G.: Portals

Delivered through a mastery of dark spell, Portals finds rapper U.G. ensuring that his telesthetic rhymes are grounded in the loping swings of granite-heavy beats.

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14 Nov 2016 // 2:02 AM

Lubomyr Melnyk: Illirion

When Lubomyr Melnyk takes the bench, the notes coming raining down.

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Uri Caine: Calibrated Thickness

The incredibly eclectic jazz pianist offers a series of short songs that consistently dazzle.

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11 Nov 2016 // 7:41 AM

Norah Jones: Day Breaks

Norah Jones returns to her roots on her latest album with mixed results.

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Nadja: The Stone Is Not Hit By the Sun, Nor Carved With a Knife

Experimental noise duo Nadja lays it on thick for their Gizeh debut.

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Sting Finds Path Back to Rock Music with ‘57th & 9th’ + Celebrates at Irving Plaza

After years of diverse projects, including a musical based on his home town, a holiday album and a classical album, Sting has returned to rock.

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11 Nov 2016 // 2:25 AM

Alicia Keys: Here

Right when you were ready to forget about Alicia Keys, she comes back with the rawest -- and best -- album of her career.

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Rainbow Arabia: L.A. Heartbreak

Married electropop duo rejuvenate their relationship on hook-filled, gleaming pop album.

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10 Nov 2016 // 9:12 AM

Preoccupations: Preoccupations

Preoccupations offers a multilayered synthesis of some of the finer moments of rock music’s past.

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Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms: Basement Punk

Detroit songwriter crafts 11 personal, DIY songs rooted in power pop tradition and delivered with punkish fervor.

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Ennio Morricone: Morricone 60

Ennio Morricone stops to take stock in his career, though only for a brief moment.

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10 Nov 2016 // 8:42 AM

Oval: Popp

Popp goes beyond the cerebral and scattered surface that it first projects to become something far more affirming, revelatory, and perhaps even joyful.

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Queen: Queen on Air - The Complete BBC Radio Sessions

An early collection of BBC radio sessions show Britain's glam rock kings taking their painstaking technique to a looser environment, with often winning results.

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Romare: Love Songs: Part Two

“Love” is a wide word, having many different meanings in many different contexts, so these song collages take inspiration from all over the spectrum of audio love.

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Alejandro Escovedo: Burn Something Beautiful

Alejandro Escovedo's latest release is easy on the ears and surprising in-between them.

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Sun Ra and His Arkestra: The Space Age Is Here To Stay

Sun Ra soars into space on his latest album.

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The Wedding Present: Going, Going…

More than 30 years on, David Gedge and the Wedding Present remain a vital voice in the world of noisy indie pop.

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Daniil Trifonov: Transcendental: Daniil Trifonov Plays Franz Liszt

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov plays the part of the Transcendental-Liszt with alarming ease.

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Mia Dai Todd: Songbook, Vol. 1

As understandable as it might be for some to feel tired of a revered songwriter performing other people’s songs for the second consecutive album in a row, she does deliver the goods.

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8 Nov 2016 // 2:25 AM

The Pretenders: Alone

Chrissie Hynde returns with the Pretenders and a renewed collaboration with Dan Auerbach to reflect and rebel with confidence and loss.

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