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14 Oct 2016 // 2:10 AM

Jah Wobble: In Dub

This collection of selections and collaborations spanning 30 years confirms Jah Wobble as the foremost interpreter and practitioner of dub on the global scale. He is a consummate musician to boot.

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14 Oct 2016 // 2:02 AM

Few Bits: Big Sparks

The Belgian band's second album has arrived to wring the last drops of warmth out of summer's end.

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Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport

With Classic! Live at Newport, several generations of jazz luminaries shine on the historic Newport Jazz Festival stage.

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John Brown’s Body: Fireflies

With their 12th record John Brown's Body become the poster children for commitment.

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13 Oct 2016 // 2:30 AM

Dusky: Outer

London's Dusky return after a five-year hiatus with their first major label release that shows increasing focus and direction, which results in not only some fantastic songs but a well-structured and perfectly paced record.

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13 Oct 2016 // 2:20 AM

Jenny Hval: Blood Bitch

Blood Bitch invites listeners with its conceptual bite, controlling them effortlessly through Jenny Hval's journey along lonely spaces.

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13 Oct 2016 // 2:15 AM

Luke Roberts: Sunlit Cross

On his third album, Roberts wrests songs of uncommon depth out of a simple indie-folk backdrop with amazing results.

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Surprise After Jaw-Dropping Surprise at the Roots Inaugural Picnic in New York City

It took a few days to reduce the frequency of declarations of affection towards the Roots Picnic that burst from my mouth to random passersbys.

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Various Artists: Nigeria Soul Fever

Sharp turns and bumpy backroads trace a strange path from polished funk to low-budget disco and back again.

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Bon Iver: 22, A Million (take 2)

While tapping into textures you’d never expect from him, Justin Vernon continues to craft songs so effortlessly majestic and mesmerizing that only the most timid would be repulsed by them on the grounds that they go too far.

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12 Oct 2016 // 8:17 AM

Frode Haltli: Air

Composers Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen help Frode Haltli create a career and genre masterpiece with Air.

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Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown's latest album is also his greatest musical achievement.

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The Notwist: Superheroes, Ghostvillians & Stuff

All of Superheroes, Ghostvillians & Stuff” does not reach memorable heights, but it's not from a lack of trying.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan: Dissociation

A dark, heavy, somber, and beautiful work of art. And the proper farewell to fans from the Dillinger Escape Plan.

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11 Oct 2016 // 2:20 AM

Acid Arab: Musique de France

Parisian electronic music crew Acid Arab embark on a transcultural sonic journey that seeks to resolve the political and ideological differences in which many on the continent are currently embroiled.

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Luke Haines: Smash the System

In a just world, disaffected children everywhere would be shouting “Do you like the Monkees?” ala the album’s title song and Alpha Industries would be using “Bomber Jacket” in an ad campaign.

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Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

A throwback for the ages, long live Bobby Rush and his funked up soul blues.

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11 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

The Bad Plus: It’s Hard

For the Bad Plus, unpredictable covers have become the most predictable part of their career.

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Green Day: Revolution Radio

Green Day's first album since 2012 sparks whenever Billie Joe Armstrong's lyrics get personal but falls flat when he takes on society's problems.

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DVA offers a dystopian concept album that perfectly encapsulates our troubled relationship with technology.

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