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Eleventh Dream Day: Works For Tomorrow

Works For Tomorrow is not just a nice reminder of the Chicago rockers’ early vitality, it often feels as urgent and careening as any of their previous high-water marks.

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Fucked Up: Year of the Hare

Can a 23-minute long track with acoustic interludes be the best punk song of the decade?

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Bert Jansch: Live at the 12 Bar

Bert Jansch's intimate London gig from the mid-'90s changes hands again for reissue.

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Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Planets of Life or Death: Amiens ‘73

Afrofuturism and retroactive joys dominate this special Record Store Day release.

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In Sonitus Lux: The Equinox Session

By smacking a piece of metal with a pair of mallets and with Kevin Dunn's help, E. Serson Brannen has made a fine piece of music free of category.

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17 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Ratatat: Magnifique

Five years after Ratatat's bloated experimental effort LP4, the Brooklyn duo have are back with the more focused and accessible Magnifique, which finds them returning to a guitar-centric approach.

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Sly and the Family Stone: Live at the Fillmore East

On these two days in 1968, Sly and the Family Stone sounded like a perpetual motion machine far too powerful to ever break down.

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17 Jul 2015 // 2:15 AM

Ike Reilly: Born on Fire

In his 2015 offering, rock 'n' roll troubadour Ike Reilly defines the genre, and then some.

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17 Jul 2015 // 2:10 AM

Ken Camden: Dream Memory

Camden creates a Rorschach palette of guitars and synths that allows the listener to create their own meaning.

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17 Jul 2015 // 2:05 AM

God Damn: Vultures

Loud yet dynamic, a duo that's never minimal, God Damn take heavy music to task on Vultures.

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16 Jul 2015 // 3:13 PM

Valley Hush: Don’t Wait

Detroit group crafts evocative collage of electronica, pop, and indie rock on second EP.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Tour Isn’t Full of Bad Blood, It’s Full of Heart (Photos)

Taylor Swift can't help but make new friends everywhere she goes. The 60,000 people who saw her each night at the Meadowlands can attest to that.

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16 Jul 2015 // 2:30 AM

Bilal: In Another Life

With In Another Life, Bilal and Adrian Younge deliver a stone cold soul classic.

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Alan Jackson: Angels and Alcohol

Twenty five years in, Alan Jackson is sounding more like Alan Jackson than ever, which might be a splendid thing.

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White Reaper: White Reaper Does It Again

There’s a predictability to the new White Reaper LP, but the band’s core competency will likely keep most listeners from caring too much.

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Sam Lee & Friends: The Fade in Time

Sam Lee brings a deep reverence and a wildly inventive sonic vision to the British folk tradition, making these ancient songs sound new again.

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Black Mountain: Black Mountain

This 10-year anniversary version of Black Mountain has fine add-ons, all of which offer additional insight into McBean’s complex, often times confounding M.O.

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Wavves x Cloud Nothings: No Life for Me

Angst-ridden indie heroes Dylan Baldi and Nathan Williams join forces by channeling each other's energy, though they're still as bummed as they've ever been.

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15 Jul 2015 // 2:20 AM

Galactic: Into the Deep

When Galactic explores the deep, it's the places we all found before, explored, had a little fun with, left, and sort of forgot about for a while.

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Nozinja: Nozinja Lodge

A listener with an open mind, a tolerance for video game music, and a great deal of energy for dancing will find in Nozinja Lodge a unique, carnivalesque sound.

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