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Death Grips: Bottomless Pit

While Bottomless Pit is slightly more subdued than Death Grips' earlier work, it's just as fantastic.

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10 May 2016 // 2:20 AM

Darq E Freaker: ADHD EP

On his new EP, Darq E Freaker melds rave, grime, trap, and hip-hop into a demented new breed of dance music.

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Trashcan Sinatras: Wild Pendulum

The beloved Scottish jangle-pop group returns with an album that plays on a surprising mesh of traditional sounds both familiar and otherwise.

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10 May 2016 // 2:10 AM

Camila Meza: Traces

Camila Meza is a guitarist and singer from Chile who puts her jazz skills and delightful, appealing voice into collection that is not watered down pop and not classic jazz. What is it? Marvelous, original, easy to love.

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Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool

After the longest absence between studio albums in their career, Radiohead returns with yet another studio triumph.

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Clint Mansell: High-Rise (OST)

With the eerie soundtrack to High-Rise, Clint Mansell maintains his reputation for excellence in the world of film music.

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Petra Haden and Jesse Harris: Seemed Like a Good Idea: Petra Haden Sings Jesse Harris

This is exquisite chamber rock. It is organic, free-range, artisanal pop music. If kale salad were to take on the character of jazz-inflected songwriting, it would be Seemed Like a Good Idea.

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Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

Janiva Magness shows off a happier and freer side of herself on Love Wins Again.

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Umphrey’s McGee Goes Full Metal Jacket in LA + Interview

Umphrey's McGee slays LA with another marathon show and guest jam with Frank Zappa bassist Arthur Barrow.

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6 May 2016 // 2:20 AM

Cyndi Lauper: Detour

Still just wanting to have fun, a former pop princess goes country with mixed results.

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Professor Longhair: Live in Chicago

Live in Chicago, a seven-song set recorded at the 1976 Chicago Folk Festival, is a very welcome addition to Professor Longhair's catalog.

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Ears

You can think or feel your way into narratives and “songs” that deliver messages, but in a way you’re tricking yourself into thinking there’s something solid here that you’re fully grasping.

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6 May 2016 // 2:05 AM

Sandaraa: Sandaraa

How does music of the Indus, Europe, and Central Asia mix? Surprisingly well.

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Haroula Rose: Here the Blue River

Haroula Rose writes and sings about ways of escape on a record that doesn't offer easy answers but does give us hope.

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5 May 2016 // 8:43 AM

All Saints: Red Flag

With their second comeback, All Saints have grown up. It's a welcome return with a touch of pop class.

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5 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Drake: Views

Views is step backwards in quality, certainly, but it’s a step sideways in some ways.

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Josh Williams: Modern Day Man

Following a tumultuous road to recovery, Williams makes for a fine return to making country and bluegrass music.

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Close to the Noise Floor: Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984

Four musicians reflect on the DIY culture that inspired the spread of electronic music, and on what’s changed in the intervening four decades.

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Moreland & Arbuckle: Promised Land or Bust

Blessed with an independent spirit and clear vision, Moreland & Arbuckle continues to walk the thin line between tradition and something yet to be defined.

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Frightened Rabbit: Painting of a Panic Attack

Painting of a Panic Attack is Frightened Rabbit dressed up as the National for Halloween. It’s a nice change, but still very much the band fans have come to love.

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