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Plates of Cake: Becoming Double

Becoming Double builds on the best parts of the previous records by diving headlong into tones that seemed only on the edge of the Plates of Cake sound before.

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Last Call at Folk City with Dominic Chianese

As the MC at New York's leading folk music venue, Chianese introduced many of the era's best-known and most influential figures.

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22 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Savages: Adore Life

Adore Life is a step up in maturity and songcraft, yet still delivers plenty of jagged ferocity. There aren’t any highs on par with the best moments of Silence Yourself, but it is nonetheless consistently strong, and may be more of a grower.

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22 Jan 2016 // 2:20 AM

Charlie Hilton: Palana

Palana is a beautiful stroke of orchestrated music, a three dimensional portrait of an ever-questioning soul, which goes out with a graceful, trickster smile.

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22 Jan 2016 // 2:15 AM

Jlin: Free Fall EP

The rising star of footwork follows a earth-shaking debut album with a collection of tracks brimming with ideas and a dizzying array of sounds.

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Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour of Bewilderbeast (15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Badly Drawn Boy's beloved first album gets a nice reissue with a well-curated disc of bonus material. It's well worth revisiting.

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21 Jan 2016 // 2:20 AM

Half Japanese: Perfect

The consistently strange, dependably wonderful Jad Fair has gifted fans with a concise, enjoyable and, as always, bizarre, new Half Japanese record.

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20 Jan 2016 // 2:31 PM

Mike Holober: Balancing Act

Mike Holober and his band want it both ways -- all ways -- on Balancing Act.

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Armed With a Slew of Hits, Billy Joel Welcomes the New Year in South Florida

Billy Joel unlocked the door to his hit factory in South Florida. His songs tonight happened to be as classic as they were dated; that is, they were both timeless and historical.

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20 Jan 2016 // 11:34 AM

Peter Case: HWY 62

Peter Case understands that life at the margins really means one is at the center of things.

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20 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Pop. 1280: Paradise

Those wanting to dance with the devil will have a very pleasant time with Pop. 1280's brooding and flashy Paradise.

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20 Jan 2016 // 2:20 AM

Daughter: Not to Disappear

Daughter's Not to Disappear beautifully distills what it means to be human and to experience pain, but with far greater nuance and maturity than their debut.

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20 Jan 2016 // 2:15 AM

Future: Purple Reign

After one of rap's great runs, Future slows down by returning to the formula of the mixtape that started it all, minus the intangibles.

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Jeffrey Foucault: Salt As Wolves

Jeffrey Foucault never disappoints but especially not on this recording which finds him joined by former Morphine drummer Billy Conway, who co-produces with Foucault and guitarist Bo Ramsey.

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Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real + Insects vs Robots

What really puts Lukas Nelson at a higher level is how he’s just as good a soulful songwriter as he is a guitar player, a rare and special combination.

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Annabelle’s Curse: Worn Out Skin

An engaging reinvention of classic American sound.

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Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall has always reliably subscribed to rockist orthodoxy, but he’s left room enough on his new album for noisy evolution.

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The High Llamas: Here Come the Rattling Trees

Life in the town portrayed in Here Come the Rattling Trees continues as it has, with little change, much like the High Llamas’ music. This can be comforting, but also a little dull.

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Honeymoon Disease: The Transcendence

Honeymoon Disease's eerily precise recreation of '70s hard rock works due to their command of riffs and melody. And their strong lead singer.

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John Carpenter: Lost Themes Remixed

Carpenter's first non-film score gets the remix treatment courtesy some of the best electronic musicians working today

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