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12 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Blood Orange: Freetown Sound

It’s a flawed love-letter to the '80s, to the people who just want to dance, to the people who feel marginalized, to the people who feel oppressed. Given recent events, it’s an uplifting album in embarrassing times.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Moon Bros.: These Stars

A post-rock homage to the rich vein of cinematic western music, Matt Schneider’s Moon Bros. offers a warm kind of cool.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Beth Orton: Kidsticks

British songwriter Beth Orton stretches to the heavens on her latest album.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kaytranada: 99.9%

Montreal-based producer Kaytranada attempts a lot of things on his debut. When he hits the mark, it's great. If only he hit the mark just a bit more often.

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Corin Raymond: Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams

The weird and wonderful side of Americana.

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11 Jul 2016 // 10:50 AM

Jeff Parker: The New Breed

While unpacking boxes, Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker found demos for a fun, nifty little album that stands equal to his day job in Tortoise.

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11 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

ScHoolboy Q: Blank Face

This is some 74 minutes of dark nights on the West Coast, looking for temporary satisfaction in women and drugs, with a production and feature roster that’ll make you drool.

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11 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Kaleo: A/B

Kaleo exhibit raw, aggressive talent with their first American full-length, eager to showcase their wide skillset of styles and genres.

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11 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Ben Trickey: Choke & Croon

The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter serves notice that he is ready for a larger stage, offering nine songs that embody our age of anxiety.

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Róisín Murphy: Take Her Up to Monto

Róisín Murphy's fourth album is an ambitious, intoxicating blend of art pop, jazzy cabaret, and cautionary love songs.

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1 Jul 2016 // 8:53 AM

Broods: Conscious

Broods continue to refine their infectious, high-stakes electropop on Conscious. Here, the songs are higher in intensity and wider in scope, and Georgia Nott delivers some of her most arresting vocal performances to date

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Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways

On her third solo release, Sara Watkins struggles to find a true sense of self following the end of a relationship, resulting in a multi-level transitional exercise in soul-baring and genre-hopping.

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30 Jun 2016 // 2:30 AM

Maxwell: blackSUMMERS’night

Just over 20 years after his debut album wowed audiences, blackSUMMERS'night is upon us.

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Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: July 5, 1973

Their partnership lasted about four years and 250 shows but a new archival record suggests that it was some of the best music either Merl Saunders or Jerry Garcia made at the time. And just who is that mystery trumpeter?

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Elizabeth Cook: Exodus of Venus

It takes more than “balls”, as Cook used to sing, to get through life. Being tough is not enough.

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Various Artists: Studio One Dub Fire Special

Studio One Dub Fire Special is as clear an overview of dub’s most basic essence as you could ask for.

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29 Jun 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Invisible: Patience

After four years and a couple brushes with death, the eclectic UK indie trio return with their most fully-realized meeting of the funky and the sublime.

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Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death

Three years after their unlikely ascent into synthpop stardom, Tegan and Sara continue down the same path with minor shifts to their thematic compass.

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29 Jun 2016 // 2:15 AM

Sumac: What One Becomes

What One Becomes finds great musicians doing occasionally great passages during experimentally structured 10-minute songs with death growls that sound like belches; in other words, Sumac is a mixed bag.

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Whitehorse: The Northern South Vol. 1

The sexy cuts sound dirty, and the others -- oh, there are no others; after all, this is blues rock -- sound just as dirty.

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