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9 Aug 2016 // 11:24 AM

Merrin Karras: Apex

Brendan Gregoriy's first album as Merrin Karras delivers electronic music that feels sometimes classic, sometimes nostalgic, but always immediate.

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Of Montreal: Innocence Reaches

Kevin Barnes has found his center again. He's figured out how to combine his melodic skills with his musical idiosyncrasies.

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Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room

Way Down in the Jungle Room is more than just yet another repackaging of the King’s work, instead showing how vital a performer Presley remained right up to the end.

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Lil Uzi Vert: The Perfect Luv Tape

Lil Uzi Vert's yet to create a release as vital as many of his peers, but on The Perfect Luv Tape, he shows progression.

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DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall

The Mountain Will Fall, despite being released nearly 20 years after Shadow's debut masterpiece Endtroducing....., is still less innovative at release than the original is decades after coming out.

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Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler: Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel’s Le Révélateur

The duo's new album, originally performed live with screenings of Philippe Garrel's 1968 silent French film, is a subtly complex composition that works very well on its own.

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8 Aug 2016 // 7:42 AM

Dark Suns: Everchild

Touches of pop, avant-garde, and Euro-jazz rub shoulders on latest from formerly metal-driven unit.

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Brice Randall Bickford: PARO

Brice Randall Bickford's second solo album is the finest of his long musical career. PARO relies on carefully built textures that grow more fascinating with each listen.

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Camera: Phantom of Liberty

Like the apparatus in their name, Camera are able to produce some crisp, delicate work on their third album.

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8 Aug 2016 // 7:14 AM

Wild Beasts: Boy King

Wild Beasts’ Boy King is a woefully uncensored portrait of masculine libido woven through their aesthetically tightest record to date.

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5 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

Nels Cline: Lovers

The unclassifiable guitar legend and Wilco secret weapon finally releases the album he's been working on for 25 years, and it's definitely worth the wait.

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Ensemble Signal: Steve Reich - Double Sextet / Radio Rewrite



Ensemble Signal makes a strong case for Reich’s continued relevance as well as the strength of his work in this masterful recording of two late-period Reich compositions.

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O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor: Coming Home

A true family affair and a triumphant return home for bluegrass legend Mark O’Connor.

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Garbage Celebrated Its 22-Year Career Impeccably at the Fillmore Philadelphia

Garbage's nearly two-hour spectacle demonstrated not only how beloved they remain by fans, but also how hard they can still rock out.

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Pink Talking Fish Take San FranPhishco

Pink Talking Fish mix the repertoires of Phish, Pink Floyd and the Talking Heads. Now they’re boldly joining the Phish aftershow party cottage industry.

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Dinosaur Jr.: Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

This emotive new LP is not just another Dinosaur Jr. record.

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4 Aug 2016 // 2:20 AM

Steel Cranes: Tango

Steel Cranes' unusual approach and airy, open arrangements makes Tango an interesting listen every time through.

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4 Aug 2016 // 2:15 AM

JPNSGRLS: Divorce

With Divorce, the Vancouver, BC-based JPNSGRLS maintain the energy of their debut record, Circulation, but lose out on some of its charms.

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4 Aug 2016 // 2:10 AM

Slow Dakota: The Ascension of Slow Dakota

It feels awkward to label The Ascension as an album, for while it’s certainly a musical endeavor, it’s also a literary one.

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Newport Folk Scores High Marks with Favorites and Well Curated New Draws

Newport offered sets from favorites like Ryan Adams, Glen Hansard, Flight of the Conchords and chances to see new acts.

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