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Heartless Bastards: Restless Ones

Heartless Bastards' dusty, rusty Restless Ones finds so much joy in its detours that it’s hard to argue with its wanderlust logic.

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18 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Robert Glasper: Covered

Covered stands, in the end, as a multi-layered work possessing an air of adventure, while still remaining accessible. It’s a rewarding collection by one of the most significant composers and interpreters in contemporary jazz.

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Christian Lopez Band: Onward

Onward is inoffensive, vivacious folk-rock that’s delightfully reflective of the shortcomings and hopes of a young man with the whole world ahead of him.

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Jonathan Edwards: Tomorrow’s Child

Edwards’ genial approach on his latest enhances that sepia-tinted appeal, establishing Tomorrow’s Child as a beacon of seemingly timeless appeal.

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Pocket Panda: This Arrangement of Molecules

A group of talented musicians, Pocket Panda rely too heavily on prevailing pop trends to manage any sort of lasting impact.

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Various Artists: Late Night Tales Presents After Dark - Nocturne

The third installment of Late Night Tales' After Dark series, again curated by DJ Bill Brewster, is a decades-spanning, funky good time.

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17 Jun 2015 // 10:35 AM

Albare: Only Human

Albare's Only Human comes as easy listening from top to bottom, but, for the most part, lacks the interpretive flair which defines smooth jazz.

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Neil Young: The Monsanto Years

Neil Young hits the equilibrium between songwriting and performance best when he brings his heart to the table through rebellion.

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17 Jun 2015 // 2:20 AM

Alpine: Yuck

In an effort to appeal to a broader audience, Alpine diminish the flimsy post-punk mold of their debut effort in favor of haughty, cool detachment.

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17 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Jaga Jazzist: Starfire

Starfire's Daft Punk-style synth lines scattered inside bold big-band arrangements affirm Jaga Jazzist’s command of style, but confirms the price of crossover success.

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17 Jun 2015 // 2:10 AM

Arcturus: Arcturian

The veteran avant-prog band returns with a release that doesn't always live up to its potential but is still better than half of what you streamed this morning.

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Travis Bretzer: Waxing Romantic

Canadian singer-songwriter Travis Bretzer dreams up a wistful set of mildly psychedelic guitar pop for his debut album.

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Metropole Orkest and Snarky Puppy: Sylva

Metropole Orkest and Snarky Puppy deliver an electrifying, energetic genre-bending album with Sylva.

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16 Jun 2015 // 3:26 PM

The Sideshow Tragedy: Capital

Capital is a strong display of thinkers' rock and roll, with deep resonator grooves accentuated by lyricism encapsulating universal worry.

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16 Jun 2015 // 2:30 AM

Hudson Mohawke: Lantern

Boisterous beats, chintzy synths and quietly anthemic vocals bring electropop and hip-hop production together on Mohawke's first LP since 2009.

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The SteelDrivers: The Muscle Shoals Recordings

Two parts dark elegance and grit, the SteelDriver’s latest Muscle Shoals Recordings feels like a natural extension of their previous release, Hammer Down in a multitude of ways.

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Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables Vol. 1

Rob Mazurek returns to the perfect musical vehicle for his lofty narratives and massive sound. This time, it's double.

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16 Jun 2015 // 2:10 AM

William Basinski: Cascade

With a single endlessly echoing piano loop, aching yet serene, Basinski demonstrates the fluidity of music.

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Drivin N Cryin: Best of Songs

As a compendium, it keeps its consistency, resulting in an album that makes for not only a superb comeback of sorts but also one of the best sets of songs since Drivin N Cryin’s earliest outlays.

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Striking Matches: Nothing But the Silence

This male-female country-roots duo is at their best while exploring their diverse interests in blues and rock. When they try mainstream country? Not so great.

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