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18 Nov 2016 // 9:09 AM

Redspencer: Perks

It is tantalizing to think of what Redspencer could do with a serious budget.

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Metallica: Hardwired… to Self Destruct

The metal greats' first proper album in eight years shows a renewed commitment to discipline, craftsmanship, and best of all, fun.

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18 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

Jay Som: Turn Into

Melina Duterte of Jay Som has had quite the whirlwind year, and to cap it off, she is re-releasing her 2015 album Untitled as Turn Into on Polyvinyl.

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Rumer: This Girl’s in Love

Rumer has retreated to the safe territory of Bacharach/David to reignite her career. It works: refined and assured, this is a magnificent execution of vocal craft on a timeless set of songs.

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18 Nov 2016 // 2:10 AM

Barry Gibb: In the Now

For Gibb, the present is with us, but we don’t know what to do with it. He’s not so much waiting around to die as much as he’s too tired to dance.

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Alsarah and the Nubatones: Manara

Alsarah and the Nubatones blend classic Afropop and subtle electronic sounds to write a bold, beautiful new page in contemporary African music.

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17 Nov 2016 // 2:25 AM

Lambchop: FLOTUS

Lambchop takes a hard left turn on their new album FLOTUS , which makes heavy use of electronic instrumentation and treated vocals.

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Dawda Jobarteh: Transitional Times

The West African kora goes from classical to cosmic on Dawda Jobarteh's brilliant sophomore release.

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Eli Keszler: Last Signs of Speed

New York-based percussionist and visual artist Eli Keszler guides you through the exotic darkness with an album that overflows with chaos, noise, and order.

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Joan As Police Woman and Benjamin Lazar Davis: Let It Be You

Let it Be You contains 10 bouncy, jagged tracks that move in eccentric and peculiar ways.

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Lindsey Webster: Back to Your Heart

Lindsey Webster showcases incredible class and exceptional musicianship on her third album, Back to Your Heart.

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17 Nov 2016 // 2:02 AM

Beekman: Beekman Vol. 02

Accessible to the mind and easy-going to the ear, Beekman never sounds like a tri-continent mess.

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16 Nov 2016 // 9:50 AM

Steve Lehman: Sélébéyone

The saxophonist and composer creates a collaborative hip-hop project that puts thrilling live syncopation and slashing improvisation to good work.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Nagasaki - Memories of My Son

When you want weighty music for your weighty film, Ryuichi Sakamoto is the guy to call.

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16 Nov 2016 // 9:39 AM

She & Him: Christmas Party

Still more Christmas music from the anachronistically twee odd-couple duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.

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Sleigh Bells: Jessica Rabbit

Noise pop duo rise to the challenge of diversifying trademark sound with host of new elements, crafting one of their strongest albums.

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16 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

Brent Cobb: Shine on Rainy Day

Country singer-songwriter Brent Cobb returns with an earnest, low-key collection of songs that sit nicely within the tradition of Nashville outsiders who came to define much of country music.

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Damon Bell: Altered Visions EP

Damon Bell's little EP offers just that: rarely-changing loops that fall flat if you can't get hooked.

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15 Nov 2016 // 2:25 AM

Wolf People: Ruins

Britain's Wolf People get back to the earth with a heavy, fuzzy wallop of an album reaches into the past while carving out a sound of its own.

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15 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

Katie Gately: Color

Coming from an artist who outwardly flirts the obnoxious, Color is surprisingly tasteful.

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