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15 Sep 2015 // 2:30 AM

Battles: La Di Da Di

Battles have figured out exactly what they want to do as a trio, making La Di Da Di feel more focused than their last album.

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Motion City Sountrack: Panic Stations

Cut in two weeks, Motion City Soundtrack get raw while taking essential leaps forward.

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15 Sep 2015 // 2:15 AM

a-ha: Cast in Steel

Cast in Steel is a triumphant return. It's wonderful to hear one of the most underrated bands of the last three decades back with such a powerful musical statement.

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Amorphis: Under the Red Cloud

Amorphis in 2015 are doing a great job keeping themselves from getting bored, but only fleetingly succeed in turning that internal drive into external enthusiasm.

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John Zorn / Forro in the Dark: Forro Zinho: Forro in the Dark Plays Zorn

Here's the kind of covers album that deserves to become a future trend -- bands like Forro in the Dark performing the works of an artist like John Zorn.

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John Howard and the Night Mail: John Howard and the Night Mail

John Howard and the Night Mail offers more lush, sophisticated chamber pop from the unlikeliest of comeback artists.

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14 Sep 2015 // 2:30 AM

Duran Duran: Paper Gods

Hearing Duran Duran sounding as good as they ever have with an exhilarating collection of expertly crafted pop is a pure joy.

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Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin: Lost Time

They are shaking, banging, crashing, and clattering in that old timey way that gets one kicked out of one paradise and exiled into the next.

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14 Sep 2015 // 2:15 AM

Defeater: Abandoned

Continuing their narrative of a family caught in the throes of poverty and violence after World War II, Defeater scripts a plot twist with their most pummeling album to date.

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Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: The Night Creeper (take 2)

Uncle Acid only finds pastiche, not new sounds to explore, on The Night Creeper.

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14 Sep 2015 // 2:05 AM

The Sandwitches: Our Toast

On their latest, San Francisco-based retro act the Sandwitches slow the tempos way down, in the process losing the charm that held their earlier efforts together.

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Craig Finn: Faith in the Future

Craig Finn’s second solo album Faith in the Future perseveres in hard times, thanks to Finn’s dark humor.

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11 Sep 2015 // 2:20 AM

Foals: What Went Down

Foals strike familiar territory with cool, relaxed dance grooves and delicate melodies on their fourth studio album.

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Jerusalem in My Heart: If He Dies, If If If If If If

Perhaps the most mournful album of 2015.

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Rufus and Chaka Khan: Live Stompin’ at the Savoy

Re-mastered re-release of Rufus and Chaka Khan album Live: Stompin’ at the Savoy takes us back to the ‘80s and further.

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11 Sep 2015 // 2:05 AM

Heitor Alvelos: Faith

If less is more, then even less can be positively deafening.

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10 Sep 2015 // 12:00 PM

Soda Shop: Soda Shop

Sad that summer's over? Feeling blue? Soda Shop may be the place for you.

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Brooklyn’s Afropunk Rocks with the Tolerant and the Fashion-Forward

Afropunk festival-goers enjoyed the collective freedom of the weekend, mingling with like-minded souls and a stellar lineup including Kelela, Raury, Lauryn Hill and Grace Jones.

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Petite Noir: La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

La Vie Est Belle / Life is Beautiful ushers in a new pop force.

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The Clientele: Unreal and Alone: Best of the Clientele

Unreal and Alone: Best of the Clientele is a little short in the tooth, but a little always went a long way with this band.

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