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25 Jan 2017 // 2:20 AM

Cairobi: Cairobi

Cairobi's self-produced, self-titled debut has an international, globe-trotting feel while still maintaining an honest, straightforward, indie vibe.

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Kid Koala featuring Emiliana Torrini: Music to Draw to - Satellite

The 18 tracks that make up Music to Draw to: Satellite fade in and out of each other, never actually reaching anything that could be called a climax, but hitting moments of particular beauty.

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Kamasi Washington Takes Jazz to the Next Level in San Francisco

This is jazz that can dazzle the music mavens and impresarios while still remaining accessible to a more mainstream audience

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French Horn Rebellion: Classically Trained

Nailing a retro '80s synthpop style only takes you so far. French Horn Rebellion has a full album of good songs in them, but this is not that album.

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Howe Gelb: Future Standards

Gelb reminds us how good a songwriter he is, but his new record doesn't quite live up to its title.

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Priests: Nothing Feels Natural

DC punk band Priests' Nothing Feels Natural dials the in-your-face confrontation down a few notches.

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24 Jan 2017 // 3:00 AM

Matthew Dear: DJ-Kicks

Matthew Dear offers an accessible mix that embraces the idiosyncrasies of electronic music’s most beguiling talents.

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John K. Samson: Winter Wheat

John K. Samson continues writing songs of solace and expansive generosity.

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Miniature Tigers: I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy

Miniature Tigers try out romantic bedroom indie-pop while rejuvenating their penchant for strange sounds.

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

Pianist Matthew Shipp's final album for Thirsty Ear finds him going about his usually adventurous trio business.

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Tift Merritt: Stitch of the World

Tift Merritt puts forth a vision that's as unguarded as it is unlimited.

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Japandroids: Near to the Wild Heart of Life

Japandroids prove once again that they are one of the very best rock bands on Earth with their third album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life.

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20 Jan 2017 // 2:30 AM

Foxygen: Hang

With full orchestra in tow, Foxygen’s Sam France and Jonathan Rado deliver an absurdly overblown, gloriously over-the-top album celebrating all of pop's excesses without the slightest hint of ironic detachment.

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Neil Young: Peace Trail

Peace Trail offers Young's folkie assertiveness, but it could have benefited from more gestational time.

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19 Jan 2017 // 2:30 AM

Bonobo: Migration

Migration does not so much change course from Bonobo's prior work as refine it to its artistic pinnacle.

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Delbert McClinton: Prick of the Litter

McClinton understands how to lure a listener into an imaginary night club world of sophistication and rural hospitality.

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Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land

Disciplined and literary, Shires' latest is still a highly personal work.

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C.A.M.P.O.S.: Miracles & Criminals

Psychedelic grooves and electronic cumbia fusions shine on Miracles & Criminals, an album that never quits (even when it probably should).

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William Basinski: A Shadow in Time

Channeling his classic Disintegration Loops, William Basinski's A Shadow in Time contemplates life and death with great clarity.

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Joan of Arc: He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands

Long after a prodigious if hit-or-miss early ‘00s, patience and collaboration continue to focus and invigorate the left field Chicago group.

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