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Monday, April 6 2015

Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers’ radicalization of pop is important and thrilling.


Big Data: 2.0

Submitted for your approval, Big Data presents a dark dance-pop album written by NSA agents and sentient surveillance machinery.


Will Hoge: Small Town Dreams

Will Hoge is rapidly positioning himself between those two pillars of populist rock, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp.


Dutch Uncles: O Shudder

Dutch Uncles' fourth album is slightly more pop-oriented and immediate than previous efforts but still bound to the band’s abstract vision.


Estelle: True Romance

The British singer-songwriter returns with a wide range of styles to conquer our imaginations. The result? A partial victory.


Fractal Mirror: Garden of Ghosts

Fractal Mirror's sophomore set reaffirms the Dutch band's sophisticated sensibilities and makes a stunning step forward.


Friday, April 3 2015

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

Godspeed You! Black Emperor deals in catharsis, which the world needs as much now as it ever has.


Ryley Walker: Primrose Green

A headphone trip for the ages, Primrose Green is a diaphanous tapestry that envelops our musical history.


Ride: OX4: The Best of Ride

Reissue of the British dream-rock band's 2001 compilation, to "celebrate" their current reunion. As ever, the back half of Ride's career nearly spoils the party.


Quiet Company: Transgressor

This is a record of top-notch power pop that’s a strong candidate for one of 2015’s best in its genre.


Janet Devlin: Running with Scissors

An Irish singer-songwriter learns how the shine of her voice can transform angst into maturity.


Thursday, April 2 2015

Lower Dens: Escape From Evil

Escape From Evil is a reminder that all things in life are always filled with the potential to vanish completely in an instant.


Simon Joyner: Grass, Branch & Bone

Call this beautiful record what you will: late-night or rainy-day music. Whatever, it demands active listening.


Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found

From the vaults come 14 unreleased tracks by the beloved Cuban ensemble.


Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott: The Chopin Project

Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott join forces on a genre-defining rendition of some of Chopin's greatest compositions.


6 String Drag: Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll

This fondly remembered alt-country band comes back in an impressive way.


Wednesday, April 1 2015

Modest Mouse’s Webster Hall Show Could Have Done With More of the Early Stuff

These indie giants' recent two-night run at New York City's Webster Hall answers the question: what kind of band is Modest Mouse in 2015?


Death Grips: The Powers That B

While the layers of their enigma are gradually peeled away, Death Grips still show how relentlessly messy and fascinating they can be on their first double-album.


Action Bronson: Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson takes the best ingredients of his acclaimed mixtapes, buffs them up with tighter production values and greater artistic focus, and produces his strongest statement yet.


Ringo Starr: Postcards From Paradise

Ringo sings praises to the past with obvious nods to nostalgia.


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