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26 Jul 2017 // 2:30 AM

Black Grape: Pop Voodoo

They're straight, they're stupid, and they're back.

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26 Jul 2017 // 2:20 AM

Boris: Dear

Legendary Tokyo-based experimental trio, Boris, take a dive into their past in order to discover a new found energy and move forward.

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017: Day One

Creative musical talents, nice weather, and friendly people combined with long, long lines, some minor technical issues, and a few lackluster performances.

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The Ed Palermo Big Band: The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes I & II

Zappa-indebted big band leader Ed Palermo carries his singular vision across the pond, taking on the British Invasion and more in strikingly original fashion.

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Silverstein: Dead Reflection

Dead Reflection shows the band’s development in a subtle manner, carrying tropes and images with crowd-pleasing lines rather than intense guitar riffs.

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Sabrina Malheiros: Clareia

A feel-good blend of samba and soul, Clareia is the perfect album to put on with your morning coffee.

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Laibach: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Intended as a score for a theatrical version of Friedrich Nietzsche's famous novel, Also Sprach Zarathrustra could also just as easily be the next David Fincher soundtrack.

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Arthur Alexander: Arthur Alexander

Alexander's music shares an affinity with the gospel-turned-secular R&B that made Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, and others so damn good. These songs express heart and soul.

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Harry Taussig and Max Ochs: The Music of Harry Taussig and Max Ochs

A pair of overlooked solo acoustic guitarists reunites 50 years after appearing together on John Fahey’s legendary 1967 Takoma sampler LP for a fine, succinct program of that for which they are each best known.

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24 Jul 2017 // 7:46 AM

Goatwhore: Vengeful Ascension

Extreme metal overlords Goatwhore celebrate 20 years of with their most mature outing to date.

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Nick Lowe: Reissues, 1982-1990

Six vital releases from one of the most underappreciated titans of power pop are finally back in print.

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24 Jul 2017 // 2:20 AM

Gaudi: Magnetic

The producer's interplay between drum and bass forms the album's heart. A resonant, visceral listen.

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Jane Weaver: Modern Kosmology

Weaver's confidence is well-earned and it is a satisfying spectacle that a rather underappreciated artist should find her moment nearly 25 years into her career.

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Laura Nyro: A Little Magic, A Little Kindness - The Complete Mono Albums

Nyro herself was known to prefer the mono versions that would sound good on a cheap radio, so this does honor her spirit.

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21 Jul 2017 // 5:00 AM

Toro y Moi: Boo Boo

Boo Boo is an engaging, immersive album that unfolds itself over repeated listens.

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21 Jul 2017 // 4:00 AM

Coldplay: Kaleidoscope EP

This is Coldplay in 2017, saying "hi" to the mainstream by pandering to pop, and actually managing to do a not-half-bad job of it.

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Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors

Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor have done it again, this time by teaming up with two London musicians. But what on earth is "it"?!

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20 Jul 2017 // 8:07 AM

SZA: CTRL

SZA's first solo album is a confessional look at her psyche through previous relationships. Bolstered by powerful production its as resonant and sure-footed of an R&B debut as any this year.

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Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 and 4

These late-career Art Pepper reissues offer the chance to reevaluate the genius of the troubled saxophonist’s remarkable final years.

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Melvins: A Walk With Love and Death

This double album from the legendary troublemakers tests and teases, but it also rewards

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