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30 May 2017 // 9:05 AM

Juana Molina: Halo

Shadows and electronics simmer on Juana Molina's breathtakingly empty new release.

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26 May 2017 // 8:56 AM

Pumarosa: The Witch

London quintet craft stunning, entrancing debut by confidently splicing a variety of genres.

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26 May 2017 // 8:48 AM

Leftfield: Leftism 22

Leftism 22 is a document in the history of progressive house, but also a loose, pleasurable excursion as comfortable with the dance floor as it is with sweeping, cinematic beauty.

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Justin Townes Earle: Kids in the Street

Alt-country troubadour Justin Townes Earle returns with a mature batch of tunes centered around changing landscapes and the promise of the future.

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26 May 2017 // 2:30 AM

Jlin: Black Origami

Black Origami is not an album you can sink into; attempting to do so is like trying to sleep on a bed of steel wires. Yet it is a challenging, demanding, and wholly edifying work of rhythmic art.

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26 May 2017 // 2:20 AM

Wooden Wand: Clipper Ship

A sea change for James Toth with its altered origin and minimalist compositions, Clipper Ship is an opus of restraint.

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Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales: Room 29

These songs drift by languidly, as if they had been dipping into John Belushi’s barbiturate stash, leaving the listener somewhat foggy headed, but otherwise unchanged.

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25 May 2017 // 2:15 AM

Dona Onete: Banzeiro

Now pushing 80, Dona Onete is just beginning her musical career. Infectious sophomore album Banzeiro proves that in the spotlight is right where she belongs.

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24 May 2017 // 8:38 AM

Jason Eady: Jason Eady

Jason Eady set out to make a simple sounding recording but it raises some unexpected emotional complexities that linger long after the songs have wound to a close.

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Oceans Are Zeroes: Oceans Are Zeroes

Oceans Are Zeroes will leave you emotionally exhausted and utterly satisfied.

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Los Straitjackets: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets

Nashville's premiere surf rockabilly instrumental band covers a bunch of Nick Lowe songs and it works so well you wonder why it wasn't done a lot sooner.

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Pere Ubu: Drive, He Said 1994-2002

The period covered by this box set is perhaps the least understood or appreciated among Pere Ubu’s many iterations, yet these might just be their most vibrantly subversive recordings.

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23 May 2017 // 8:37 AM

Takashi Miyaki: The Dream

The Dream could loosely be described as a shoegaze dreampop album, though that doesn't even begin to touch the number of genres and styles that show up in one form or another.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: So It Is

Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues fusing past and present to create a contemporary, vital sound that keeps the music out of the museums and lecture halls.

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Do Make Say Think: Stubborn Persistent Illusions

Do Make Say Think's Stubborn Persistent Illusions is a strong return for a band that crafts unique, expressive, and loose soundscapes.

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Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line

The Tonight Show guitarist is back to jazz most certainly, putting two bands into action: one on original tunes and the other on creative covers.

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T-Pain and Lil Wayne: T-Wayne

T-Wayne’s greatest legacy will be that even after hearing it, we will still be left with our imaginations to do the heavy lifting.

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22 May 2017 // 2:30 AM

Alex G: Rocket

Alex G offers a richly observed album that uses a raft of different characters to explore the universal truths that define us all.

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The Last Waltz 40 Tour Delivers Triumphant Finale in San Francisco

The audience is deeply familiar with the songs. Yet throughout the two-set, nearly three-hour show it feels like there’s a collective vibe in the air of re-discovering the manner in which the material can move the soul.

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19 May 2017 // 8:52 AM

Goldlink: At What Cost

On the D.C. rapper's first studio album, Goldlink highlights his city but obscures his own perspective.

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