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Niki and the Dove: Everybody’s Heart Is Broken Now

An incredibly unprecedented but refreshing shift in focus by one of Sweden's best.

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The Traveling Wilburys: The Traveling Wilburys Collection

The fact that the Traveling Wilburys even happened is what will be remembered most about the group, less so the songs they wrote together.

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Travis Scott: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

After impressing with the Gothic grandeur of Rodeo, Travis Scott tries to make a cocktail with the same drugs on his sophomore album but fails to achieve the same high.

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Lucy Dacus: No Burden

Lucy Dacus’s new album, No Burden, is exactly the opposite of its namesake. For her, it is a life-changer and an obstruction.

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Toro Y Moi: Live From Trona

Toro Y Moi revitalizes old songs of his and ends up with one of the best live albums this year.

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Dusty Springfield: Reputation (Expanded Deluxe Collector’s Edition)

This might suffer from too much anonymous dance filler, but there are enough reminders why Springfield's place in the all-time vocal pantheon is fully merited.

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Hard Working Americans Conjure Vintage Vibes at the Fillmore

The Fillmore is elevated into its higher realm as a transformative sonic temple of sound and light.

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2 Sep 2016 // 9:42 AM

Shura: Nothing’s Real

Shura's thoughtful and emotionally resonant debut is as appreciative of the past as it is cognizant of its place in the present.

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Wilson Pickett: Land of 1,000 Dances - The Complete Atlantic Singles Vol. 1

In the first of a three-part set, the highly fertile artistic period of one of soul music's most powerful voices is lovingly chronicled.

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Radiohead’s Sublime Return to New York City (MSG Photos)

Radiohead performed "Creep" in New York City for a lucky 15,000 people (give or take).

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2 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM

Angel Olsen: My Woman

Angel Olsen elaborates on the disparate missions of her last two releases while reaching out to new stylistic territory on My Woman, her most dynamic album yet.

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2 Sep 2016 // 2:19 AM

Helms Alee: Stillicide

Stillicide manages to achieve what Helms Alee's previous records could not: atmosphere.

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Rez Abbasi and Junction: Behind the Vibration

Guitarist Rez Abbasi returns to jazz-rock as a style on Behind the Vibration, but this time via electric instruments with original tunes. The result is modern jazz that sweeps in many styles.

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The Wonderland-like Experience of the 2016 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

There’s something special about experiencing live music in this place, where the trees are lit up in psychedelic colors. It makes feel like one has gone down a rabbit hole into "Wonderland".

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Chatham County Line: Autumn

Autumn is the definition of true, unadulterated bluegrass with only a few modern amenities tossed in for good measure.

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1 Sep 2016 // 8:07 AM

Portable: Alan Abrahams

South Africa's Alan Abrahams stretches his idiosyncratic vision of "noir wave, incorporating elements of electronic music, classical, new jazz, and African pop to create an atmosphere of alluring claustrophobia.

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Young Thug: No, My Name Is JEFFERY

Each listen reveals a new level of commitment to the act that is Young Thug, of wondering if he could be saying literal gibberish and it would still be as compelling. The answer is probably yes.

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31 Aug 2016 // 9:49 AM

Coty Hogue: Flight

Another compelling installment in the overarching Hogue catalog.

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Eric Clapton and Guests: Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals

Careful selection and sequencing have made this compilation particularly strong.

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De La Soul: And the Anonymous Nobody

And the Anonymous Nobody is an album that was destined for greatness but failed to live up its potential.

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