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The Dream Syndicate Spontaneously Combust on 'The Universe Inside'

The Universe Inside isn't a typical Dream Syndicate album. The verse/chorus structure has been neatly sidestepped in favor of a free-wheeling, improvised, truly experimental approach, and it's marvelous.

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Music Is All About Limitations: An Interview with Son Little

Son Little finds commonalities across jazz, hip-hop, soul, R&B, and rock. His latest album grew out of a setback, but he created a stronger, simpler, more ruminative set of songs. Here he talks about creativity and obstacles and how they work together.

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Christopher Paul Stelling Wishes You 'Best of Luck'

On his new album, Best of Luck, folk music's Christopher Paul Stelling chronicles his period of transition in a way that could resonate deeply with listeners.

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Andy Shauf Shines a Light on 'The Neon Skyline'

On The Neon Skyline, Andy Shauf reminisces about the bad as well as the good with the fuzziness of alcohol cushioning the blows of memory. Life continues, he notes, even if it doesn't always progress.

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The Good Ones Share Love and Hope on 'Rwanda, You Should Be Loved'

Rwandan folk trio, the Good Ones fight harsh reality with a sense of love and hope for their third album, Rwanda, You Should Be Loved.

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Darrin Bradbury Finds the Connections Between 'Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs'

For 26 minutes, folk's Darrin Bradbury creatively mines the preposterous to show the benefits of mentally coping with life's problems. Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs provides a kind of talk therapy for our collective disorders.

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Jeremy Ivey Knows You Can't Separate 'The Dream and the Dreamer'’

Americana singer-songwriter, Jeremy Ivey is a romantic in tough guy clothes He may pessimistically perceive the world with his head, but his heart intrudes and he can't keep from smiling at the goodness.

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Tinariwen's 'Amadjar' Is a Particularly Well-Polished Jewel

Saharan collective Tinariwen reign over a star-studded album of sincere desert blues on their latest gem Amadjar.

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"I Like to Feel There Are No Boundaries": An Interview With Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry

Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry discusses his latest album, Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2, and the ties that a musical life creates.

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Jade Jackson Returns with Her Blend of Country and Punk on 'Wilderness'

California country artist Jade Jackson is back with Wilderness, her second collaboration with punk legend Mike Ness.

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Mavis Staples Reminds Us That 'We Get By'

Mavis Staples has witnessed the great transformations that have been made in terms of race relations in American life. But she is not satisfied on We Get By.

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The Dream Syndicate Continue to Innovate with 'These Times'

It sounds like the 21st century Dream Syndicate is here to stay with These Times, and that's worth celebrating.

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Focused on the Now: An Interview with the Dream Syndicate

Steve Wynn says that the reunited Dream Syndicate are still finding new territories (musical and otherwise) to explore. Their new album provides evidence of a hungry, vital band that is at peace with its reputation but eager to move forward.

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Love and Sadness on the Dancefloor: The Drums Return with 'Brutalism'

On Brutalism, the Drums practice a form of indie pop therapy that's rich in musical textures and lyrical depth.

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Cass McCombs Is As Magnetic As Ever on 'Tip of the Sphere'

Cass McCombs' Tip of the Sphere is as intricate as any of his work before it. Regardless of his approach and whether or not he intends to share much of it with the public, it's clearly one that works for him and his fans.

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Girlpool Expand Their Sound on 'What Chaos Is Imaginary'

Girlpool's What Chaos Is Imaginary reckons with internal struggles that demand, but don't often get external confirmation. More often than not, it's successful in its quest to make sense out of transition and disarray.

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Neko Case's 'Hell-On' Has Just Enough Pop Touches to Round Out Its Idiosyncrasies

Hell-On follows the same basic outline as Neko Case's records since she refined her sound way back on 2002's Blacklisted. But as always, there are wrinkles.

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