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Lambchop's Kurt Wagner Discusses Their New Covers EP and Pandemic Musical Life

The frontman of "the most fucked-up country band in Nashville" returns Lambchop to their roots on TRIP. Each group member picked a classic song and was bandleader for a day, resulting in a record that reveals Lambchop's core influences in striking new light.

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Speed the Plough Members Team with Mayssa Jallad for "Rush Hour" (premiere)

Caught in a pandemic, Speed the Plough's Baumgartners turned to a faraway musical friend for a collaboration on "Rush Hour" that speaks to the strife and circumstance of our time.

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Taylor Swift Abandons Stadium-Pop for a New Tonal Approach on 'Folklore'

On Taylor Swift's Folklore, the omnipresent, world-conquering princess of self-mythology embraces a brooding post-pop texture that strikes a balance between lusty exuberance and indie-folky introspection.

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Gregory Uhlmann's 'Neighborhood Watch' Is a Mesmerizing Art Rock Album

Acclaimed guitarist and composer Gregory Uhlmann charms and confounds with his gorgeous, layered sophomore solo album, Neighborhood Watch.

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Thin Lear's 'Wooden Cave' is Chamber Pop Perfection of the Highest Order

The latest album from Queens-based singer-songwriter Matt Longo, aka Thin Lear, is an impeccably crafted ode to loners, death, and alienation.

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Nu Deco Ensemble and Kishi Bashi Remake "I Am the Antichrist to You" (premiere + interview)

Nu Deco Ensemble and Kishi Bashi team up for a gorgeous live performance of "I Am the Antichrist to You", which has been given an orchestral renovation.

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Indie Pop's Figg Declare That "Jack Is the Pulpit" (premiere)

Seattle indie rock duo Figg (ex-Carissa's Wierd, Modest Mouse) prepares long-shelved LP for release with British rock-inspired single that suggests this band has been worth waiting for.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Mare Berger Waxes Beautifully on the Undeniable Connection of Everyone and Everything

Mare Berger's The Moon Is Always Full is a bold song cycle with classical underpinnings as well as an approachable, chamber pop sensibility.

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Perfume Genius Purges Himself and It's Contagious

You need to care so much about your art to pack this much meaning into not only the words, but the tones that adorn and deliver them. Perfume Genius cares so much it hurts on Set My Heart on Fire Immediately.

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On 'Last Flight Out' Steve Dawson and Funeral Bonsai Wedding Create Sublime, Eerie Beauty

Orchestral-indie torch-song chamber-folk? Time to break out your music genre thesaurus for this gorgeous, impeccably crafted gem from Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding.

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Maria McKee Puts Down Her Electric Guitar and Picks up Dante on 'La Vita Nuova'

"Show Me Heaven" was another country. Maria McKee has moved to England, immersed herself in the Classics and turned away from the 21st century.

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Perfume Genius - "On the Floor" (Singles Going Steady)

"On the Floor" is the Perfume Genius we've been wanting: heartfelt songwriting delivered through sunny, sumptuous pop-craft.

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Agnes Obel's Chamber Pop Hits a New Peak on 'Myopia'

Agnes Obel's Myopia is delicate and personal, employing treated vocals and piano to plow depths of sorrow and interrogate dark storms of the soul.

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Cabane's 'Grande Est La Maison' Is So Sweet, You May Get Cavities

Brussels-based composer Cabane's latest work aims to pep you up or seduce you, but often makes the sweet too sugary.

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Blue Canopy Say Goodbye to New York, Hello to Portland With "656" (premiere)

Former Modern Rivals member Alex Schiff recruits former bandmates for Blue Canopy's "656", which is filled with childlike wonder and bright-eyed instrumentation.

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"A Certain Kind of Dream Quality": An Interview with Donovan Quinn

Donovan Quinn's (Skygreen Leopards) first solo album in seven years explores memory, love, and loss in no uncertain psych-folk terms.

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Florence Welch Discussion and Acoustic Set at New Yorker Festival

Florence Welch participated in a deep discussion and gave a short performance as part of the 2019 New Yorker Festival.

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Norwegian/Welsh Duo Firewoodisland Deliver Exquisite Chamber Pop Positivity on "Hollow Coves" (premiere)

Folk poppers Firewoodisland deliver peak chamber pop with the gorgeously arranged and performed ode, "Hollow Coves".

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Jamie Drake Champions Finding Your Voice With "Allison" (premiere)

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jamie Drake's debut Everything Is Fine is informed by deeply personal but universal themes. Hear her latest single "Allison".

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Chicago's the Safes Deepen Sounds and Emotions on 'Winning Combination' (album stream)

The Safes gather extended family for a gorgeous chamber pop album that stands as the group's finest hour to date. Full of surprise and sorrow, Winning Combination is the perfect Safes album.

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Bon Iver's 'i,i' Hangs Between Surrealism and Meaning

Justin Vernon's (Bon Iver) lyricism is as cryptic as ever, but the firmness with which he sings his abstractions robs his fourth album of much of its mystery.

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'Fever Dream' Is a Mixed Bag of Synthpop Zeal and Treasured Of Monsters and Men Trademarks

Of Monsters and Men lose some uniqueness and quality jumping on a more commercial bandwagon, but their beloved singularity is mostly intact on Fever Dream.

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With 'Outer Song' GADADU Help Redefine Jazz in Contemporary Culture

The second album from the unique New York jazz/pop/soul outfit GADADU is an odd – and oddly inviting – collection of songs that combine old-school tradition with new ideas.

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Mirah Offers a Message of 'Understanding' During Difficult Times

Mirah has often embraced a DIY ethos that suggested experimentation and working with found materials. On Understanding, she goes much further out into the sonic stratosphere.

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A Night With Florence + the Machine

On the High As Hope tour, Florence + the Machine delivers empathy-fueled hope and community.

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The Moles Return With Powerful, Brilliant New LP, 'Code Word' and New Single "Moon in the Daytime" (premiere)

One of the most inventive bands to emerge from Australia in the 1990s, the Moles get a new lease on life in 2018 with various lineups, searing new tunes destined for your autumn/winter playlists.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Florence and the Machine Show the Universality of Pain and Vulnerability on 'High As Hope'

High as Hope dials down Florence and the Machine's trademark theatrics to forge a vulnerable and visceral musical achievement.

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Hilary Woods' 'Colt' Captures a Palpable Sense of Aloneness

Hilary Woods evokes open spaces, creeping darkness, contemplation at dusk. Given time, the melodies will gently wrap around the listener like ribbons.

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New Indiana Issues "Media" Ahead of Debut Album (premiere)

Longtime friends in New Indiana turn their habit of recording conversations into art on "Media", a cross between contemporary classical and chamber pop.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Modern Studies' 'Welcome Strangers' Possesses a Timeless Cinematic Quality

Scottish chamber pop ensemble Modern Studies document and detail the unknown with strong writing and recording on their second album Welcome Strangers.

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Eliza Rickman Loses "Pretty Little Head" (premiere)

Welcome to Night Vale regular Eliza Rickman bleeds for art in a new crowdfunded video for "Pretty Little Head".

Jedd Beaudoin
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Jon Brion's Soundtrack for 'Lady Bird' Possesses All the Baroque Charm You'd Expect

Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion lends his melodic, baroque charm to the most acclaimed film of 2017.

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Gracie and Rachel Resist the Surveillance State on "Don't Know" (premiere)

Gracie and Rachel resist the surveillance state and the dull dreariness of modern culture - here represented by harsh shots of isolated texters and gray concrete - in favor of freedom.

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San Fermin Stun Crowd at Brooklyn Bowl

The baroque pop group San Fermin is a formidable band to watch. They hit Brooklyn for two nights and are on tour now.

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Belle & Sebastian: How to Solve Our Human Problems Part 1 EP

Belle & Sebastian may be 20 years older, but the band still feels young. That's the problem of being human. There's not a person over 40 that doesn't feel 20.


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