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The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.

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Mark Lanegan Band: Gargoyle

Cult bard's new LP finds him continuing to deliver hardscrabble tales of dashed romance and yearnings for second chances amid bluesy, dark wave-laden compositions.

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The Afghan Whigs - "Lost in the Woods" (video)

The Afghan Whigs release creepily compelling video for "Lost in the Woods" just in time for Halloween.

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The Afghan Whigs: Do to the Beast

Greg Dulli, John Curley, and some other guys they're calling the Afghan Whigs channel the rock, soul, and dark undertones of the band's classic work on an excellent quasi-reunion album

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Ten Great Cover Singers

Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.

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Mark Lanegan: Imitations

Imitations proves once again that even after four decades in the game, Mark Lanegan is not an artist content to conform to expectations, but one that will continue crossing borders to indulge his muse.

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The Afghan Whigs: 24 October 2012 - Detroit

The Afghan Whigs prove that, for all the naysayers and cynics who arise whenever a defunct band reunites and goes on tour, there are those groups who get back together for the sheer joy of it, and who do their legacy proud by adding a new chapter onto it.

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My Jerusalem: Preachers

For My Jerusalem, it's not merely about writing and performing songs, but imbuing them with atmosphere and taking the listener on a trip into a nocturnal setting where the most torrid and primitive emotions can flourish.

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All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror, Day Two

Although it was refreshing to attend a festival free of sensory overload, this big city offshoot of All Tomorrow’s Parties is still struggling to find its place.

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The Twilight Singers: Dynamite Steps

Greg Dulli is still an incorrigible, inveterate, unreformed con artist after all these years, but what else did you expect?

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Gutter Twins: Saturnalia

Two alt-rock titans return to their roots to create an album that rivals the best in each of their respective canons.

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The Afghan Whigs: Unbreakable (A Retrospective)

Greg Dulli takes a twilight drive into his past with this glorious, ambitious and consistently strong look back at this oft-underrated Cincinnati outfit.

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Greg Dulli: Amber Headlights

Collection of unreleased 2001 recordings made shortly after the release of the Twilight Singers' debut.

Zeth Lundy

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