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Alex de Grassi Explores Different Paths with "The Bridge" (premiere)

The title track from guitar maestro Alex de Grassi's upcoming LP, The Bridge, speaks to his ability to fuse disparate influences with uncommon taste.

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Adam Torres: Pearls to Swine

This world-traveled, organic music has the potential to be as gorgeous as the prettiest places on Earth.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars: Pretty Years

With Pretty Years , Cymbals Eat Guitars have delivered their richest and most accessible music yet.

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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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Nels Cline: Lovers

The unclassifiable guitar legend and Wilco secret weapon finally releases the album he's been working on for 25 years, and it's definitely worth the wait.

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Tinariwen: Inside/Outside: Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions

This five-track, half-hour live set is an offshoot of the longer album Emmaar.

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Oumar Konate: Addoh

Plenty of grinding jangle on the debut solo album from this talented Malian guitarist.

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Jack Johnson: From Here to Now to You

Some of Jack Johnson's most beautiful songs can be found on this album, if you can stomach the endless romantic references and the abundance of similar-sounding guitar melodies.

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Earl Klugh: Handpicked

On Handpicked, Earl Klugh keeps the script simple, but quite effective.

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Kevin Eubanks: The Messenger

Over the course of 11 tracks, Eubanks exhibits preeminent musicianship and the upmost artistry.

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Mozart's Sister: Hello EP

Mozart's Sister has all the energy and daring of the truest ignored sibling.

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Marnie Stern: The Chronicles of Marnia

The Chronicles of Marnia is puzzling and complicated, and it delves into those gray areas with further refined song structures and great lyrics -- and without batting an eye.

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Waldemar Bastos: Classics of My Soul

A sustained feat of high-emotion singing.

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The Tea Party: Live in Australia

This is a remarkable retelling of the Tea Party’s story from the early days to their later hits with an energy that suggests it was recorded from a time machine.

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io: Flamenco Abstractions

Chopped and stuttered, the flamenco guitar floats away like bubbles in an echo soup that lacks the spice you might have hoped for.

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Habib Koité / Eric Bibb: Brothers in Bamako

Two musicians merging with as little friction as possible.

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Oren Ambarchi: Sagittarian Domain

Australian Sunno))) collaborator makes an excellent neo-Krautrock album.

Ian Mathers
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Oli Brown: Here I Am

With one eye on the past, and the other on -- well, the past, again.

David Maine
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Alhousseini Anivolla: Anewal / The Walking Man

The latest in a surge of guitar music from the western Sahara region.

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Slash: Apocalyptic Love

The guitarist's second solo album is, not surprisingly, exactly what you'd expect. And exactly what you asked for.

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Jenny Owen Youngs: An Unwavering Band of Light

Youngs's darkly beautiful singing voice carries the day on her most energetic and accessible collection of songs yet.

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Loren Connors: Red Mars

Music filled with the air of possibility and also that strange feeling that something is going to happen -- like you’ve got a knot in your stomach and hope in your lungs.

Dave Heaton
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Rich Robinson: Through a Crooked Sun

Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson delivers the most interesting kind of solo album: one he couldn’t have done with his regular band. That it’s musically and emotionally satisfying is even better.

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Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher / Deuce / Live! in Europe / Blueprint

A consummate performer live or in the studio, these re-releases serve as a bold reminder of the weight of the Rory Gallagher legacy.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends

The boundary for this compilation is huge, and surrounds all of Africa, a continent with more guitarists and guitar styles than anyone can easily count.

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Guitar: It's Sweet to Do Nothing!

Guitar's newest album, on Clairecords of course, is completely shoegaze-less, but its songs are full and rich, exploring several distinct moods.

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Aram Bajakian: Aram Bajakian's Kef

Genuinely deserves to be called Aram Bajakian's Kef, not anybody else's, but his, clever and fearless.

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Terakaft: Aratan N Azawad

Malian desert-blues outfit offers up a strong set.

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Rory Block: Shake 'Em on Down

The guitar playing? Great. The singing? Not so much...

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Boubacar Traoré: Mali Denhou

The sound of a man in no hurry and his patient guitar, which is less imperious than the guitar of Touré.

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Garrison Fewell's Variable Density Sound Orchestra: Sound Particle 47

Garrison Fewell's second album with his tumultuous gang of horn-blowers and noisemakers is a jubilant cacophony that compromises absolutely nothing!

John Garratt
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Les Triaboliques: Rivermudtwilight

Exhilarating and earthy.

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Ben Reynolds: How Day Earnt Its Night

A thoughtful conversation between him and the guitar.

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Guitar: Honeysky / Saltykisses

Reissued for the first time in America, Guitar's two best albums are strongest when they deliver what listeners tune in for.

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Suarasama: Fajar di Atas Awan

Fajar di Atas Awan is an album that cools and balances the brain.

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