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Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister: Planetarium

Although overly padded and repetitious at times, Planetarium is a poignant, adventurous, and highly promising debut.

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Flexible Music: fm

Rhythm section plus sax plays visceral classical music and grunts.

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You Better Mind: An Interview with Sam Amidon

What do R. Kelly, bacon sandwiches, and a land-surfing Jesus have in common? They all make up a part of Sam Amidon's world, and with his stunning sophomore disc just out, he tells PopMatters all about it ...

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Daniel Bjarnason: Processions

The "Bow to String" title for the first three pieces may well be the bow shredding the strings rather than playing them.

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Nico Muhly: Mothertongue

The sophomore release from this celebrated, but very young, composer is concerned with modernity and antiquity at once.

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Nico Muhly: Speaks Volumes

It's two degrees of separation; it's meta-evocation.


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