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Experimental Rock's Trees Speak Summon Kosmische Sensations on 'Ohms'

On their inspiring second album, Ohms, Arizona avant-garde collective Trees Speak invoke the best of expansive electronica through motorik repetitions across a sprawling masterwork.

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Counterbalance No. 5: The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

Number five on the list is practically synonymous with Great Artistic Statements. But was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band really the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper"? A splendid time is guaranteed for all as Counterbalance figures it out.

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Counterbalance No. 4: 'The Velvet Underground and Nico'

The Velvet Underground & Nico's self-titled debut album started as all hype thanks to Andy Warhol, but it somehow managed to become one of the most influential records of all time. Has this record outlasted its 15 minutes of fame? Peel slowly and see.

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Leon Bridges and Khruangbin Imbue Texas with Some Fresh Air

Texas artists Leon Bridges and Khruangbin create some mellow, cosmic soul on a delightful EP that shows off their respective strengths.

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Plugging Into the Third Mind

Alt-rock supergroup the Third Mind launches a musical adventure that brings Alice Coltrane and Roky Erickson together and doesn't forget the guitar solos.

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Tame Impala's 'The Slow Rush' Is an Open Diary Set to Perfect Music

The Slow Rush is another masterpiece for Tame Impala, cover-to-cover. You know it's the band the instant the music begins, and yet the album feels both new and necessary.

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Black Lips Create a Killer Country Record, Infused with Lo-fi Garage Rock

Black Lips concoct a lustful mix of cocaine country, psych stomp, and honky-tonk fire and brimstone on Sing in a World That's Falling Apart.

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Texas Psych-Rockers, the Cuckoos Release Debut LP (album stream)

Austin psychedelic rock band, the Cuckoos release their debut LP I Hate Love on 24 January following a series of well-regarded 2019 singles. Hear it in full now.

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Marco Benevento Strikes Sonic Gold in San Francisco

A Marco Benevento concert feels like going through a cosmic wormhole to a groovy land of enchantment that blends a retro foundation with a futuristic funk.

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The Doors' 'Soft Parade' Gets the Deluxe Edition Treatment and a Chance for Reassessment

The Doors' fourth album was a deeply polarizing work and perhaps their most difficult to love. But the 50th anniversary deluxe edition goes a long way in spotlighting its many highlights.

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Circles Around the Sun Rise Above at the Chapel in San Francisco

Jam rock quartet Circles Around the Sun carry on after the shocking suicide of founding guitarist Neal Casal and deliver an uplifting show of healing transcendence.

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Legends of Cumbia Amazónica, Los Wembler's de Iquitos Return with 'Visión del Ayahuasca'

Five decades into their career, Los Wembler's de Iquitos are still in full force on new psychedelic cumbia album, Visión del Ayahuasca.

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Hawkwind Hit a Late-Career High With 'All Aboard the Skylark'

The nostalgia circuit will have to wait a while. Hawkwind have just released an album that borrows from the 1970s, but still sounds relevant in 2019.

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Super Furry Animals' 'Guerrilla' 20th Anniversary Set Is a Vital Re-Issue

Twenty years later, Guerrilla remains a self-contained joy and a great example of how unique, self-assured, and mature yet silly Super Furry Animals were at the turn of the century.

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Spaceface Rise From the Ashes of a Near-Breakup with the Funky "Panoramic View" (premiere)

Spaceface, led by Jake Ingalls of the Flaming Lips, release a video for their new single "Panoramic View", and it's a trippy visual treat for a song with serious overtones.

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Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Mine for Sonic Gold in California

Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir and his trio Wolf Bros close out the summer with a festive blast in Napa and Santa Cruz.

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Sitting on Top of the World: An Appreciation of Cream's Ginger Baker

For an artist whose discography spans continents both literally and stylistically, there was one reliable thing: Ginger Baker knew what was needed, and if he had to invent new ways of forcing rhythm to the forefront, that was his job. It will remain his legacy.

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Ghost Funk Orchestra Offer Up 'A Song for Paul' and One for Isaac As Well

The mastermind of the Ghost Funk Orchestrahonors the spirit of his grandfather -- and the spirit of Isaac Hayes -- on A Song for Paul.

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Costa Rica's Las Robertas Celebrate the "Thunder Rider" (premiere)

Dreamlike, psychedelic and infectious, the new single from Costa Rica's Las Robertas will make you grab your dancing shoes and head to the desert.

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Dead Feathers Ride Into the Terrifying Storm Via 'All Is Lost' (album stream) (premiere)

Chicago heavy rock outfit, Dead Feathers take the long view on an album that asks us to look deep within and face our fears. Landing squarely between Black Sabbath and Fairport Convention, Dead Feathers come up winning.

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'Infest the Rats' Nest' Sees King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Embrace Their Inner Thrash

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard go full metal to craft a brutal warning against ecological destruction on their 15th studio album, Infest the Rats' Nest.

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The Flaming Lips' 'King's Mouth' Is Only Just a Bit Overstuffed

The Flaming Lips' King's Mouth couples spacey cinematic passages with driving rhythms to create a sombre and thoughtful musical whole.

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Gardens & Villa Meditate on All That's "Rosie" (premiere)

Los Angeles indie rockers, Gardens & Villa pay homage to classic sci-fi and fantasy films on a stunning slab of psychedelic pop.

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Here Lies Man Combine Afrobeat and Psych Rock on "Long Legs (Look Away)" (premiere)

Here Lies Man continue to blaze a trail in modern Afrobeat with psych rock riffs and driving drums on new single "Long Legs (Look Away)"

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Ecstatic Vision Declares That It's Time To "Shut Up and Drive" (premiere)

Ecstatic Vision's "Shut Up and Drive" challenges notions of heavy rock as it adds acoustic guitar and synthesizers to the spectrum.

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Jim James Rocks for Peace and Justice at the Fillmore

Jim James stakes a claim as one of modern rock's most "woke" songwriters with a vibrant performance that conjures visions of the Fillmore's glory days.

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Los Coast Delivers Bold Flavors, Sounds via Their Debut 'Samsara' (album stream) (premiere)

A sprawling and deeply conceptual work, Los Coast's Samsara touches on personal, social, and philosophical dilemmas while never losing sight of its basic purpose, to move the heart and the feet.

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Sad About the Times: Lost Tracks of the '70s That Sound Vaguely Familiar

Sad About the Times evokes 1970s nostalgia with 21 obscure tracks that never made it big, but sound like they could have.

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Poppies: Assorted Finery from the First Psychedelic Age

Poppies is a journey through the outer reaches of obscure but brilliant psychedelic songs on this wonderfully crafted compilation from Craft Recordings.

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Earth Make Their Purest Sonic Statement with 'Full Upon Her Burning Lips'

Dylan Carlson and Adrienne Davies strip all ornamentation away from Earth's sound on their ninth studio album, Full Upon Her Burning Lips, the band's purest sonic statement to date.

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Teeth of the Sea Transfer 'Wraith' to the Stage in Mesmerizing Fashion

Psychedelic rockers Teeth of the Sea lead a fantastic show in support of their latest full-length, Wraith. Alongside them Slow Knife and Trianglecuts fill out the bill in wonderful fashion.

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Gong Continue Their Stellar Revitalized Streak on 'The Universe Also Collapses'

The Universe Also Collapses is another singular victory for psychedelic rock masters Gong, chiefly due to its adventurous scope and cohesive ambition.

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As Their Themes Get Darker, Peter Bjorn and John Find Enlightenment in Their Music

After exploring darker themes on their last two full-lengths, Peter Bjorn and John start a brand new tour by diving through their past and rummaging for songs that almost never saw the light of day.

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Chris Cohen Offers Up Relaxed Rock Music with Psychedelic Flourishes

Chris Cohen's self-titled third solo album is as unassuming as it gets, yet it is unequivocally quality work by an extraordinarily skilled artist. Plus there are sax solos.

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With 'King's Mouth' the Flaming Lips Unleash Another Strange, Compelling Head Trip of an Album

The Flaming Lips' King's Mouth is full of bold musical cues, weird science fiction themes… and Mick Jones.

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