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Aesop Rock and Tobacco Are Malibu Ken and They're Here to Get Weird

Noted hip-hop wordsmith Aesop Rock cedes production duties to focus on making the most of his million-word vocabulary on Malibu Ken.

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Murder by Death Create a Space Western That Features Plenty for Diehard Fans and an Entry Point for New Ones

On The Other Shore, two star-crossing lovers find hope in the dark. And Murder by Death finds a new direction.

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On 'Wide Awake', Rayland Baxter Makes a Masterful Play for the Pop-rock Middle

Rayland Baxter's third album on ATO is all semi-sunny 1960s rock recalling Dr. Dog, Fruit Bats, and Beck.

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Delmark Records Celebrates 65 Years with a Tribute to the Greats

Modern blues performers celebrate the masters, with covers of Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Big Time Sarah, and more.

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Horse Feathers' Metamorphosis From Americana Constructionists to Country-Rock Band Is Complete

Anchored by strong songwriting and an evolving sonic palette, Horse Feathers turn in yet another solid record with Appreciation.

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Grieves: Running Wild

Rhymesayers isn't known for putting out conventional hip-hop albums, and Running Wild doesn't break that mold. But in this case, that's not really a good thing.

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Deer Tick: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Deer Tick sidestepped the pressure of double albums by releasing two separate records on the same day, inviting but not forcing listeners to associate them.

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Jay-Z: 4:44

Already one of the greatest rappers in history, this is the kind of late-career artistic gem that will cement Jay-Z’s place on rap’s Mount Rushmore.

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BNQT: Volume 1

Volume 1 is a pleasant love letter to '70s rock, but rarely does it transcend its constituent members and feel like a true "super group" album.

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Five Alarm Funk: Sweat

Sweat is a solid blast of fun that shows why Five Alarm Funk, on album number six and decade number two, are still a force with which to be reckoned.

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: The Tourist

Alec Ounsworth takes his long-running project in a different direction -- a new branch on a creative tree 12 years in the making.

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Five Alarm Funk

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CYHSY Inc.

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The Good Life: Everybody's Coming Down

If the actor can't muster the energy to pretend the scene is real, how is the audience supposed to believe it?

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Ruby Amanfu: Standing Still

Standing Still bleeds organic warmth—the kind sorely lacking from today's high-fructose musical fare.

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Thirty Tigers / Rival & Co

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Thirty Tigers/Rival & Co

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MC Lars: The Zombie Dinosaur LP

The Zombie Dinosaur LP isn't going to bridge the gap between mc chris and the A$AP Mob, but Lars fans are sure to enjoy it.

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Horris

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Run the Jewels: Meow the Jewels

The jewel runners go full Cheezburger, pointing claws and snatching collars in the finest feline-based album in the history of everdom.

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Horris Records

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Raccoon Fighter: Spiral Flag

The masters of the short-form album return with another winning EP.

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