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Sondre Lerche Rewards 'Patience' with Clever and Sophisticated Indie Pop

Patience joins its predecessors, Please and Pleasure, to form a loose trilogy that stands as the finest work of Sondre Lerche's career.

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Sarah Jarosz Finds Inspiration in Her Texas Roots on 'World on the Ground'

By turning to her roots in central Texas for inspiration on World on the Ground, Sarah Jarosz has crafted some of her strongest songs yet.

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Sondre Lerche and the Art of Radical Sincerity

"It feels strange to say it", says Norwegian pop artist Sondre Lerche about his ninth studio album, "but this is the perfect time for Patience. I wanted this to be something meaningful in the middle of all that's going on."

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Art and Politics Go Hand in Hand on Algiers' 'There Is No Year'

Algiers are what would result if Verso Books turned into an art rock band. This is a very good thing.

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No-Man Finally Land Their Disco White Whale: An Interview with Tim Bowness

Nearly 30 years have gone into the making of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson's seventh album as No-Man, Love You to Bits. Bowness speaks with PopMatters about returning to the duo's electronic early days, and how Love You to Bits may be the Terminator: Dark Fate of No-Man albums.

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Austin Film Festival 2019: (Trans)national Justice​

New films by Terrence Malick, Miranda Nation, and Trey Edward Shults stand out amongst a diverse crop of films at Austin's annual "screenwriter's festival".

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The Darkness' New Album Is a Rock Jukebox Musical

Easter Is Cancelled is the Darkness' best album since their 2003 breakthrough Permission to Land.

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Mika Delivers Undeniably Catchy Hooks on 'My Name Is Michael Holbrook'

Mika's My Name Is Michael Holbrook contains some of his sharpest lyrical conceits and catchiest hooks, but is often undercut by its too-glossy production.

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Introducing Madison Cunningham, a Young and Timeless Talent

On her debut album Who Are You Now, 22-year-old singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham sounds like she's been writing music for decades. In this extensive interview, the rising artist tells her story.

Theatre

David Mamet Lampoons Harvey Weinstein to No Effect in 'Bitter Wheat'

By staging a thinly veiled version of Harvey Weinstein – played by John Malkovich in a fat suit – David Mamet aims for controversy in Bitter Wheat.

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David Hare's 'Peter Gynt' Is Ibsen on Steroids

Henrik Ibsen's verse drama Peer Gynt famously challenges the limits of the stage. So what does Sir David Hare do to adapt the play for the 21st century? Turn the dial up. On everything.

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Hot Chip's 'A Bathfull of Ecstasy' Is Music for All Five Senses

Electropop's Hot Chip prove once again with A Bathfull of Ecstasy that they one of the most consistently excellent working bands.

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'Doom Days' Indeed for Bastille

On their third studio record, Doom Days, Bastille continue their slide into mainstream blandness.

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William Brittelle's Non-Religious 'Spiritual America'

Composer William Brittelle's "electro-acoustic song cycle", Spiritual America, attempts to capture non-religious spirituality in musical form.

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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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Joshua Redman Quartet's 'Come What May' Is an Essential Jazz Album

Joshua Redman Quartet's Come What May is not just a strong contender for 2019's best jazz album, but also one of the year's essential releases overall.

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Vampire Weekend Attempt Their 'White Album with 'Father of the Bride'

With the sprawling 18-track Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend have written their White Album.

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"Hanging Images in Sound": An Interview with David Gray

At the start of his latest tour of Europe, David Gray speaks with PopMatters about his 11th solo album, writing to avoid the obvious, finding the perfect collaborator, and how to avoid "crowing on like a middle-aged man".

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Balthazar's 'Fever' Proves There Is Plenty of Gas Left in the Tank for Rock Music

Following a hiatus in which its members launched new side projects, Belgian indie band Balthazar return with newfound verve on Fever, their best record yet.

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David Gray Brings Back the Folktronica on 'Gold in a Brass Age'

The 11th studio album by David Gray finds him returning to the "folktronica" through which he made his name in the late 1990s, with some added twists.

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Harriet Tubman's Music Bends Off Into Unpredictable Directions on 'The Terror End of Beauty'

Instrumentally dazzling but sonically muddled, Harriet Tubman's The Terror End of Beauty is a mixed bag of genre-resistant instrumentals.

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'Flowers at the Scene' Stands Out Amongst Tim Bowness' Already Impressive Crop of Solo Albums

Following three fine solo LPs, Tim Bowness releases his most sonically diverse album yet with the adventurous Flowers at the Scene.

Books

Is There Hope for Knowledge? On Robert Pasnau's 'After Certainty'

In After Certainty, Robert Pasnau constructs a history of knowledge and concludes that most theories of knowledge aren't up to par. But, he says, we can hope.

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