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Music Blues: Things Haven't Gone Well

There is a dark, dark humor that bubbles up on occasion, but its dry wit can't keep the record from being a depressing listen.

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Spider Bags: Frozen Letter

With Frozen Letter, the North Carolina trio dives headfirst into the psychedelic end of the garage rock pool.

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Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket: In a Dutch Haze

To measure the success of a jam session is a daunting task. The parameters of success are different than with a composed work, and require a different kind of empathy and listening from both players and audience.

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Outer Battery / Roadburn

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Judas Priest: Redeemer of Souls

This is Judas Priest as they haven't been heard in nearly 25 years. Not since Painkiller has the band had this much power, energy, or hooks.

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Dex Romweber Duo: Images 13

Images 13 shows that this current Duo is Romweber's strongest, most empathetic pairing since the days of the Flat Duo Jets.

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Linda Perhacs: The Soul of All Natural Things

To live up to the legacy of a cult classic is a daunting task. While The Soul of All Natural Things isn't quite up to the challenge, it does add a number of memorable songs to her catalog.

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Neneh Cherry: Blank Project

Neneh Cherry has always followed her own path in her style. With Blank Project, Cherry has reclaimed the spotlight to deserved applause.

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Various Artists: Killed by Deathrock, Vol. 1

Sacred Bones delves into the darkened corners and crevices of obscure '80s post-punk, goth, and death rock with Killed by Deathrock, Vol. 1. The result is a reclamation project of the highest order.

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Lambchop: Nixon

Age has given Lambchop's Nixon additional poignance and grace, and it fully deserves the recognition Merge Records is giving it as the launch of their anniversary celebrations.

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Humble Pie: Performance - Rockin' the Fillmore: the Complete Recordings

Rockin' the Fillmore was an excellent double live album in 1971, but the complete recordings from which it was created show the true greatness of Humble Pie.

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Various Artists: Qat, Coffee & Qambus - Raw 45s from Yemen

Qat, Coffee & Qambus, a collection of Yemeni 45s from the 1960s and '70s, captures this musical culture when it was relatively untouched by Western influence. As such it is more than a curio; it's an intriguing glimpse into a rarely heard part of the world's music.

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Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way (Deluxe Edition)

In 1993, Lenny Kravitz released his finest record, Are You Gonna Go My Way. On its 20th anniversary, a deluxe edition has arrived that nearly buries that achievement under the weight of a mass of minimally interesting material.

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Virgin/UMe

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John Coltrane : Afro Blue Impressions

An engaging live recording of the John Coltrane Quartet from 1963, lovingly remastered and expanded for the 50th anniversary of its recording.

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Earthless: From the Ages

From the Ages finds Earthless at their most concentrated, and that distillation of psychedelic rock, stoner metal, and electric blues is a heady brew.

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In Solitude: Sister

Sister, the third album from young Swedish heavy metal band In Solitude, captures the group as they step out of the shadows of their forebearers to stake a claim on their own patch of darkness.

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan: UZU

Experimental art collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan combine musical and cultural concepts from their complex Asian, First Nation, and Canadian heritages. On UZU, they expand, refine and recast those ideas anew.

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