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Sigrid's Debut 'Sucker Punch' Aims for a Knockout

With a punchy, often arena-ready set of songs on Sucker Punch, Sigrid struggles productively and wisely with the efforts life and love demand of us all.

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Robert Ashley's 'Private Parts' Remains Hypnotically Inscrutable

The new reissue of American composer Robert Ashley's 1978 quasi-ambient prelude to his later operatic works balances gracefully between quotidian consciousness and graceful profundity in a way that's still not quite like anything else.

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Nisennenmondai: #N/A

Japan’s masters of ‘organic techno’ team up with Adrian Sherwood, with results that show their sound can withstand just about anything.

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Underworld: Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future

Legendary electronic music duo Underworld make a relaxed, confident, lovely album that's unabashedly themselves.

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The Orb: Alpine

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Pinkish Black: Bottom of the Morning

Fort Worth duo forges through tragedy to make their uniquely compelling heavy, dark music.

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Underworld: Second Toughest in the Infants (Super Deluxe Edition)

Underworld's reissue project continues to do justice to their classic albums with a strong mix of material, unearthing fresh gems, and giving deeper insight into their creative process.

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Regis: Manbait

One of techno's leading lights doesn't put out many albums, but compilations like this are, if anything, even better

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Van Morrison: Astral Weeks / His Band and the Street Choir

These new re-releases of Morrison's mystical masterwork and its unheralded little brother are especially welcome.

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JOBS: killer BOB sings

Agile, noisy experimentalists add a vocalist and get both more straightforward and more daring.

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Aidan Baker: The Confessional Tapes

One of heavy music's most prolific and interesting artists makes a quiet, patient album that stands with his best work.

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Pleasence

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Pleasence Records

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Glenn Branca: The Ascension

A pioneer of massed-guitar music still worth listening to.

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The American Analog Set: Know by Heart (Reissue)

They could have been contenders; they probably should have been. But ultimately the peak of this band's hushed, precise, nuanced indie rock might have been a bit too twisty to catch on.

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Brian Eno and Karl Hyde: High Life

For their second collaboration of 2014, these two artists remain frustratingly close to making the great album this one hints they're capable of.

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For the first time, both sides of the post-punk/industrial/techno pioneers are collected in one place.

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The Knife: Shaken-Up Versions

Somewhere between remixes and a live album, this brief collection would be less of a let down if the band weren't about to end.

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Rabid Records

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Life Without Buildings: Any Other City

A new reissue of the Glasgow band's only LP reveals a powerful and idiosyncratic method to their music

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Brian Eno and Karl Hyde: Someday World

Two naturally complementary collaborators make half of an OK album and half of what could have been one of the best records of the year.

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Picastro: You

Dark-hued Toronto band makes another "quiet and aggressive" album that's as much a source of connection and support as it is scary.

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Magik Markers: Surrender to the Fantasy

After four years off, Magik Markers return with a dark, compelling album that demonstrates the power of good sequencing to craft its own narrative

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