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Meek Mill: Dreams Worth More Than Money

On Dreams Worth More Than Money savvy potential hits are overshadowed by tracks with chips on their shoulders, made for a guy who sounds like he leaves blood on the mic.

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Sly and the Family Stone: Live at the Fillmore East

On these two days in 1968, Sly and the Family Stone sounded like a perpetual motion machine far too powerful to ever break down.

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When Slayer Screams About Dying, You Feel Alive

When the latest incarnation of Slayer walked onto a stage full of Marshall stacks and upside-down crosses, it was a chance to see how a band long obsessed with death was coping with its aftermath.

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Goatsnake: Black Age Blues

Sunn O))) guitarist Greg Anderson has revived his old band, and it's a balm to anyone who fears that all the good power chord progressions have already been written.

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Darryl Holter: Radio Songs: Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles 1937-1939

By making a record to remind us about Woody Guthrie's tenure on Los Angeles radio, Holter is also reminding us of California’s unique legacy of promises unfulfilled.

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iLoveMakonnen: Drink More Water 5

There's something about iLoveMakonnen's tone and inflection that turns his wobbly singing and hazy, uncomplicated rapping into reliable ways to deliver hooks. He might not have perfect pitch, but his pop instincts are awfully close.

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Kylie Minogue: Kylie / Enjoy Yourself / Rhythm of Love / Let's Get to It

On these reissues of Kylie Minogue's first four records, the singer starts to figure out who she is, no matter how little her producers/hit-making assembly lines seemed to care.

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Ty Segall Band: Live in San Francisco

Living in the afterglow of 2014’s excellent Manipulator, this live record sounds like a man hitting the beer tent hard after a marathon.

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DragonForce: Maximum Overload

DragonForce doesn’t perform. It executes. It makes metal songs that sound like metal objects.

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Obituary: Inked in Blood

On their ninth album, Obituary continue to deliver ash-blackened riffage and unintelligible, swamp-creature squeals straight from the bile sac.

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Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74

This lost live record captures one of rock’s most unassailable giants, right when it was discovering how to really belt out its “fee-fi-fo-fums”.

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Tim & Eric with Dr. Steve Brule: Boston - 4 October 2014

Tim & Eric, with Dr. Steve Brule in tow, shared their brand of entrancingly preposterous, thoroughly sweet comedy during an extended set in Boston's Back Bay.

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Robert Plant: Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar

You have to respect Robert Plant's desire to take the crowd-pleasing, Grammy-approved formula of his last few records into wilder, hazier places. But the results don’t always reach their intended target.

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Play It Right: An Interview with Sylvan Esso

They were backup singers for Feist. A remix project happened between them. Now, Sylvan Esso's debut album is a thing to behold.

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Jungle: Jungle

This British retro-funk duo has created something unpretentious enough to energize a dance floor at 2 a.m., yet curious enough to suggest there’s something just a tad thornier under the surface.

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Wiz Khalifa: 28 Grams

28 Grams is full of interesting, moody, personality-drenched beats, many of which go to waste because they’re not suited to the artist.

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Hank Williams: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Recorded live in the same Nashville studio where Williams made his records, these tracks separate the singer’s mournful vocals just enough from their backing to echo the eerie, unmoored loneliness of the lyrics.

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Kool Keith: Demolition Crash

It’s never been more obvious that Kool Keith needs the stabilizing influence and instincts of a quality producer. Now more than ever, he’s Magneto without his helmet.

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Miranda Lambert: Platinum

Here's a chart-baiting country album that also happens to be an exploration of the spoils, perils, and hypocrisies of female stardom.

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