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A Hammock and a Brook: An Interview With Explosions in the Sky

After getting on the big screen and the small one, Explosions in the Sky learn how to relax even as they grow.

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Dumptruck: Haul of Fame

A band with nothing close to a hit still offers a compelling case as one of the best bands of the '80s and beyond.

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Ass Ponys: The Okra Years

For the most part, The Okra Years presents a better version of the Ass Ponys than the band's few fans from that era might remember.

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Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano: Immolation/Immersion

Those wanting to further explore Cline's music would do well to ease into things. For most, that means a disc like this probably ought to sit on the shelf for a while.

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Pinetop Seven: The Night's Bloom

This band is hard to compare to others, because they're quite unlike so many others.

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The Clientele: Strange Geometry

The new Clientele disc is awfully good, besting everything in Belle & Sebastian's catalog on an album-by-album basis save for The Boy With the Arab Strap and Dear Catastrophe Waitress.

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David S. Ware Quartets: Live in the World

Everything here was originally released on a studio disc, and a listen to those original versions followed by these live takes shows just how well-conceived Ware's music can be.

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Matthew Shipp, Restless Visionary Behind the Blue Series

Matthew Shipp is the most adventurous, prolific jazz musician out there, bar none. That's saying something in a genre that, at least on its fringes, is made up almost exclusively of adventurous, prolific types. The closest competition comes in the form of frequent collaborators like William Parker.

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The Silos: Cuba

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Kelly Willis: Easy

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The Miggs: Anyway

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Miles Davis: The Complete in a Silent Way Sessions

The set highlights many important elements to Davis's evolving sound: his quest to strip songs down to their essential parts, his shift from acoustic to electric-based music, his choice of sidemen who best play that type of music, and, in turn, his way of coaxing the best music from those sidemen.

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Beachwood Sparks: Once We Were Trees

Beachwood Sparks is a California band; it is the Byrds and the Beach Boys, Love and Buffalo Springfield, the Minutemen and Rank and File. Country-rock or alt-country might be the easiest tags to hang round the band's neck, but it doesn't follow the rules of that genre or any other, it offers more than any pigeonhole could hold.

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