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See Gulls: Curtain Call

See Gulls offer up another impressively expansive EP with Curtain Call, one that stretches out both its sound and its emotional impact.

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Wrekmeister Harmonies: Light Falls

Wrekmeister Harmonies' impressive new record, Light Falls, pairs down the number of guests and creates a central band, a smaller group on which to build a new kind of composition.

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani: FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy

On Sunergy, the intimacy with which Smith and Ciani collaborate is striking, and the best parts of the record pull you into that quiet conversation.

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Teenage Fanclub: Here

Teenage Fanclub sounds timeless as the band upsets the pure melodic centers of these songs with masterful, subtle shifts in layering and tone.

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Nathan Bowles: Whole & Cloven

With Whole & Cloven, Bowles's follow-up to his excellent, cohesive Nansemond, he pushes in a new direction, seeking out new ways to tie an album together, wondering whether or not the broken can still seem complete.

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Betty Davis: The Columbia Years 1968-1969

The Columbia Years 1968-1969 isn't the sound of Betty Davis finding her voice so much as it is the sound of her fighting to get out from under the shadow of then-husband Miles Davis.

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Eros and the Eschaton: Weight of Matter

Weight of Matter is a confident new turn for Eros and the Eschaton and suggests that, now a five-piece, they're just getting started.

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Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke: It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry

The first duo collaboration between Fennesz and O'Rourke turns out to be a good one, but only when they give each other the room to make this sound more like a conversation than a shouting match.

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Thee Oh Sees: A Weird Exits

A Weird Exits and John Dwyer's latest line-up mark maybe Thee Oh Sees' freshest turn since the beginnings of their In the Red Records era.

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Merrin Karras: Apex

Brendan Gregoriy's first album as Merrin Karras delivers electronic music that feels sometimes classic, sometimes nostalgic, but always immediate.

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Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler: Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel's 'Le Révélateur'

The duo's new album, originally performed live with screenings of Philippe Garrel's 1968 silent French film, is a subtly complex composition that works very well on its own.

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Brice Randall Bickford: PARO

Brice Randall Bickford's second solo album is the finest of his long musical career. PARO relies on carefully built textures that grow more fascinating with each listen.

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Dinosaur Jr.: Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

This emotive new LP is not just another Dinosaur Jr. record.

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Descendents: Hypercaffium Spazzinate

The Descendents today sound a lot like the Descendents you've always known, but this album is hardly a self-conscious clinging to past success. Instead, it's the sound of four guys with a deep bond, making music on their own terms.

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A Strangely Isolated Place

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Estrangers - "Croc Rock" (audio) (premiere)

"Croc Rock", the new single from North Carolina's Estrangers, isn't afraid to murk up and complicate the band's shimmering pop sensibilities.

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Connections: Midnight Run

After the taut Into Sixes, the more fractured Midnight Run risks upsetting the formula the band has established, and yet that risk pays off at every turn.

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Phuzz Records

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Rhyton: Redshift

Redshift is an impressive and lasting record because it manages something not all experimental music can pull off. It is both immediate and challenging, catchy and complex.

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The Amazing: Ambulance

Ambulance finds the Amazing pushing forward, trying new angles, and adding moments of clarity and sparseness to their trademark bittersweet gauze.

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Martha: Blisters in the Pit of My Heart

Blisters in the Pit of My Heart is an impressive record and a thoughtful ode to art as both expression and refuge.

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Various Artists: Venezuela 70: Cosmic Visions of a Latin American Earth

Venezuela thrived culturally and economically in the '70s, and this compilation reveals the fresh and exciting experimental rock scene at a time when rock music in that country was finding its own sound.

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Count Ossie and the Rasta Family: Man From Higher Heights

1983's Man From Higher Heights is an interesting chapter in the story of Count Ossie, but it succeeds in adding to that larger story more than it does as a stand-alone album.


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