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Alterna-punk vets evolve on their tenth set, combining the band's muscle with the rhythmic new wave/post-punk influences found on side project Blakq Audio.
Third LP from the British "Too Close" singer that finds him reflecting on faith, self-worth, and positivity in an increasingly challenging world.
Tommy Stinson is the only holdover in this new edition of his short-lived '90s band, but the feel and the fun are all there.
Earth Recordings / Earth Records
This handsome package contains three solid '90s-era albums, with a bonus fourth disc of unreleased alternates, demos, and new songs.
One of Pärt's most popular works is well-suited to the sound of the Cappella Amsterdam.
These are unusually strong performances that provide serious competition for the hundreds of other recordings of these warhorse symphonies.
Hot Shot Records / Hot Spot Records
Changing his delivery slightly, the Texas singer/songwriter channels Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole, Satchmo/ and swing on this excellent date.
Nearly 30 minutes of Seussian guitar pop instrumentals from songwriter/maverick Steve Marion.
This 1968 club date is a hard-grooving, Detroit soul-jazz stunner from guitarist and organist Lyman Woodard and drummer Melvin Davis.
Drifting further from club music conventions, Egyptrixx presents some of his best work yet with this trippy, atmospheric full-length.
Moving to Thrill Jockey, the experimental electronic duo creates a hypnotic, bracing album using self-built instruments and loads of distortion.
Light in the Attic Records
The singer/songwriter's visionary expansion of tropicalia was misunderstood in 1971, but is now justly regarded as a Brazilian rock classic.
Light in the Attic Records
This 1970 masterpiece is a formal goodbye to the Jovem Guarda as it melds MPB, rock, soul, and groove to inspire a new generation.
The duo's first proper studio album finds them joined by a 40-plus-piece orchestra, the Lemon Twigs, and Steven Drozd, and it's a corker.
Fine engineering captures the energy of an extraordinary pair of Shostakovich performances.
Inviting, frolicsome, and delightfully off-center love songs from the multi-instrumentalist Stones Throw signee.
The Jerusalem Quartet presents the even-numbered quartets of Béla Bartók in polished performances that build anticipation for a complete cycle.
Ambitious double set from the Australian singer/songwriter adds more rock to the mix without blurring her hard country roots.
Arts & Crafts
Innovative turntablist Kid Koala enlists Icelandic vocalist Emilíana Torrini for a wondrous album of dreamy ambient pop.
Mom + Pop Music
Indie folk-rocker Aly Spaltro crops her pseudonym to Lady Lamb for this seven-track EP that emphasizes vulnerability and resilience.
The outstanding singer and songwriter teams in the studio with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, and the results are impressive.
The Leeds indie rock outfit moves deftly into a more experimental phase on their strong sophomore set.
The fourth and final volume in a 20-year series, the artist sends it off with the same musical imagination, savvy, and humor he began with.
The singer/songwriter's second album is a warm and shiny electro-pop collaboration with Boxed In's Oli Bayston.
Run the Jewels, Inc.
The third installment in the duo's excellent catalog is their best to date, packed with agile wordplay, inspired guests, and tight production.
Longtime Michigan indie scene regular Stef Chura perfects her anxious, visceral sound with her excellent first studio album.
The band's second album was a struggle to make, but the resulting smoothly polished melancholy pop is a breeze to listen to.
Excavated 1980 session from the legendary English pop wizard that leans in a cheerful pub rock/new wave direction.
The trio's bold third album celebrates taking risks when it comes to love and music.
The gifted singer/songwriter delivers another album of great songs and singing, this time produced by Iron and Wine's Sam Beam.
With Cairo Gang's Emmett Kelly on board and a live studio band, the album is a thunderous noise-fest balanced with sweet folk-rock tunes.