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Three decades in, the quintet keeps the party going with an energetic 12th LP of tried-and-true reggae, hip-hop, and metal fusion.
Jazz Village / JazzBook
A gorgeous, dreamlike homage to the coastal French city that clearly holds a special place in the pianist's heart.
A historical-performance release where the talents of instrument maker, performer, and composer seem to converge.
On their militant second album, the quartet and producer Adrian Utley offer a soundtrack for the apocalypse, yet refuse to be swallowed by it.
A confident, intelligent ninth LP that shares The Minutes' dramatic flare while adding acoustic instrumentation to electronics.
This definitive reissue of Allen Ginsberg's musical rendering of William Blake's work includes a slew of indispensable unreleased material.
Columbia / Sony Music
The former Dirty Projectors member goes solo with a beguiling post-breakup set full of sunny self-motivation and lush melancholia.
Reaching back to 2001's A Fine Day to Exit for their muse, the Liverpool rockers push at the future to explore new possibilities.
Andris Nelsons leads the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in a committed performance of the 1888/1889 version of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.
The great saxophonist in a quintet setting with savvy trombonist Bill Watrous and pianist Russ Freeman. This may be the best volume in this series.
The two Stan Kenton alums paired for this emotive, early-'80s date originally released on Japan's Atlas label.
Beach Fossils' third album adds more collaboration and expanded instrumentation, both of which give their sound an impressive makeover.
The duo's odds 'n' sods collection reaffirms just how consistent -- and consistently beautiful -- its music is.
For Vol. 46 of Liszt's Complete Piano Music, Feng Bian plays several transcriptions of music by Berlioz that Liszt tirelessly promoted.
A vivaciously delivered tribute to the California outfit's three biggest influences: Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan.
The 100 Years' War provides the framework for this album of Medieval and Renaissance music, sung by the Binchois Consort.
Columbia / Sony Music
Leaving EDM behind, the Scottish producer assembles an all-star roster of rap, R&B, and pop guests for his nostalgic beachside getaway.
Big Machine Records
The veteran rockers sound tight, rowdy, and energetic on this set that's as fun as anything they've cut in a decade.
The guitarist-composer switches to pedal steel for this album-length series of tender, atmospheric songscapes.
Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch
A cheerful, bright salute to Jeff Lynne pop and '70s songcraft.
Dion Lunadon, member of A Place to Bury Strangers and former leader of the D4, steps out with his arresting solo debut.
Dua Lipa Music / Warner Bros.
Brimming with the confidence of a seasoned vet, this excellent pop debut strikes a deft balance between attitude and vulnerability.
Nick Edwards' fourth full-length for Planet Mu is slightly less hissy than prior releases, and subtly alludes to early-'90s acid house and bleep techno.
Following a lengthy hiatus, the band's debut for Nonesuch is dense, ambitious, and ultimately rewarding.
François-Xavier Roth and his period instruments ensemble Les Siècles re-create Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé with the sounds of its 1912 premiere.
On their first record in four years, the quartet delivers their signature brand of heavy blues-rock tempered by soul, psych, and jazz.
Adding more keyboards to his off-kilter guitar pop makes the Welsh singer/songwriter's fourth album his most accomplished and expressive to date.
Paradise of Bachelors
The debut solo album of progressive '60s- and '70s-style folk from the British-born, Chicago-based singer/songwriter.
Southeastern Records / Thirty Tigers
The gifted songwriter aims for a more eclectic sound here, and he and his band deliver the goods with passion and skill.
Instant (UK) / Instant Records
On their sophomore album, these rocking Detroiters up the ante with craftier songwriting, better production, and the addition of tough Latin rhythms.
Atlantic / Rhino
An enjoyably concise, single-disc thumbnail sketch of the legendary saxophonist's innovative Atlantic years.
A highly recommended recording of music that is not really obscure, although it has been deemed so for a time.
Dead Oceans Records
The L.A.-based singer/songwriter returns to his New York muse, this time evoking a darker, rawer tone.
The sophomore outing from the Aussie pop provocateur finds Callinan flexing his EDM muscles, while maintaining the nervy post-punk foundation that made his 2013 debut such a prickly affair.
British producer Lapalux boldly reinvents his sound with third full-length Ruinism, a fascinating work which ponders the space between life and death.
Equilbey forges clean contrasts between the rich choir and the vibrato-free strings for a superb reading of the Mozart warhorse.
Republic / Virgin EMI
Lorde broadens her sonic and emotional palette on her excellent second album.
The second record by the duo of the Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Suspicious Beasts' Yusuke Okeda is a power pop meets garage punk delight.
Minkowski and musicians deliver an interpretation that is sharp and biting.
Marika Hackman's shift to a grungier sound on I'm Not Your Man is also a triumph of wit and heart.
This is a satisfying, high-spirited Shostakovich album that runs counter to the composer's grimly ironic tone.
75917 Invisible Hand / IHM / Invisible Hands
The L.A. songwriter and successor to the Laurel Canyon sound delivers lush psych-folk and timely protest songs on her fourth LP.
Legacy / Songs of the South Records / Sony Legacy / Sony Music
The Dickinsons dig deep into their roots on a set of originals and covers of blues, gospel, and folk with reckless abandon, and select friends.
Listeners are taking pleasure in discovering these obscure treasures that deserve to be better known.
A refreshingly back-to-basics score for the AMC drama series, composed by former Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger.
GC / Rhino / Warner Bros.
The expanded Purple Rain marks the first deep dive into Prince's legendary Vault.
A complex, textured release that finds the group moving into new realms and leaving the Britpop tag behind.
Motets of Monteverdi have been combined with music of his near contemporaries to create a work to compare with his Vespers of 1610.
Despite a sparsity and the unchanging rhythm of Coleridge's quatrains, the narrative drama of the poem is realized in full.
Recorded at Chicago's Museum of Modern Art, four of the artist's trios play separately and in various combinations to deliver a monolithic and inspired document.
A tuneful slab of deeply entertaining, '90s-indebted fuzz-pop from this West Virginia quartet.
The Joyful Noise debut of Brian Batz's established post-rock project can double as surreal background music or engrossing headphone material.
Late-night soft rock that sounds like it was made of half Christopher Cross and half Van Morrison.
Warner Bros. / Warner Music
The uncompromising singer/songwriter looks back to his country-rock days without forgetting what he's learned since then.
Sun-Wook Kim and the Hallé Orchestra, led by Sir Mark Elder, deliver expressive performances of Brahms' two piano concertos.
Upset the Rhythm
The Australian group's second album is another low-key charmer made up of scrappy indie pop, singalong tunes, and hooky chants.
A clearinghouse of strong outtakes and live material from the Smiley Smile/Wild Honey era.
This album of choral music by British singer and composer William Petter is a memorial tribute, with proceeds going to Sarcoma UK.
Produced by Brandi Carlile, the Rogers sisters' third LP is a marvel of quiet grandeur and steely Southern pragmatism.
The Montreal indie electronic outfit returns the heavy-hearted sophisti-pop sound established on 2014's Picture You Staring.
Sprawling, brawling, and sweet experimental noise pop from an adventurous Athens, Georgia quartet.
Brilliantly chosen, well-documented deep dive into a bevy of private press and barely heard soft rock treasures from the '70s.
Comprehensive three-disc set of indie pop hits and misses that captures all the jangling, chiming sounds of the underground U.K. music of 1988.
Now Again's second collection exploring the distinctive mid-'70s rock scene in Zambia.
Def Jam / Virgin EMI
Sophomore LP from the Long Beach rapper features an impressive list of guests and producers on a footwork-inspired set full of his typically dense lyrics.
A major Baroque release of music by a composer who looks better and better with each passing decade.