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The Seattle quintet return after a decade away with a sparkling, urgent sophomore set that incorporates arena pop/rock into their original emo sound.
Adam Fischer launches a Mahler cycle with the Düsseldorf Symphony, delivering a compelling performance of the Symphony No. 7.
Capitol / Decca
A vocal showcase for the great bluegrass fiddler, in which she sings polished but satisfying versions of countrypolitan classics.
A gleaming, electro-inflected modern pop production that nevertheless stays true to McMahon's signatures.
Flutist Barbara Kortmann's debut recording on Genuin presents delightful works by Vivaldi, Marais, Handel, J.S. Bach, and C.P.E. Bach.
Fabio Luisi leads the Philharmonia Zürich in an evocative performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite, Scheherazade.
David Moore's post-minimalist ensemble, now down to five members, move to 4AD for their excellent third full-length.
The post-Thin Lizzy unit's third studio outing invokes the heyday of late-'70s/early-'80s classic rock without falling victim to nostalgia.
This L.A. band's third album is a smart, joyous exercise in multi-cultural psychedelic funk with both groove and purpose.
An engaging, experimental quartet date from the pianist with Chris Speed, Chris Lightcap, and the Bad Plus' Dave King.
Soul-baring sophomore solo set from the Utah singer/songwriter who elevates her voice with gorgeous orchestral accompaniment.
Dina Ugorskaja presents the Well-Tempered Clavier on piano with a variety of expressions and subtle gradations of touch and dynamics.
The band's excellent second album is packed with smile-inducing pop songs, wall-shaking rockers, and a strong Weezer influence.
After a decade away, Guy Blakeslee returns to his solo moniker with expressive, more expansive indie folk-pop and a focus on songcraft.
François-Xavier Roth and the SWR Sinfonieorchester present two contrasting tone poems of Richard Strauss, Symphonia domestica, and Metamorphosen.
The Michigan-based band's fifth album adds a bit more indie pop to their literate and heartfelt folk-rock formula.
Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico present a program of music featuring the recorder and the seldom-heard chalumeau.
Incorporating new influences and more grandiose arrangements, Grails create some of their most cinematic work yet on their first album since 2011.
The blues-punk eccentric goes bananas on this sprawling LP culled from a series of 2016 EPs.
Isabelle Faust joins the period ensemble Il Giardino Armonico in this historically informed set of Mozart's five violin concertos.
Featuring production by Blake Mills, the songwriter's solo debut for Sub Pop is a sparse and captivating expression of empowerment.
Bach's works for lute receive vibrant performances by guitarist Johannes Monno, who has wanted to record them since childhood.
U.K. eccentric Julian Cope reclaims his whimsy and melodicism on this pleasing set of drinking songs.
Second delightfully distorted batch of crate-digging finds from the accomplished drummer and producer.
The ninth album of genre-bending, instrumental post-jazz from the exploratory quintet.
Originally released in 1978, the debut album from Laraaji (Edward Larry Gordon) is just as powerful and fascinating as any of his subsequent works.
Leonard Slatkin continues his series of the orchestral music of Maurice Ravel with Daphnis et Chloé and Une barque sur l'océan.
Capitol / Decca
Little Big Town doubles down on Southern Californian soft rock on The Breaker.
True Panther Sounds
The producer's debut album transforms suburban boredom into freewheeling, heartfelt songs that blur the boundaries between R&B, chillwave, and rap.
Mariss Jansons presents two of Richard Strauss' most compelling tone poems, An Alpine Symphony and Death and Transfiguration.
The intense Chicago post-punks' Steve Albini-produced third outing is desperate and cathartic.
This collection of late medieval music of the Ars Nova is performed by Michele Pasotti and La Fonte Musica.
A sophisticated, kinetic, and deeply poetic quartet session from the acclaimed Puerto Rican saxophonist.
The psych-pop band's second album was recorded on an old eight-track machine, making for a compact but no less impressive sound.
Sarah Lipstate continues to push her otherworldly guitar drone sound in new directions with her eighth solo album as Noveller.
The New Jersey thrash legends' 18th full-length outing snaps necks with impunity, but it does so with structural inventiveness.
Italian-born bedroom pop auteur Mauro Remiddi's third outing splits the difference between heady chillwave and Scandinavian pop grandeur.
A warmly delivered set of solo jazz and classical guitar from the virtuoso performer.
Rhiannon Giddens digs deep into American folklore on her second album.
Former Toy Soldiers frontman reinvents himself as a scrappy, literate garage-punk troubadour with this album.
Stirring first album from a singular do-it-all who has worked with Drake, Beyoncé, Kanye, and Solange.
Ben Chasny returns to more traditional song structures on this pastoral folk-based LP.
Casting aside the calm craftsmanship of previous albums, Lerche dives head-first into synth-driven, '80s-damaged pop and comes up with a pearl.
The ageless New Zealanders sound as good and jangly as ever, even after being in a band together since 1982.
The fuzzed-out Vancouver trio delivers a melodic win on its Flying Nun debut.
The Pennsylvanian punks deepen their self-ruminations on their big-hearted fifth LP.
Kim Shattuck and Company sound tighter, harder, and just as much fun on this reissue their third album.
The tenth album from celebrated Canadian indie roots rockers is full of mystery, drama, and great guitar work.
Timothy Fallon sings some of the less familiar Lieder of Franz Liszt, who composed songs throughout his career.
Tobias Feldmann's Polychrome explores the palette of sonorities and techniques in three contrasting violin sonatas by Ravel, Prokofiev, and Strauss.
This is a very fine Glass recording, beautifully engineered.