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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.
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.
Beach Fossils' third album adds more collaboration and expanded instrumentation, both of which give their sound an impressive makeover.
A musically expansive and politically charged second effort from neo-bluesman Benjamin Booker.
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.
Saddle Creek Records
A quietly powerful sequel to 2016's Masterpiece showcasing the raw lyrics and delivery of leader Adrianne Lenker.
Collecting all of Can's 7" singles in one place, this compilation spotlights the Krautrock legends at their most immediate, energetic, and enjoyable.
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.
Composed as Seth Haley was adjusting to his new life in California, Iteration is the high-definition conclusion to the Com Truise saga.
Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch
A cheerful, bright salute to Jeff Lynne pop and '70s songcraft.
The New England roots rock power trio take a West Coast trip on their strong sixth LP.
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.
An awesome debut from the uncompromising instrumental rock quartet challenges, realigns, and perhaps redefines post-metal's boundaries.
Following a lengthy hiatus, the band's debut for Nonesuch is dense, ambitious, and ultimately rewarding.
Alive Naturalsound Records / Alive Records
Chiming slice of warm West Coast guitar pop with some serious Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers influence.
On their first record in four years, the quartet delivers their signature brand of heavy blues-rock tempered by soul, psych, and jazz.
Iván Fischer leads the Budapest Festival Orchestra in a compelling performance of Mahler's longest symphony, the Symphony No. 3 in D minor.
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.
Equilbey forges clean contrasts between the rich choir and the vibrato-free strings for a superb reading of the Mozart warhorse.
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.
This is a satisfying, high-spirited Shostakovich album that runs counter to the composer's grimly ironic tone.
75917 Invisible Hand / 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.
Listeners are taking pleasure in discovering these obscure treasures that deserve to be better known.
GC / Rhino / Warner Bros.
The expanded Purple Rain marks the first deep dive into Prince's legendary Vault.
Brooklyn quartet with a love for N.Y.C. bands of the '70s and '90s, but with a totally up-to-date energy and vision.
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.
Columbia / Sony Music
A politically charged album that harkens back to prime mid-'70s Pink Floyd.
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.
Sun-Wook Kim and the Hallé Orchestra, led by Sir Mark Elder, deliver expressive performances of Brahms' two piano concertos.
Moshi Moshi Records / Moshi Moshi Singles Club
An optimistic and affectionate sixth LP from the whimsical tunesmith intended as a small tonic for the turmoil of 2016 and its aftermath.
Produced by Brandi Carlile, the Rogers sisters' third LP is a marvel of quiet grandeur and steely Southern pragmatism.
Saga / Sam Records / Universal
Long thought lost to time and previously unreleased, this revelatory soundtrack to Roger Vadim's painstakingly restored film is offered in a deluxe package.
Sprawling, brawling, and sweet experimental noise pop from an adventurous Athens, Georgia quartet.
U2's crowning moment and the definitive sound of late '80s mainstream rock.
Now Again's second collection exploring the distinctive mid-'70s rock scene in Zambia.