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The metalcore veterans deliver a balanced, brutal, and almost relentlessly efficient set that deftly utilizes every inch of sonic space to its advantage.
Virtuoso vocalist, gifted conductor, and theatrical phenomenon, Barbara Hannigan displays her many talents in works by Berio, Berg, and Gershwin.
The avant rock band and Velina Brown deliver ingenious renditions of Spanish Civil War-era songs that still resonate.
Behind / Virgin EMI
Britain's theatrical pop eccentric follows up his Mercury Prize-winning debut with a wildly ambitious and deeply challenging second effort.
The follow-up to Land of Plenty develops the intuitive, relaxed dialogue between the two guitarists into a full-blown musical language here.
Indie pop with soft rock and chamber pop influences done with style by Drew Smith of the Bicycles and a bunch of his friends.
The second stellar offering by the picking married couple is banjos only; every recording element had to be reproducible in concert.
Haley Fohr interprets a powerful moment of cosmic inspiration on her sixth full-length as Circuit des Yeux.
An obscure corner of repertoire, even for lovers of British chamber music, done in quietly graceful, precise readings.
Dan Deacon provides a fascinating score to an eye-opening documentary about Baltimore's rat infestation.
Second solo album from the very prolific musician is his most focused and impressive to date, drawing on T. Rex-ian grooves and indie pop warmth.
With an all-star rhythm section, the Tunisian oud master delivers a nearly perfect meld of Arabic modal music and jazz improvisation.
Linn / Linn Records
John Butt and the Dunedin Consort are joined by His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts in this luminous recording of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers.
Some of these late Maxwell Davies works are death-haunted, but ultimately this is marvelous, life-affirming stuff.
The Long Island punks' debut for SideOneDummy is a viral and rousing tribute to their fallen comrade.
Horror master John Carpenter revisits the themes to 13 of his films from the '70s through the '90s.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir bring something distinctive to the work in this live performance.
Wonderfully peaceful and trippy psych jazz collaboration between the sonic explorers of King Gizzard and the woozy mindtrippers of Mild High Club.
Lee Gamble makes his Hyperdub debut with this challenging yet stunning album of deconstructed jungle and electro.
Norwegian producer Lindstrøm's first solo album in five years adds a darker undercurrent to his trademark space disco sound.
The singer/songwriter's outstanding 2013 EP is expanded to album length with the addition of non-LP single sides.
Continuing his late-era hot streak with producer Tyler Bates, Manson's tenth merges heartbreak and blues with a jagged industrial edge.
A fine tribute to an artist who has been not only a star, but a great inspiration to others.
Rhino / Warner Bros.
The hard rock band's debut comes alive thanks to Ronnie Montrose's guitar heroics and Sammy Hagar's rowdy vocal prowess.
An elegantly sculpted, more ambient fourth LP that rewards repeat listens but still offers instant gratification.
A rich, restless hybrid of American and British folk-rock.
Yoshimio, enigmatic vocalist and longtime member of the Boredoms and OOIOO, explores complex, cosmic raga-rock as part of Saicobab.
The singer/songwriter's fifth album weaponizes pop's trappings, transforming them into sad, witty songs about desire and destruction.
Last Gang Records
The Canadian indie pop establishment's excellent eighth release is a master class in amorous rumination.
The Australian band's 25th album is an illuminating mix of astral-toned space rock and goth-psychedelia.
Fueled by Ramen Records
The New Jersey indie punk weirdos exhibit signs of growing up on their more polished fourth effort.
The band's second album finds them expanding their lineup and sound, resulting in a richly melodic and suitably melancholic dream pop delight.
Rhino / Sire
Superlative document of a 1986 club show that captures this band at its combustible best.
Either alone or as part of the Sixteen's ongoing project, this is a highly recommended outing.
A cross-country relocation and fairly dramatic tonal shift characterize the Canadian punks' third LP.
Rise Above Records
Magpie metal band's first album recorded in lo-fi, warts-and-all glory.
Light in the Attic Records
The first fully licensed comp of obscure acid folk and underground rock from Japan, handsomely presented by Light in the Attic.