Essential New Music: Rafael Toral & João Pais Filipe's "Jupiter And Beyond"

Essential New Music: Rafael Toral & João Pais Filipe’s “Jupiter And Beyond”

No living musician relates more to space than Rafael Toral. He’s employed recordings captured by NASA and played music that
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Essential New Music: Mic Harrison And The High Score's "Bright Spot"

Essential New Music: Mic Harrison And The High Score’s “Bright Spot”

Bright Spot could be labeled “bar-band music,” but while that tag is often used pejoratively, it’s the highest of praise
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Essential New Music: David Nance's "Staunch Honey"

Essential New Music: David Nance’s “Staunch Honey”

A voice whispers. Some sticks dance on the rim of a drum. A couple contrasting guitars weave around some Bo
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Essential New Music: Luke Stewart's "Luke Stewart Exposure Quintet"

Essential New Music: Luke Stewart’s “Luke Stewart Exposure Quintet”

The Exposure Series is an annual Chicago event (years with global pandemics excepted) that draws together improvising musicians from the
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Essential New Music: Tetuzi Akiyama's "Thaumaturgy"

Essential New Music: Tetuzi Akiyama’s “Thaumaturgy”

If you had to sum up the relationship between magicians and their audiences in one question, it would be, “Do
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Essential New Music: The Dead C's "Unknowns"

Essential New Music: The Dead C’s “Unknowns”

In disasters lurk opportunities. The Dead C, a trio that’s operated out of various towns on New Zealand’s South Island
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Essential New Music: Julia Reidy's "Vanish"

Essential New Music: Julia Reidy’s “Vanish”

Cristina Marx/Photomusix If you spot a photo of Julia Reidy hefting her acoustic 12-string guitar, you might think she’s a
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Essential New Music: Gunn-Truscinski Duo's "Soundkeeper"

Essential New Music: Gunn-Truscinski Duo’s “Soundkeeper”

Steve Gunn has spent quite a bit of the last decade establishing himself as a singer, songwriter and bandleader, and
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Essential New Music: Yo La Tengo's "Sleepless Night"

Essential New Music: Yo La Tengo’s “Sleepless Night”

If you’re a player, it’s handy to have a few high cards hidden up your sleeve. But you also need
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Essential New Music: John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp's "The Clawed Stone"

Essential New Music: John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp’s “The Clawed Stone”

The Clawed Stone is the second recording by English saxophonist John Butcher, German synthesizer player Thomas Lehn and American pianist
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Essential New Music: Chris Smith's "Second Hand Smoke"

Essential New Music: Chris Smith’s “Second Hand Smoke”

What could be more disappointing than secondhand smoke? You breath it in, it leaves its mark on you, and you
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Essential New Music: Sally Anne Morgan's "Thread"

Essential New Music: Sally Anne Morgan’s “Thread”

Thread introduces Sally Anne Morgan as a solo artist who understands the task of being a folk musician in the
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Essential New Music: Hala Strana's "Fielding"

Essential New Music: Hala Strana’s “Fielding”

Hala Strana’s Fielding represents the acme of multi-instrumentalist Steve R. Smith’s dialogue with the history, music and culture of Eastern
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Essential New Music: Naked Roommate's "Do The Duvet"

Essential New Music: Naked Roommate’s “Do The Duvet”

In the 21st century, the term "post-punk" has been widely applied to acts that have no punk in their blood
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Essential New Music: Lloyd Thayer & Jerome Deupree's "Duets"

Essential New Music: Lloyd Thayer & Jerome Deupree’s “Duets”

Sometimes you just have to narrow your options a bit to get things done. Cambridge, Mass., multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Thayer has
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Essential New Music: Bailterspace's "Concret"

Essential New Music: Bailterspace’s “Concret”

It’s tempting to say that any combo of musicians who first played together 40 years ago has been around for
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Essential New Music: Christian Lillinger’s Open Form For Society's "Live"

Essential New Music: Christian Lillinger’s Open Form For Society’s “Live”

If you want your art to change the world, you have to think big. Sun Ra proposed extra-terrestrial solutions to
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Essential New Music: Yo La Tengo's "We Have Amnesia Sometimes"

Essential New Music: Yo La Tengo’s “We Have Amnesia Sometimes”

No one planned for a year like this. Even the survivalists muffed it; they might've stocked up on guns and
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