Essential New Music: Stirrup+6's "The Avondale Addition"

Essential New Music: Stirrup+6’s “The Avondale Addition”

Stirrup has always had a thing for addition. The instrumental trio—bassist Nick Macri, drummer Charles Rumback and cello/electronics/tenor-guitar player Fred
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Essential New Music: Dan Melchior's "Embankment To The End Of The Line"

Essential New Music: Dan Melchior’s “Embankment To The End Of The Line”

Dan Melchior has been a resident of the United States for 22 years. But before that, he was part of
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Essential New Music: Jim O’Rourke's "Shutting Down Here"

Essential New Music: Jim O’Rourke’s “Shutting Down Here”

When Jim O’Rourke first visited the French institution known as the Groupe de Recherches Musicales 30 years ago, it was
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Essential New Music: Quin Kirchner's "The Shadows And The Light"

Essential New Music: Quin Kirchner’s “The Shadows And The Light”

Smart bandleaders know that if you want you band to sound good, nothing’s more important than a good drummer. You’ll
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Essential New Music: The Mekons' "Exquisite"

Essential New Music: The Mekons’ “Exquisite”

The Mekons have been through their share of changes since they first convened in Leeds, England, in the late 1970s.
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Essential New Music: Powers/Rolin Duo's "Powers/Rolin Duo"

Essential New Music: Powers/Rolin Duo’s “Powers/Rolin Duo”

The Powers/Rolin Duo messes with expectations in most delightful ways. Their instrumentation—hammered dulcimer and 12-string acoustic guitar—looks like something you’d
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Essential New Music: Lithics' "Tower Of Age"

Essential New Music: Lithics’ “Tower Of Age”

A tower can be an advantageous observation post or a monument to the past. Lithics’ Tower Of Age is both.
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Essential New Music: Buck Curran's "No Love Is Sorrow"

Essential New Music: Buck Curran’s “No Love Is Sorrow”

To misquote Bob Dylan, the times they are putting us through some changes. 2020 should've been a good year for
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Essential New Music: A.F. Jones' "A Jurist For Nothing"

Essential New Music: A.F. Jones’ “A Jurist For Nothing”

Anyone who's served a tour of duty under the waves will tell you that the sound of inrushing water is
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Essential New Music: Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Parish's "Interactivity"

Essential New Music: Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Parish’s “Interactivity”

The title of the second recording by Tatsuya Nakatani and Shane Parish goes right to the heart of their shared
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Essential New Music: The Necks' "Three"

Essential New Music: The Necks’ “Three”

Numerology has never seemed that important to the Necks. But the title of the Australian instrumental combo’s latest album is
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Essential New Music: Sir Richard Bishop's "Oneiric Formulary"

Essential New Music: Sir Richard Bishop’s “Oneiric Formulary”

Have you tried to reach a doctor lately? Not so easy, is it? There are good reasons why this is
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Essential New Music: Jon Hassell's "Vernal Equinox"

Essential New Music: Jon Hassell’s “Vernal Equinox”

Maybe you first heard Jon Hassell on Talking Heads’ Remain In Light, Peter Gabriel’s Passion or the two records that
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Essential New Music: Robbie Basho's "Songs Of The Great Mystery: The Lost Vanguard Sessions"

Essential New Music: Robbie Basho’s “Songs Of The Great Mystery: The Lost Vanguard Sessions”

Mystery is inherent in Robbie Basho’s music. His vocal performances extolled the wonders of both the natural and supernatural worlds.
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Essential New Music: FACS's "Void Moments"

Essential New Music: FACS’s “Void Moments”

If the first quarter of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that whatever seemed certain can change in a moment.
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Essential New Music: Windy & Carl's "Allegiance And Conviction"

Essential New Music: Windy & Carl’s “Allegiance And Conviction”

Sooner or later, the lure cannot be resisted. Allegiance And Conviction is Windy & Carl’s concept record. The Dearborn, Mich.,
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Essential New Music: Dean Roberts' "Not Fire"

Essential New Music: Dean Roberts’ “Not Fire”

Photo by Denis Laner A dozen years separate Not Fire from Dean Roberts’ previous album, Uneasy Flowers, which he released
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Essential New Music: Irreversible Entanglements' "Who Sent You?"

Essential New Music: Irreversible Entanglements’ “Who Sent You?”

When free jazz first manifested in the middle of the 20th century, it quickly became linked to the fight for
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