Essential New Music: Oval's "Scis"

Essential New Music: Oval’s “Scis”

Oval maneuvers in elliptical fashion between experimental and pop music. At one extreme, there’s methodology: Markus Popp (since 1995, the
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Essential New Music: Matthew Shipp's "Invisible Light: Live In Sao Paulo"

Essential New Music: Matthew Shipp’s “Invisible Light: Live In Sao Paulo”

Matthew Shipp has often applied the word “cosmic” to his music. While there’s nothing at all spacey about his bold
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Essential New Music: Joseph Allred's "Traveler"

Essential New Music: Joseph Allred’s “Traveler”

Joseph Allred is on a roll. In the last year, he has released a CD-R, two tapes and three LPs
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Essential New Music: Donovan Quinn's "Absalom"

Essential New Music: Donovan Quinn’s “Absalom”

In the Old Testament, Absalom is a guy so good looking, popular and sure of himself that he gets away
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Essential New Music: Enhet För Fri Musik's "Det Finns Ett Hjärta Som För Dig"

Essential New Music: Enhet För Fri Musik’s “Det Finns Ett Hjärta Som För Dig”

Enhet För Fri Musik ("Unit For Free Music") is a quintet whose music will defy you to accurately date its
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Essential New Music: Lumen Drones' "Umbra"

Essential New Music: Lumen Drones’ “Umbra”

Maybe someone told you about a band you really need to hear. They’re three lifer musicians, and they play instrumentals
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Essential New Music: The High Sheriffs' "High Sheriffs"

Essential New Music: The High Sheriffs’ “High Sheriffs”

And you thought the cops were selling all that confiscated greenery. Nope, they’ve been holed up behind locked doors, dampened
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Essential New Music: Made To Break's "F4 Fake"

Essential New Music: Made To Break’s “F4 Fake”

In Ken Vandermark’s music, method matters. While the Chicago-based saxophone and clarinet player never performs like it doesn’t matter, each
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Essential New Music: Swans' "Leaving Meaning"

Essential New Music: Swans’ “Leaving Meaning”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The last Swans album, 2016's The Glowing Man, looked for a moment like it might really be
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Essential New Music: Various Artists "Pakistan: Folk And Pop Instrumentals 1966-1976"

Essential New Music: Various Artists “Pakistan: Folk And Pop Instrumentals 1966-1976”

Rock 'n' roll is pretty easy to find around the globe, but it hasn’t been the global lingua franca for
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Essential New Music: Jaimie Branch's "Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise"

Essential New Music: Jaimie Branch’s “Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise”

Photo by Peter Gannushkin Whether you’re playing music or fighting for freedom, you have to be ready to go the
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Essential New Music: Rempis/Abrams/Ra + Baker's "Apsis"

Essential New Music: Rempis/Abrams/Ra + Baker’s “Apsis”

An "apsis" is the nearest or farthest point of a planet’s orbit. It’s a handy metaphor for the dynamics of
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Essential New Music: Wet Tuna's "Water Weird"

Essential New Music: Wet Tuna’s “Water Weird”

When Matt Valentine and Pat “P.G. Six” Gubler played together in Tower Recordings, they often seemed to represent opposing methodologies
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Essential New Music: City Of Djinn's "City Of Djinn"

Essential New Music: City Of Djinn’s “City Of Djinn”

“Hakawati,” the song that kicks of City Of Djinn’s self-titled second album, comes at you like a cavalry attack over
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Essential New Music: David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights' "Bobbie's A Girl"

Essential New Music: David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights’ “Bobbie’s A Girl”

David Kilgour’s first album in five years confirms his enduring strengths as a singer, guitarist and composer, but it also
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Essential New Music: Brian Crook With The Renderers' "The World Just Eats Me Up Alive"

Essential New Music: Brian Crook With The Renderers’ “The World Just Eats Me Up Alive”

Brian Crook doesn’t make solo albums very often. He doesn’t need to. The Joshua Tree, Calif., resident is the co-lead
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Essential New Music: Weeping Bong Band's "II"

Essential New Music: Weeping Bong Band’s “II”

The name Weeping Bang Band stokes expectations for cannabis-reliant comedy, or at least a few cracks about why the bong
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Essential New Music: Sam Rivers Trio's "Emanation"

Essential New Music: Sam Rivers Trio’s “Emanation”

Sam Rivers’ jazz journey was as long as it was extraordinary. Born in 1923, he toured with Miles Davis and
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Essential New Music: The Silence's "Metaphysical Feedback"

Essential New Music: The Silence’s “Metaphysical Feedback”

Back when MAGNET reviewed the Silence’s self-titled debut, the writer suggested that the main difference between Masaki Batoh’s latest rock
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