Essential New Music: Mountain Movers' "Walking After Dark"

Essential New Music: Mountain Movers’ “Walking After Dark”

Walking After Dark picks up right where its predecessor, World What World, left off in 2021. At the time, things didn’t look so
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Essential New Music: Antietam's "Pitch & Yaw"

Essential New Music: Antietam’s “Pitch & Yaw”

Punk has meant a lot of things to a lot of people. For Antietam, the New York-based, Louisville-bred trio of
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Essential New Music: Mdou Moctar's "Funeral For Justice"

Essential New Music: Mdou Moctar’s “Funeral For Justice”

Things are going downhill, and Mahamadou “Mdou Moctar” Souleymane is not happy about it. Souleymane, who has given his stage
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Essential New Music: Innode's "Grain"

Essential New Music: Innode’s “Grain”

Grain is the third recording by Innode, a trio founded by ex-Radian and Lokai guitarist Stefan Németh. If you had to sum
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Essential New Music: Oren Ambarchi / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin's "Ghosted II"

Essential New Music: Oren Ambarchi / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin’s “Ghosted II”

You don’t need to be a mathematician to know that two is more than one. This axiom applies to the
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Essential New Music: 番長 Taste's "I Dipped My Comb In Shochu And Ran It Through The Hair Of The Night"

Essential New Music: 番長 Taste’s “I Dipped My Comb In Shochu And Ran It Through The Hair Of The Night”

Let’s start with the album title. It looks luxuriant enough to apply to a Jon Hassell LP with an accompanying,
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Essential New Music: Joshua Massad & Dylan Aycock's "Two Improvisations"

Essential New Music: Joshua Massad & Dylan Aycock’s “Two Improvisations”

The raga is a platonic ideal for the guitarists who founded the “Takoma school” and those who have followed in
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Essential New Music: Vampire Weekend's "Only God Was Above Us"

Essential New Music: Vampire Weekend’s “Only God Was Above Us”

The first word on the new Vampire Weekend album is “fuck.” You heard it here first. (Unless you read that
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Essential New Music: Alice Coltrane's "The Carnegie Hall Concert"

Essential New Music: Alice Coltrane’s “The Carnegie Hall Concert”

The Carnegie Hall Concert inaugurates The Year Of Alice, a series of concerts, exhibits and publications celebrating the legacy of
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Essential New Music: Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra/Small Unit's "Spectral Fiction"

Essential New Music: Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra/Small Unit’s “Spectral Fiction”

On March 24 of last year, Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra used Chicago’s Adler Planetarium as a launch pad for
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Essential New Music: Star City Survivor's "Wilderness"

Essential New Music: Star City Survivor’s “Wilderness”

The members of this guitar/drums duo live in North Carolina’s Triangle, a conglomeration of metropolitan areas that contains three major
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Essential New Music: Alastair Galbraith's "Talisman"

Essential New Music: Alastair Galbraith’s “Talisman”

Full disclosure: The album under consideration and I go way back. My old micro-label put one of its songs on
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Essential New Music: Concepción Huerta's "The Earth Has Memory"

Essential New Music: Concepción Huerta’s “The Earth Has Memory”

Sound’s a funny thing. You can feel its vibrations, but you’ll never put your hands on them. Concepción Huerta exploits
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Essential New Music: Itasca's "Imitation Of War"

Essential New Music: Itasca’s “Imitation Of War”

When Kayla Cohen spoke to MAGNET in 2016, she gave this explanation for selecting the name Itasca: “The word means
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