Essential New Music: Gerycz / Powers / Rolin's "Lamplighter"

Essential New Music: Gerycz / Powers / Rolin’s “Lamplighter”

A survey of “what’s in your bag” record-store interviews is bound to reveal that most music lovers nowadays like more
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Essential New Music (Film): "What Is Man And What Is Guitar? Keith Rowe"

Essential New Music (Film): “What Is Man And What Is Guitar? Keith Rowe”

There’s no shortage of music documentaries that leave way too much in; how many hours do you really want to
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Essential New Music: Tobacco City's "Tobacco City, USA"

Essential New Music: Tobacco City’s “Tobacco City, USA”

If you name your country band Tobacco City, you’re duty bound to play some songs about bad decisions. The Chicago
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Essential New Music: Bill Nace's "One Note (Solo Guitar 2)"

Essential New Music: Bill Nace’s “One Note (Solo Guitar 2)”

The title is a bit of a dare. Can you find the one note that Bill Nace plays? Good luck.
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Essential New Music: Caterina Barbieri's "Fantas Variations"

Essential New Music: Caterina Barbieri’s “Fantas Variations”

“Fantas” originally appeared on Caterina Barbieri’s 2019 LP, Ecstatic Computation, as a cascade of tone-bursts that bounced, Superball style, away
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Essential New Music: Alasdair Roberts og Völvur's "The Old Fabled River"

Essential New Music: Alasdair Roberts og Völvur’s “The Old Fabled River”

There’s been no shortage of records whose making reflects our times. Performed alone or cobbled together via file sharing, their
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Essential New Music: William Parker's "Mayan Space Station"

Essential New Music: William Parker’s “Mayan Space Station”

There’s a lot to be said about William Parker. He’s a peerless double bassist, a culture-spanning multi-instrumentalist, an ambitious composer,
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Essential New Music: Adrian Crowley's "The Watchful Eye Of The Stars"

Essential New Music: Adrian Crowley’s “The Watchful Eye Of The Stars”

Anyone who’s not only been making albums for more than 20 years, but ones that stack up awards in his
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Essential New Music: Eleventh Dream Day's "Since Grazed"

Essential New Music: Eleventh Dream Day’s “Since Grazed”

Eleventh Dream Day knows a few things about staying the distance. The Chicago-based combo includes two members—vocalist/guitarist Rick Rizzo and
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Essential New Music: Mountain Movers' "World What World"

Essential New Music: Mountain Movers’ “World What World”

Rock ‘n’ roll has a long history of being demanding. “Gimme some good times,” beseeched Lou Reed. “Gimme danger,” snarled
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Essential New Music: Liudas Mockūnas / Arvydas Kazlauskas' "PURVS"

Essential New Music: Liudas Mockūnas / Arvydas Kazlauskas’ “PURVS”

The Baltic nations of Latvia and Lithuania are neighbors, but they aren’t a culturally matched set. While Lithuania hosts a
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Essential New Music: Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band's "Tezeta"

Essential New Music: Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band’s “Tezeta”

There are golden ages, and then there’s what comes after them. Hailu Mergia has enjoyed plenty of spillover illumination from
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Todd Rundgren Released "Runt. The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren" 50 Years Ago Today

Todd Rundgren Released “Runt. The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren” 50 Years Ago Today

50 years ago today, Todd Rundgren released Runt. The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren. We remember you. Read our review of

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Essential New Music: Mind Maintenance's "Mind Maintenance"

Essential New Music: Mind Maintenance’s “Mind Maintenance”

“Music,” Albert Ayler proclaimed, “is the healing force of the universe.” While it would be exceedingly species-centric to say that
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Essential New Music: Can's "Live In Stuttgart 1975"

Essential New Music: Can’s “Live In Stuttgart 1975”

Can’s best recordings were prescient when they were made and remain nonpareil to this day. The German group arrived at
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Essential New Music: AMM's "Indústria"

Essential New Music: AMM’s “Indústria”

Indústria was recorded during the 2015 edition of OUT.FEST, an experimental musical gathering that takes place across the river from Lisbon,
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Essential New Music: Mdou Moctar's "Afrique Victime"

Essential New Music: Mdou Moctar’s “Afrique Victime”

Afrique Victime captures Nigerien guitarist/singer Mdou Moctar at moment of transition. Having built a substantial audience on the strength of
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Essential New Music: Tucker Dulin/Ben Owen's "Cat Guarding Geese"

Essential New Music: Tucker Dulin/Ben Owen’s “Cat Guarding Geese”

If you adhere to the rule of thumb that the right cover compels you to purchase a record, take a
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