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
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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Essential New Music: Chris Schlarb & Chad Taylor's "Time No Changes"

Essential New Music: Chris Schlarb & Chad Taylor’s “Time No Changes”

Monoliths can blot out the sun, but they can also give you something to shoot for. The monolith that looms
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Essential New Music: Thomas Ankersmit's "Perceptual Geography"

Essential New Music: Thomas Ankersmit’s “Perceptual Geography”

Outer and inner space converge in the music of Thomas Ankersmit. His early work took its cues from figures like
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Essential New Music: Finn's Motel's "Fireworks Or Lightning"

Essential New Music: Finn’s Motel’s “Fireworks Or Lightning”

We've championed Finn's Motel for years, and they've rewarded us—and you—with the outstanding new Fireworks Or Lightning (Victory Over Gravity).
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Essential New Music: Jeffrey Alexander's "Reyes"

Essential New Music: Jeffrey Alexander’s “Reyes”

If you don’t immediately recognize the name Jeffrey Alexander, you might still have crossed his path. Currently based in Philadelphia
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Essential New Music: Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble's "Now"

Essential New Music: Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble’s “Now”

“Pretty soon, the whole world is gonna go crazy.” Judging from the sample’s sound quality, those words, which usher in
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