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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R.I.P. MAGNET Senior Writer Jonathan Valania

Essential New Music: Krise's "Svartsymra"

Essential New Music: Krise’s “Svartsymra”

The name of Norwegian quartet Krise translates as “Crisis,” and the title of its debut LP, Svartsymra, could be rendered
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Essential New Music: Die Enttäuschung's "Die Komplette Enttäuschung"

Essential New Music: Die Enttäuschung’s “Die Komplette Enttäuschung”

If you set about explaining Die Enttäuschung in its native language, you might fairly plead, “Es ist kompliziert.” Not because
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Essential New Music: Elena Setién's "Moonlit Reveries"

Essential New Music: Elena Setién’s “Moonlit Reveries”

Elena Setién started making her last album, Unfamiliar Minds, just as COVID shut things down, and the stuckness of that time manifested
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Essential New Music: Mariano Rodriguez's "Exodo"

Essential New Music: Mariano Rodriguez’s “Exodo”

Mariano Rodriguez is a far-southern representative of the Takoma school of acoustic-guitar playing. Based in Bariloche, Argentina, he’s been recording
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Essential New Music: Thinking Fellers Union Local 282's "These Things Remain Unassigned"

Essential New Music: Thinking Fellers Union Local 282’s “These Things Remain Unassigned”

Some albums are like photo portraits, artfully arranged to catch their good side from the right angle and retouched so
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Essential New Music: Edition Redux's "Better A Rook Than A Pawn"

Essential New Music: Edition Redux’s “Better A Rook Than A Pawn”

Edition Redux is the latest in a sequence of bands that Ken Vandermark has formed that permit him to explore
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Essential New Music: María Elena Silva's "Dulce"

Essential New Music: María Elena Silva’s “Dulce”

All is not sweet inside of Dulce. María Elena Silva is a singer and guitarist with a past in the flatlands and
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