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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Essential New Music: Godspeed You! Black Emperor's "G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!"

Essential New Music: Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s “G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!”

Perhaps the most common running line about Godspeed You! Black Emperor is that its mighty, caustic brand of rock music
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Essential New Music: New Bums' "Last Time I Saw Grace"

Essential New Music: New Bums’ “Last Time I Saw Grace”

The New Bums aren’t that new. Singer/guitarists Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance, Comets On
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Essential New Music: Nightshift's "Zöe"

Essential New Music: Nightshift’s “Zöe”

One moment, Zöe sounds like it’s beaming in from a time when you could still buy rotary phones in stores.
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Essential New Music: Thumbscrew's "Never Is Enough"

Essential New Music: Thumbscrew’s “Never Is Enough”

The second law of thermodynamics is invaluable when you want to understand why things keep coming apart. But if you
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Essential New Music: Plankton Wat's "Future Times"

Essential New Music: Plankton Wat’s “Future Times”

Future Times was born of a dire present. Plankton Wat is the solo project of guitarist Dewey Mahood (ex-Eternal Tapestry, Galaxy
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Essential New Music: Fred Neil's "38 MacDougal"

Essential New Music: Fred Neil’s “38 MacDougal”

Not many people have yearned less for success than Fred Neil. Plenty of beatniks, folkies and hippies from the 1950s
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Essential New Music: Don Cherry's "Cherry Jam"

Essential New Music: Don Cherry’s “Cherry Jam”

The COVID virus may have owned 2020, but 2021 is the year of Don Cherry. The Oklahoma-born trumpeter, whose curious
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Essential New Music: No Friends Band's "To All My Friends"

Essential New Music: No Friends Band’s “To All My Friends”

People make records for a lot of reasons, and who are we to judge? Music lovers, that’s who we are,
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Essential New Music: Roy Montgomery's "Island Of Lost Souls"

Essential New Music: Roy Montgomery’s “Island Of Lost Souls”

Forty years ago, Flying Nun Records released its first single. The Pin Group’s “Coat” imagined a world of sound and
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Essential New Music: Loren Connors & Oren Ambarchi's "Leone"

Essential New Music: Loren Connors & Oren Ambarchi’s “Leone”

Loren Connors has dueted with many guitarists over the years, but he always presents them with the same challenge. The
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