Essential New Music: Madhuvanti Pal's "The Holy Mother (Plays The Rudra Veena)"

Essential New Music: Madhuvanti Pal’s “The Holy Mother (Plays The Rudra Veena)”

The Holy Mother (Plays The Rudra Veena) is the vinyl debut from Madhuvanti Pal. The relationship between femininity and the rudra
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Essential New Music: Anna Webber's "Shimmer Wince"

Essential New Music: Anna Webber’s “Shimmer Wince”

When musicians who have come up through Western musical systems embrace “just intonation” (the more mathematically consistent system that was
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Essential New Music: The Feelies' "Some Kinda Love: Performing The Music Of The Velvet Underground"

Essential New Music: The Feelies’ “Some Kinda Love: Performing The Music Of The Velvet Underground”

Feelies concerts are the stuff of legend. Setlists might not change much from decade to decade (hell, the band might
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Essential New Music: Irreversible Entanglements' "Protect Your Light"

Essential New Music: Irreversible Entanglements’ “Protect Your Light”

In another review written three-and-a-half years ago, I opined that Irreversible Entanglements are in it for the long haul. That’s
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Essential New Music: Carlton Melton’s "Turn To Earth"

Essential New Music: Carlton Melton’s “Turn To Earth”

During his latter-period experimentations with non-traditional sounds and arrangements, Jimi Hendrix referred to his collaborations as an “Electric Church.” More
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Essential New Music: Setting's "Shone A Rainbow Light On"

Essential New Music: Setting’s “Shone A Rainbow Light On”

When someone drops the word “rainbow” into their album title, they set up some expectations. If your imagine conjures hopes
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Essential New Music: Radian's "Distorted Rooms"

Essential New Music: Radian’s “Distorted Rooms”

Distorted Rooms is the first Radian record in seven years. That may seem like a long time, even allowing for
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Essential New Music: Hello Whirled’s “No Use Crying Over Spilled Blood”

Essential New Music: Hello Whirled’s “No Use Crying Over Spilled Blood”

Whenever anyone writes about Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, it’s a fair bet they mention that he’s prolific. (You
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Essential New Music: James Brandon Lewis/Red Lily Quintet's "For Mahalia, With Love"

Essential New Music: James Brandon Lewis/Red Lily Quintet’s “For Mahalia, With Love”

For Mahalia, With Love is a record that gets down to fundamentals, but not just in the way that its
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Essential New Music: P.G. Six's "Murmurs & Whispers"

Essential New Music: P.G. Six’s “Murmurs & Whispers”

Pat Gubler is the kind of guy who can intuit fellow musicians’ ideals and help them sound like better versions
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Essential New Music: Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense"

Essential New Music: Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense”

The movie Stop Making Sense constitutes an undeniable high for Talking Heads. The Jonathan Demme-directed documentary of the band’s 1983
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Essential New Music: Naujawanan Baidar's "Khedmat Be Khalq"

Essential New Music: Naujawanan Baidar’s “Khedmat Be Khalq”

Naujawanan Baidar grew from heavy psych combo Myrrors, but don’t call it a side project. Rather, consider it to be
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Essential New Music: L. Eugene Methe's "Maybe, Tomorrow"

Essential New Music: L. Eugene Methe’s “Maybe, Tomorrow”

L. Eugene Methe’s work to date has been all over the map. The Nebraska-based musician has recorded one LP of
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Essential New Music: The Rempis Percussion Quartet's "Harvesters"

Essential New Music: The Rempis Percussion Quartet’s “Harvesters”

Dave Rempis has been an essential figure on Chicago’s improvised music scene for more than a quarter century. But while
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