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Fleet Foxes First Song From the Forthcoming ‘Crack-Up’ Finds the Band in Fine Form

On March 7th, Fleet Foxes announced its long-awaited and highly anticipated third album, Crack-Up, which releases in mid-June. The band also unveiled its first piece of new music since 2011’s Helplessness Blues. Titled “Third of May /…
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Jay Som’s ‘Everybody Works’ Is a Brilliant Piece of Bedroom Pop

Everybody Works, which follows her 2016 compilation Turn Into, is Jay Som’s first album as such. Melina Duterte, who records and performs under the Jay Som moniker, recorded the album in her bedroom over the course of three weeks in…
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Rhiannon Giddens Walks the Length of Freedom Highway

Over the course of twelve tracks, Giddens presents music based on, in her own words, "slave narratives from the 1800s, African American experiences of the last century, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and headlines from streets of…
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Experimental Pop Band Aquaserge Combines Dance Music Grooves with Free Jazz-influenced Improvisation

Experimental pop band Aquaserge operated for several years as a shifting collective, counting over 60 musicians in its orbit.
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Sallie Ford Confronts Depression on Her Confessional Album “Soul Sick”

Soul Sick returns to the some of the same influences heard on Ford's albums with "The Sound Outside."
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Lula Pena Looks for Hidden Truth in “The Simplicity of Voice and Strings and a Resonant Body”

The reclusive Portuguese musician/poet sings lyrics and poetry by authors ranging from Manos Hadjidakis and Violeta Parra to Belgian surrealist Scutenaire.
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Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche’s Sophomore Album, “Pas pire pop, I Love You so Much” is a Krautrock Odyssey

"Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche" means "With the sun coming out of his mouth" in French.
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Japandroids Release Their Triumphant Third Album, ‘Near to the Wild Heart of Life’

The title of Japandroids third album, "Near to the Wild Heart of Life", comes indirectly from a passage in James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man."
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Charlie Cunningham Lines

After releasing three EPs over the course of the last three years, London's Charlie Cunningham will release his debut full-length, Lines, this coming Friday (January 27, 2017)
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Explore the Sonic Cosmos with Night Moves on the ‘Carl Sagan’ EP

Carl Sagan, the title of Night Moves' latest EP is appropriate given the band's cosmic, '70s-influenced, indie rock sound.
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The Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society

The Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society's Blue Filter is out now through Six Degrees Records
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Best Albums of 2016: Top 10 Records of the Year

Ranked alphabetically.
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Best Records of 2016: Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Teens of Denial’

Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens of Denial' combs the verbosity of artists like Jonathan Richman and Will Sheff with a classic rock-sized sound.
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Best Records of 2016: Japanese Breakfast’s ‘Psychopomp’

With the new year approaching, we’re taking a look back through the past 11 months at records that did not get coverage in New Music Monday when they were first released earlier.
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Best Records of 2016: Swet Shop Boys’ ‘Cashmere’

For all the brightness and energy in its music, Cashmere is a charged album.
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Agnes Obel’s New LP, ‘Citizen of Glass’

"There’s an increasing sense in this world that you have to make yourself a bit of glass."
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Alsarah and The Nubatones Return With the Excellent Manara

Alsarah & The Nubatones' new record, Manara, is a thrilling mix of African, Middle Eastern, and Western music.
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20 Years of Hard Work Comes to Fruition on Paul & The Tall Trees’ ‘Our Love in The Light’

Our Love in The Light takes inspiration from rootsy Americana and vintage soul.
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Lady Wray Finds Her Voice on ‘Queen Alone’

Queen Alone is Wray's first full-length as Lady Wray, but she has the better part of two decades of experience in a mercurial music industry behind her.
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Shine a Light: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry on the Railway

Early this year legendary British musician Billy Bragg and American songwriter Joe Henry boarded an Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles.
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Weyes Blood Experiments With Singer-Songwriter Traditions on ‘Front Row Seat to Earth’

Much of Weyes Blood's output has an experimental bent to it.
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Drive-By Truckers Take a Stand on ‘American Band’

Race plays a major part throughout the album.
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Reimagining Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul’s Not-So-Lost Masterpiece

"Fake jazz, electronics, imaginary African & Balkan music, [and] minimalism."