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R Plus Seven

Oneohtrix Point Never
WARP

You could probably tell from the name that there is little conventional about Oneohtrix Point Never.

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Home

Johnny Spanish
SELF-RELEASED

Produced by Oliver Stoned, Johnny Spanish’s latest is his strongest. Moving back to Louisville after an extended NYC stay has energized the emcee.

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The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe
BAD BOY

Ambition can get lost with cynicism. After half-a-dozen listens, I was ready to throw in the Lady’s towel. Great for fans, but outside that foundation, the plate looked bare.

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Coming Apart

Body/Head
MATADOR

An inescapable darkness serves as the through line for Coming Apart.

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Lickety Split

Robert Randolph & the Family Band
BLUE NOTE

Randolph is an unlikely rock guitar hero, playing pedal steel and coming out of the Gospel Sacred Steel tradition.

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Express Rising

Express Rising
ERR

The last we heard from mysterious down-tempo instrumental hip-hop producer and obsessive crate-digger Dante Carfagna — aka Express Rising — was roughly a decade ago, when, after a few s

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TANK

Dat Boi Dunn
SELF-RELEASED

Dunn, one-third of Skyscraper Stereo, returns with his second solo, a deeply personal listen that equally satisfies head-nodders and reflects his status as our emcee with the best stage banter.

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We’re Not Waiting For You

Aint Worth Killin
NINE TO NINE

I’m not crazy, you’re the one who’s crazy if you thought early ’80s skate punk was a fond but very distant memory.

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Not many could be named connoisseurs of melody — in composition and in song.

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Movin’ On

The Big Diggity
SELF-RELEASED

Seven years between records in this town is an eternity, but it’s not as though Mauriece Hamilton has stayed dormant.