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Close Encounters

Various Artists
ISLAND EARTH
Nothing like some friendly competition to bring out the best in you.
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Magnetic

Terence Blanchard
BLUE NOTE

The buzz on trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s new album is almost deafening, and rightly so.

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Soft Will

Smith Westerns
MOM + POP
Though the name Soft Will lacks the brash and youthful imperative of Dye it Blonde, Smith Westerns’ latest finds the band sharpening their songwriting cho
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Kveikur

Sigur Rós
XL

That the term “muscular” can be applied to any release by Sigur Rós reveals a profound shift in their musical lexicon.

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Blaze of Glory

Marshall Chapman
TALLGIRL

After releasing her previous album, 2010’s acclaimed Big Lonesome, which paid tribute to her friendship with the late, great Louisville singer-songwriter Tim Krekel, legendary Na

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Among the Grey

Cheyenne Mize
YEP ROC

For locally based Cheyenne Mize, her travels with music over the past decade are starting to pay off.

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Tomorrow’s Harvest

Boards of Canada
WARP
Boards of Canada revel in a retro-futuristic vision that could be easily set to score any number of ’80s sci-fi movies.
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Blood Drive

ASG
RELAPSE
As groups inspired by Black Sabbath go, ASG have always been one of the most inspired. Their secret weapon lies in the powerful pipes of singer/guitarist Jason Shi.
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...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age
MATADOR

It’s ironic that Queens of the Stone Age opted to name their newest …Like Clockwork, given the six years between albums and the comparatively prog-y leanings found herein.

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Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge
THIRD MAN

Pokey LaFarge is a solid Midwestern name.