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Cosmonaught: Course Two

Various Artists
SELF-RELEASED

Two is the second in an anthology series helmed by the prolific William Ragland.

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Kinetic Meditations

Gardiner/ Vasconcellos
SELF-RELEASED

Lourenço Vasconcellos’ congas, almost ritualistic, set a scene; Graeme Gardiner’s sinuous saxophone percolates through … waves of sound wash over the percussion … i

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After the Disco

Broken Bells
SONY

James Mercer and Brian Burton’s second full-length trip as Broken Bells is a decidedly brighter listen than before, though as catchy and repeatable.

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Dirty Gold

Angel Haze
REPUBLIC/ISLAND

Not everything that comes in a shiny package does so to hide a lack of depth, but this is not the album the hard-hitting emcee’s earlier work led us to expect.

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A Modest Proposal

Lather
SELF DESTRUCT

Where more than a few local groups turned to one person to handle vocals, singer-guitarist Jeremy Podgursky and bassist Brian Kaelin, both formerly of Dybbuk, divided those duties and conquered.

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Some Days Are Better Than Others Soundtrack

Matthew Cooper
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE LIMITED

 Eluvium mastermind Matthew Cooper dials his signature sound way down on this film score, which is saying something, since Cooper wasn’t exactly known for heavy dynamics to begin w

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Homebois in Outerspace

Skyscraper Stereo
LITTLE HEART

The scene: a mother and daughter in a studio. The toddler is there to say a few words for a hook, a reference to an Internet meme from a couple years back.

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S/T

Los Bad Apples
Self-released

Los Bad Apples are a five-piece Latin hip-hop group from Austin, Texas. The Apples are fronted by singer Anita Benner and emcee Zeale.

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Mantic

Lady Lazarus
APARTMENT LIFE

As a self-described minimalist musician with an experimentalist bent, Lady Lazarus’ latest offering is perhaps understandably melancholic and confusing.

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Weatherhead

Helms Alee
HYDRA HEAD

Helms Alee charge freely through the wastelands of rock music, creating noise where it fits and expanding upon its inactive spaces.