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“Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings grew into one of the most rock-solid conglomerates of classic soul revivalism, making it look easy as they turned in increasingly exciting albums….These ten songs sound almost designed to be played on repeat, and keep with the always colorful and ecstatically fun sound audiences have come to expect from one of the best acts going in retrofitted classic soul.” –All Music Guide

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“The result is an album that Bragg says is a follow-up of sorts to his late Nineties collaboration with Wilco on unfinished Woody Guthrie songs, which resulted then in a pair of Mermaid Avenue albums and, last year, a new third volume to commemorate Guthrie’s 100th birthday. Fittingly, Tooth & Nail includes a version of Guthrie’s ‘I Ain’t Got No Home,’ which Bragg has been performing live for a few years.” –Rolling Stone

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“The year is 1999, and hip-hop is alive and well. The Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck, along with fabled Bostonians 7L & Esoteric, stumbled upon a time machine, and instead of busting a cap in Hitler, hooking up with Marilyn Monroe, or, investing stock in Apple, they chose to return to the 1-9-9-9. And their warped, sample-heavy captain’s log has taken on the form of CZARFACE.” –XXL  Mag

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“Much of this record oscillates between the moody and militant, particularly in the politically charged numbers, which are often colored by percussive guitar squalls….Strictly speaking, these 12 songs don’t cohere into a mood or narrative but after two decades of deliberate, purposeful albums, it’s rather thrilling to hear Springsteen revel in a mess of contradictions.” –All Music Guide

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“Nearly eight years after Rosanne Cash last released a set of original songs, 2014′s The River & the Thread finds her in a reflective mood….[S]he’s learned to make every word and every note count, and this album confirms once again that she’s matured into a singular artist with the talent and the vision to make these stories of her travels in the South come to vivid and affecting life.” –All Music Guide

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“Mon Pays is an album of great complexity, expressing joy, sorrow, and wonderment….Whatever the outcome for the people of Mali, the rest of the world should feel fortunate to have access to music like this.” –All Music Guide

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“When Los Campesinos! burst onto the indie scene in the late 2000s, they were a rambunctious (more or less) half-male/half-female crew who madly ran through their songs like they were chasing rainbow-puking unicorns. The results, like the song ‘You! Me! Dancing!,’ or the album Hold on Now, Youngster…, were wild, unpredictable, and the best kind of indie pop.” –All Music Guide

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Danny Brown: Old

“[W]hile Old often seems like a hip-hop kaleidoscope exploding across the speakers, it’s also crafted and paced, split down the middle like a great LP with a sure start and a freeing finish. If XXX was the come-up and the ‘Grown Up’ single was the breakthrough, this is the masterpiece.” –All Music Guide

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Dave Hause: Devour

“Former Loved Ones frontman/guitarist Dave Hause drops his second solo set with the help of friends from Frightened Rabbit, My Morning Jacket, and Social Distortion….Devour is fully electric, beautifully played, and driven by often anthemic melodies and dynamics that recall Bruce Springsteen circa The River, but infused with the spirit of 21st century punk.” –All Music Guide

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“Fans fearing that the Jellyfish well has run dry can rest assured that the kind folks at Omnivore have their backs….[T]he label lives up to its promise of releasing music ‘for the fan with an insatiable appetite for everything good’ with the self-explanatory Radio Jellyfish: Live Radio Broadcasts 1993….Live Radio Broadcasts is geared toward hardcore fans, but it’s also ripe for anyone with a pair of ears and a hankering for some insanely catchy, retro-pop songs with hooks to spare.” –All Music Guide

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“This time around, Hendrix is his chief influence, as evidenced by the roaring title track, and he does expand that with his traditional Lennon, Curtis Mayfield, and Prince obsessions. Song for song, it’s his most consistent album….” –All Music Guide

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“With their fifth album, the aptly titled Memorial, Chicago instrumentalists Russian Circles craft an album that fully, and mostly wordlessly, explores this idea of a specific, controlled space where one is supposed to let their feelings run wild….Memorial… makes for an album that’s not only satisfying, but one of the band’s strongest works to date.” –All Music Guide

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“These are grace notes to the band’s enormous legacy, a legacy that is clearly on display throughout Higher!, whether it’s heard on exuberant hits that are pop staples to this day, rhythms that were heavily sampled during the golden age of hip-hop, or a vibrant blurring of boundaries that still sounds visionary. It’s that depth of detail, combined with the masterful sequencing, that makes Higher! such a superb box set: it tells a familiar story in a fresh fashion.” –All Music Guide

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“Icona Pop struck gold with ‘I Love It,’ a single with so much staying power that it took almost two years to reach saturation on the airwaves and charts. The song’s slow ascent allowed Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt the time they needed to craft an album with a similar mix of instant impact and staying power….This Is…Icona Pop is a consistently fun album, and it would be even without their big single.” –All Music Guide

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“Swapping out the sonic and mental clutter for a host of centered, unconfused rock tunes is a curveball move, for sure, but the end product is the most memorable, lasting, and relatable albums in Of Montreal’s extensive catalog, and easily one of the best.” –All Music Guide

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Patricia Barber: Smash

“Patricia Barber is a crack jazz pianist, an innovative composer, a singular vocal stylist, and among the most original lyricists/song-poets to come down the pipe in 40 years….Smash is an extraordinary achievement. Here, jazz is popular music without being anything other than itself. Its depth, creativity, searing poetry, and artisan musicianship make it a peerless accomplishment.” –All Music Guide

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Bastille: Bad Blood

“Bad Blood is a solid, polished debut that fans of acts like Snow Patrol (who don’t mind more electronics in the mix) might appreciate more than synth-pop aficionados.” –All Music Guide

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“Utilizing a fuller, slicker production than on Get Young, Golden Rules for Golden People finds the Boston group refining its angular sound with pop polish….There’s a lot to wrap your head around and enjoy with Golden Rules for Golden People. It’s a grower, and a long cry from a sign that the trio’s selling out, even if it doesn’t pack the punch of their outings from 2007 and 2008.” –All Music Guide

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“At their best, hip-hop and jazz remain most adept at breaking the mold, and the footprints of both genres can be heard on Vijay Iyer’s and Mike Ladd’s inspiring new album. An ambitious collaboration between one of the most celebrated jazz pianists today in Iyer and poet-MC Ladd… ‘Holding It Down’ is the duo’s third in a series of unclassifiable blends of music, theater and spoken word that paint a vivid oral history of post-9/11 America.” –Los Angeles Times

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“The U.S. debut album from jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, 2013′s WomanChild is a bewitching, exuberant introduction to this immensely talented young singer. The winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk jazz vocal competition, Salvant has the technical ability, lyrical sense, and undeniable charisma to sustain a career that could undoubtedly match those of her idols — who include Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald.” –All Music Guide

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