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t.r.u.t.h.

Common Collective
SELF-RELEASED
Not everyone is a singer — no matter how driven they are, how much confidence they have, or how many press photos they can take with vintage microphones.
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Dude Incredible

Shellac
(Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records)

 I’ve had to retype my opener here a few times over in my excitement to explain just how hyped I am to have a new Shellac album in my hands, and a great one at that.

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Brohemian Rap City

Rabbit on Acid
(SELF-RELEASED)

It’s hard to get a good handle on what Rabbit On Acid is all about.

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NehruvianDoom

NehruvianDoom
(Lex)
MF Doom has an impressive resume that includes some of the most incredible collaborations in hip-hop, continued here with newcomer Bishop Nehru.
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Charlie Haden - Jim Hall

Charlie Haden - Jim Hall
(impulse)

Bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist Jim Hall’s 1990 Montreal International Jazz Festival concert has just come out on the revived impulse! label.

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Alone in This Together

Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs
LOCAL 638

The young woman stared back at me from the black-and-white photo on her website.

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Kora

William Ragland

I labor under the pretense that a good score is intrinsic to a solid film, a concept put to test with the release of “Kora,” a film by Louisville native Beau Kaelin.

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Primitive and Deadly

Earth
(Southern Lord)

The release of “Primitive and Deadly” sees the ambient metal titans Earth undergo another sea change, albeit one comparably less drastic than in the past.

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Manhattan Stories

Charles Lloyd
(Resonance Records)

Previously unreleased 1965 concerts by Charles Lloyd capture his energy and distinct tone, stretching out with Gábor Szabó, Ron Carter and Pete La Roca, not long before his “cla

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Auto Music

Brian Reitzell

Brian Reitzell comes with quite the resume.