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Wilco – Wilco (The Album)

Wilco – Wilco (The Album)

Full of radiance and subtleties, Wilco (The Album) is an ambitious yet confident record from a band at its peak, an eleven-song odyssey that trades skillfully between tension and elation.

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Metric – Fantasies

Metric – Fantasies

Amid the surging guitars, keyboards, heavy bass and relentless dance beats is frontwoman Emily Haines, whose vocals rise clean and clear above the mix, stamping the record with vitality and an irresistible charm.

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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Outer South

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Outer South

Conor Oberst is chasing a new muse—loose and vibey jam-session rock ‘n’ roll—and while he and his Mystic Valley Band find some success along the way, Outer South mostly plays against his strengths.

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Bob Dylan – Together Through Life

Bob Dylan – Together Through Life

Together Through Life, Dylan’s third studio album of this decade, continues his streak of top-quality records with new flourishes—in this case, the Tex-Mex accordion from Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo.

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Live Review – Mark Olson & Gary Louris

Live Review – Mark Olson & Gary Louris

After holding a mostly seated crowd attentive for nearly two hours, Olson and Louris closed with “Blue,” perhaps the best example of their simple and stunning musical blend.

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Clem Snide – Hungry Bird

Clem Snide – Hungry Bird

Never fitting in with the conventional alt-country scene, Clem Snide has stripped those elements completely from Hungry Bird, a lush and slow album that unfolds with a sadness draped across all 10 songs.

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Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

Always an enigmatic lyricist, Case is more direct on Middle Cyclone, with a thoughtful and sophisticated approach that stitches together frequent references to tornados and animals to suggest that even amidst nature’s tumult is the presence of a compelling and vital comfort.

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Giant Sand – proVISIONS

Giant Sand – proVISIONS

Howe Gelb is undeniably a creature of the desert. A fantastic mix of things thorny, creepy and strange exist together under this great expanse of sky and rugged, towering mountains. Everything is baked by the heat and the weather is either dry or a deluge, seldom anything in the middle. It’s one of the few […]

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