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Dave Rawlings Machine – A Friend of A Friend

Dave Rawlings Machine – A Friend of A Friend

It’s perhaps deceptive to call A Friend of A Friend a debut, but he is indeed a first-time frontman, and he approaches the role with clear vision, excellent musicianship and a fantastic batch of songs.

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The Swell Season – Strict Joy

The Swell Season – Strict Joy

Those drawn in by the honesty of Once, in both the film and the soundtrack, will find similar charms in Strict Joy.

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Tom Waits – Glitter and Doom Live

Tom Waits – Glitter and Doom Live

The vivid and thrilling record captures Waits at his peak as a showman, backed by an excellent and versatile band that shines in Karl Derfler’s clear and precise mix.

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Chuck Prophet – ¡Let Freedom Ring!

Chuck Prophet – ¡Let Freedom Ring!

By looking at the stagnating disillusion from the outside, Prophet’s ¡Let Freedom Ring! is the album for our times, weaving together the failures of this American dream with its fraying cords of hope

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The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You

The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You

In expanding their sound, the Avetts have crafted an album of abundant thrills, and while not quite a masterpiece, I and Love and You continues the band’s long ascendancy.

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Bigger, Bluesier Bluegrass Fest – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass expands for its ninth-annual event.

Bigger, Bluesier Bluegrass Fest – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass expands for its ninth-annual event.

“The highlight of the day for me is the end of the festival and Emmylou is singing ‘Red Dirt Girl’ and the sun’s going down,” festival organizer Dawn Holliday said. “I could stay in that moment forever.”

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The Dodos – Time To Die

The Dodos – Time To Die

For Time to Die, the San Francisco guitar and drums duo grew to a trio, with the addition of an electric vibraphone that both expands the percussive sensibilities and finds ways to take up the spaces in between the rhythms.

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Bon Iver – A Gathering Storm

Bon Iver – A Gathering Storm

Often muted and spare on record, Bon Iver burns with an entirely different intensity live, a gathering storm of percussion and surging guitars all held together by Justin Vernon’s singing, the high and often spooky howl that stamps his music with such a tremendous feeling of isolation.

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Sum and Belief – Sum and Belief are the Lone Wolf

Sum and Belief – Sum and Belief are the Lone Wolf

Combining imaginative, poetic storytelling with distinctive and melodic production, Sum and Belief unites to craft nine tracks that push underground hip-hop to the doorstep of the blues.

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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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