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Julian Lage :: Modern Lore

High-order guitar instrumentals more concerned with melody and expression than pyrotechnics. Truly ear-opening.

Various Artists :: Dr. Demento Covered In Punk

Take the most memorable weirdness to come out of Dr. Demento’s near-50-year reign and let a bunch of punks cover them.

Spice Boys :: Glade

More from this wave of reverb-drenched noisy Swedish psychedelia that we’re enjoying lately.

Shame :: Songs of Praise

Aggressive debut from this UK band features some highly dynamic songs loaded with twisty hooks.

Chris Thile :: Thanks for Listening

Thile (THEE-lee) is a world-class mandolinist who also happens to have replaced Garrison Keillor as the host of that Wobegon show. Subtle and introspective.

Walt Wagner :: Reworks

An interesting set of covers for solo piano, performed live

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings :: Soul of a Woman

Posthumous release from one of the strongest voices in modern soul.

Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri :: Resilient

Cross-cultural collaboration mixes up a Balkan frenzy with dope beats and MC’ing