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Steve Earle
Guy

When Steve Earle’s sometimes-mentor and friend for decades, Guy Clark, left this world in 2016, Earle commemorated the passing with one of his

Tredici Bacci
La Fine Del Futuro

Tredici Bacci’s kaleidoscopic sophomore album, La Fine Del Futuro, explodes and deepens leader Simon Hanes’ preoccupations with Italian soundtracks

Oneida
Romance

Romance presents Brooklyn avant-rock juggernaut Oneida at its punchiest and most concise. The band’s first studio album since 2012’s sprawling A List of

Lea Bertucci
Metal Aether

Lea Bertucci’s Metal Aether deals in an inhalable ambience so rich that it should come with a warning: it could get you dangerously high. The album’s four

Staff Picks of 2016: Richard Sanford

Top 10 Albums

10. Miranda Lambert, Weight of These Wings (RCA Records)
In a field with lots of competition, this was the mainstream country record that dug its hooks in me the deepest this year. Songs about dreams of escape and the consolation of fantasy (as well as when those things come up short), along with the dangers of routine and habit—all strapped to the …


Psychic TV
Alienist

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s long-running Psychic TV collective indulges and tweaks its classicist tendencies with their latest report from drilling into

Bobby Kapp and Matthew Shipp
Cactus

Pianist Matthew Shipp has been a cornerstone of modern free jazz for decades. Drummer Bobby Kapp is less well known, but since a flurry of activity

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Real Enemies

With Real Enemies, composer/conductor Darcy James Argue uses his big band, Secret Society, to peel back the layers of modern

Pill
Convenience

Pill’s debut album, Convenience, is a grab-you-by-the-throat look at authenticity: what it means, why fighting for it is important, and how

Nels Cline
Lovers

Guitarist/composer Nels Cline’s Lovers is both a sharply focused statement and an expansive wide-lens view of the landscape of the human heart. With his

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