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It's only fair to share... Pastoral synthesizer landscapist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith broke out last year with Ears, an acclaimed set of Terry Riley-esque gurgles and flutters, using noise to...

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It's only fair to share... Throughout Beck’s nearly 25-year career, his finest moments – oddball hip-hop hits like “Loser” and “Where It’s At,” the 1999 funk romp...

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It's only fair to share... Here are two great indie-rock songwriters getting together to spool out autumnal guitar prettiness and converse about life, art and whatever. As collaborators, they’re...

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It's only fair to share... Motormouthed rapper Open Mike Eagle has gotten raves for albums that explore the comedy of neurosis. His new one, easily his headiest, is a concept LP built around...

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It's only fair to share... Since her 2013 mixtape Cut 4 Me, Kelela has been one of R&B’s most buzzed-about up-and-comers, an enigmatic presence who melds her strong yet acrobatic voice and...

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It's only fair to share... Two years after releasing the surprisingly mature goth-metal offering The Pale Emperor, Marilyn Manson has returned to straight-ahead shock. “I write songs to fight...

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It's only fair to share... Demi Lovato is at her pop-princess best when her majestic wail takes over, as the high points of the singer’s sixth album attest. The title track channels...

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It's only fair to share... No period in David Bowie’s career is more curious than the trilogy of albums he recorded in the late Seventies while living in Berlin’s artsy Schöneberg district....

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It's only fair to share... California sax virtuoso Kamasi Washington became the world’s hottest jazz musician with 2015’s The Epic, a three-disc opus of funky, labyrinthine wailing...

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It's only fair to share... There’s always been something contentious about the borders of country music, borders that Shania Twain and Miley Cyrus have spent their very different careers exploring....

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It's only fair to share... The National’s hauntingly side-eyed 2007 ode to nationalism, “Fake Empire,” has gotten big responses at their recent shows, unsurprisingly. Yet the Ohio-bred...

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It's only fair to share... On the growing list of farewell albums by dying rockers, Leon Russell’s contribution – recorded months before his November 2016 passing – may be the most unflinching...