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The latest vinyl and digital release Plasty II from Hanz, the musical outlet of recording artist Brandon Juhans of Durham, N.C., is a genre-smashing exercise full of twists that perhaps conveys being in a video-game-world earthquake. more

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Chattanooga rapper BbyMutha took her name by reclaiming an insult, originally lobbed from a jealous corner in a love triangle; the mother of four children (two sets of twins), her motherhood isn’t a shtick—it’s her life, intertwined (but not ... more

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Gwenno Saunders is one of an estimated few thousand people who are fluent speakers of the obscure Cornish language, from Cornwall county in southwest England, and she made a point to write her second solo album, Le Kov, solely in Cornish. more

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Keyboardist Hailu Mergia was a member of one of Ethiopia’s greatest bands in the ‘70s—the Walias Band—which featured players including the Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke and pianist Girma Beyene; as the hotel band at the Addis Ababa Hilton ... more

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The latest solo album Sprig from the classical contemporary guitarist and composer Gyan Riley captures him reflecting growth, as his ideas are transformed from small seeds into a larger presence, and it is dedicated to his mother Ann, who ... more

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Perhaps the release date of the new Living Hour EP Lovely, Lonely was strategically timed to come a few weeks after Valentine’s Day, being subtitled “A Collection of Covers for Hollow Hearts”; while prevailing attitudes around that holiday are ... more

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Periodically, this writer revisits Orson Welles’ sobering monologue in the film F for Fake about the Chartres Cathedral (an “anonymous glory”) and how humanity’s work—“in stone, in paint, in print” —may survive for years but eventually must ... more

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Con Todo El Mundo, the second album from the Texas trio Khruangbin (Thai for “Engine Fly”), takes its name from a frequent exchange bassist Laura Lee had with her Mexican-American grandfather. When he’d ask, “Cómo me quieres?” (“How much do you ... more

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In a public Facebook post, Future Virgins guitarist William “Billy Joe” Johnson wrote that when the band’s new album Doomsday Raga was recorded it seemed cynical, but today, “it’s probably borderline whimsical.” more

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This writer was fortunate enough to catch the band Tal National at a Knoxville show in 2015, playing what would seem to be a generous 100-minute set; apparently, that’s nothing compared to the group’s performances at its own nightclub in its ... more

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There’s something inherently and undeniably fun and rousing about instrumental surf rock, from both its peak practitioners in the ‘60s—like Dick Dale and the Ventures—and its revivalists from several waves (pun intended), like Agent Orange’s ... more

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Countless philosophers have contemplated time and memory for millennia, but one notable contemporary covers those topics in an extraordinarily pithy manner, with equal parts truth and absurdity. more

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Raised in a music-friendly household in Michigan on a diet of country music—his father’s preference—and Motown soul—his mother’s preference—along with rock, Jimmy Dormire has forged a remarkable career as a staggeringly versatile and articulate ... more

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This writer has a healthy amount of skepticism for projects that meld non-western-world traditions with western-world aesthetics, so it’s refreshing—and relieving—to hear when well-intentioned musicians not only don’t embarrass themselves but ... more

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The new album Rust from the Johnson City, Tenn. one-man band Brother Fyodor (a.k.a. Dustin Gingrow, the guitarist of Secret Bleeders) is a dark smorgasbord of prickly shards, drawing lines between noise, no-wave and industrial music while ... more

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It only makes sense to pair these two artists—Andrea Pensado and id m theft able—who defy the underground realm classification of “one-person improvised noise/electronics band” by cultivating their own creative worlds, persistently combining ... more

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How does LUTHI—an eclectic 9-piece soul/funk/dance group and self-proclaimed “Boogie Circus”—fit into the country-obsessed Nashville scene? Just fine, apparently. “It’s been a blessing being in a city filled with so much music in general,” said ... more

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On paper, there may be little common ground between ‘60s girl groups—acts such as The Ronettes, The Shirelles and the Shangri-Las—and contemporary underground D.I.Y. rock/pop acts, since girl groups made manufactured pop according to tried-and ... more

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The Michigan musical genius Warren Defever is best known for his almost absurdly diverse career as the sole consistent member of His Name Is Alive, which has offered its distinctive off-kilter spin wherever its mood lands—from ethereal gloom to ... more

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This insufferable critic has to roll his eyes whenever he hears some nonsense about the death of rock or complaints about the lack of good rock bands or whatever. These people are probably pining for some modern-day Led Zeppelin or Nuggets-style ... more

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