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  1. The Go-Betweens' Perfect Pop Cracked Open
    The Go-Betweens made music that hit people's pop-pleasure receptors in an almost sneaky, definitely brainy sort of way. The band's second anthology hints at what might have been.  More....
  2. 'There Will Be No Darkness': Laetitia Tamko On The Making Of 'Vagabon'
    Laetitia Tamko has found a way to cram all of the sounds that personally move her — pop, punk, trap, African music — into Vagabon. "I feel like I made an amazing record. Why can't I say that?" More....
  3. Jon Pardi's Hyperactive Honky-Tonk Brings The Past Into The Present
    Heartache Medication favors muscled-up guitars and booming drums, but reserves a place of honor for gutsy, tunefully expressive fiddle and steel solos. More....
  4. Midland, Connoisseurs Of Country Craft, Evolves Its Vintage Sound
    Now that the '90s country revival has gone mainstream, Midland's Let It Roll showcases the subtle arts that distinguish the band. More....
  5. Baby Rose Guides Us Through The Emotional Sludge Of Love
    Baby Rose's smokey voice evokes a wisdom beyond her years. That's part of what sets the rising singer's debut album, To Myself, apart from the current R&B scene. More....
  6. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Voice Offers A Sonic Refuge
    Right before he recorded a string of beloved albums for Peter Gabriel's label, the Pakistani vocal master of qawwali gave a milestone performance in 1985. It's now available for the first time. More....
  7. The Music Of Our Spheres
    We asked an astronomer to listen to Brian Eno's reissued Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, which features brand new music, to answer the question: "What do we think space should sound like?" More....
  8. On 'Gold & Grey,' Baroness Becomes A Universe Unto Itself
    The hard rock outfit, after years of lineup changes, delivers an expansive, eclectic album to remind us of how limitless electric guitar music can be.  More....
  9. Kate Tempest's 'The Book Of Traps And Lessons' Is A Blissful Antidote To Now
    The London rapper, poet and spoken word artist rips your heart out, offers an assessment, and then returns it with the tools to determine what needs to be done with it. More....
  10. Calexico And Iron & Wine Return, With 'Years To Burn'
    Sam Beam and Calexico's first album-length collaboration since 2005 feels most of all like the work of a complete, cohesive band — a group of old friends who've gathered to sing in a single voice. More....