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Grateful Dead apple falls further from the tree.

Midnight_NorthWith Scarlet Skies, Grahame Lesh (son of Phil) and Midnight North eschew expected jam-rock trappings for a more disciplined and soulful stew of modern Americana. Singer Elliott Peck comes out swinging like a tougher Nicki Bluhm on “Phoenix Motel” while the Lesh-led “Turn Around” plays like a more rocking Delaney & Bonnie. –Eric Shea

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CURATOR’S DISCOVERY

The return of the world’s only avian death metal crew!

HatebeakWith lead vocals by Waldo, a 21-year-old African grey parrot, and featuring members of Pig Destroyer, another (less literally) animal minded combo; Hatebeak’s Number Of The Beak is a brutal barrage of furiously fowl, metallic crush. The group grinds out pulverizing thrashers like “Beak Of Putrefaction” and “Hellbent For Feathers!” –Andee Connors

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Thundercat creates a moody soundscape of bass, beats and bliss on The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam.

ThundercatProviding low-end inspiration for artists like Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar and Suicidal Tendencies; Thundercat lets his other talents shine on this release. Floating vocals, deep fusion production, funky grooves and trippy vibes make his latest a pleasure to listen to. –J Boogie

 

Legendary guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson has Still got it!

Richard_ThompsonPartnering with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, the folk hero has never sounded better on Still, a nostalgic salute to British folk, Appalachian folk, blues and rock. Check out the nearly eight-minute “Guitar Heroes,” which pays homage to the players that inspired him, namely Django Reinhardt, Les Paul and Chuck Berry. –Michelle Solomon

 

Hunee delivers assured debut.

HuneeBerlin-based Hunee (aka Dan Choi) opens Hunch Music delicately with bubbles, clatters and wandering tones – which quickly give way to a disco groove. That balance of organic subtlety and electronic propulsion maintains throughout: acid basslines join ever-changing washes of chords, atmospheres…even chirping birds and Sun Ra samples. It’s house music that’s both experimental and captivating. –Party Ben

 

First full length in 17 years from these iconoclastic Swedish punks.

RefusedBack in 1998, Refused envisioned The Shape Of Punk To Come, and now, after nearly two decades, Freedom finds the group reshaping their vision of future-punk all over again. They’re still wiry, swaggered, hooky and heavy – but more sonically varied with some seriously experimental production, synths and even horns! –Andee Connors

 

Venerable chameleons The Orb visit the future.

The_OrbFew acts in the electronic music scene have changed gracefully with the times like The Orb. Since moving to Kompakt a few years back, they have married their tripped out, deep, dubby styles with the label’s trademark lo-fi, pop, ambient sound. Moonbuilding 2703 AD is the most confident result of this marriage yet. –Diego Gonzalez

Comments

  1. Andre L. Gordenstein
    July 14, 2015 at 8:55am
    These curated picks are amazing, thank you!
    Reply

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