Cloud Nothings are back with their catchiest LP yet with ‘Life Without Sound’

Dylan Baldi brings forth a new optimism on the punk band’s fourth studio effort

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Migos solidifies their place in hip-hop with ‘Culture’

Fresh off of their no. 1 hit, ‘Bad and Boujee,’ Migos crafts an album that justifies their lofty place in pop culture.

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Sinai Vessel’s ‘Brokenlegged’ is a luminous example of why emo has endured

North Carolina band’s second full-length is a richly textured, complex cross-section of the best elements of the genre.

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‘A Shadow in Time’ is one of William Basinski’s most powerful works

Ambient composer returns to the theme of loss, framing an intangible feeling through two remarkable pieces.

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Amherst rapper NLiteN looks to ‘Lite It Up’

Boston-native rapper challenges the valley area’s rap scene.

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Nine Inch Nails return on the slight, elusive ‘Not the Actual Events’

Though sprinkled with some terrific ideas, the songs on the band’s new EP often fail to justify their own labyrinthine constructions.

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Winter break’s most overlooked releases

From Grouper’s magnificent ‘Paradise Valley’ 7” to Brian Eno’s return to ambient music, these are a few significant works that fell under the radar over the holidays.

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On ‘Blue and Lonesome,’ The Rolling Stones pay tribute to their roots

Members of the half-century old institution sound right at home on this album of blues covers.

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The 10 most overlooked albums of 2016

Selections of unnoticed gems from this past year of a wide-array of genres.

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‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ remains the defining holiday classic

The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s beautiful score to the classic TV special remains the jewel in the crown of a genre full of horrors, oddities and low points.

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A Tribe Called Quest bid its fans a thoughtful farewell

‘We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service’ is both an homage to the New York group’s past and a look into the future of hip-hop.

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‘Slop’ marks Forth Wanderers as one of the best young indie bands in the country

Though some of their members are barely out of high school, this Montclair, New Jersey quintet is crafting some of the most quietly sophisticated punk in America.

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Jim James’ ‘Eternally Even’ is more than just a political statement

My Morning Jacket frontman puts out another lush and thematic solo album.

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A final look at the life and career of Leonard Cohen

A brief examination of the singular legacy of the legendary Canadian singer/songwriter, who died last week at the age of 82.

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Tinashe creates her own atmospheric fantasy on ‘Nightride’

R&B songstress explores her darker, more experimental side on beguiling second major release.

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Julian Koster to bring ‘The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air)’ to the Iron Horse next Monday

‘Welcome to Night Vale’ side podcast, starring Neutral Milk Hotel member, will be performed live in Northampton.

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Phora puts his heart into new album ‘With Love’

West Coast rapper’s fifth album is a powerful, honest record that tackles depression, violence and religion.

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Lady Gaga tames her more eccentric impulses on ‘Joanne’

The once dance-pop oriented superstar switches gears and channels a softer side on her newest album.

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Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge create a soulful hip hop record with ‘Yes Lawd!’

As NxWorries, this duo has crafted one of the most exciting collaborative hip-hop albums in years.

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