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New This Week: YOB, Earth, Jeezy and More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

Blonde Redhead, Barragán: The sound of seasoned vets surrendering to the studio moment and finding themselves fully charged by a new, carpe diem confidence. Sharon O'Connell says: The band chose to record "live" in the studio, as a full ensemble, and to use analog acoustic instruments. These changes allow the silken-voiced Kazu Makino to ad lib with sweet ooh's and aah's in "Can on Tin Roof," as Amedeo Pace's guitar slips into funky time-marking, his slight… more »

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Classical Music For A Modern World

By Seth Colter Walls, Contributor

Sure, we play Bach, Beethoven and Mozart -- though we also dig the early music of Tallis, chance works by Cage, arias from Verdi and John Adams, as well as the composers on New Amsterdam records. Everything here was released after 2008, too, which is another way of declaring that notes written down on paper are still some of the most exciting ones to hear in all of contemporary music. more »

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