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New This Week: The Both, Jessica Lea Mayfield & More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

This week is a long one, with tons of great new releases, in just about every genre. The Afghan Whigs, Do to the Beast: On their first new record in 16 years, the Afghan Whigs banish nostalgia and push defiantly forward. Maura Johnston says: To expect Do to the Beast to sound like the band picked up where it left off is unrealistic. Guitarist Rick McCollum, whose skittering riffs defined the sound of the Whigs’… 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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