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12 Essential The Flenser Albums

Looking back on nearly 15 years of dark experimental music

Sampha

Best New Releases, October 20: Sampha, Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter, and more

Plus Titanic, Lost Girls, Forest Swords, Katie Von Schleicher, and more

L'Rain - Essential Tracks

Best New Releases, October 13: L’Rain, Jamila Woods, and more

Plus MIKE, Helena Deland, Body Void, Faith Healer, and Meat Joy

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Treble Roundtable: The Best Writing on Treble

We share our favorite pieces from our fellow scribes

Sufjan Stevens

Best New Releases, October 6: Sufjan Stevens, Mary Lattimore, and more

Plus Slauson Malone, Daniel Villarreal, The Keening, Vanishing Twin, Axis: Sova, Truth Club, and archival releases from Joni Mitchell and Heatmiser

Wilco

Best New Releases, September 29: Wilco, Armand Hammer, and more

Plus Animal Collective, Jlin, Oneohtrix Point Never, Matana Roberts, Filth Is Eternal, David Eugene Edwards, Flooding and Setting

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12 Essential Numero Group Releases

We celebrate 20 years of the Chicago label’s archival excavations with 12 of its best releases

Loraine James

Best New Releases, September 22: Loraine James, CHAI, and more

Plus yeule, Grails, JOHN, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Final Gasp, Wiki, MIKE and the Alchemist and more

Mitski

Best New Releases, September 15: Mitski, Baroness, and more

Plus Tomb Mold, Gridlink, Explosions in the Sky, Pharoah Sanders and Subsonic Eye

Chemical Brothers

Best New Releases, September 8: Chemical Brothers, Sparklehorse, and more

Plus Irreversible Entanglements, Alabaster dePlume, Morphine, Deeper and Yussef Dayes

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Best New Releases, August 25: Earl Sweatshirt & The Alchemist, The Armed, and more

Plus Ratboys, Open Mike Eagle, The Cowboys, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Pleasure Forever, and jaimie branch

Fiddlehead

Best New Releases, August 18: Fiddlehead, Sonic Youth, and more

Plus Panda Bear and Sonic Boom, Mick Jenkins, Horrendous Draag Me, Spirit Adrift and Boris

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Born of the Streets: How Hip-Hop Changed Popular Culture Forever

A look back at the ground-up rise from one of the most important cultural movements of the past century

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10 Essential International Anthem Albums

A survey of some of the greatest moments in the Chicago label’s history

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6 of the Best Metal Debut Albums of 2023 So Far

I’m always finding a new metal band I love, only to discover that they’ve been…

The Clientele

Best New Releases, July 28: The Clientele, Aphex Twin and more

Plus Carly Rae Jepsen, Mutoid Man, Jessy Lanza and Gunn Truscinski Nace

Blur

Best New Releases, July 21: Blur, Agriculture, and more

Plus Damon Locks and Rob Mazurek, Outer Heaven, and Fatboi Sharif and Steel Tipped Dove