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An aging Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, channels his anxieties about approaching middle age into his latest album, "Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper." Without ditching his already well-established psychedelic electronic sound, Lennox has crafted a beautifully mature album full of meditations on home life.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:30

Charting the Music: Rodrigo Amarante, 'Cavalo'

Coming from a background of bossa nova, samba and rock music, Rodrigo Amarante flexes his songwriting clout on his debut album "Cavalo." He combines the sonic worlds of Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Brooklyn into a special sound that cannot be found on any other record.

Monday, 08 December 2014 11:25

Charting the Music: TV on the Radio, 'Seeds'

Distilling their earlier indie sound through a mild synth-pop filter, TV on the Radio release "Seeds," an album full of intricate and catchy tracks that have the face of radio-friendly indie pop and the heart of TV on the Radio.

Saturday, 29 November 2014 12:45

Charting the Music: alt-J, 'This Is All Yours'

While "This Is All Yours" is most notable for its standout tracks -- "Every Other Freckle," "Hunger of the Pine" and "Left Hand Free" -- the rest of alt-J's latest effort is much more than filler to round out the radio-friendly tunes. Rather, "This Is All Yours" is a slow-paced album of well-constructed, meditative synth-pop, punctuated by three standout tracks.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 16:00

Charting the Music: Aphex Twin, 'Syro'

The ‘90s may be long gone and Top 40 radio may be awash with cookie-cutter EDM tracks, but Aphex Twin keeps his influentially artistic take on electronic music alive with his latest album, “Syro.”

Monday, 13 October 2014 12:00

Charting the Music: ODESZA, 'In Return'

Existing somewhere between chillwave, dream pop and trip hop, Seattle duo ODESZA manage to create a unique sound in a saturated field of music. On the sophomore album "In Return" ODESZA has developed from just another bass-and-sample glo-fi act to a mature and sophisticated duo.

This latest release from Flying Lotus, "You're Dead!" pushes genre bending to its extremes. Although centered around the hip-hop structure, the album incorporates jazz, experimental electronic music and even some orchestral sounds. The album is intensely thematic, with every melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and lyric focused on death in a playful and mocking tone.

Refusing to give in to current EDM trends, Joel Zimmerman (aka deadmau5) crafts an inward-facing album of bare progressive house with "while (1<2)."

With a nod to greats like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings before her, Nikki Lane proves with "All or Nothin'" that you don't need a Y chromosome to make rootsy, aggressive outlaw country.

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