1. Cameron Carpenter aims to rescue the organ from its church-bound traditions. 
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    Cameron Carpenter aims to rescue the organ from its church-bound traditions. 

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  2. In its outermost extremes, The Bug’s excoriating, enervating music offers the promise of a cleansing.
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    In its outermost extremes, The Bug’s excoriating, enervating music offers the promise of a cleansing.

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  3. The heavy, tuneful band The Wytches piles on the fuzz and reverb until its songs practically foam at the mouth.
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    The heavy, tuneful band The Wytches piles on the fuzz and reverb until its songs practically foam at the mouth.

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  4. J Mascis’ Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a craftsman who’s decided to pulverize another day.
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    J Mascis’ Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a craftsman who’s decided to pulverize another day.

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  5. In performance, Shovels & Rope presents an ideal; on record, the band keeps it real and rough.
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    In performance, Shovels & Rope presents an ideal; on record, the band keeps it real and rough.

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  6. On Merchandise’s fourth album, the group looks to a pre-Internet era for its sound. 
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    On Merchandise’s fourth album, the group looks to a pre-Internet era for its sound. 

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  7. Ty Segall's lush, panoramic double-album piles on glam-rock excess without ever feeling excessive.
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    Ty Segall's lush, panoramic double-album piles on glam-rock excess without ever feeling excessive.

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  8. Every moment of Orenda Fink's new album sounds as if it's being sung into someone's ear, not a microphone.
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    Every moment of Orenda Fink's new album sounds as if it's being sung into someone's ear, not a microphone.

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  9. Simultaneously sophisticated and playful, the 12 songs on Bishop Allen's Lights Out sound both easy and fussed-over.
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    Simultaneously sophisticated and playful, the 12 songs on Bishop Allen's Lights Out sound both easy and fussed-over.

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  10. She’s working with refracted echoes of sounds that came before, but Kimbra makes them golden.
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    She’s working with refracted echoes of sounds that came before, but Kimbra makes them golden.

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