Norah Jones, ‘…Little Broken Hearts’ (Blue Note/EMI)

The lesson to glean from ...Little Broken Hearts — what may well endure as the second essential record of Norah Jones' career — is that…
Nate Cavalieri / April 24, 2012

Future, ‘Pluto’ (A1/Free Bandz/Epic)

At first, hip-hop was an exercise in musical distillation. It freed words and music from their melodic obligations, leaving only the barest form of rhythm.
Andrew Nosnitsky / April 24, 2012

CFCF, ‘Exercises’ (Paper Bag)

Dreamy indie flick scored by fuzzy synths and gorgeous piano recitals. Yellow Magic Orchestra-style minimalism soars.
Puja Patel / April 24, 2012

Sidi Touré, ‘Koïma’ (Thrill Jockey)

Dusty desert-blues textures, melancholic drones, and intoxicating high-low vocals lead to tactile transcendence.
Melissa Giannini / April 24, 2012

Toro Y Moi, ‘June 2009′ (Carpark Records)

Batch of early recordings sees box release, finds Chaz Bundick echoing softer, sweeter, far cuddlier Ariel Pink.
David Bevan / April 24, 2012

Mohn , ‘Mohn’ (Kompakt)

Kompakt’s Wolfgang Voigt and Jörg Burger live up to alias (translation: “Poppy”); Krautrock seeds yield narcotic harvest.
Philip Sherburne / April 24, 2012

Inverloch, ‘Dusk…Subside ‘ (Relapse)

Aussie metal vets grunt through glacial, atmospheric doom sandwiched by bland blastbeats on three-song EP.
Jeanne Fury / April 24, 2012

Death Grips, ‘The Money Store’ (Epic)

Hip-hop's first 20 years were built on decibels. A Bronx-bred arms race over speaker size, rocking without a band, "my JVC" vibrating the concrete, pumping…
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 24, 2012

Best New Reissues: Codeine, fIREHOSE, Pantera, and More

Codeine Frigid Stars (7) Barely Real EP (7) The White Birch (9) (Numero Group) Codeine's jagged, exquisitely slow music is the embodiment…
Mike Powell / April 23, 2012

Lushlife, ‘Plateau Vision’ (Western Vinyl)

Philly artist drops more names than the Game and cold-crushes golden-age rap into melancholy chillwave.
Mosi Reeves / April 23, 2012
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