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Spirettes, Spirettes EP
  • Spirettes, Spirettes EP
Spirettes, Spirettes EP The Colorado Springs trio formerly known as the Katey Sleeveless Band translate the exciting sounds they debuted in the summer to five wonderful studio tracks, highlighted by the closer “Say It.” Kate Perdoni brings the sonic washes of her Eros & the Eschaton project, while Kellie Palmblad adds the strong howls employed in Water Bear, and Emily Gould adds the finishing touches with solid drumming. Andrew Jones engineered and mixed the sessions in Denton, Texas. Of course this is a necessary EP for fans and neophytes alike.

Sleigh Bells, Kid Kruschev
  • Sleigh Bells, Kid Kruschev

Sleigh Bells, Kid Kruschev (Torn Clean) – The slam-beat duo of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller release their first download-only “mini-album,” as Krauss makes a successful attempt to slow things down and aim for the serious, creating a landmark in Sleigh Bells history.

Kamasi Washington, The Harmony of Difference
  • Kamasi Washington, The Harmony of Difference

Kamasi Washington, The Harmony of Difference (Young Turks) – The avant-garde jazz musician follows up his massive box set, The Epic, with a 30-minute six-part suite accompanied by color miniatures of his sister’s installation at the Whitney Museum. The world needs more short-form jazz works.

Xiu Xiu/(r), Play ZZ Top
  • Xiu Xiu/(r), Play ZZ Top

Xiu Xiu/(r), Play ZZ Top (Polyvinyl) – Jamie Stewart attempts to act normal with a raucous cover of ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man,” resulting in the first Xiu Xiu party single ever.

L7, Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago
  • L7, Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago
L7, Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago (Don Giovanni) – After 18 years of silence, the metal riot grrrls return with an anti-Trump diatribe. Welcome back!

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