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Arturo Ruiz del Pozo’s Composiciones Nativas and Miguel Flores’s Primitivo by Renato Gómez
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Peru is an experiment—from colony to slavery to independence to diasporic migration; from military to revolutionary to criollo dictatorship; and then from corruption to neoliberalism to democracy to, finally, more corruption. (Can someone rewind the tape and get us back to side A please?) In the 1970s, out of this motley salad of historical tensions came musicians Arturo Ruiz del Pozo and Miguel Flores, who questioned the nature of Peru’s cultural production and identity with sound.

The Sonic Equivalent of a Cloud: Marisa Anderson Interviewed by Michael Blair
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The experimental guitarist talks patterns, resonance, and her latest album. 

Looking Back on 2017: Music
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Featuring selections by Jem Cohen, Keith Connolly, Britton Powell, Alan Courtis, Byron Westbrook, and more.

Trees, Grass, & Collectivist Rock by Clinton Krute
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Träd, Gräs och Stenar and the democratizing power of the riff.

Josephine Foster by Gary Canino
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“It’s not a very academic approach, it’s just a part of what I like to do.”

Willie Thrasher by Gary Canino
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“I’m the kind of guy that’s trying to get people to work together and make the Earth green.”

Áine O’Dwyer by Keith Connolly
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“As to the church organ itself, it seemed almost like a sample machine, like it could tap into sounds from different eras.”

Flying Saucer Attack by ​David Keenan
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“I do like feedback. It’s good for people. It is!”

Alasdair Roberts by Clinton Krute
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The Glasgow-based singer just released a self-titled album of music rooted in and pushing Scottish folk traditions. With Krute, he touches on individuation, syncretism, and the risks of nationalism.

Little Wings by Tobias Carroll
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“Lil Wayne explains a blade of grass.”

Circuit des Yeux & Bitchin Bajas
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Barbecues, Night Train, and La Monte Young.

Joshua Abrams & Nathan Bowles by Clinton Krute
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Memory, texture, and tradition.

Simon Joyner by Tobias Carroll
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Omaha, autobiography, and songcraft.

Ryley Walker by Andrew Cedermark
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Into the mystic with the Chicago-based guitarist and songwriter.

The Home of Easy Credit by Whitney Curry Wimbish
The Home of Easy Credit

Duo improvisation for loop pedal, upright bass, and child.

Weyes Blood by Tobias Carroll
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Landscapes, lo-fi, and the uncanny.

Peter Jefferies by Tobias Carroll
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A return to live performance after a decade-long absence.

Maher Shalal Hash Baz by Keith Connolly
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Nostalgia, rhythm, and synchronicity.

Paola Prestini by Helga Davis
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Composer Paola Prestini is the creative director of the soon-to-open Original Music Workshop. With vocalist Helga Davis, she elaborates on her Italian and Mexican background and her collaborations with artists of other disciplines.

Richard Dawson by Cian Nugent
Richard Dawson

On being nothing, looking outward, and the obstinant relevance of that popular art form, song.

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