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  • Michael Daves's Orchids and Violence comprises two discs with identical track listings of mostly traditional bluegrass tunes, including songs by bluegrass pioneers Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. The first disc has straightforward interpretations with a band of roots-music innovators: bassist Mike Bub, violinist Brittany Haas, mandolinist Sarah Jarosz, and Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny. The second includes bass, drums, and electric guitar, mostly played by Daves, with a raw, experimental rock take on those tunes. Pre-orders include an instant download of both the bluegrass and electric versions of the song "The Dirt That You Throw" and "Pretty Polly."

  • Michael Daves's Orchids and Violence comprises two discs with identical track listings of mostly traditional bluegrass tunes, including songs by bluegrass pioneers Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. The first disc has straightforward interpretations with a band of roots-music innovators: bassist Mike Bub, violinist Brittany Haas, mandolinist Sarah Jarosz, and Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny. The second includes bass, drums, and electric guitar, mostly played by Daves, with a raw, experimental rock take on those tunes. Pre-orders include an instant download of both the bluegrass and electric versions of the song "The Dirt That You Throw" and "Pretty Polly."

  • For its Nonesuch debut album, Side Pony, Lake Street Dive—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael "McDuck" Olson—worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Secret Sisters). The title refers to a whimsical hairstyle but also serves as a metaphor for the band's philosophy and personality. "We’ve always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band," says Kearney. "That’s the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself." Pre-orders include a download of "Call off Your Dogs" and "I Don't Care About You."

  • Rokia Traoré's Né So (Home), produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman), comprises 10 original songs plus a cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and features guest performances by John Paul Jones and Devendra Banhart, along with Burkinabe drummer Moïse Ouattara, Ivorian bassist Matthieu N’guessan, and Malian ngoni player Mamah Diabaté. Uncut raves: "Brave, challenging and arrestingly original, Traoré may just have gone and made the finest indie-rock album to emerge from arguably the world's most musical continent." Pre-orders include an instant download of the title track.

  • Lianne La Havas's Blood Solo EP features five tracks and an interlude from her Grammy Award–nominated second album, Blood, plus a new song, "Fairytale," performed solo. Pitchfork called Blood "dynamic and poignantly self-assured in its introspection … an almost seamless album."

  • This seven-disc box set contains all Nonesuch recordings of Polish composer Henryk Górecki's works—Lerchenmusik, Symphony No. 3, String Quartets Nos. 1–3, Miserere, Kleines Requiem für eine Polka, Harpsichord Concerto, and Good Night—as well as the newly released first recording of Górecki's final composition, Symphony No. 4, Tansman Episodes, which was completed by Górecki’s son Mikolaj after his father's death. "A commanding, haunting farewell … a conscious summing-up," says the New Yorker of the final piece; "the ailing composer may have sensed that it would be his valediction."

  • This first recording of Henryk Górecki’s final composition, Symphony No. 4, Tansman Episodes, was made during its 2014 world premiere at Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrey Boreyko. The piece, which pays homage to composer Alexsander Tansman, was incomplete at the time of Górecki's death; his son Mikolaj, also a composer, used his father's precise indications for orchestration to complete it. "This swansong turned out to be extraordinary: playful, dramatic and tender," says the Boston Globe, "an ambitious, hypnotic work." Gramophone calls it "a powerful and personal farewell from one of the 20th century’s most distinctive voices."

  • This is the first vinyl LP of the beloved 1992 Nonesuch recording of Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Featuring the London Sinfonetta and soprano Dawn Upshaw, this recording of the Polish composer's 1976 work proved spellbinding to a diverse international audience. The LP, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, includes a download of the complete album. TIME calls it "a transcendental meditation on mortality and redemption."

  • Recorded during the T Bone Burnett–produced sessions for Rhiannon Giddens's highly acclaimed solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, the five-song vinyl EP Factory Girl includes songs written or made famous by musical heroes Ethel Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharp; a song co-written by Giddens; a traditional Gaelic mouth music tune; and the title track, a traditional Irish song for which Giddens wrote additional lyrics. "It's a clutch of tunes that work together like the cards in a winning poker hand," says the New York Times. "Her accompaniment … points to an ageless gold standard for American roots music." "Deftly curated, gorgeously sung," says NPR, "this EP is America."

  • This limited-edition 10" six-song recording by The Arcs, entitled The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. I, featuring Dr. John and David Hidalgo, is the first in a series of collaborative "Inventors" recordings to come. "Sometimes the best way to see into the future is to study the past," says Dan Auerbach. "In this series we do both, collaborating with folks who have been in the game a long time but instead of rehashing old material, we collaborate on new works, explore new ideas and introduce each other to a different generational perspective."

  • Junun—an album from composer/musician Shye Ben Tzur, guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians—was recorded in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, with Radiohead's producer Nigel Godrich. The album comprises Ben Tzur’s compositions, which feature devotional Sufi qawwal musicians who sing in Urdu as well as in his native Hebrew. "One of the most inspired releases of the year," says the Times of London. "Intriguing, sinuous, and essential listening."

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