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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," "I Don't Care About You," and "Mistakes."

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • Recorded during the T Bone Burnett–produced sessions for Punch Brothers' album The Phosphorescent Blues, the band's five-song EP The Wireless comprises four original compositions, including a song with words by Gabriel Kahane entitled "Sleek White Baby," plus a cover of Elliott Smith's "Clementine"; four of the tracks are featured on the vinyl edition of The Phosphorescent Blues.

  • Natalie Merchant’s Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings features new recordings of the beloved songs of her multi-platinum solo debut album, Tigerlily, as they have evolved over two decades of live performance. The new release is accompanied by a documentary DVD: a memoir-style film containing live performances, archival footage, and interviews with musicians, friends, and fans about the influence these songs have had over 20 years. MOJO, in a four-star review, says: "Time has only amplified the power of Merchant’s music."

  • Laurie Anderson's first feature film in 30 years, Heart of a Dog is a personal essay on joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved dog Lolabelle. The New York Times calls it "dreamy, drifty, and altogether lovely." New York says it's "one of the most moving and provocative films you’ll see this year." The Nonesuch album is the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text.

  • St Germain, whose albums Boulevard and Tourist originated a genre of French electronic music, returns with his first album in 15 years, and it's "well worth the wait," says the Independent. The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to his sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. "The result," says NPR: "a timeless African sound reconfigured ever so slightly for the electronic age." A "remarkable album," exclaims All About Jazz. "It is really a rare occurrence that an electronic music is crafted with so much style and substance." It "deftly balances tradition and modernity and begs repeated listening," says Jazzwise. St Germain "continues to revolutionize electronic music."

  • Tourist, St Germain's internationally acclaimed album from 2000, was named one of the Best Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone and helped originate a genre of French electronic music. The album "organically melded innovative and irresistibly addictive song structures and arrangements," says All About Jazz, "with a wealth of house beats, jazz and blues sounds, dub, ambient and soul into an eclectic mix that catapulted it to classic status." Remastered by the artist in 2012, Tourist is available here on two 180-gram vinyl LPs; album download not included.

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