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Andy Beta

Andy Beta appears in the following:

First Listen: Algiers, 'Algiers'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The gospel-punk band's self-titled debut couches its invective in feedback, guitar noise, bruising drum machines and Franklin James Fisher's guttural howls.

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First Listen: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 'Multi-Love'

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Inspired by a complex relationship in his past, frontman Ruban Nielson makes his sweetest, catchiest, most impeccably crafted music yet.

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First Listen: Paul De Jong, 'IF'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The cellist and audio collagist unabashedly embraces and refines The Books' sound on his solo debut, which contains some of the most resonant and beautiful music of his career.

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First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

In recent years, Chaz Bundick's sound has traveled down some unexpected side roads. But What For? takes a U-turn back to feel-tingly guitar-pop, with winsome results.

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First Listen: Inventions, 'Maze Of Woods'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Explosions In The Sky guitarist Mark Smith and Eluvium's Matthew Cooper make natural collaborators. On their second album as Inventions, they craft head-nodding, vaguely unsettling music together.

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First Listen: Pearson Sound, 'Pearson Sound'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

David Kennedy, the Leeds producer behind Pearson Sound, has been at the vanguard of British electronic music since his first singles in 2006. Now, he's finally releasing his first full-length album.

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First Listen: Until The Ribbon Breaks, 'A Lesson Unlearnt'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The cinematic full-length debut from British producer Pete Lawrie-Winfield moves from spare piano and voice to moments that simulate the sound of smoldering rubble in a post-apocalyptic world.

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First Listen: Andy Stott, 'Faith In Strangers'

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Manchester electronic producer alternates between ethereal beauty and viscous sludge, and with vocal assistance from Alison Skidmore, glints of light keep poking through the darkness.

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First Listen: Les Sins, 'Michael'

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick makes overt advances to the dance floor on his first album as Les Sins. But he keeps his mind on pop music, too, as he doles out pleasures in three-minute bites.

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First Listen: Medicine, 'Home Everywhere'

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The shoegaze-y L.A. rock band never quite caught on in the '90s. In 2013, the group returned with its first album in 18 years — and on the follow-up, Medicine continues to create new wrinkles.

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First Listen: Kindness, 'Otherness'

Sunday, October 05, 2014

British singer Adam Bainbridge doubles down on his many '80s influences (disco, '80s boogie and R&B, house music, go-go) while still making them sound refreshed.

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First Listen: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, 'Gone Girl (Motion Picture Soundtrack)'

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gone Girl is Reznor and Ross' third soundtrack collaboration under the direction of David Fincher. As with their past work together, the music suits the story that inspired it perfectly.

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First Listen: Electric Youth, 'Innerworld'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Innerworld is awash in '80s earmarks, but it also conveys a sense of wistfulness; a sense of childlike splendor in danger of succumbing to the ravages of adulthood.

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First Listen: Lia Ices, 'Ices'

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Ices' first two albums recalled the work of Cat Power and Tori Amos. But on her third album, the singer-songwriter expands her palette considerably.

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First Listen: Merchandise, 'After The End'

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A DIY spirit pervades Merchandise's dark, well-crafted songs, even if they sound more at home in the gloomy climes of Manchester than in sunny Tampa, where the band is based.

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First Listen: Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Flashing both the raw talent of a recruit and the acumen of a much older musician, the singer-guitarist's self-titled debut shows off both his youth and his grasp of past musical forms.

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First Listen: Sarah Jaffe, 'Don't Disconnect'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A ferociously intelligent singer-songwriter, Jaffe never stops inventing, reinventing, exploring and reflecting on her (and our) place in a forbidding, foreboding world.

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First Listen: JJ, 'V'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

On V, the Swedish duo strikes a curious balance among wildly divergent sounds. Along the way, it draws from cringe-worthy soft pop, indie-rock, and cutting-edge R&B and hip-hop.

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First Listen: Wildest Dreams, 'Wildest Dreams'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In his new band, venerable U.K. DJ Harvey Bassett indulges a love of psychedelic garage rock. Throughout Wildest Dreams, he displays an impeccable sense of when to rev up and when to lay off the gas.

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First Listen: Strand Of Oaks, 'Heal'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The ten songs that comprise Heal had their genesis in personal crisis, with frontman Timothy Showalter's marriage crumbling apart while he was thousands of miles from home on an endless tour.

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