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Expert Witness: Alt-Country for Punks

New in Expert Witness:

  • Leland Sundries: Music for Outcasts (L'Echiquier) A-
  • Walter Salas-Humara: Explodes and Disappears (Sonic Pyramid) B+
  • Blake Mills: Heigh Ho (Verve) ***
  • The Kropotkins: Portents of Love (Mulatta) ***
  • Corb Lund: Things That Can't Be Undone (New West) **
  • The Two-Gentleman Band: Two at a Time (Bean-Town) **
  • The Rough Guide to Americana (World Music Network) **
  • Blake Mills: Break Mirrors (I) *
  • The Yawpers: American Man (Bloodshot) *
Expert Witness: Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, Clams Casino, and Growing Up

New in Expert Witness:

  • Vic Mensa: There's Alot Going On (self-released) A-
  • Joey Purp: iiiDrops (self-released) A-
  • Vic Mensa: Innanetape (self-released) ***
  • DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal) ***
  • Clams Casino: 32 Levels (Columbia) **
Expert Witness: Car Seat Headrest, the Julie Ruin, and Drugs

New in Expert Witness:

  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial (Matador) A
  • The Julie Ruin: Hit Reset (Hardly Art) A-
  • Tame Impala: Currents (Interscope) **
  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style (Matador) **
  • Big Thief: Masterpiece (Saddle Creek) *
Expert Witness: Tall Tales and Big Country

New in Expert Witness:

  • Brandy Clark: Big Day in a Small Town (Warner Bros) A-
  • Carrie Underwood: Storyteller (Arista) A-
  • Eric Church: Mr. Misunderstood (EMI Nashville) ***
  • Carrie Underwood: Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (Arista Nashville) **
  • Sam Hunt: Montevallo (MCA Nashville) *
  • Tim McGraw: Sundown Heaven Town (Big Machine) *
Expert Witness: Believe It or Not, Paul Simon Is Still Making Music

New in Expert Witness:

  • Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger (Concord) A-
  • Plus Sized Dan: Plus Sized Dan With Marshall Ruffin (Plus Sized Dan) A-
  • Benjamin Dean Wilson: Small Talk (Tapete) **
  • Veda Hille: Love Waves (Canadian Council of the Arts/Conseil des arts du Canada) **
  • Benji Hughes: Songs in the Key of Animals (Merge) *
Expert Witness: Praise to the Most Blessed

New in Expert Witness:

  • Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book (self-released) A
  • Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers) A-
  • Mr. Lif: Don't Look Down (Mello Music) **
  • Lecrae: Church Clothes 3 (self-released) *
Expert Witness: Women Rule the World

New in Expert Witness:

  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive (Ribbon) A-
  • Heartsrevolution: Ride or Die (Owsla) A-
  • White Lung: Paradise (Domino) A-
  • Heron Oblivion: Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop) ***
  • The Kills: Ash & Ice (Domino) *
Expert Witness: Listen to More (Swing) Jazz

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Rough Guide to South African Jazz (World Music Network '16) A-
  • Township Swing Jazz Vol. 1 (Harlequin) B+
  • Debo Band: Ere Gobez (FPE) B+
  • Debo Band: Debo Band (Next Ambiance '12) ***
  • The Rough Guide to South African Jazz (World Music Network '00) *
Expert Witness: Roots Rock Radicals

New in Expert Witness:

  • Buddy Miller: Cayamo Sessions at Sea (New West) A-
  • Margo Price: Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man) A-
  • Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter (ATO) A-
  • Cam: Untamed (Arista) **
  • Lisa Said: First Time, Long Time (lisasaid.com) **
  • Kelsea Ballerini: The First Time (Black River Entertainment) *
  • Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Highway 20) *

A minor update of the website includes Christgau's 2015 Dean's List. This dates from early April, so doesn't include later 2015 picks from Kyle, Dawn Oberg, and The Internet.

Expert Witness: Baton Rouge, Big Beats, and Beyoncé

New in Expert Witness:

  • Beyoncé: Lemonade (Columbia) A-
  • Kevin Gates: Islah (Atlantic) A-
  • A$AP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper (Polo Grounds/RCA) ***
  • Azealia Banks: Slay-Z (self-released) **
Expert Witness: The Poet and the Hustler

New in Expert Witness:

  • Dawn Oberg: Rye (Blossom Theory '12) A
  • Dej Loaf: Sell Sole (self-released '14) A-
  • Dawn Oberg: Bring (Blossom Theory '15) A-
  • Dej Loaf: Just Do It (self-released '12) B+
  • Dej Loaf: #AndSeeThatsTheThing (BMG/Columbia '15) B+
  • Dawn Oberg: Horticulture Wars (Blossom Theory '08) **
  • Dej Loaf: All Jokes Aside (self-released '16) **
Expert Witness: Alt-Rap Exemplars

New in Expert Witness:

  • Lyrics Born: Now Look What You've Done, Lyrics Born!: Greatest Hits! (Mobile Home) A
  • Homeboy Sandman: Kindness for Weakness (Stones Throw) A-
  • Open Mike Eagle + Paul White: Hella Personal Film Festival (Mello Music) B+
  • Cavanaugh: Time and Materials (Mello Music) ***
  • Blackalicious: Imani Vol. 1 (Black Mines) **
  • D.R.A.M.: #1EpicSummer (self-released) **
  • Lyrics Born: Real People (Mobile Home) *
Expert Witness: Africa Ignites

New in Expert Witness:

  • Konono No. 1: Konono No. 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs) A-
  • Noura Mint Seymali: Tzenni (Glitterbeat) B+
  • Senegal 70 (Analog Africa) B+
  • Dieuf-Dieul de Thiès: Aw Sa Yone Vol. 2 (Teranga Beat) **
  • Youssou N'Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar: Fatteliku (RealWorld) *
  • Rokia Traoré: Né So (Nonesuch) *

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Expert Witness: Covers, Classics, and Tributes

New in Expert Witness:

  • Gary Lucas' Fleischerei Featuring Sarah Stiles: Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons (Cuneiform) A-
  • The Del McCoury Band: Del and Woody (McCoury Music) A-
  • Jimi Hendrix: Rainbow Bridge (Experience Hendrix/Legacy) A-
  • Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (Legacy) ***
  • Willie Nelson: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy) **
Expert Witness: Parquet Courts Are Making Lou Reed Proud

New in Expert Witness:

  • Parquet Courts: Human Performance (Rough Trade) A
  • The Coathangers: Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze) A-
  • Tacocat: Lost Time (Hardly Art) A-
  • Tacocat: NVM (Hardly Art) A-
  • Downtown Boys: Full Communism (Don Giovanni) *
  • Gazebos: Die Alone (Hardly Art) *
  • Swim Team: Swim Team (Infinity Cat) *
Expert Witness: Southern Blues Bonanza

New in Expert Witness:

  • Blind Willie Johnson: The Rough Guide to Blind Willie Johnson (World Music Network) A
  • God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator) A-
  • The Rough Guide to the Blues Songsters (World Music Network) A-
  • Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne: Never No More Blues (Ripple) ***
  • Otis Taylor: Hey Joe Opus: Red Meat (TranceBluesFestival.com) ***
  • The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues (World Music Network) **
  • Toronzo Cannon: The Chicago Way (Alligator) **
  • Blues Images Presents . . . 20 Classic Blues Songs From the 1920's: Vol. 13 (Blues Images) *
  • Charlie McCoy: Jackson Stomp: The Charlie McCoy Story (Nehi) *
Expert Witness: Roots Rock Rebels

New in Expert Witness:

  • Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories (Bloodshot) A
  • Waco Brothers: Going Down in History (Bloodshot) A-
  • Robbie Fulks: Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot '13) A-
  • The Mekons and Robbie Fulks: Jura (Bloodshot) A-
  • The Waco Brothers: Cabaret Showtime (Bloodshot) ***
  • Robbie Fulks: Revenge! (Yep Roc '07) **
  • Richard Buckner & Jon Langford: Sir Dark Invader vs. the Fanglord (Buried Treasure '05) *
  • Robbie Fulks: Happy (Boondoggle '10) *
Expert Witness: Stoned Soul Quick Picks

New in Expert Witness:

  • Rihanna: Anti (Deluxe Edition) (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) A
  • The Internet: Ego Death (Columbia) A-
  • Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution (Concord) ***
  • Kilo Kish: Reflections in Real Time (Kisha Soundscape + Audio) **
  • Erykah Badu: You Caint Use My Phone (self-released) **
Expert Witness: West Coast Warriors

New in Expert Witness:

  • Kendrick Lamar: O.verly D.edicated (DatPiff download) A-
  • Anderson .Paak: Malibu (OBE/Steel Wool/ArtClub/Empire) A-
  • Kyle: Smyle (Indie-Pop) A-
  • Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) A-
  • Anderson .Paak: Venice (Steel Wool/OBE) *
Expert Witness: Guitar Rock Grooves

New in Expert Witness:

  • Beauty Pill: Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are (Butterscotch) A
  • Wussy: Forever Sounds (Shake It) A-
  • Ezra Furman: Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union) ***
  • Animal Collective: Painting With (Domino) **
  • The Dead Weather: Dodge and Burn (Third Man) **
  • Adult Books: Running From the Blows (Lollipop) *

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