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Consumer Guide: August, 2021

Discontented candor, miraculous West Indian guitar, political hip-hop with aesthetic vortex, and punk-sparked roots. Plus: Ghanaian Afrofunk, a happy armed robber, and rhythm as a unit of meaning.

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Directions in Music 1969 to 1973 (BGP)

Emily Duff: Razor Blade Smile (Mr. Mudshow Music)

Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever (Darkroom/Interscope)

Robert Finley: Sharecropper's Son (Easy Eye Sound)

The Goon Sax: Mirror II (Matador)

Anthony Joseph: The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running for Their Lives (Heavenly Sweetness)

Los Lobos: Native Sons (New West)

Mach-Hommy: Pray for Haiti (Griselda)

Mach-Hommy: HBO (Haitian Body Odor) (Griselda '16)

Billy Nomates: Emergency Telephone (Invada)

Amy Rigby: A One Way Ticket to My Life (Southern Domestic '19)

Joseph Spence: Encore: Unheard Recordings of Bahamian Guitar and Singing (Smithsonian Folkways)

Star Feminine Band: Star Feminine Band (Born Bad '20)

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