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Our top record picks of 2018, part 2

The year 2018 saw the release of a lot of music. The following is the second half of what this writer thought was the best of the year. Full disclosure: I don’t care about album sales. I don’t care about concert-ticket sales. If everything in the world was judged by the amount sold, you’d have a hell of a lot of chefs in high...

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The Nuns of Brixton bring The Clash to Ska Brewing

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Impromptu lap dances and drunk amateur DJs

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Music lives here

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A handful of records that haven’t grown old

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What’s new: Glenn Jones, “The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar”

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iAM Music is back – with a scheduling twist

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