Playlist.

A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

King CrimsonRed (Virgin/DGM; 1974/2014)

Giuseppe VerdiRigoletto – Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano/Tullio Serafin (EMI Classics; 1956/1997)

Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Paris) 1969 (Braxton Bootleg; 2011)


Anthony VineRemnants (Galtta Media; 2017)


Morbid AngelGateways to Annihilation (Earache; 2000)

MeshuggahDestroy Erase Improve (Nuclear Blast; 1995)


Brood MaDaze (Tri-Angle; 2016)


Yearning KruCopper Vale (Planet Mu; 2016)


NeurosisThrough Silver in Blood (Relapse/Neurot; 1996/2009)

Sophia Subbayya VastekHistories (Innova; due May 26, 2017)
> Michael HarrisonJaunpuri – Michael Harrison, Nitin Mitta; John CageShe Is Asleep; Dream I; Michael HarrisonHijaz Prelude – Michael Harrison, Nitin Mitta; John CageA Room; Dream II; Donnacha DennehyStainless Staining; John Cage – Dream III


SleepDopesmoker (Rise Above/Southern Lord; 1999/2012)


Coalesce012:2 (Relapse; 1999/2008)

D.R.I.Crossover (Metal Blade; 1987)

SuffocationPierced from Within (Roadrunner; 1995)

CandlemassEpicus Doomicus Metallicus (Black Dragon; 1986)

Paradise LostGothic (Peaceville; 1991)

Bill EvansLive at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance; 2012)

Bill FrisellHave a Little Faith (Nonesuch; 1992)

Alex de Grassi & G.E. StinsonShortwave Postcard (Auditorium; 2001)

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 3 in D minor; Richard WagnerTannhäuser Overture – Gewandhausorchester/Andris Nelsons (Deutsche Grammophon; due May 5, 2017)

Jussi BjörlingLebendige Vergangenheit (Preiser; 2002)

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Jakub Hrůša, Keiji Haino, Anthony Braxton, Chaya Czernowin, Annika Socolofsky, Stefan Fraunberger, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Album review: Pierluigi Billone, ITI KE MI; Equilibrio. Cerchio

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Memory is a tricky thing – one reason why critics often abstain from speaking in absolutes. You might witness a live event of seemingly ineffable magnitude. Yet assuming there's no recording immediately available, no dispassionate document by which to check your instincts once the moment of initial contact cools and fades, who's to say whether you overreacted?

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Bill Rieflin, Jaimie Branch, Roscoe Mitchell, Ben Richter, Alice Coltrane, Threefifty, Erkki Kurenniemi, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
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Album review: David Lang, thorn

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For all that his large-scale works have commanded the spotlight over the last decade or so, David Lang initially burst into the public eye and ear with pithy, concise, and clever chamber works… On 'thorn,' an appealing new CD by flutist Molly Barth, Lang's puckish instrumental miniatures assume center stage.