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Real Life Rock & Roll Band applies minimalist techniques to rumbling, dueling guitar histrionics on its debut album, Hollerin' the Spirit. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Koenjihyakkei's 2005 album Angherr Shisspa, just recently reissued, makes progressive music simultaneously challenging and fun. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Be it prog-rock, free jazz, musique concrète, Krautrock, deranged punk or psych-rock, the experimental music found on the Nurse With Wound List from 1979 could split open a third eye. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The slamming brutal death metal of 01101111011101100110111001101001 — that's binary for "ovni," or UFO — will make your gut drop. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Daniel Warren Johnson's Murder Falcon comic features an anthropomorphic, bionic falcon who kills demons from the underworld by the power of guitar shredding. Daniel Warren Johnson/Courtesy of Skybound Comics hide caption

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Masayuki Takayanagi on the cover of April is the cruellest month, a blasted 1975 session now available on vinyl for the first time. Tatsuo Minami/Courtesy of Blank Forms Editions hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Ahmed Ag Kaedy (photo: Konrad Waldmann), Psychedelic Speed Freaks (photo: Anna Aguirre), Catherine Watine, Keith Fullerton Whitman's modular synthesizer. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Viking's Choice: Psychedelic Speed Freaks, Ahmed Ag Kaedy, More

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Clockwise from top left: Heather Leigh, Messa, Lonely Leary and Kate Carr. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Viking's Choice: The Year In The Loud And The Weird

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