Top row: Nothing; Middle row, left to right: St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Sturgill Simpson; Bottom: Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Hamilton Leithauser, Hundred Waters, Perfect Pussy Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Lucius was just one of the many bands worth discovering at this year's CMJ festival. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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