Tracey Thorn, famous for her work in Everything but the Girl, has a new solo album of seasonal tunes called Tinsel and Lights. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tracey Thorn: 'Secular Carols' For The Holidays
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Musicians and friends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale team up on a new album of country duets called Buddy and Jim. Michael Wilson photo/Paul Moore design/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting
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Jamey Johnson's new album pays tribute to songwriter Hank Cochran. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An Unlikely Tribute: Jamey Johnson Covers Hank Cochran
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Cody ChesnuTT is the best sort of egomaniac: On Landing on a Hundred, he's preachy but delightful. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cody ChesnuTT Contains A Universe On 'Hundred'
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Taylor Swift's Red challenges her diehard fans while inviting naysayers to give her music another try. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor Swift Leaps Into Pop With 'Red'
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Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak and Blu is an eclectic romp through the blues. Frank Maddocks hide caption

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Gary Clark Jr.: A Raucous Blues Shout
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Sing the Delta is Iris DeMent's first album of new songs in 16 years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Iris DeMent's Emotionally Complex 'Sing The Delta'
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Low Cut Connie's Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's a bit more self-conscious. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band
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Ken Tucker says Aimee Mann's latest album, Charmer, is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind. Sheryl Nields hide caption

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Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id
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Dwight Yoakam recently released his new record, titled 3 Pears. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dwight Yoakam: Weary And Wary On '3 Pears'
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Bob Dylan's Tempest features 10 new songs with many feisty, baffling, sometimes beautiful moments. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bob Dylan's Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful 'Tempest'
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Ian Hunter once is at once crafty and mindful of craft, striving mightily to make his music seem tossed off. Ross Halfin hide caption

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When Ian Hunter Is 'President'
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Shoes: After 18 Years, The Power-Pop Band Re-Ignites
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Producer Dan Auerbach achieves an ideal version of JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda on their respective new albums. James Quine hide caption

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Dan Auerbach Likes It Fast, Simple And Loud
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Frank Ocean performs onstage at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April. Karl Walter/Getty Images hide caption

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Frank Ocean's 'Orange' Revolution
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