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Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id

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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's 'Orange' Revolution

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This Time, R. Kelly Burns With (Relatively Chaste) Passion

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Big K.R.I.T.: Music Straight 'From The Underground'

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The dB's: Still Plaintive After All These Years

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Known for brevity's sake as The Idler Wheel..., Fiona Apple's new album is her first in seven years. Lionel Deluy hide caption

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Fiona Apple's 'Wheel' Of Extravagant Emotions

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On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

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The new album Kin is a collaboration between author Mary Karr and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell. Deborah Feingold hide caption

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Making Music From Messy Relationships With 'Kin'

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Diamond Rugs: Carefully Constructed Drinking Songs

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