The timing is eerily right for the first single from The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon and his moody side project, The Horrible Crowes. Danny Clinch hide caption

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With "There By Your Side," The Milk Carton Kids' members make feel-better music — and who doesn't want to feel better? Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'There By Your Side' by The Milk Carton Kids

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Fountains of Wayne's "Richie and Ruben" seems to be mocking a pair of fast-talking losers, but there's more to the story. Violeta Alvarez hide caption

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Noah And The Whale: Tiny Desk Concert

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Noah And The Whale: A Folk-Pop Band, Forever In Flux

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The Mountain Goats' "Estate Sale Sign" takes two entire lives and reduces them to junk that can't even be given away. D.L. Anderson/Courtesy of Shore Fire Media hide caption

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All Eternals Deck

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They Might Be Giants: Tiny Desk Concert

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Come Back to Us, the first album by Zach Rogue's new band Release the Sunbird, comes out July 26. Andrew Paynter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Middle of Everywhere, Pokey LaFarge's latest album with his band The South City Three, comes out July 19. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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