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Suzanne Vega is reinventing much of her catalog as stripped-down folk music. With 1987's "Gypsy," it's an easy task. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bill Fox's "Electrocution" is, in every way, a perfect fit for Nada Surf's sensibility and philosophy. Peter Ellenby hide caption

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In the briskly charming "Denise," Clem Snide singer Eef Barzelay (left) stays on the sweet side, even as his affection meanders into obsession. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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American Slang centers around the fleeting nature of youth. Ashley Maile hide caption

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Stars' "Dead Hearts" explores the idea that our past pain shades and stains everything we see and do. Norman Wong hide caption

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The overall effect of Laura Gibson and Ethan Rose's "Younger" is akin to being let in on someone's gauzily lovely dream. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sea of Cowards is The Dead Weather's second album. Courtesy of artist hide caption

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