The Roots' 10th studio album, undun, is a concept record chronicling the downfall of its narrator. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Roots: A Song Cycle For A Life Cycle

Do we need a hip-hop concept album in 2011? Yes, if it's as thoughtful and poignant as undun.

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Jonathan Wilson's new album is titled Gentle Spirit.

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Jonathan Wilson: Making Like Thoreau, In Song

Wilson's new project, the musical equivalent of a landscape painting, took four years to finish.

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Wilco, from left: Mikael Jorgensen, Glenn Kotche, Patrick Sansone, Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Nels Cline. Zoran Orlic hide caption

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Mariachi El Bronx's new album, II, is a lively and surprisingly kitsch-free take on music steeped in tradition. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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James Farm combines the talents of four in-demand jazz musicians: Matt Penman (from left), Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Eric Harland. Jimmy Katz hide caption

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My Morning Jacket's new album is titled Circuital. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gretchen Parlato's new album is The Lost and Found. David Bartolomi/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Simon's first album of new material in five years intersperses transcendent moments of beauty alongside his familiar tricks. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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Beady Eye's debut album is called Different Gear, Still Speeding. Courtesy of Dangerbird Records hide caption

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Tristen's debut album is Charlatans at the Garden Gate. Courtesy of American Myth Recordings hide caption

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Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer spent just two days recording his latest album, Solo. Hans Speekenbrink hide caption

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This is the 10-year anniversary of Jason Moran and his trio. Thus, their latest album is called Ten. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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