Robert Christgau Robert Christgau contributes regular music reviews to All Things Considered.

Latyrx's new record, The Second Album, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades

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Sam Baker's Say Grace is his fourth album since he started making them in 2004, at age 50. Chrislyn Lawrence/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken

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The Uncluded features Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson. Chrissy Piper/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths

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Ceramic Dog is Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily. Barbara Rigon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone

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Jonny Fritz's third solo album, after two under the alias Jonny Corndawg, is called Dad Country. Josh Hedley/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jonny Fritz: A Country Jester Gets Personal

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Homeboy Sandman's fourth album is called First of a Living Breed. Gavin Thomas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Homeboy Sandman: A Rapper Leaves Law Behind

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Left to right: Son Lux, Serengeti and Sufjan Stevens collaborate on a sometimes humorous but mostly beautiful EP. Illustration by John Ciambriello hide caption

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By This 'Beak And Claw,' A Trio Shall Synthesize

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With more than a dozen studio albums to her credit, Ani DiFranco has a strong handle on outspoken, politically charged music. Her latest is Which Side Are You On? Shervin Lainez /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ani DiFranco: Embracing Stability, Remaining Outspoken

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Bhi Bhiman is a second-generation Sri Lankan-American with a flair for the blues. His new album is Bhiman. Matthew Washburn/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bhi Bhiman: Penetrating Melodies, Striking Vocals

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Prolific singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis has a new album, called A Turn in the Dream-Songs.

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Jeffrey Lewis: Cosmic And Tongue-In-Cheek 'Dream-Songs'

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Woody Guthrie is the subject of a new tribute album, Note of Hope.

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Woody Guthrie's 'Note Of Hope' From Beyond The Grave

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Mates of State's newest album is Mountaintops. Glynis Selina Arban hide caption

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Mates Of State: Reaching Surprising New 'Mountaintops'

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Serengeti, aka David Cohn, carries on a tradition of story songs on his latest album, Family & Friends. Jacob Hand/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Serengeti: Play Your Part

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Teddybears: Enigmatic Troublemakers

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