Eric Harm (from left), Ian Graetzer and Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus. Bao Nguyen hide caption

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Earthology is a world-music pastiche that took Whitefield Brothers 15 years to assemble. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dessa puts a hip-hop spin on old-fashioned songwriting. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Although Merrill Garbus made her album with a laptop, she's a staunch bohemian who's big on slowing life down. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Oliver Sim (far left) and Romy Madley Croft (left of center) of The xx shift roles without ever seeming hostile, cold or even unsupportive. Owen Richards hide caption

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Caroline Knopf