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

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

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

Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux and Serengeti collaborate on a sometimes humorous but mostly beautiful EP.

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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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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

The second-generation Sri Lankan-American is an accomplished guitarist and a natural bluesman.

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

Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie features 13 artists working with Guthrie's lyrics.

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

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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

The Chicago rapper continues to embody troubled, dysfunctional characters of his own creation on the new Family and Friends.

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Those Darlins' latest album, Screw Gets Loose, finds the group moving toward harder-rocking material. Veta&Theo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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