On Champ, the Toronto band Tokyo Police Club has slowed down its tempo. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tokyo Police Club Slows The Pace With 'Champ'
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On The Sellout, Macy Gray sings often-ambiguous lyrics that move back and forth from her "honey boo" to her career. Guiliano Bekor hide caption

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Macy Gray: A Spiritual Comeback With 'The Sellout'
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Eric Harm (from left), Ian Graetzer and Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus. Bao Nguyen hide caption

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Titus Andronicus: Civil War Punk Rock
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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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Whitefield Brothers: A Dance Travelogue
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Dessa puts a hip-hop spin on old-fashioned songwriting. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dessa: Breaking The Rules Of Rap
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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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tUnE-yArDs: Low-Fi And Beautiful 'Brains'
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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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The xx: Switching Roles In Song
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An Irrepressible Tribute To Charlie Poole
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Nellie McKay's Love Letter To Doris Day
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Mulatu Astatke's 'Ethio-Jazz' Gets A New Edge
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Oumou Sangare: Sonic And Political Muscle
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Moby Returns With A Thoughtful Vengeance
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Eminem: A 'Relapse' Of Horror?
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Art Brut: Immaturity Is A Virtue
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