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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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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Those Darlins: Making Un-Country Noises

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Poly Styrene's newest solo album, Generation Indigo, comes out April 26. Fabrizio Rainone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Poly Styrene: Taking Moral Stances Solo

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