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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The Baseball Project has released another volume of songs inspired by our national pastime. Yep Roc Records hide caption

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The Baseball Project: For Love Of The Game

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Loretta Lynn (middle) performs onstage at the CMAs in Novemner. Sheryl Crow (left) and Miranda Lambert sang with her. Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic hide caption

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Singers Have A Ball On Album Dedicated To 'Honky Tonk Girl' Loretta Lynn

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No Age's new album, Everything in Between, touches on the duo's speedy skate-punk roots. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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No Age Shrieks And Soothes On 'Everything In Between'

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Of Montreal's Humanist Sermon On 'False Priest'

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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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