Incan Abraham's "Hors D'oeuvres" morphs into a psychedelic ballet of adolescent anxiety. Amanda Charchian hide caption

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'Hors D'oeuvres' by Incan Abraham

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The 88's "They Ought to See You Now" is a little more than two minutes of disarming charm and irresistible melodies. Eric Cwiertny/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'They Ought to See You Now' by The 88

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The Extra Lens' "Only Existing Footage" perfectly encapsulates the way small missteps can bloom into ruin. Max S. Gerber hide caption

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'Only Existing Footage' by The Extra Lens

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (right) raps about arguments with friends and road trips on his new album, Underground Playground. The rapper is one of the musicians making "kid-hop," but he gives plenty of credit to his daughter, Saki. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hip-Hop And Vintage Pop: First-Rate Records For Kids

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Scuba's Paul Rose reworks his song "Before" as "Before (After)," a gem worth more than the sum of its many moving parts. courtesy of the artist/Hotflush Records hide caption

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Triangulation

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Harold O'Neal: 'Whirling' Jazz Moves

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Kanye West's best gets buried under sex, fame and money on the rap icon's highly anticipated new album. Courtesy of Troy Holden hide caption

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Kanye West Gets 'Twisted,' But Misses The Beauty

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Without uttering a word in "I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead," Mogwai scales a mountain of emotion, and pens poetry with effects pedals. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead' by Mogwai

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Girl Talk massages bits and pieces of music on the 71-minute mash-up, All Day. Brendan Hoffman /Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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Josh Groban And Girl Talk: One Not Like The Other

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The North Carolina band Toubab Krewe gives an old West African military song a cacophonous reworking. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Mansani Cisse' by Toubab Krewe

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Though it opens with a glimmer of hope, Fences' "My Girl the Horse" conveys more defeat than triumph. courtesy of Big Hassle hide caption

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'My Girl the Horse' by Fences

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Scott Colley's Empire has a strong sense of place, even if it's not his own place. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Scott Colley: An 'Empire' On The Prairie

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Equal parts hypnotic and mechanical, Luke Abbott's "Holkham Drones" pumps along like a steam engine. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Holkham Drones' by Luke Abbott

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Jazz bassist Dave Holland (left) and flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela spent three years recording Hands, their new album. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dave Holland Finds A New Journey In Flamenco

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