The Baltimore duo Wye Oak releases the blustery and mysterious Civilian on March 8. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An Early Look At 2011's Best Music

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Shai Wosner has achieved success on the concert stage, and now he is releasing a recording. Onyx Classics hide caption

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Shai Wosner's Rich, Transparent Piano Sound

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In "NatGeo," the inventive Alabama hip-hop duo G-Side works with a Norwegian and rhymes over Enya samples. Renalda "R-Dot" Douglas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'NatGeo' by G-Side

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"Don't underestimate the things that I will do," Adele sings in "Rolling in the Deep." It's good advice. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Rolling in the Deep' by Adele

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Though its members don't work in the same room, Bikini crafts terrific electro-pop songs like "American Mourning." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'American Mourning' by Bikini

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'Through the Snow' by The Winston Jazz Routine

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Johannes chronicles the loss of his wife in heartbreaking, vivid detail throughout the deeply felt "Speechless." Courtesy of Ipecac Records hide caption

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Speechless

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Tracey Thorn's third album focuses on the small details in life: weddings, singles bars and the size of one's jeans. Edward Bishop hide caption

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Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2010

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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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Dan Sartain's "Walk Among the Cobras IV" channels deep hurt into a dark but upbeat two-minute release. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lives

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South African singer Miriam Makeba in 1978. STF/AFP hide caption

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Surveying '50 Years Of Music' From Africa

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Jimi Hendrix, Before He Was Famous

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An early glimpse at what would become a big band, "Them (Pop Song #3333)" sounds approachable and introspective. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Them (Pop Song #3333)

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In "Colours," the L.A. rock band Grouplove makes wild, thrilling and above all joyful noise. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Colours' by Grouplove

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