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This One's For Guy Clark, Americana's Craftsman

Lyle Lovett, Hayes Carll, Patty Griffin and more pay tribute to Clark on a new double album.

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Black Joe Lewis And The Honeybears: Barroom Blast

The young Austin band infuses a Robert Johnson blues classic with a rip-roaring rock edge.

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Youth Lagoon: A Retreat From The World

"Cannons" seems to have been recorded late at night, under the covers, with a flashlight.

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David Bazan: Sin And Salvation

"Wolves at the Door" tells grim stories, but it's rooted in the spirit of forgiveness.

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Peggy Sue: Several Songs In One

As it evolves, "Cut My Teeth" becomes increasingly complex, like a destructive relationship.

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Wenceslas: A Goodhearted King And His Popular Carol

Behind the well-known Christmas song that bears his name is the story of what made King Wenceslas so good.

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Tigran Hamasyan: A Pianist's Mellow Ode To 'Mother'

The jazz pianist lets the melody sing a song of yearning and hope in "Mother, Where Are You?"

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The Angry Birds Theme Gets An Orchestral Makeover

The London Philharmonic Orchestra crafts a sly take on a ubiquitous video-game staple.

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Tommy Stinson: A Bruised Lifer Returns

"All This Way for Nothing" is a classic piece of Replacements-style fatalism from one who knows it well.

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