Gang of Four isn't reinventing anything in "Never Pay for the Farm," but its members have a blast with their second lease on life. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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You'll Never Pay For The Farm

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Finnish Accordions, Schubert's Blues And A Soviet Concerto: New Classical CDs

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In "Kusmi," the members of Minks disguise their broken hearts and put a happy face on their yearning. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Kusmi' by Minks

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Gleaming

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The High Highs' "Open Season" is an immediately endearing slice of indie-pop, lending itself to fuzzy late-'90s nostalgia. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Open Season' by The High Highs

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Dolorean: 'Unfazed' By Life's Challenges

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The Souljazz Orchestra's "Negus Negast" sounds like a collaboration between Fela Kuti and the Modern Jazz Quartet's Milt Jackson. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rising Sun

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Joe Lovano: Drawing On 'Bird'

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Hayes Carll portrays downtrodden characters against a country backdrop on KMAG YOYO and Other American Stories. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hayes Carll: Honky-Tonk Prankster

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A Seattle sextet with a flair for warm gentility, The Head and the Heart oozes good-natured winsomeness in "Winter Song." Kyle Johnson/Courtesy of Sub Pop Records hide caption

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'Winter Song' by The Head and the Heart

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Teddy Thompson's 'Bella' Lives Up To Its Name

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Ella Mae Morse: The Voice Of Capitol's First Hits

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Radiohead: Fool Me Twice

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In "Time of My Own," The Woggles' members re-create the Nuggets era with a timeless ode to freedom and hope. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Time of My Own

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