In "You Come Around," Jennifer O'Connor addresses a faded relationship by employing direct, economical phrasing. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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You Come Around

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Heartless Bastards' fourth album, Arrow, was released earlier this month. Nathan Presley hide caption

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Heartless Bastards: Rousing Songs, Born On The Road

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Duchess Says' "Antepoc" is a vivifying, danceable slab of high-volume, hard-hitting experimentation. Christine Grosjean hide caption

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Antepoc

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Hello Cruel World

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A virtually unheard 1970 soul gem, Mickey Murray's "People Are Together" is as timeless as it is optimistic. Ben Clark hide caption

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People Are Together

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In "It's My Part," Jonquil injects a pop song with island-inspired guitars and Afro-Caribbean percussion. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'It's My Part' by Jonquil

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Singing with the band Capullo, Lido Pimienta explores the trauma of puppy love in "A quien amas en realidad es a mi." courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Testigos Del Fin Del Mundo

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Profile Records never meant to get into the rap game, but the label launched the careers of rap groups like Run-D.M.C. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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A 'Giant Anthology' Of Profile Records, Rap's Early Champion

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'Barchords': An Intense, Pensive Album About Love

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Vijay Iyer and his trio masterfully articulate a complex composition's exuberant, zigzagging melody. Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Little Pocket Size Demons

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In "The Gravedigger's Song," Mark Lanegan's raspy croak is without a doubt his most valuable asset. Sam Holden hide caption

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'The Gravedigger's Song' by The Mark Lanegan Band

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In "Only Brother," Midtown Dickens injects old folk and bluegrass sounds with verve, quirkiness and modern ideas. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Only Brother' by Midtown Dickens

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