"God Loves His Children," from the banjo legend's work with Lester Flatt, reveals Scruggs to be brilliant on the guitar, too. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Complete Mercury Recordings

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'Midnight Special' by Merle Travis

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Even amid the new and unfamiliar sounds of "Glorified High," Sarah Jaffe settles in and makes herself at home. Dylan Hollingsworth hide caption

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The Body Wins

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Baloji: Finding A Home In His Music

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Alcest's "Beings of Light" plays like an alternate soundtrack to Lord of the Rings sung by the elf queen Galadriel. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Voyages de l'Âme

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'En Memoria' by Elephant and Castle

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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach makes Dr. John (pictured) sound fresh and intimate by connecting him to his vital musical past. James Demaria Productions hide caption

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En Memoria

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Full of unexpected twists, Anderson and Roe's Michael Jackson cover takes a pianistic moonwalk. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Billie Jean

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Clark Terry: Not Just A Jazz Jester

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A lovely chamber-folk song, Aspidistrafly's "Landscape With a Fairy" follows its own leaf-covered path. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Landscape With a Fairy

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'The Medium Is The Massage': A Kitchen Sink Of Sound

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Jim White is a man on the brink in "What Rocks Will Never Know," but his optimism doesn't shake easily. Jim White hide caption

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What Rocks Will Never Know

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Zieti: Music As An Act Of Resistance

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In spite of its simple structure, Cate Le Bon's "Puts Me to Work" is full of details that make it charming. Piper Ferguson hide caption

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Cyrk

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