Tom Lehrer: '60s Satirist Still Strikes A Chord
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If 2010 has produced a slab of summer-friendly rock candy more inviting than "Go Do," it has yet to reveal itself. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Go Do
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Nicki Minaj: Beneath The Bravado
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In "Starting," Matt Pond PA offers up melancholy and emotional warmth in equal measure. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Starting' by Matt Pond PA
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When Hot Clip slides into the chorus of "Take It In," the effect is unequivocally glorious. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Take It In' by Hot Chip
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A Collection Of Vintage Pop From 'Panama!'
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Earthology is a world-music pastiche that took Whitefield Brothers 15 years to assemble. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Whitefield Brothers: A Dance Travelogue
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Nouvelle Vague makes "Master and Servant" more deeply sexy than Depeche Mode could have imagined. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Master and Servant' by Nouvelle Vague
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Merle Haggard: A Gruff Voice Filled With Vitality
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James Whitbourn's Luminosity expands the experience of classical music beyond the edges of the traditional map of classical style. Hewholooks/Wikimedia hide caption

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James Whitbourn's Celestial Sounds
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In "Arkansas Sound," the rapper Arkansas Bo does what he can to put his home state on the hip-hop map. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"Easy to Love," from Ivan and Alyosha's debut EP, is a sweetly booming ode to love as a feat of endurance. Jenny Jimenez hide caption

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'Easy to Love' by Ivan and Alyosha
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Von Freeman and his working band play weekly in Chicago, but it took a German jazz festival to bring out a recording of that group. Michael Jackson/Premonition Records hide caption

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Von Freeman's Core Corps, Captured In Germany
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An eerily quiet groove, loaded with murmured vocals, gives way to bright electric piano in "Round and Round." courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Round and Round' by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
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