The Italian duo Dumbo Gets Mad specializes in psychedelics for the sober, combining experimentation with detailed pop songwriting. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Marmelade Kids' by Dumbo Gets Mad

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Roy Orbison: A 'Monument' To A Pop Legend

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Project Jenny, Project Jan's "Pretend" is a rare breed in electronic music: a song that's sinister and warm at the same time. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Pretend' by Project Jenny, Project Jan

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Swar Samir

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Bombino (right, with guitar) is a rising star in a generation of rebellious Tuareg rockers. Ron Wyman /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bombino: Unfamiliar Suffering Gets A Universal Treatment

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In "Usual Suspects," the Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka busts out of the gates like classic Replacements on an Ozark bender. Calvin Engel hide caption

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Death of a Decade

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Emmylou Harris: An Invigorating, Inviting 'Hard Bargain'

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Bombino: High-Energy Sounds From 'Agadez,' Niger

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From a 1973 album that was never released, psychedelic rocker Arthur Lee offers a bit of homespun philosophy in "Beep Beep." Herbert Worthington hide caption

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'Beep Beep' by Arthur Lee

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Poly Styrene: Taking Moral Stances Solo

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Moon Duo's "When You Cut" begins with a hooky, almost cheery keyboard melody before plunging into stranger territory. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mazes

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As horns triumphantly enter the fray, the bewitching and modern magnetism of King's "Supernatural" becomes inescapable. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Supernatural' by King

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In "The Book of Muscle," KEN Mode's members seem to egg each other on to see who can make the most aggressive sounds. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Book of Muscle

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Tim Berne: Slow-Cooked Jazz

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