"My War Blues" finds guitarist Cian Nugent drawing on Black Flag as a new source for American standards. Cait Fahey hide caption

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Cian Nugent: Variations On A Black Flag Riff

"My War Blues" finds the guitarist drawing on Black Flag as a new source for American standards.

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Though marked by whistling, buoyant keys and an unconventional beat, Fenster's "Oh Canyon" has a sinister quality. Maxime Ballesteros hide caption

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Fenster: A Dark Pop Song, Under Construction

Even with its whistling, buoyant keys and unconventional beat, "Oh Canyon" has a sinister quality.

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With his growling vocals, Howlin' Wolf fought his way to the top of the cutthroat Chicago blues scene. Frank Driggs Collection hide caption

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In "Zero Dark Thirty," rapper Aesop Rock returns from a long hiatus, still armed with propulsion and pessimism. Chrissy Piper hide caption

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Aesop Rock: As The World Crumbles

In "Zero Dark Thirty," the rapper returns from a hiatus, still armed with propulsion and pessimism.

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Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production (the cover detail of the album is above) revisits the influence of producer Robert Williams on the 1970s soul scene in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Conceived in Santa Fe and Scandinavia, Glacier Face's "Fahrenheit" is a gorgeous wanderer's ode to the world's connectedness. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Glacier Face: A Warm Ode To Cold Climes

Conceived in Santa Fe and Iceland, "Fahrenheit" is a wanderer's ode to the world's connectedness.

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Kenny Garrett's "Welcome Earth Song" conjures the spirit of Pharoah Sanders — and a soul-stirring church service. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kenny Garrett: Sketches Of Pharoah Sanders

"Welcome Earth Song" conjures the spirit of Sanders — as well as a soul-stirring church service.

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Recalling '80s British heavy metal, Christian Mistress' "Haunted Hunted" is set apart by Christine Davis' smoky vocals. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Christian Mistress: Headbanger's Ball

Recalling '80s British heavy metal, "Haunted Hunted" is set apart by Christine Davis' smoky vocals.

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Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart incorporates sampled sounds of the cosmos in "Who Stole the Show?" John Werner hide caption

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Mickey Hart: Pop From Other Worlds

The former Grateful Dead drummer incorporates sampled sounds of the cosmos in "Who Stole the Show?"

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Jenny Scheinman's (left) quartet represents players raised on and used to playing all kinds of music. Michael Gross hide caption

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Jenny Scheinman's 'Mayhem' Hard To Pin Down

Scheinman's quartet features players raised on and accustomed to performing all kinds of music.

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