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Hundred Waters' new album, The Moon Rang Like a Bell, comes out May 27. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Moon Rang Like A Bell

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires' new album, Dereconstructed, comes out May 27. Wes Frazer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dereconstructed

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Vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician Nick Sanborn are Sylvan Esso. DL Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

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The deluxe version of Xscape features Michael Jackson's original demos, before the songs were "contemporized" for the album. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos

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Ray LaMontagne's new album is called Supernova. Samantha Casolari/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

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tUnE-yArDs. Holly Andres/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

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The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

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For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

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The Secret Sisters' new album, backed by Jack White and produced by T-Bone Burnett, is called Put Your Needle Down. Courtesy of Republic Records hide caption

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Harmony-Loving Sisters Keep It Retro

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Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

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Arc Iris is the self-titled solo debut of Jocie Adams, a former member of The Low Anthem. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The High Voice Of The Low Anthem Breaks Out As Arc Iris

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Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy

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Dave's Picks Volume 9 features a 1974 Grateful Dead concert played in Montana. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat

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