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Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

The duo's self-titled debut brims with slow tempos and spacious electronic arrangements, making plenty of room for the gorgeous vocals of folk veteran Amelia Meath.

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

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

On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.

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The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne gets reassessed in a new box set, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.

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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

The Secret Sisters' new album, Put Your Needle Down, displays their sophisticated, timeless sound and the country-twang influences of their hometown, Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

The country singer treats the classic songs on her new album like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about and re-imagined.

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

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In their new documentary Finding Vivian Maier, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel profile a reclusive photographer and her undiscovered photo archive. Vivian Maier/Courtesy of IFC Films hide caption

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New Gods is Scottish songwriter Dan Willson's second album as Withered Hand. Laura Lewis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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