Lady Gaga, from her video for "Alejandro." courtesy the artist hide caption

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Mother Falcon performs at The Parish in Austin, TX on February 26. Erika Reyna hide caption

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It may appear on a collection of early works, but "While We're Young" represents Department of Eagles at its best. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Susanne Sundfor's wounded voice and densely worded narrative fuel the foreboding aura of "The Brothel." courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Left to right: David Lynch, Danger Mouse (Brian Burton), Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous). courtesy of EMI Records hide caption

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Voluminous guitar chugs only lend more massiveness to Melvins' "I'll Finish You Off." hide caption

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One of country music's biggest stars, Dierks Bentley is back with an album that may surprise his fans. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill says he draws inspiration from nonmusical sources like science and literature. David Redfern hide caption

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After 10 years with his trio, Jason Moran demonstrates the growth of both jazz and his own music. Clay Patrick McBride hide caption

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Beach Fossils' "Vacation" captures a sense of cool nonchalance, but also a dose of late-July ennui. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tony Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979. Bernard Benant hide caption

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Rachid Taha's Bonjour mixes rock energy with a unique blend of North African pop and techno. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Suzanne Vega is reinventing much of her catalog as stripped-down folk music. With 1987's "Gypsy," it's an easy task. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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