In "La Sole Doree," the spontaneous, provocative German guitar band Faust does exactly what it wants, and with great style. Markus Wustmann hide caption

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'La Sole Doree' by Faust

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Mariachi El Bronx's new album, II, is a lively and surprisingly kitsch-free take on music steeped in tradition. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mariachi El Bronx: Mariachi Punks Put It All On the Line

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Jeff Golub Band's "Freddie's Midnite Dream" pays tribute to the late blues great with the help of pianist Henry Butler. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Three Kings

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Matana Roberts: An Ancestral History In Music

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Wide-eyed and fresh-faced, Gardens and Villa takes on the natural world with relish in "Black Hills." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Black Hills

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Teddybears: Enigmatic Troublemakers

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Grouper's "Alien Observer" contains only two instruments, but it dives deeper than it might first appear. Alicia J. Rose hide caption

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Alien Observer

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Ace Records: New Orleans Hits, Made In Mississippi

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In "Guilty Girls," Buffalo Tom is a more lyrically mature and equally potent version of the great band that formed 25 years ago. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Guilty Girls' by Buffalo Tom

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In "Sare Mabo," Sorry Bamba's elliptical river blues sound adds a new and colorful piece to the splendid puzzle that is Malian music. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Volume 1, 1970-1979

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Learning To Love Lully: 'The Grand Motets'

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Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross' "Blacks" sequences dusty drum machines and serrated computer beats that buffer like a dial-up modem. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Blow EP

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