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Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band

The band's new Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's slightly more self-conscious.

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Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

Ed Ward reviews the reissued catalog from the multiracial, multi-generational ska band.

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Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD. Ken Weiss/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Analog Players Society was assembled by a producer and percussionist in his mid-30s who calls himself Amon. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ken Tucker says Aimee Mann's latest album, Charmer, is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind. Sheryl Nields hide caption

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Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id

Ken Tucker says that Charmer is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind; about distancing yourself from people who are dragging you down.

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Vince Guaraldi Didn't Just Play For 'Peanuts'

Guaraldi had range, as well as an instrumental hit right when jazz was vanishing from AM radio.

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Dwight Yoakam: Weary And Wary On '3 Pears'

The singer-songwriter and actor may not fit the country-music mold, but he carves out his own sound on his new album, 3 Pears.

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Two Attempts To Turn Summer Platinum Into Fall Gold

Carly Rae Jepsen and Kanye West both released albums today that double down on their summer success.

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