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Brandy Clark Tells The 'Stories' That Are Tough To Hear

Ken Tucker calls the country singer-songwriter's new 12 Stories a "modestly amazing album." Every song is striking, textured and finely detailed.

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Linda Thompson's new album is called Won't Be Long Now. Annabel Vere/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anoushka Shankar's new album, Traces of You, comes out Tuesday. Harper Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Poets of Rhythm were a group of young retro-soul musicians from Germany. An anthology of their work was recently released. Julian Rosefeldt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kaani is Tal National's third studio album. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bitter Rivals is Sleigh Bells' third studio album. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Days Are Gone,' Three Sisters HAIM It Up

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Can the highly publicized band turn its hype into hits? Ken Tucker wants to join the fan club.

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Dave Holland's 'Prism' Goes To 11, Elegantly

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Prism features one of the loudest bands of the bassist's career. The pleasures of the groove here are complex and deep — it's not just about moving feet.

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Burden of Proof is Bob Schneider's third album. Dan Winters/Kirtland Records hide caption

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