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Phantogram: A Keen Ear For The Clever

Phantogram's "Don't Move" seems beguilingly simple, but there's a lot going on beneath the surface.

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In "Palomino," Mates of State's Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel approach long-gone love with characteristic generosity of spirit. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mates Of State: The Sound Of Infectious Joy

In "Palomino," the band approaches long-gone love with characteristic generosity of spirit.

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Typical of The Mekons, "Space in Your Face" is both a perfect pop song and a boldly stated cautionary tale. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Mekons: New Inspiration In Old Sounds

Typical of The Mekons, "Space in Your Face" is both a perfect pop song and a boldly stated cautionary tale.

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You Am I: A Web Of Bravado And Regret

In "Lie and Face the Sun," the Australian band captures the conflict and complexity of being human.

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John Prine: A Look Back At One Man's War

In "Great Society Conflict Veteran's Blues," Prine captures as well as anyone the effects of modern warfare.

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Miles Davis' Great, Often Bizarre 1967 Quintet

Kevin Whitehead says this Davis quintet was consistently amazing, not least on its last big tour.

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