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Deceptive Cadence

The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks

In the tradition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, composers from Japan, Armenia and the U.S. paint colorful pictures by posing soloists in front of orchestras.

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Jack White's first solo album was the sound of heartbreak. His latest, Lazaretto, feels more like isolation. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

Songs feels like the work of an artist who's still figuring out who he is, where he wants to go, and what he wants to elaborate upon — or invent anew.

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Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

The duo's self-titled debut brims with slow tempos and spacious electronic arrangements, making plenty of room for the gorgeous vocals of folk veteran Amelia Meath.

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The deluxe version of Xscape features Michael Jackson's original demos, before the songs were "contemporized" for the album. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ray LaMontagne's new album is called Supernova. Samantha Casolari/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.

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The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne gets reassessed in a new box set, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.

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The Secret Sisters' new album, backed by Jack White and produced by T-Bone Burnett, is called Put Your Needle Down. Courtesy of Republic Records hide caption

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Harmony-Loving Sisters Keep It Retro

The Secret Sisters' new album, Put Your Needle Down, displays their sophisticated, timeless sound and the country-twang influences of their hometown, Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

The country singer treats the classic songs on her new album like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about and re-imagined.

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