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The new album Kin is a collaboration between author Mary Karr and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell.

Read Making Music From Messy Relationships With 'Kin'

June 6, 2012 – Poet Mary Karr and songwriter Rodney Crowell team up on a new album featuring a variety of singers.

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MC Ride of Death Grips.

Listen Death Grips: 'Footage' Of The Hip-Hop Apocalypse

June 6, 2012 – "I've Seen Footage" catalogs the paranoia and police brutality that drove Death Grips to insanity.

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Mike Reed's People, Places and Things.

Read Tracing The Evolution Of Lost Chicago Jazz

June 5, 2012 – Mike Reed's quartet People, Places and Things spotlights music written in Chicago in the 1950s.

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Zammuto.

Listen Zammuto: Beyond The Books, A Restless Imagination

June 5, 2012 – In "Idiom Wind," the former Books member tells the story of a man who needs to get his hands dirty.

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Electronic soul artist Jeff Phelps with his synthesizers.

Read 'Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul's Early Days

June 4, 2012 – A new compilation collects electronic R&B gems from the 1970s home-recording explosion.

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The Honeydogs.

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June 4, 2012 – The hook in "Broke It, Buy It" is insidiously catchy enough to ricochet through your head for days.

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Andrew Cyrille and Haitian Fascination.

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June 1, 2012 – In "Marinèt," Cyrille and Frisner Augustin collaborate on a breezy but intense Haitian folk tune.

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Read Melody Gardot Aims For The Space Between Notes

May 31, 2012 – Gardot captures the sensibility that guides, shapes and defines so much Brazilian music.

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In Trance.

Listen In Trance 95: The Old New Wave

May 31, 2012 – "Presidente," as reissued on a "minimal wave" compilation, sounds both dated and futuristic.

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BADBADNOTGOOD.

Listen BADBADNOTGOOD: A Moody Jazz-Hop Think Piece

May 30, 2012 – The jazz trio may be controversial, but it carries on a rich tradition of reinvention in "UWM."

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Coventry Cathedral in ruins, November 1940. Britten's War Requiem was written for the church's reconsecration more than 20 years after it was destroyed by Nazi bombers.

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May 29, 2012 – A stellar new recording from the London Symphony Orchestra of a poignant and timely work.

Diamond Rugs.

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June 1, 2012 – Diamond Rugs is a supergroup with musicians from Deer Tick, Los Lobos and Dead Confederate.

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Left to right: Masabumi Kikuchi, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian.

Read Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

May 29, 2012 – Masabumi Kikuchi's fully improvised album Sunrise features late, like-minded drummer Paul Motian.

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K-Holes.

Listen K-Holes: A Grimy Smear Of Rock 'n' Roll

May 29, 2012 – In the frayed, exhausted "Child," K-Holes' members wield their own unique sort of holler.

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Big K.R.I.T.

Read Big K.R.I.T.: Big Heart, Thick Drawl

May 25, 2012 – Female-soul backup and defiant pride are also part of the Mississippi rapper's appeal.

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