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Ross Flournoy, formerly of The Broken West, founded and works with the group Apex Manor.

Watch Video: Apex Manor's 'My My Mind'

January 26, 2011 – The first single from The Year of Magical Drinking takes a strange walk in the desert.

Clockwise from top left: First Aid Kit, James Blake, Yuck, Apex Manor.

Listen New Music: James Blake, Yuck, Cowboy Junkies

January 25, 2011 – All Songs Considered catches up with Cowboy Junkies and James Blake, while introducing new gems.

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In "Free," Erik Wunder of Man's Gin exudes a certain rough sweetness even as he damns everything around  him.

Listen Man's Gin: Sweetness Rubbed Raw

January 25, 2011 – In "Free," Erik Wunder exudes a certain rough gentility even as he damns everything around him.

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Rita Indiana

Listen Alt.Latino: Addressing The Cultural Divide Through Music

January 24, 2011 – Alt.Latino hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd discuss music's role in the cultural divide.

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Girlfriends.

Listen Second Stage: Girlfriends

January 24, 2011 – Hear "Gov't Seizure," a primal rock 'n' roll song from the innards of Boston's garages.

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John Vanderslice's "The Piano Lesson" is imbued with a   playfully cinematic quality, without becoming overly precious or   saccharine.

Listen John Vanderslice: A 'Lesson' In Orchestral Pop

January 24, 2011 – "The Piano Lesson" is imbued with a cinematic quality, without becoming precious or saccharine.

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In "Brand New Swamp Thing," Giant Sand shares a  roadside love story about a woman unafraid to make the first move.

Listen Giant Sand: Dirt, Dust And A Flash Of Weirdness

January 21, 2011 – "Brand New Swamp Thing," tells a roadside love story about a woman unafraid to make the first move.

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Jessy Bulbo

Watch Jessy Bulbo: Mexico's Riot Grrrl Does Ranchero

January 20, 2011 – Jessy Bulbo, Mexico City's own riot grrl, takes on a folk icon.

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Bomba Estereo

Listen Bomba Estereo Covers Technotronic's 'Pump Up The Jam'

January 20, 2011 – Colombia's hottest club act has a new EP with remixes of their best songs.

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"I Want to Thank You" shows off the heavenly exuberance that helped make Billy Preston a star in the late '60s.

Listen Billy Preston: The 'Fifth Beatle,' Reborn

January 20, 2011 – "I Want to Thank You" shows off the heavenly exuberance that helped make Preston a star in the '60s.

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In the modern folk gem "My Father’s Son," Anthony D'Amato's protagonist struggles with inherited vices.

Listen Anthony D'Amato: Warm And Magnetic

January 19, 2011 – In the modern folk gem "My Father’s Son," D'Amato's protagonist struggles with inherited vices.

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Las Liebres

Listen Las Liebres: The New Breed of Argentine Rock

January 18, 2011 – Folk-rock duo Las Liebres is one of many new bands breathing life into Argentina's rock scene.

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Boston musicians David Wax and Suz Slezak make up The David Wax Museum.

Listen The David Wax Museum On 'World Cafe: Next' WXPN

January 17, 2011 – Hear two new songs from the Boston Americana duo. WXPN

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Blue Water White Death's "Song for the Greater Jihad" captures the soaring majesty of Jonathan Meiburg's work with Shearwater.

Listen Blue Water White Death: Grace And Mystery

January 14, 2011 – "Song for the Greater Jihad" captures the soaring majesty of Jonathan Meiburg's work in Shearwater.

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Artwork for Earth's 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1.'

Watch Song Premiere: Earth, 'Father Midnight'

January 14, 2011 – "Father Midnight" is a steady boil that never hovers above a threat, but sure does menace.

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