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Deep Sea Diver.

Listen Deep Sea Diver: Density And Depth

May 21, 2012 – A bittersweet gem, "Weekend Wars" provides a fine showcase for Shins guitarist Jessica Dobson.

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Diplo.

Listen Diplo Cranks Out An Unending String Of Hooks

May 18, 2012 – Each element of Diplo's "Express Yourself" lodges itself in your head at the exact same time.

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Donna Summer.

Watch Donna Summer: A Diva Who Understood The Everyday

May 17, 2012 – Summer was the Queen of Disco, but "She Works Hard for the Money" is a working-class pop anthem.

Sidi Toure.

Listen Sidi Toure: A Reverent Smile In Song

May 17, 2012 – "Ni See Ay Ga Done" transcends whatever short fence language could attempt to place around a song.

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Lindsay Fuller.

Listen Lindsay Fuller: A Raw, Powerful New Voice

May 16, 2012 – In "Libby," Fuller takes a brooding, beautiful look into a world of obsession, betrayal and regret.

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In January 1971, in one of his final performances, Louis Armstrong used "Hello Dolly" to convey the joy of being alive.

Listen Louis Armstrong: With Love And Grace, A Final 'Hello'

May 15, 2012 – In one of his final performances, Armstrong used "Hello Dolly" to convey the joy of being alive.

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The tempo of John Talabot's "Destiny" would fall perfectly in sync with the bolt strut of a highly paid runway model.

Listen John Talabot: From Sleek Grooves, A Fluid Sound

May 14, 2012 – The tempo of "Destiny" would fall perfectly in sync with the bolt strut of a high-paid runway model.

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Brand Nubian.

Watch Brand Nubian: For The Love Of 'Momma'

May 11, 2012 – "Momma" feels homey and handmade, which is the kind of gift moms always say they want, right?

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A heavy hymn, "Rain in the Valley" is sparse and dense at once, carried by The Steel Wheels' four interlocking voices.

Listen The Steel Wheels: Americana, Made By Hand

May 10, 2012 – A heavy hymn, "Rain in the Valley" is sparse and dense at once, carried by four interlocking voices.

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Take-no-bull folksinger Ani DiFranco showcases her soft, romantic side in the elegant ballad "Hearse."

Listen Ani DiFranco's Declaration Of Undying Love

May 9, 2012 – The take-no-bull folksinger showcases her soft, romantic side in the elegant ballad "Hearse."

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Scott Tixier's "Elephant Rose" taps into modern-day nostalgia and still brings about something fresh.

Listen Scott Tixier: Sketches Of Michael Jackson

May 8, 2012 – "Elephant Rose" taps into modern-day nostalgia and still brings about something fresh.

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Mac DeMarco's "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" filters a lo-fi pop aesthetic through an eerie wash of glam.

Listen Mac DeMarco: Alluringly Sleazy

May 7, 2012 – DeMarco's "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" filters a lo-fi pop aesthetic through an eerie wash of glam.

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A hip-shaking nod to rockabilly and Tex-Mex, Will Sexton's "For Always" evokes Ricky Nelson and Texas Tornados.

Listen Will Sexton: From The Beatles To Buddy Holly

May 4, 2012 – A hip-shaking nod to rockabilly and Tex-Mex, "For Always" evokes Ricky Nelson and Texas Tornados.

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When "Marathon Runner" begins, Yellow Ostrich's Alex Schaaf (center) steps up to the mic not as a homebound tinkerer, but as a frontman.

Listen Yellow Ostrich: Beyond The Bedroom

May 3, 2012 – When "Marathon Runner" begins, Alex Schaaf sings not as a homebound tinkerer, but as a frontman.

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Underneath the firepower in Alfredo Rodriguez's "Fog" lies the work of a remarkable composer.

Listen Alfredo Rodriguez: 21st-Century Chamber Music

May 2, 2012 – Underneath the firepower in Rodriguez's enchanting "Fog" lies the work of a remarkable composer.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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