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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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While her band rages in "Transformer," Grace Woodroofe stares down the object of her devotion without blinking.

Listen Grace Woodroofe: Eerie Calm Amid The Chaos

May 1, 2012 – While her band rages in "Transformer," Woodroofe faces the object of her devotion without blinking.

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"My War Blues" finds guitarist Cian Nugent drawing on Black Flag as a new source for American standards.

Listen Cian Nugent: Variations On A Black Flag Riff

April 30, 2012 – "My War Blues" finds the guitarist drawing on Black Flag as a new source for American standards.

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Though marked by whistling, buoyant keys and an unconventional beat, Fenster's "Oh Canyon" has a sinister quality.

Listen Fenster: A Dark Pop Song, Under Construction

April 27, 2012 – Even with its whistling, buoyant keys and unconventional beat, "Oh Canyon" has a sinister quality.

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In "Zero Dark Thirty," rapper Aesop Rock returns from a long hiatus, still armed with propulsion and pessimism.

Listen Aesop Rock: As The World Crumbles

April 26, 2012 – In "Zero Dark Thirty," the rapper returns from a hiatus, still armed with propulsion and pessimism.

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Conceived in Santa Fe and Scandinavia, Glacier Face's "Fahrenheit" is a gorgeous wanderer's ode to the world's connectedness.

Listen Glacier Face: A Warm Ode To Cold Climes

April 25, 2012 – Conceived in Santa Fe and Iceland, "Fahrenheit" is a wanderer's ode to the world's connectedness.

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Kenny Garrett's "Welcome Earth Song" conjures the spirit of Pharoah Sanders — and a soul-stirring church service.

Listen Kenny Garrett: Sketches Of Pharoah Sanders

April 24, 2012 – "Welcome Earth Song" conjures the spirit of Sanders — as well as a soul-stirring church service.

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Ryan Shaw covers 1967's "You Don't Know Nothing About Love" with tenderness and pyrotechnics.

Listen Ryan Shaw: Pure American Soul

April 23, 2012 – Shaw covers 1967's "You Don't Know Nothing About Love" with tenderness and pyrotechnics.

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Recalling '80s British heavy metal, Christian Mistress' "Haunted Hunted" is set apart by Christine Davis' smoky vocals.

Listen Christian Mistress: Headbanger's Ball

April 20, 2012 – Recalling '80s British heavy metal, "Haunted Hunted" is set apart by Christine Davis' smoky vocals.

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Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart incorporates sampled sounds of the cosmos in "Who Stole the Show?"

Listen Mickey Hart: Pop From Other Worlds

April 19, 2012 – The former Grateful Dead drummer incorporates sampled sounds of the cosmos in "Who Stole the Show?"

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"Underbelly" encapsulates much of Scuba's progression and diversity within a single song.

Listen Scuba: The Amorphous Sounds Of U.K. Bass

April 18, 2012 – "Underbelly" encapsulates much of Scuba's progression and diversity within a single song.

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Justin Townes Earle's "Look the Other Way" is a decidedly funky evocation of misery.

Listen Justin Townes Earle: Tear For Tear, Without Peer

April 17, 2012 – Earle's "Look the Other Way" is a funky evocation of misery — blues for driving with the top down.

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Drummer Johnathan Blake tackles Robert Glasper's "Canvas," and in the process gives it a renewed sheen.

Listen Johnathan Blake: The Ultimate Modernist

April 16, 2012 – The jazz drummer tackles Robert Glasper's "Canvas," and in the process gives it a renewed sheen.

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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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