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The Dynamites.

Listen The Dynamites: A Celebration Of Resurrection

June 15, 2012 – "Yours and Mine," featuring Charles Walker and Bettye LaVette, is an exhilarating affirmation.

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Trailer Trash Tracys.

Listen Trailer Trash Tracys: A Shoegazer's Dream

June 14, 2012 – Cool but still beautiful, "Candy Girl" is touching, revealing and almost painfully intimate.

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Elephant Micah.

Listen Elephant Micah: Message In The Mystery

June 13, 2012 – Ambiguous words, delivered with earnest passion, lend special power to "Airline Living."

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The dB's.

Listen The dB's: After A 25-Year Absence, A Vital Return

June 12, 2012 – In "That Time Is Gone," the dB's singer needlessly questions the wisdom of his own band's comeback.

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Waxahatchee.

Listen Waxahatchee: A Love Song, Without The Love

June 11, 2012 – "Be Good" chronicles a close platonic friendship, made more delicate by the risk of romance.

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Squarepusher.

Listen Squarepusher: Pushing Every Envelope

June 8, 2012 – "Dark Steering" is a fitting soundtrack for life-or-death motorcycle races through neon-lit streets.

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Tim Fite (left).

Listen Tim Fite Finds The Essence Of Innocence In 'Teenagers'

June 7, 2012 – In "We Are All Teenagers," Fite nails the adolescent unease that lingers into adulthood.

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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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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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The Honeydogs.

Listen The Honeydogs: A Retail Solution For Heartbreak

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.

Listen Andrew Cyrille: Haitian Fascination

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

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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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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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Chuck Prophet.

Listen Chuck Prophet: Tawdry, Tattered Glory

May 25, 2012 – In "The Left Hand and the Right Hand," Prophet turns tales from the outer limits into a catchy song.

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Jazz star, singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan drummer, preacher's son: he distills it all into his band.

First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

Jazz star, singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan drummer, preacher's son: he distills it all into his band.

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