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Out Of A Cult, Into The World: Owens' Transformation
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From left, Georgia Hubley, James McNew and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo. Will Figg for NPR hide caption

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Yo La Tengo In Concert
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Bob Dylan in 1962. His extremely limited-edition 50th Anniversary Collection features unreleased material from his early career. John Cohen/Getty Images hide caption

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Why There Are Only 100 Copies Of The New Bob Dylan Record
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Graham Parker And The Rumour On World Cafe
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Scott Walker On World Cafe
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Joe Barry was a pioneer of "swamp-pop" in the early 1960s. Johnny Vallis hide caption

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The Unsung Pioneer Of Louisiana Swamp-Pop
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Clockwise from upper left: Lisa Germano, Ra Ra Riot, Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Blaudzun. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Music From Tom Waits & Keith Richards, Ra Ra Riot, Villagers, More
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Next: Kail Baxley
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Søren Løkke Juul, who records and performs as Indians, releases Something Else on Jan. 29. Piper Ferguson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bikini Kill Rises Again, No Less Relevant
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The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Simone Joyner/Redferns via Getty Images hide caption

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The 'Life And Liberation' Of A Black Female Metal Fan
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In Bernie, Jack Black plays a small-town mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story. Deana Newcomb/Wind Dancer Films hide caption

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Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder
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"Rose Tattoo," by the Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, memorializes the grandfather of singer and bassist Ken Casey (left of center, at table). Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dropkick Murphys: A 'Rose Tattoo' Tells A Life Story
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