Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up! Bear Family Records hide caption

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Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion On World Cafe

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Clockwise from upper left: Acid Pauli, Kendrick Lamar, Samuel Yirga, Kelan Philip Cohran, Waxahatchee, Pallbearer, Matthew Dear Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The Albums We Missed This Year

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Tracey Thorn's album Tinsel and Lights was released Oct. 30. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tinsel and Lights

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Ben Folds Five On World Cafe

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Sharon Van Etten's Tramp was released in February by Jagjaguwar. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An Early Peek At Our Favorite Music Of 2012

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Clockwise from top: Seryn, Sam Phillips, Adam Arcuragi, Michael Benjamin Lerner of the band Telekinesis. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Bands That Should Be Bigger

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The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

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