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An astute chronicler of human affairs at their most fragile, Matt Keating documents a relationship's unraveling in "Just About Now."

Listen Matt Keating: Realpolitik Romance

April 9, 2012 – An astute chronicler of human affairs, Keating documents love's unraveling in "Just About Now."

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In "I Do," Terry Malts makes music that's all-around fun — fun to listen to, fun to move along with and, above all, fun to make.

Listen Terry Malts: A Panacea For Pessimism

April 4, 2012 – In "I Do," the band makes music that's fun to listen to, fun to move along with, and fun to make.

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Dan Auerbach (left) joins Dr. John on the latter's new album, Locked Down.

Read Dr. John: Swamp Grooves From The Bayou Underworld

April 3, 2012 – With help from Dan Auerbach, Dr. John returns to the spooky, percussive sounds of his first records.

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Even amid the new and unfamiliar sounds of "Glorified High," Sarah Jaffe settles in and makes herself at home.

Listen Sarah Jaffe: Finding The Ragged Side

March 28, 2012 – Even amid the unfamiliar sounds of "Glorified High," Jaffe settles in and makes herself at home.

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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach makes Dr. John (pictured) sound fresh and intimate by connecting him to his vital musical past.

Listen Dr. John: A 'Big Shot,' Reinvigorated

March 23, 2012 – The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach makes Dr. John sound fresh by connecting him to his vital musical past.

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A marvel of economy and concision, Now, Now's "Dead Oaks" never wastes a breath.

Listen Now, Now: Perfect Pop In 100 Seconds

March 16, 2012 – A marvel of economy and concision, "Dead Oaks" sums up a relationship without wasting a breath.

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Cloud Nothings' "Stay Useless" spins a litany of hopeless words into a triumph over inertia.

Listen Cloud Nothings: Here's To The Losers

March 14, 2012 – The '90s-loving band's "Stay Useless" spins a litany of hopeless words into a triumph over inertia.

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Swaddled in echoes and hauntingly detached, Jana Hunter's powerful voice stands out in Lower Dens' "Brains."

Listen Lower Dens: Drowning Out The Din

March 13, 2012 – Swaddled in echoes and hauntingly detached, Jana Hunter's powerful voice stands out in "Brains."

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Bruce Springsteen.

Read Bruce Springsteen: A Universal, Original 'Wrecking Ball'

March 7, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Wrecking Ball testifies to bottomless ingenuity, invention and exhilaration.

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Led by Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema, Black Bananas' gleefully stuffed "Rad Times" dares to overwhelm.

Listen Black Bananas: A Barrage Of Neon Clutter

March 7, 2012 – Led by Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema, the band's gleefully stuffed "Rad Times" dares to overwhelm.

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Bruce Springsteen's 17th album, Wrecking Ball, has a little taste of almost every style he's ever played, including classic E Street rock 'n' roll.

Read Bruce Springsteen's Hard-Bitten Pop Optimism

March 5, 2012 – Wrecking Ball surveys just about every style Springsteen has ever played.

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Megafaun's "Get Right" is a sprawling eight-minute   psychedelic drone, punctuated with dazzling electric-guitar fuzz.

Listen Megafaun: Classic Rock, Made New

March 1, 2012 – "Get Right" is a sprawling eight-minute psychedelic drone, punctuated with dazzling guitar fuzz.

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In "You Come Around," Jennifer O'Connor addresses a faded relationship by employing direct, economical phrasing.

Listen Jennifer O'Connor: Looking Back, Moving Forward

February 29, 2012 – In "You Come Around," she addresses a faded relationship by employing direct, economical phrasing.

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Heartless Bastards' fourth album, Arrow, was released earlier this month.

Read Heartless Bastards: Rousing Songs, Born On The Road

February 28, 2012 – The band's fourth album is the product of a cross-country sojourn by singer Erika Wennerstrom.

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Duchess Says' "Antepoc" is a vivifying, danceable slab of high-volume, hard-hitting experimentation.

Listen Duchess Says: The Feel-Good Gospel Of Debauchery

February 28, 2012 – "Antepoc" is a vivifying, danceable slab of high-volume, hard-hitting experimentation.

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