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Shoes.

Watch Shoes: After 18 Years, The Power-Pop Band Re-Ignites

August 31, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Ignition retains the same pop-rock rigor heard in the band's 1970s records.

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Science Fair includes science-loving songs from Laura Veirs, Mates of State, Elizabeth Mitchell and more.

Watch Fire Up Your Kid's Imagination At The 'Science Fair'

August 17, 2012 – Laura Veirs, Mates of State and more contribute to an album encouraging children to pursue science.

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Producer Dan Auerbach achieves an ideal version of JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda on their respective new albums.

Read Dan Auerbach Likes It Fast, Simple And Loud

August 6, 2012 – Ken Tucker says the Black Keys member works wonders producing JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda.

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Watch The xx Teases New Album 'Coexist' With The Simplest Of Love Songs

July 16, 2012 – From a new album, the spare ballad "Angels" feels a bit like the introduction to a more lavish song.

Read The dB's: Still Plaintive After All These Years

July 3, 2012 – Falling Off the Sky sweeps aside decades and nostalgia to achieve a vital sound for today.

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Read Fiona Apple's 'Wheel' Of Extravagant Emotions

June 26, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Apple's stripped-down sound is a backdrop for her ideas about love's complications.

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Read On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

June 14, 2012 – Banga is Smith's 11th studio album, and her first collection of original material since 2004.

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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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Singer, songwriter and swamp-pop pioneer Bobby Charles poses for a portrait in 1972.

Read The Untold Story Of Singer Bobby Charles

June 13, 2012 – Bobby Charles recorded a memorable body of work, despite living in isolation and not performing.

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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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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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Read Japandroids: One Part Classic Rock, One Part Punk

June 6, 2012 – The duo, which sounds like Tom Petty after some Red Bull-and-vodkas, hones the scream to an art.

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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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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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James Burton: The Early Years

Read James Burton: The Teen Who Invented American Guitar

May 25, 2012 – Rock historian Ed Ward shares the story of guitarist James Burton, who backed many famous artists.

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