Rock musician Dave Grohl recorded Nirvana's Nevermind at L.A.'s Sound City Studios; now, he's turned his musical memories of the place into a documentary film of the same name. Varrance Films hide caption

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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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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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The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

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Crazy Horse doesn't just redeem Neil Young's mawkish moments — it transforms them. From left, Ralph Molina, Poncho Sampedro, Neil Young and Billy Talbot are Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Julie Gardner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Neil Young Still Vital On 'Psychedelic Pill'

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No figure in the history of rock 'n' roll is more incongruous than Big Joe Turner. Heinrich Klaffs/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Big Man Behind 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'

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Roxy Music's eight studio albums are now collected in one box set, titled The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982. Keystone/Hulton Archive hide caption

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More Than This: The 'Complete' Roxy Music

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Low Cut Connie's Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's a bit more self-conscious. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band

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Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

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Ken Tucker says Aimee Mann's latest album, Charmer, is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind. Sheryl Nields hide caption

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Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id

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The xx's new album, Coexist, comes out Sept. 11. Jamie-James Medina/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Haunted Harmonies On The xx's 'Coexist​'

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ZZ Top's new album, La Futura, is its first in nine years. Ross Halfin hide caption

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ZZ Top: Taking The Blues Back To The Future

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Bob Dylan's Tempest features 10 new songs with many feisty, baffling, sometimes beautiful moments. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bob Dylan's Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful 'Tempest'

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Chan Marshall, better known by the name Cat Power, takes a new approach on her latest record, Sun. Stefano Giovannini/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cat Power Rips It Up, Starts Again

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Vocal groups like The Ink Spots went on for decades, often without a single member of the original group appearing with them. Fred Ramage/Getty Images hide caption

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Harmony, Teenagers And 'The Complete Story Of Doo-Wop'

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Ian Hunter once is at once crafty and mindful of craft, striving mightily to make his music seem tossed off. Ross Halfin hide caption

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When Ian Hunter Is 'President'

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

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

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

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

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Dan Auerbach Likes It Fast, Simple And Loud

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The dB's: Still Plaintive After All These Years

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Known for brevity's sake as The Idler Wheel..., Fiona Apple's new album is her first in seven years. Lionel Deluy hide caption

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Fiona Apple's 'Wheel' Of Extravagant Emotions

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On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

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