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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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Chuck Prophet.

Listen Chuck Prophet: Tawdry, Tattered Glory

May 25, 2012 – In "The Left Hand and the Right Hand," Prophet turns tales from the outer limits into a catchy song.

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Turing Machine.

Listen Turing Machine: End Of The Road

May 24, 2012 – "If It's Gone (It's On)," from the band's final album, is a sprawling testament to growth.

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Lisa Marie Presley has weathered personal storms with grace. On her new album, she establishes her own distinct identity.

Read Lisa Marie Presley: Rock's Princess Finds Her Voice

May 21, 2012 – On Storm and Grace, Elvis Presley's daughter establishes her own distinct identity.

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Deep Sea Diver.

Listen Deep Sea Diver: Density And Depth

May 21, 2012 – A bittersweet gem, "Weekend Wars" provides a fine showcase for Shins guitarist Jessica Dobson.

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Lindsay Fuller.

Listen Lindsay Fuller: A Raw, Powerful New Voice

May 16, 2012 – In "Libby," Fuller takes a brooding, beautiful look into a world of obsession, betrayal and regret.

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Mac DeMarco's "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" filters a lo-fi pop aesthetic through an eerie wash of glam.

Listen Mac DeMarco: Alluringly Sleazy

May 7, 2012 – DeMarco's "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" filters a lo-fi pop aesthetic through an eerie wash of glam.

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A hip-shaking nod to rockabilly and Tex-Mex, Will Sexton's "For Always" evokes Ricky Nelson and Texas Tornados.

Listen Will Sexton: From The Beatles To Buddy Holly

May 4, 2012 – A hip-shaking nod to rockabilly and Tex-Mex, "For Always" evokes Ricky Nelson and Texas Tornados.

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When "Marathon Runner" begins, Yellow Ostrich's Alex Schaaf (center) steps up to the mic not as a homebound tinkerer, but as a frontman.

Listen Yellow Ostrich: Beyond The Bedroom

May 3, 2012 – When "Marathon Runner" begins, Alex Schaaf sings not as a homebound tinkerer, but as a frontman.

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While her band rages in "Transformer," Grace Woodroofe stares down the object of her devotion without blinking.

Listen Grace Woodroofe: Eerie Calm Amid The Chaos

May 1, 2012 – While her band rages in "Transformer," Woodroofe faces the object of her devotion without blinking.

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Howlin Wolf

Read Howlin' Wolf: A Blues Legend With An Earthy Sound

April 26, 2012 – Rock historian Ed Ward examines the evolution of the blues legend's singular talent.

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Agnostic Hymns

Read Todd Snider: 'Stoner Fables' With A Layered Worldview

April 23, 2012 – Snider's new album, Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, combines pessimism with humor and energy.

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Recalling '80s British heavy metal, Christian Mistress' "Haunted Hunted" is set apart by Christine Davis' smoky vocals.

Listen Christian Mistress: Headbanger's Ball

April 20, 2012 – Recalling '80s British heavy metal, "Haunted Hunted" is set apart by Christine Davis' smoky vocals.

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