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You, Anniversary

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

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Rock and Roll Night Club

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

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'For Always' by Will Sexton

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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. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Marathon Runner

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

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Transformer

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With his growling vocals, Howlin' Wolf fought his way to the top of the cutthroat Chicago blues scene. Frank Driggs Collection hide caption

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Howlin' Wolf: A Blues Legend With An Earthy Sound

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Todd Snider: 'Stoner Fables' With A Layered Worldview

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Recalling '80s British heavy metal, Christian Mistress' "Haunted Hunted" is set apart by Christine Davis' smoky vocals. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Haunted Hunted

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Loudon Wainwright III Looks Back At His 'Old Man'

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Bonnie Raitt's 'Slipstream': A Barnstorming Good Time

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With its horns and woodwinds, Of Montreal's "Dour Percentage" is danceable like a disco hit, but twice as flirty. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Paralytic Stalks

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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." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Just About Now' by Matt Keating

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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. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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I Do

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

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Dr. John: Swamp Grooves From The Bayou Underworld

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

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The Body Wins

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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. James Demaria Productions hide caption

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En Memoria

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

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Stay Useless

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Swaddled in echoes and hauntingly detached, Jana Hunter's powerful voice stands out in Lower Dens' "Brains." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Brains

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Bruce Springsteen: A Universal, Original 'Wrecking Ball'

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Led by Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema, Black Bananas' gleefully stuffed "Rad Times" dares to overwhelm. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rad Times Xpress IV

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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. Danny Clinch hide caption

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Bruce Springsteen's Hard-Bitten Pop Optimism

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

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Get Right

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In "You Come Around," Jennifer O'Connor addresses a faded relationship by employing direct, economical phrasing. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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You Come Around

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Heartless Bastards' fourth album, Arrow, was released earlier this month. Nathan Presley hide caption

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Heartless Bastards: Rousing Songs, Born On The Road

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