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Read Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band

October 3, 2012 – The band's new Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's slightly more self-conscious.

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The English Beat.

Read Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

October 1, 2012 – Ed Ward reviews the reissued catalog from the multiracial, multi-generational ska band.

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Read Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id

September 24, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Mann's latest album is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind.

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Read Haunted Harmonies On The xx's 'Coexist​'

September 14, 2012 – On the follow-up to its moody debut, the Mercury Prize-winning British band magnifies its grooves.

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Read ZZ Top: Taking The Blues Back To The Future

September 13, 2012 – After years dabbling in different genres, the band returns to a classic sound on La Futura.

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Read Bob Dylan's Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful 'Tempest'

September 11, 2012 – Ken Tucker says that some of Tempest's songs are as precisely crafted as any Dylan has written.

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Read Cat Power Rips It Up, Starts Again

September 6, 2012 – On Sun, her first album of new songs since 2006, Chan Marshall leaves behind her sad, sparse sound.

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

September 6, 2012 – Street Corner Symphonies is a 15-volume year-by-year survey of doo-wop by scholar Bill Dahl.

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Read When Ian Hunter Is 'President'

September 4, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Hunter reaches back into rock's past while linking it firmly to the present.

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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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