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Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band

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

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Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

Ed Ward reviews the reissued catalog from the multiracial, multi-generational ska band.

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Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id

Ken Tucker says that Charmer is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind; about distancing yourself from people who are dragging you down.

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ZZ Top: Taking The Blues Back To The Future

Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill return to a classic sound on their first album in nine years, La Futura.

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

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Street Corner Symphonies is a 15-volume year-by-year survey of doo-wop by scholar Bill Dahl.

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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'

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

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Dan Auerbach Likes It Fast, Simple And Loud

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Ken Tucker says the Black Keys member works wonders producing JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda.

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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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Japandroids: One Part Classic Rock, One Part Punk

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

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