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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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Older Than My Old Man Now

Read Loudon Wainwright III Looks Back At His 'Old Man'

April 16, 2012 – The singer chronicles his relationship with his father on his new album, Older Than My Old Man Now.

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Bonnie Raitt.

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

April 10, 2012 – Slipstream is Raitt's first album since 2005, and she's produced most of the tracks herself.

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

Listen Of Montreal: The Sweet With The Sour

April 10, 2012 – With its horns and woodwinds, "Dour Percentage" is danceable like a disco hit, but twice as flirty.

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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."

Listen Matt Keating: Realpolitik Romance

April 9, 2012 – An astute chronicler of human affairs, Keating documents love's unraveling in "Just About Now."

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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.

Listen Terry Malts: A Panacea For Pessimism

April 4, 2012 – In "I Do," the band makes music that's fun to listen to, fun to move along with, and fun to make.

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

Read Dr. John: Swamp Grooves From The Bayou Underworld

April 3, 2012 – With help from Dan Auerbach, Dr. John returns to the spooky, percussive sounds of his first records.

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

Listen Sarah Jaffe: Finding The Ragged Side

March 28, 2012 – Even amid the unfamiliar sounds of "Glorified High," Jaffe settles in and makes herself at home.

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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.

Listen Dr. John: A 'Big Shot,' Reinvigorated

March 23, 2012 – The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach makes Dr. John sound fresh by connecting him to his vital musical past.

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A marvel of economy and concision, Now, Now's "Dead Oaks" never wastes a breath.

Listen Now, Now: Perfect Pop In 100 Seconds

March 16, 2012 – A marvel of economy and concision, "Dead Oaks" sums up a relationship without wasting a breath.

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