Detail of the cover art from Ultraísta, the debut album from Nigel Godrich's new trio. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Folds Five (from left): Robert Sledge, Darren Jessee and Ben Folds. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rickie Lee Jones' new album, The Devil You Know, is a collection of covers. "I think [I recorded the album] partially to remind people that a singer is the one who interprets the song," she says. "And once you do that, it's yours." Myriam Santos/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bonnie Raitt accepts her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville on Sept. 12, 2012. Susan Bibeau/Folk Alley hide caption

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For Aimee Mann, the moment a song begins is often just before a performance. Sheryl Nields hide caption

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Jonny Greenwood is responsible for the score of The Master and There Will Be Blood. S. Katan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Convertino and Joey Burns have been performing as Calexico since 1996. Their latest album is called Algiers. Jairo Zavala/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Raveonettes is the Danish-born duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo. The band's new album is titled Observator. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"I can remember saying 'I can't imagine that I'm going to be doing this when I'm 45' — and I'm 45," Dave Matthews says. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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