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05Sprinter

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    Sprinter
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    Torres
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    2015

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Josh Tillman's latest album as Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear, is a sincere and shocking catalog of the main character's adventures in sex and love. Emma Tillman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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02Don't Wanna Fight

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01Coming Home

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Tomorrow Is My Turn

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JD McPherson's new album, Let The Good Times Roll, comes out Feb. 10. Jim Herrington/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Let The Good Times Roll

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