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Each track on Rina Sawayama's Hold The Girl is extremely, outlandishly major, proceeding at an exhausting intensity. Thurstan Redding/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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PJ Harvey's Uh Huh Her and Tiger Trap's Tiger Trap are featured in our Records That Changed Our Lives series. Photo Illustration by Estefania Mitre/NPR/Getty Images hide caption

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Records That Changed Our Lives: Defying gatekeepers with 'Uh Huh Her' and Tiger Trap

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PJ Harvey's Uh Huh Her was a powerful force for critic Laura Snapes. "Seeing this woman I so admired derail a linear path to greater success and greater approval – the de facto path as far as teachers were concerned – was revelatory," she writes. Photo Illustration by Estefania Mitre/NPR; Getty Images; Courtesy of Island Records hide caption

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Mary Margaret O'Hara gained critical acclaim and a cult following with her 1988 album Miss America; last year, Perfume Genius' Mike Hadreas invited her to perform at the Dutch festival Le Guess Who? Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images hide caption

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Perfume Genius' new album, No Shape, comes out May 5. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Perfume Genius, 'Slip Away'

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Joan Shelley's self-titled album comes out May 5. Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joan Shelley, 'Wild Indifference'

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Before Jens Lekman recorded his fourth album, Life Will See You Now, he went through a period of disconnection from his music. "I think I was kind of trying to ruin things for myself," Lekman says. Ellika Henrikson/Courtesy of Secretly Canadian hide caption

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Sui Zhen's new album, Secretly Susan, is out now via Twosyllable Records. Prue Stent/Courtest of the artist hide caption

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Sui Zhen, 'Hangin' On'

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Jake Xerxes Fussell's new album, What in the Natural World, comes out March 31. Brad Bunyea/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Folk Musician Jake Xerxes Fussell Announces New Album, Shares 'Have You Ever Seen Peaches...'

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Hurray for the Riff Raff's new album, The Navigator, comes out March 10, 2017. Sarah Danziger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hurray For The Riff Raff: A Call To Keep Fighting

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Julie Byrne's new album, Not Even Happiness, comes out Jan. 27, 2017. Jonathan Bouknight/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Embrace The Great Calm Of Julie Byrne's 'Natural Blue'

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Mega Bog's new album, Happy Together, comes out Feb. 3, 2017. Adam Gundersheimer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs We Love: Mega Bog, 'Fwee'

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Jaala will release a new full-length album in early 2017. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Junior Spirit

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"Jack [Rose] transcended the shadow of [John] Fahey, and I think that's really difficult to do," Steve Gunn says. "It was undeniable when he played — people paid attention." Sam Erickson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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