Claire Blaustein Claire Blaustein is a freelance writer and music critic who writes for a variety of publications, including The Washington Post, Exclaim! Magazine and La Scena Musicale.
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Kingsley Flood's "I Don't Wanna Go Home" has a vintage radio feel and the momentum of a great live show. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'I Don't Wanna Go Home' by Kingsley Flood

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"Threadbare" encapsulates Hoots and Hellmouth's laid-back bluegrass vibe, but with enough grit to make it cathartic. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Threadbare' by Hoots and Hellmouth

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Nouvelle Vague makes "Master and Servant" more deeply sexy than Depeche Mode could have imagined. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Master and Servant' by Nouvelle Vague

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The New Orleans brass band Bonerama updates "When the Levee Breaks" for a post-Katrina world. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'When the Levee Breaks' by Bonerama

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Stonewall

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'Philly Phunk' by Time for Three

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