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"When I first started writing songs, I used my music as a vehicle for words, because that's what my childhood songwriting heroes seemed to do." James Toth wrote the music first for Clipper Ship. Leah Toth/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Half Waif's new EP, form/a, comes out Feb. 24. Landon Speers/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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04Frost Burn

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    Frost Burn
    Album
    form/a
    Artist
    Half Waif
    Label
    Cascine
    Released
    2017

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Sonder's new EP, Into, is out now. Markpeaced/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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06Searchin

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    Searchin
    Album
    Into
    Artist
    Sonder
    Label
    Sonder
    Released
    2017

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Listening To The Monkees With Fresh Ears, 50 Years Later

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01Seven Days

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    Song
    Seven Days
    Album
    I Don't Know What To Feel
    Artist
    The Dove & The Wolf
    Label
    Fat Possum Records
    Released
    2017

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Nnamdi Ogbonnaya's new album, DROOL, comes out March 3. Johnny Fabrizio/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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05dOn't turn me Off (feat. JD AKA ThrashKitten & Mal Devisa)

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    dOn't turn me Off (feat. JD AKA ThrashKitten & Mal Devisa)
    Album
    DROOL
    Artist
    Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
    Label
    Father/Daughter Records
    Released
    2017

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Dennis Coffey's live recordings offer insight into the success of Motown. Michael Ochs Archives/Courtesy Resonance Records hide caption

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A Club Performance From 1960s Detroit Holds One Key To Motown's Success

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BassDrumBone Marks 40 Years Of Playing Together With 'The Long Road'

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Charlie Worsham's new album, Beginning Of Things, comes out April 21. Allister Ann/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01The Beginning Of Things

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    The Beginning Of Things
    Album
    The Beginning Of Things
    Artist
    Charlie Worsham
    Released
    1969

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Tall Friend's new EP, Tawl Friend, comes out Jan. 27. Lora Mathis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01Termites

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    Termites
    Album
    Tawl Friend
    Artist
    Tall Friend
    Label
    Exploding In Sound
    Released
    2017

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Charles Lloyd (left) and Lucinda Williams recorded a live version of "Masters Of War" at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Nov. 28, 2016. Erik Jacobs, Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Becca Stevens' new album, Regina, comes out March 24. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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05Queen Mab

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    Song
    Queen Mab
    Album
    Regina
    Artist
    Becca Stevens
    Label
    GroundUP
    Released
    2017

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