1. Uncompromising and idealistic, Jeremiah Jae’s latest release, a mixtape called Good Times, is yet another concept-driven, abstract, art for art’s sake project from the prolific producer/MC.
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    Uncompromising and idealistic, Jeremiah Jae’s latest release, a mixtape called Good Times, is yet another concept-driven, abstract, art for art’s sake project from the prolific producer/MC.

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  2. The first solo album from the former Distillers singer Brody Dalle feels like a time capsule from the ’90s.
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    The first solo album from the former Distillers singer Brody Dalle feels like a time capsule from the ’90s.

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  3. Rodrigo y Gabriella offer a new album that’s stripped-down but no less thrilling.
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    Rodrigo y Gabriella offer a new album that’s stripped-down but no less thrilling.

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  4. Wye Oak, known for its glorious guitar noise, trades it in for a synthesizer-driven sound.
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    Wye Oak, known for its glorious guitar noise, trades it in for a synthesizer-driven sound.

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  5. A new album by R&B’s resident provocateur Kelis is proof she can’t be molded to fit inside one genre.
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    A new album by R&B’s resident provocateur Kelis is proof she can’t be molded to fit inside one genre.

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    Join us for a live Twitter chat using the hashtag #AskKelisNPR, starting today at 4 p.m. ET, with https://twitter.com/nprandb.

  6. The Detroit band Death spent a chunk of the ’70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history.
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    The Detroit band Death spent a chunk of the ’70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history.

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  7. Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, The Magnolia Electric Co.) was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who’s ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Here, My Morning Jacket, Wooden Wand, Catherine Irwin and more tackle 27 of his songs.
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    Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, The Magnolia Electric Co.) was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who’s ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Here, My Morning Jacket, Wooden Wand, Catherine Irwin and more tackle 27 of his songs.

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  8. On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space, specifically the golden disc aboard Voyager 1. Participants include Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, The Antlers and more.
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    On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space, specifically the golden disc aboard Voyager 1. Participants include Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, The Antlers and more.

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  9. The Soulquarian-influenced singer Jesse Boykins III weaves earthy vocals and new-age production into a dreamy future.
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    The Soulquarian-influenced singer Jesse Boykins III weaves earthy vocals and new-age production into a dreamy future.

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  10. Slint’s 1991 classic album deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.
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    Slint’s 1991 classic album deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.

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