1. Tricky still has a brooding, searching spirit and a cinematic sense of atmosphere.
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    Tricky still has a brooding, searching spirit and a cinematic sense of atmosphere.

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  2. Justin Townes Earle's latest songs offer a new angle on the mercurial nature of infatuation.
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    Justin Townes Earle's latest songs offer a new angle on the mercurial nature of infatuation.

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  3. This is the sound of a genius who’s recently relearned what it’s like to walk on steady footing.
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    This is the sound of a genius who’s recently relearned what it’s like to walk on steady footing.

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  4. Robert Plant's 10th solo album lovingly creates new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.
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    Robert Plant's 10th solo album lovingly creates new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.

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  5. Interpol maintains its influences, but sounds more distinct from them than ever.
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    Interpol maintains its influences, but sounds more distinct from them than ever.

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    Watch Interpol play new songs live on KCRW, tonight at 10 p.m. ET

  6. The Gotobeds is a rowdy, ramshackle party house of a band built on the bedrock of post-punk and indie rock.
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    The Gotobeds is a rowdy, ramshackle party house of a band built on the bedrock of post-punk and indie rock.

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  7. Formerly half of The Books, Nick Zammuto takes a crafty, hands-on, spirit-forged approach to sound.
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    Formerly half of The Books, Nick Zammuto takes a crafty, hands-on, spirit-forged approach to sound.

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  8. Sinkane's music conjures East and West African music, James Brown, free jazz and shoegaze.
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    Sinkane's music conjures East and West African music, James Brown, free jazz and shoegaze.

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  9. Plenty of bands are weirder than Blonde Redhead, but just try to find one that’s subtler about it.
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    Plenty of bands are weirder than Blonde Redhead, but just try to find one that’s subtler about it.

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  10. Cameron Carpenter aims to rescue the organ from its church-bound traditions. 
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    Cameron Carpenter aims to rescue the organ from its church-bound traditions. 

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