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In "The Blackest Lily," Corinne Bailey Rae sheds the easygoing placidity of her early work. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In "Drawing the Line," Porcupine Tree revisits the past in a way that's bold and bracing. Diana Nitschke hide caption

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'Drawing the Line' by Porcupine Tree

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On Here Lies Love, David Byrne teams up with Fatboy Slim to tell the story of Imelda Marcos. Clayton Cubitt hide caption

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The portrait of a bully who lost his nerve, Adam Green's "Boss Inside" would have fit in perfectly at a folk festival 50 years ago. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Book Mixing Math And Crochet Wins British Prize

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The Portland, Ore.-based band Black Prairie was founded by two members of The Decemberists. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"No Wonder" is characteristic of Stratton's ability to balance the direct and oblique into a single engrossing song. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'No Wonder' by Will Stratton

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Pretty much everything you'd want in a rock 'n' roll instrumental is in Jim Campilongo's "Backburner": a terrific groove, trick-filled riffs and solos, and a point of combustion. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Backburner' by Jim Campilongo

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The Thistle And Shamrock: Essential Celtic

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A caustic rejoinder to an unnamed antagonist, Title Tracks' "Black Bubblegum" is upbeat, but deceptively so. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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