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Robbie Fulks: Gone Away Backward

"Can't tell I'm country?/Just you look closer/It's deep in my blood," sings Robbie Fulks in "That's Where I'm From," a track from the new Gone Away Backward. But the Chicago artist's country soul shines through so clearly that it's hard to imagine anyone would miss it. With haunting fiddle, percussion and fingerpicked guitar backing up his sweet and raspy vocals, this album shows Fulks in a contemplative mode. >More
 Cate Le Bon: Mug Music

Cate Le Bon is often compared to Nico of Velvet Underground fame, but she really deserves her own berth in the pop-music canon. Her voice hypnotizes in its own way, weaving bits of the Welsh language into pithy poetry about fading memories. >More
 Cut Copy: Free Your Mind

In 1992, R&B divas En Vogue urged listeners to fight prejudice in "Free Your Mind," a saucy hit featuring the chorus from George Clinton's "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow." Now Cut Copy are telling their fans to free their minds, too. But will asses follow? >More
 Kyle Henderson: Brand New Chance

The title of Kyle Henderson's new album leaves no secrets about its intent. Brand New Chance explores a new chapter in his four-decade music career, offering a historical compendium of the blues, rock and soul influences that have shaped his songs since he left his '80s New Wave band, the Producers, and moved to Madison. >More
 Dr. Dog: B-Room

Since starting in 1999, Philadelphia's Dr. Dog have established a reputation as a reliably good rock 'n' roll band. On their latest album, they add a new element to their sound: Philly soul. >More
 HAIM: Days Are Gone

Alana, Este and Danielle Haim were raised on rock from the 1970s and early '80s, especially songs by female icons like Pat Benetar and Stevie Nicks. The sisters put a spin on this tradition on their debut album, adding R&B grooves and a goofy irreverence that's all their own. >More
 Elvis Costello and the Roots: Wise Up Ghost

On the surface, a collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots seems like a novelty. After all, Costello did an album with Burt Bacharach, so there's a precedent for this sort of one-off indulgence. >More
 Black Joe Lewis: Electric Slave

Black Joe Lewis and his band are more vibrant than ever on their first record for big indie label Vagrant Records. Their blues, funk and soul sound goes straight to the gut. >More
 Porcelain Raft: Permanent Signal

Led by Italian-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter Mauro Remiddi, Porcelain Raft features open-wound lyrics floating in reverb. The band's sophomore LP vibrates at times with painfully slow tension, then picks up with crashing beats, then cools off with gentle piano and horns. >More
 John Brown's Body: Kings and Queens

This group have come a long way from their roots-reggae beginnings. On their 10th album, elements of ska and funk complement electronic accents, with tight musicianship and strong vocals throughout. >More
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