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It's only fair to share... Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer are Alabama sisters who survived stints in mainstream country and then built admirable careers on its outskirts. This long-gestating...

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It's only fair to share... This iconic pairing is full of inspired jams: Swamp Dogg’s 1970 “Total Destruction to Your Mind” morphs from a Sly Stone workout into a Funkadelic guitar...

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It's only fair to share... This Rhode Island hardcore band’s 2015 LP, Full Communism, was refreshing both in its white-knuckled attack and its far-left specificity (see “100%...

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It's only fair to share... Lana Del Rey has become a hugely adored miserablist thanks to a perpetually wounded voice and plainspoken poetry. Her fourth album as Lana Del Rey luxuriates in warm textures...

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It's only fair to share... With steel guitar by country-rock vet Dan Dugmore, harp by Willie Nelson main man Mickey Raphael, muscular rock guitars and a handsome bourbon baritone, Indiana...

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It's only fair to share... In 2012, wild-child pop diva Kesha hit a high point with her dirty, glitter-soaked rock album, Warrior. But she’s spent the past five years in silence, embroiled in...

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It's only fair to share... In the mid-’00s, this Toronto band (currently numbering 15 members) could rival Arcade Fire in its bighearted gravitas. Broken Social Scene also played a...

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It's only fair to share... Randy Newman is so busy as a film composer (most recently with Cars 3) that we get new albums from him only about once a decade. But the guy’s got pretty good timing:...

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It's only fair to share... Alan Vega, who co-founded the electro-noise duo Suicide in New York in 1970, died last year. But he did not go gentle into that good night – as if there were...

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It's only fair to share... There’s an eye-popping photo in this essential 3-CD set taken on July 31, 1955, at a Tampa, Florida. gig. Elvis clutches his customized Martin acoustic, hollering to...

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It's only fair to share... A co-founder of increasingly visible Chicago rap crew Savemoney (Chance the Rapper, Joey Purp, Towkio and more), 24-year-old Vic Mensa has already worn many hats: the rhyme-spitter...

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It's only fair to share... On their last LP, Arcade Fire wrestled with an age-old question: How does an earnest rock band reclaim the music’s dance-floor birthright? Reflektor’s answer...