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Youth Lagoon
"Wondrous Bughouse"
Fat Possum

Youth Lagoon's second album, "Wondrous Bughouse," captures the mercurial cerebrum of a 20-something thinker with aural examples of torturous moments in young adulthood. In lieu of conversation, Trevor Powers will exorcise his chronic anxiety by making records with vistas of psychedelic musical plains. These pathways to Powers' mind funnel in the ambience of the Cocteau Twins and mysticism of Tangerine Dream.

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"We the Common"
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Ribbon Music

Thao Nguyen formed the basis of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down around 2004 with drummer Willis Thompson in Falls Church, Va., later picking up (and, since then, dropping) musicians Adam Thompson and Frank Stewart and relocating the duo's efforts to San Francisco.

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Heidi Talbot
"Angels Without Wings"
Compass Records

Here's how every review of Heidi Talbot opens: Talbot is from County Kildare, Ireland, and famously was a member of the Irish-American all-female supergroup Cherish the Ladies.

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Tegan and Sara
"Heartthrob"
Warner Bros.

Writing charming and infectious pop is nothing new for Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, but seven albums later they're still finding ways to change their sound.

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Kris Kristofferson
"Feeling Mortal"
KK Records

Many songwriters lead storied lives, no doubt, but few are as successful and iconic as Kris Kristofferson.

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Toro Y Moi
"Anything in Return"
Carpark

Sometime last year, I tweeted that I'd really like it if someone could send me a list of all possible types of "core" music. I'd heard of grindcore, nerdcore and of course hardcore, but it seemed like the core family tree had the potential to be vast and ridiculous, and I figured the Internet could help. However, like most of what I put on Twitter, this request garnered minimal response.

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"Tender Is the Night"
Old Man Luedecke
True North

"Tender Is the Night" is the fifth solo collection from Old Man (Chris) Luedecke, and it feels like some of the musical ideas he's been working with are really beginning to gel. His writing has always been very strong, remaining true to the roots of American folk and country music, though dealing with modern themes and ideas.

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The Zolas
"Ancient Mars"
Light Organ Records

Oh, Canada. I've always thought that Canada and St. Louis have a lot in common. Both experience frigid winters, both are relegated in popular conscience as being backwaters of significant size and both carry an inferiority complex about their place in that conscience, because both know that they're capable of so much more than anyone gives them credit for producing.

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Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott
"We're Usually a Lot Better than This"
Full Lights

In 2000 Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott released "Real Time," a gorgeous album of duets by two complete masters of instrumentation, arrangement and performance. Beautiful.

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Mark O'Connor
"American Classics"
OMAC

It's probably safe to say that this album won't appear on many year-end best of write my paper for me 2012 lists, likely because it's really a kind of teaching tool: a presentation of the pieces that Mark O'Connor included in his fiddle method books.

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