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The 15 Best Tom Waits Songs

From apocalyptic blues boasts to backwoods chant-alongs, here are 15 songs that encapsulate Tom Waits' incredibly varied career.

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The 10 Best Tortoise Songs

Tortoise's music is nearly impossible to pin down. So, let's try to do just that, shall we?

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Squarepusher: Ufabulum

Tom Jenkinson's not reinventing the wheel on his latest Squarepusher album, though that wheel does spin thrillingly on occasion.

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Rocky Votolato: Television of Saints

With such a copacetic approach to music-making, it's unlikely that Votolato will be doing anything but preaching to the converted for quite some time.

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It Needed Doing: Levon Helm's Life in Music

The Band's Levon Helm represented a kind of musician increasingly rare in today's world -- unpretentious, dedicated, and motivated only by love.

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Islands: A Sleep & A Forgetting

Islands have made their first "heartbreak" album, influenced by classic soul and doo-wop sounds.

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No Future: Punk's 2012 Nostalgia Trip

At the Drive-In and Refused are both reuniting for high-profile (and high-paycheck) shows in 2012. What does this say about their legacy, or punk rock in general?

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Galactic: Carnivale Electricos

Galactic's concept album about Carnivale is just that, for better or for worse.

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Die Antwoord: Ten$ion

Die Antwoord may be strange and engrossing, but are they making good music? Yes and no.

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Zef Recordz

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Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Teufelskamin

Kammerflimmer Kollektief present an ambient electro-jazz album without much bite to it.

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Wallflower: Etta James and Fame

Etta James was memorialized before she died, and it illustrates a new and common plight among older artists.

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Star Fucking Hipsters: From the Dumpster to the Grave

Unexceptional, if occasionally exciting, agitprop from New York's squatter scene.

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Wynton's Blues

By hiring Wynton Marsalis as its new "cultural correspondent", CBS is setting jazz music back, and it's everybody's loss.

Alexander Heigl
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Raya Brass Band: Dancing on Roses, Dancing on Cinders

NYC's Raya Brass Band presents a hard-to-resist blend of brass band music and American rhythms.

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Afrolicious: A Dub for Mali

A hard-grooving, if uninspired, take on African music.

Alexander Heigl
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Liturgy's "Transcendental Black Metal"

In 2011, Brooklyn-based black metal band Liturgy is either redefining black metal or ruining it. As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

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Saul Williams: Volcanic Sunlight

Williams actually seems to be moving away from the righteous fury that informed his earliest albums, and has admitted that he set out to make a pop album this time around.

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