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Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside are an up-and-coming indie outfit hailing from Portland, Oregon. Sallie Ford herself describes their sound as more rock'n'roll than anything else, though it doesn't take much effort to distinguish jazz, roots rock, and a healthy dose of rockabilly in their style.

The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective compiles unreleased tracks, demos, live recordings, and even some new material from World Cafe favorite, Ben Folds.

At the core of The Jayhawks acclaimed alt-country is the paired talent of Gary Louris and Mark Olsen. These guys seem to have it all--impeccable guitar lines, smooth harmonies, and songwriting capabilities that could rival just about any musician (or group of musicians) around.

Gillian Welch, along with partner guitarist David Rawlings, is back with a vengeance.

The music of tUnE-yArDs is certainly experimental, but every sound that Merrill Garbus weaves into her compositions is so deliberately placed, experimental seems too nonchalant a word to classify Garbus's highly inventive, extremely successful Lo-fi, folk-infused, world-music inspired project.

Eleven Grammys between them and five distinct voices, supergroup, Superheavy's self-titled debut album was released on September 16 by A&M Records.

Lisa Hannigan's voice should sound familiar in the best way possible.  Her music career took off in 2001 when she began what would be a six-year collaboration with Damien Rice that included singing vocals on most of the tracks from his album "O" and lead on his song "9 Crimes."

The English singer-songwriter, bass guitarist and producer Nick Lowe began his recording career in 1966 as part of the Kippington Lodge, a blues and country rock group.

One of the single most influential musicians in today's world, Paul Simon was named one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine.

Washed Out is the moniker of 28-year old Ernest Greene, who recorded his first tracks on a laptop in his parents' Georgia home. 

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