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Kicking off with a Dylanesque blast of harmonica, the Decemberists reveal their new intent right up-front.

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Album: Cowboy Junkies, Renmin Park (Proper Records)

The Junkies sound has always been about that tension between the familiar and the other-worldly, so where better to look for inspiration than the three months Michael Timmins spent with his family in the Chinese town of Jingjiang?

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Album: Various Artists, Be Yourself: a Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners (Grass Roots)

On Be Yourself, the Woodchuck Nation pays homage to the Woodstock Nation, as a younger generation of folk-rockers offer their own takes on Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners.

Album: The Mynabirds, What We Lose in the Fire... (Saddle Creek)

Laura Burhenn says she wants her album to be “like Neil Young doing Motown”.

Phosphorescent, ICA, London

"Sometimes I can play too rough," Matthew Houck croons on "Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)". "Tell me baby have I gone too far?" He pleads. There's scant rough stuff tonight, and Houck's pugnacious Brooklyn-based outfit are refreshingly, delightfully "far out".

Album: Mary Gauthier, The Foundling (Proper Records)

"Mama here, Mama gone." An album on a theme of adoption, explored with the hard-bitten demi-keen of one of American folk's fugitive survivors.

Album: Wrinkle Neck Mules, Let the Lead Fly (Blue Rose)

Rowdy, possibly slightly pissed Appalachian-style country-rock, shot through with the romance of the mine, the creek, the catfish and the car crash.

Bobby Charles: Songwriter who composed 'See You Later, Alligator'

Although Bobby Charles could neither read nor write music, nor play an instrument, he was a fine songwriter, writing the hit songs "See You Later, Alligator" (Bill Haley), "Walking to New Orleans" (Fats Domino) and "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" (Clarence "Frogman" Henry). Keen to live in seclusion around the Louisiana swamps, he never promoted his own career, but a highly regarded album, Bobby Charles, with Dr. John and members of the Band, was released in 1972. His attitude to songwriting was simple: "When they come, they come."

Album: Allison Moorer, Crows (Rykodisc)

She made the two most soulful country-rock albums of the early 2000s and then drifted. Here she kicks further over the country traces and returns aboard a semi-acoustic pop-rock vehicle of some solemnity.

Album: Elvis Presley, Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight (Sony Legacy)

One disc better endowed and not to be confused with the box set confined to the top 20 hits, Good Rockin' Tonight is a four-disc chronological collection of Presley moments expected and surprising.

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