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Stars - Do You Trust Your Friends?

Feist and Stars are labelmates on Arts & Crafts, which is giving the remix treatment to Montreal dream-pop collective’s Set Yourself on Fire the way it did with Feist’s Let it Die. Although it’s hard to imagine improving on Stars’ wondrous album, several “re-interpretations and re-imaginings” of those songs standout, including Final Fantasy’s chamber-quartet rendition of “Your Ex-Lover is Dead,” the Most Serene Republic’s Django-ish “Ageless Beauty” and Junior Boys’ minimalist take on “Sleep Tonight.”May 22    
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Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

The Chicago rock legends have released some inspired albums, from 1996’s classic Being There to 2004’s Grammy winning A Ghost is Born. Fueled by leader Jeff Tweedy’s fertile imagination, the group’s latest features the folky opening gem “Either Way,” the funky “Walken” and the Band-like “You Are My Face.” “Impossible Germany,” with its clever rejoinder “unlikely Japan,” is a clever observational road song, while the moving “Hate it Here” is Tweedy’s spirited tale of heartache and housework.May 15
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Maria Muldaur - Naughty, Bawdy & Blue

Muldaur has made it her mission of late to celebrate the music created by classic blues women from the 1920s to the 1940s. Here, the onetime Kweskin Jugband member and “Midnight at the Oasis” singer turns Red Hot Mama tackles the work of Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter and others. Muldaur’s sensuous voice is perfectly suited to suggestive blues and jazz numbers like “Handy Man” and Bessie Smith’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Bonnie Raitt joins her for a sassy duet on Sippie Wallace’s “Separation Blues.” May 15
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