Soundcheck: Inside This Week's Music Section

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Just as Lucinda Williams released West, a record that dwells in grief and loss, she met her soul mate and found domestic and personal happiness. Jewly Hight caught up with Williams to talk records and roots.

The Avett Brothers went from playing old-school punk to neo-bluegrass, so it's not surprising that their live show is where they really bring the heat. Chris Parker chats with the band about their decision to give special consideration to their latest record, Emotionalism.

"We just went for evil," says Alex Maas of the Black Angels about the song selection for the band's full-length debut, Passover. Find out what he's talking about.

27-year-old pianist Alexander Kobrin rode the piano-competition circuit to glory, playing some of the most difficult pieces in the repertory. John Pitcher interviews the golden boy in advance of his Nashville appearance. Plus, reviews of weekend performances of Arguing with God and Wynton Marsalis.

And finally, check out The Spin for a review of Of Montreal, who—gasp!—dress up onstage. Plus, coverage on the rock version of the trickle-down theory of economics as witnessed at the Cold War Kids show, and a Spin first: the indie-rock drum circle. (Buzz-phrase of the week: green pieces of paper.)

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