Infinity Cat, JEFF the Brotherhood, Fiona Apple, Wye Oak, Strange Arrange and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)

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Cat Skills: JEFF the Brotherhood, Infinity Cat Recordings and a decade-long ride from the indie trenches to the majors (and back)

In the Thrill of the Night: From propulsive, bottom-heavy riffs to trippy excursions and odes to country living, JEFF the Brotherhood traverses the rock universe on Hypnotic Nights (JEFF the Brotherhood's Hypnotic Nights out July 17 via Warner Bros./Infinity Cat)

Strange Fruit: Back after seven years, Fiona Apple remains elusive, strange and genius (Playing Friday, 13th at the Ryman)

Recovering Success: Wye Oak overcomes burnout, begins fashioning Civilian follow-up (Playing Sunday, 15th at Mercy Lounge)

Strange of Function: Strange Arrange, a hip-hop and R&B live-arrangement competition, brings musicians and musicianship back to the forefront (The Strange Arrange competition takes place Saturday, 14th at Limelight)

In The Spin: Def Leppard with Poison and Lita Ford at Bridgestone Arena, Those Darlins with Black Lodge and Psychic Hotline at The End

Plus Critics’ Picks on King Tuff, James Taylor, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Atmosphere, Unlucky Fest, Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston Duo, Birth of the Originals Jamfest, Jukebox the Ghost, Henry Clay People, Fruit Bats, Alberta Cross, Passion Pit and Future Islands, Old Crow Medicine Show, A Celebration for Pearl, Death Cab for Cutie, The Gaslight Anthem, Jackson Browne and more

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