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Some of the figures on Down the Road Wherever seem to want a return to some long-gone glory days, but Mark Knopfler only sketches out the what of their wistful desires, not their why. Derek Hudson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Left to right: The Grinch, Sufjan Stevens. Illumination Pictures (The Grinch); Denny Renshaw (Sufjan Stevens) hide caption

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Illumination Pictures (The Grinch); Denny Renshaw (Sufjan Stevens)

Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers' album Bought to Rot is on our list of the best new albums out Nov. 9. Bryce Mata/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday For Nov. 9: The 8 Albums You Need To Hear Now

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Clockwise from upper left: Deerhunter, Tomberlin, Andrew Bird, Bokanté + Metropole Orkest Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Deerhunter, Andrew Bird, Tomberlin, Bokanté + Metropole Orkest, More

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"When it goes well, it feels more like something that's happening through you as opposed to something you're doing," Chris Simpson (right of center) says of writing new Mineral songs. Peter Beste/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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