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Shovels & Rope's new album, Little Seeds, comes out Oct. 7. Leslie Ryan McKellar/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Shovels & Rope, 'Little Seeds'

Parenthood gives the Americana duo the will to rock on an album informed by both birth and death.

Little Seeds

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    Little Seeds
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    New West Records
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    2016

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Conor Oberst's new album, Ruminations, comes out Oct. 14. Amelie Raoul/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

These are some of Oberst's darkest and most personal songs, rooted in isolation and reflection.

Ruminations

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    Conor Oberst
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Brent Cobb's new album, Shine On Rainy Day, comes out Oct. 7. Don VanCleave/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Brent Cobb, 'Shine On Rainy Day'

The young country singer-songwriter imaginatively teases out the subtle textures of small-town life.

Shine On Rainy Day

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    Brent Cobb
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    Elektra Records
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    2016

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Phish's new album, Big Boat, comes out Oct. 7. Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Phish, 'Big Boat'

Phish's 13th album expertly balances the band's on-stage exuberance and sonic cohesion.

Big Boat

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    Big Boat
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    Phish
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    Jemp
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    2016

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Helado Negro's new album, Private Energy, comes out Oct. 7. Ben Sellon/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Helado Negro, 'Private Energy'

The musician Roberto Lange has made another album with the power to draw you in from a distance.

Private Energy

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John Prine's new album, For Better, Or Worse, comes out Sept. 30. Josh Britt/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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John Prine, 'For Better, Or Worse'

The revered songwriter sets down his pen to explore country classics with stellar duet partners.

01For Better, Or Worse

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    For Better, Or Worse
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    John Prine
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Pixies new album, Head Carrier, comes out Sept. 30. Travis Shinn/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Pixies, 'Head Carrier'

The inspired Head Carrier reaffirms all of the band's spark, wit, weirdness and even poignancy.

Head Carrier

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    Pixies
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    PIAS America
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John Adams' new "dramatic symphony," Scheherazade.2, comes out Sept. 30. Vern Evans/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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John Adams, 'Scheherazade.2'

Violence against women, and a smart storyteller from the Arabian Nights, inspired Adams' new album.

04IV. Escape, Flight, Sanctuary

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    John Adams
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    Nonesuch
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Jenny Hval's new album, Blood Bitch, comes out Sept. 30. Jenny Berger Myhre/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Jenny Hval, 'Blood Bitch'

On her sixth album, Hval's songs are constructed for maximum intensity and intimacy.

Blood Bitch

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    Blood Bitch
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    Jenny Hval
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    Sacred Bones Records
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Bob Weir's new album, Blue Mountain, comes out Sept. 30. Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bob Weir, 'Blue Mountain'

On this long-awaited solo album, the Grateful Dead veteran showcases his songwriting gifts.

Blue Mountain

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    Blue Mountain
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    Bob Weir
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    Columbia/Legacy/Roar/TRI
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    1969

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