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Nothing's new album, Tired Of Tomorrow, comes out May 13. Ben Rayner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nothing, 'Tired Of Tomorrow'

These songs delve into anxiety, addiction, illness and mortality, channeling anguish into catharsis.

Tired of Tomorrow
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    Tired of Tomorrow
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    Tired of Tomorrow
    Artist
    Nothing
    Label
    Relapse Records
    Released
    2016

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Corinne Bailey Rae's new album, The Heart Speaks In Whispers, comes out May 13. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Corinne Bailey Rae, 'The Heart Speaks In Whispers'

Rae's fleshed-out jams and jazz-informed ballads examine the subtle trajectories emotions can take.

The Heart Speaks In Whispers
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    The Heart Speaks In Whispers
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    The Heart Speaks In Whispers
    Artist
    Corinne Bailey Rae
    Label
    Virgin
    Released
    2016

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Jennifer Nettles' new album, Playing With Fire, comes out May 13. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jennifer Nettles, 'Playing With Fire'

On her new album, the Sugarland singer revels freely in her own expressive range.

Playing With Fire
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    Playing With Fire
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    Playing With Fire
    Artist
    Jennifer Nettles
    Label
    Big Machine Records
    Released
    2016

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Oddisee's new album, The Odd Tape, comes out May 13. Michelle Grace Hunder/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Oddisee, 'The Odd Tape'

There's never an off moment on the Brooklyn rapper-producer's latest instrumental album.

The Odd Tape
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    The Odd Tape
    Album
    The Odd Tape
    Artist
    Oddisee
    Label
    Mello Music Group
    Released
    2016

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Gregory Porter's new album, Take Me To The Alley, comes out May 6. Shawn Peters/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gregory Porter, 'Take Me To The Alley'

Porter's new album is unconcerned with fashion or complexity, and both overpowering and soothing.

Take Me To The Alley
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    Take Me To The Alley
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    Take Me To The Alley
    Artist
    Gregory Porter
    Label
    Blue Note
    Released
    2016

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Julianna Barwick's new album, Will, comes out May 6. Zia Anger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Julianna Barwick, 'Will'

Barwick's songs are musical inkblot tests. It's up to listeners to interpret their meaning.

Will
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    Will
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    Will
    Artist
    Julianna Barwick
    Label
    Dead Oceans
    Released
    2016

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Mary Chapin Carpenter's new album, The Things That We Are Made Of, comes out May 6. Aaron Farrington/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mary Chapin Carpenter, 'The Things That We Are Made Of'

On her 14th album, the country veteran traces her memories while still looking toward the unknown.

The Things That We Are Made Of
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    The Things That We Are Made Of
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    The Things That We Are Made Of
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    Mary Chapin Carpenter
    Label
    Lambent Light Records
    Released
    2016

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Kacy & Clayton's new album, Strange Country, comes out May 6. Philip Cosores/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kacy & Clayton, 'Strange Country'

The duo carves out room for play in its take on British and Appalachian folk and pre-electric blues.

Strange Country
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    Strange Country
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    Strange Country
    Artist
    Kacy & Clayton
    Label
    New West Records
    Released
    2016

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Seratones' debut album, Get Gone, comes out May 6. Chad Kamenshine/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Seratones, 'Get Gone'

Blues, classic rock and gospel come together with concision, force and a punk-rock heart.

Get Gone
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    Get Gone
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    Get Gone
    Artist
    Seratones
    Label
    Fat Possum
    Released
    2016

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The cast recording of the Broadway musical Bright Star comes out April 29. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Original Broadway Cast Recording, 'Bright Star'

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin team up again, this time to compose their first Broadway musical.

Bright Star
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    Bright Star
    Album
    Bright Star
    Artist
    Cast Recording
    Label
    Ghostlight Records
    Released
    2016

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