Rodrigo y Gabriela's new album, Area 52, comes out Jan. 24. Tina Korhonen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, comes out Jan. 24. José del Río Mons/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John K. Samson: Brainy And Big-Hearted

In "When I Write My Master's Thesis," Samson juggles a lively mind and a directionless heart.

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David Bazan: Sin And Salvation

"Wolves at the Door" tells grim stories, but it's rooted in the spirit of forgiveness.

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David Mead: Heartache For The Holidays

Mead crafts a wistful, heartbreaking and humane new Christmas classic in "The Smile of Rachael Ray."

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