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Of Montreal performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 14, 2012. Christopher Parks/NPR hide caption

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Of Montreal: Tiny Desk Concert

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Jim James' Regions of Light and Sound of God comes out Feb. 5. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U)

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album, We the Common, comes out Feb. 5. Lauren Tabak/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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We the Common

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Stony Ground

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Buke and Gase's new album, General Dome, comes out Jan. 29. Grant Cornett/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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General Dome

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Blaudzun's U.S. debut, Heavy Flowers, comes out Jan. 29. IAMKAT/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Heavy Flowers

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From the Sun

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Black Prairie performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 9, 2012. Ryan Smith/NPR hide caption

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Black Prairie: Tiny Desk Concert

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Aaron Neville's My True Story comes out on Jan. 22. Sarah A. Friedman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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My True Story (Eugene Pitt & Oscar Waltzer)

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