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The Mountain Goats newest album, All Eternals Deck, will be released on March 29. Steven Dewall/Courtesy of Shore Fire Media hide caption

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A Seattle sextet with a flair for warm gentility, The Head and the Heart oozes good-natured winsomeness in "Winter Song." Kyle Johnson/Courtesy of Sub Pop Records hide caption

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Wye Oak's "Civilian" examines the push-and-pull between a complex mind and a desire for the comforts of normalcy. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sharon Van Etten lets a troubled past lay the groundwork for a tiny mantra to live by: "Love More." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Smart Flesh, The Low Anthem's follow-up to Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, will be released in the U.S. on Feb. 22. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In the depths of breakup-induced despair, even a trip to Chuck E. Cheese won't cure what ails you. You need songs that understand. Courtesy of Chuck E. Cheese hide caption

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Blue Water White Death's "Song for the Greater Jihad" captures the soaring majesty of Jonathan Meiburg's work with Shearwater. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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It's nice to hear a new Posies song sparkle as brightly as "So Caroline," an utterly winning three minutes of love and devotion. Christine Taylor/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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