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The Notwist's new album, Close to the Glass, comes out Feb. 25. Joerg Koopman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Death Vessel's new album, Island Intervals, comes out Feb. 25. Corey Grayhorse/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Phantogram's new album, Voices, comes out Feb. 18. Doron Gild/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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