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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First Aid Kit's new album, The Lion's Roar, comes out Jan. 24. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In "When I Write My Master's Thesis," John K. Samson juggles a lively mind and a directionless heart. Jason Halstead 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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Anyone who's had a lousy year would do well to jam Harvey Danger's "The Show Must Not Go On" as the clock strikes midnight. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In "The Smile of Rachael Ray," David Mead crafts a melancholy Christmas song with an unlikely star. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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