John Prine's new album, For Better, Or Worse, comes out Sept. 30. Josh Britt/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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01For Better, Or Worse

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Pixies new album, Head Carrier, comes out Sept. 30. Travis Shinn/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Head Carrier

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John Adams' new "dramatic symphony," Scheherazade.2, comes out Sept. 30. Vern Evans/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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04IV. Escape, Flight, Sanctuary

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Jenny Hval's new album, Blood Bitch, comes out Sept. 30. Jenny Berger Myhre/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Bob Weir's new album, Blue Mountain, comes out Sept. 30. Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Blue Mountain

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American Band

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Ryuichi Sakamoto's score for the film Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son comes out Sept. 23. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son

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Flock Of Dimes' new album, If You See Me, Say Yes, comes out Sept. 23. Will Hackney/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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If You See Me, Say Yes

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Beach Slang's new album, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, comes out Sept. 23. Ian Laidlaw/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam's new album, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, comes out Sept. 23. Josh Goleman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

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Dwight Yoakam's new album, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..., comes out Sept. 23. Emily Joyce/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars

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