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The Pixies new album, Indie Cindy, comes out April 29.

Listen First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

April 21, 2014 – The songs here form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition.

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band's new album, Landmarks, comes out April 29.

Listen First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

April 20, 2014 – Jazz star, singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan drummer, preacher's son: he distills it all into his band.

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Brody Dalle's album Diploid Love comes out April 29.

Listen First Listen: Brody Dalle, 'Diploid Love'

April 20, 2014 – The first solo album from the former Distillers singer feels like a time capsule from the '90s.

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The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger's new album, Midnight Sun, comes out April 29.

Listen First Listen: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, 'Midnight Sun'

April 20, 2014 – Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl follow their acoustic debut with a fabulously fuzzy rock album.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela's new album, 9 Dead Alive, comes out April 29.

Listen First Listen: Rodrigo y Gabriela, '9 Dead Alive'

April 20, 2014 – The natives of Mexico City offer a new album that's stripped-down but no less thrilling.

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Wye Oak's new album, Shriek, comes out April 29.

Listen First Listen: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'

April 20, 2014 – The band, known for its glorious guitar noise, trades it in for a synthesizer-driven sound.

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Nels Cline Singers' new ablum, Macroscope, comes out 29.

Listen First Listen: Nels Cline Singers, 'Macroscope'

April 20, 2014 – Macroscope has no boundaries. Hearing it is both a frightening and enlightening journey.

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Jeremiah Jae.

Listen First Listen: Jeremiah Jae, 'Good Times'

April 20, 2014 – This is intellectualism tempered by enough swagger to plant the discourse squarely on the corner.

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Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina comes out April 22.

Read First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

April 13, 2014 – The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

Death will release the archival collection Death III on April 22.

Read First Listen: Death, 'Death III'

April 13, 2014 – Death III helps paint a picture of a vital band that deserves its new-found place in rock history.

Kelis' new album, Food, comes out April 22.

Read First Listen: Kelis, 'Food'

April 13, 2014 – A new album by R&B's resident provocateur is proof she can't be molded to fit inside one genre.

The Space Project comes out on Record Store Day, which takes place April 19.

Read First Listen: 'The Space Project'

April 11, 2014 – On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space.

Jesse Boykins III's new album, Love Apparatus, comes out April 22.

Read First Listen: Jesse Boykins III, 'Love Apparatus'

April 6, 2014 – The Soulquarian-influenced singer weaves earthy vocals and new-age production into a dreamy future.

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo of The Both, whose self-titled debut album comes out April 15.

Read First Listen: The Both, 'The Both'

April 6, 2014 – Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo.

The Afghan Whigs' new album, Do to the Beast, comes out April 15.

Read First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'

April 6, 2014 – The band's first album in 16 years chronicles Greg Dulli's tug-of-war with evil, as he imagines it.

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