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Cloud Boat's new album, Model of You, comes out July 8.

Read First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

June 29, 2014 – On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo develops its own distinctive, otherworldly dreamspace.

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Braid's new album, No Coast, comes out July 8.

Read First Listen: Braid, 'No Coast'

June 29, 2014 – The emo band's first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs.

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Cold Beat's new album, Over Me, comes out July 8.

Read First Listen: Cold Beat, 'Over Me'

June 29, 2014 – Cold Beat, the new project of Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew, is an exercise in controlled chaos.

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OOIOO's new album, Gamel, comes out July 1.

Read First Listen: OOIOO, 'Gamel'

June 22, 2014 – On Gamel, the experimental pop band explores ancient gamelan traditions to exhilarating effect.

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Jim Lauderdale's new album, I'm A Song, comes out July 1.

Read First Listen: Jim Lauderdale, 'I'm A Song'

June 22, 2014 – On his new country album, the roots-music veteran still touches nerves, carefully but firmly.

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Corb Lund's new album, Counterfeit Blues, comes out July 1.

Read First Listen: Corb Lund, 'Counterfeit Blues'

June 22, 2014 – The Canadian country singer spins boisterous yarns out of the mundane muck of agrarian existence.

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Old Crow Medicine Show's new album, Remedy, comes out July 1.

Read First Listen: Old Crow Medicine Show, 'Remedy'

June 22, 2014 – The band plays loud, fast and loose, while remaining in complete control of every ramshackle moment.

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Circulatory System's new album, Mosaics Within Mosaics, comes out June 24.

Read First Listen: Circulatory System, 'Mosaics Within Mosaics'

June 15, 2014 – The Elephant 6 band returns with a 31-song cycle that touches upon dreamlife and waking fears.

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Lucas Santtana appears on the new compilation Rolê: New Sounds Of Brazil, out June 24.

Read First Listen: Rolê, 'New Sounds Of Brazil'

June 15, 2014 – Samba, bossa nova and Musica Popular Brasileira meet hip-hop, rock, jazz and electronica.

Brownout's new album, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, comes out June 24.

Read First Listen: Brownout, 'Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath'

June 15, 2014 – A latin funk band from Austin, Texas covers the music of heavy metal masters Black Sabbath.

Phish's new album, Fuego, comes out June 24.

Read First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

June 15, 2014 – Phish seems at ease embracing what it does best, while still refining and reinventing its formulas.

Strand Of Oaks' new album, Heal, comes out June 24.

Read First Listen: Strand Of Oaks, 'Heal'

June 15, 2014 – A crumbling marriage, alcohol abuse and life on the road fuel the cathartic Heal by Strand Of Oaks.

Phox's self-titled debut comes out June 24.

Read First Listen: Phox, 'Phox'

June 15, 2014 – Soft and dreamy, with a pace that recalls a moody midtempo swoon, Phox's music seeps under the skin.

Sam Smith's new album, In the Lonely Hour, comes out June 17.

Read First Listen: Sam Smith, 'In The Lonely Hour'

June 8, 2014 – Smith has a well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto.

Meridian Brothers' new album, Salvadora Robot, comes out June 16.

Read First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot'

June 8, 2014 – The Colombian band thoroughly understands musical traditions. How better to eviscerate them?

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