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

Listen 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.

Listen 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.

Listen 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.

Listen 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.

Ben Watt's new album, Hendra, comes out April 29.

Read First Listen: Ben Watt, 'Hendra'

April 6, 2014 – With his first solo album in 31 years, Watt has returned to highly cultured, intimate songcraft.

Slint's Spiderland box set comes out April 15.

Read First Listen: Slint, 'Spiderland (Remastered)'

April 6, 2014 – The 1991 classic deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.

Todd Terje's It's Album Time comes out April 8.

Read First Listen: Todd Terje, 'It's Album Time'

March 31, 2014 – The Norwegian DJ, known for his singles, crafts a cohesive album that builds to near-perfection.

Ratking's album So It Goes comes out April 8.

Read First Listen: Ratking, 'So It Goes'

March 31, 2014 – The trio's debut album may be the most "New York" hip-hop project released in years.

Valentina Lisitsa's new Chasing Pianos features Michael Nyman's music for the Oscar-winning film The Piano.

Read First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos'

March 30, 2014 – The pianist, the composer, his tunes and her talent: Valentina Lisitsa plays Michael Nyman's music.

Teebs' new album, E S T A R A, comes out April 8.

Read First Listen: Teebs, 'E S T A R A'

March 30, 2014 – The electronic artist seems to yearn for New Age music, or at least its remnants, on his new album.

EMA's new album, The Future's Void, comes out April 8.

Read First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

March 30, 2014 – The singer's new album navigates an imagined future world of sad clones and shattered identities.

Protomartyr's new album, Under Color of Official Right, comes out April 8.

Read First Listen: Protomartyr, 'Under Color Of Official Right'

March 30, 2014 – You won't find silver linings on the Detroit post-punk band's new album — only overcast ennui.

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