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Peter Gabriel's new album, And I'll Scratch Yours, comes out Jan. 7.

Read First Listen: Peter Gabriel, 'Scratch My Back ... And I'll Scratch Yours'

December 29, 2013 – Four years ago, Gabriel released an album of covers. Now, the objects of his affection reciprocate.

7 Days Of Funk (featuring Snoopzilla and Dâm-Funk) releases its self-titled album on Dec. 10.

Read First Listen: 7 Days Of Funk, '7 Days Of Funk'

December 1, 2013 – Listen to iconic rapper Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Snoopzilla) team up with Los Angeles producer Dâm-Funk.

Music For Shut-Ins, the new compilation from L.I.E.S. Records, comes out Dec. 10.

Read First Listen: L.I.E.S., 'Music For Shut-Ins'

November 24, 2013 – The beats are undeniable in this two-disc compilation of adventurous dance music.

Morgan Babb — lead singer of the gospel group, the Radio Four — is pictured DJing in the window of Ernie's Record Shop circa 1955. The store was owned by Nashboro Records.

Read First Listen: 'I Heard The Angels Singing'

November 24, 2013 – This 4-CD set captures the glory days of Nashboro, the powerhouse gospel label.

Shearwater's new album, Fellow Travelers, comes out Nov. 26.

Listen First Listen: Shearwater, 'Fellow Travelers'

November 17, 2013 – Each of the 10 songs on Fellow Travelers pays tribute to an artist with whom the band has toured.


Paris 1969, from the late Thelonious Monk, comes out Nov. 26.

Read First Listen: Thelonious Monk, 'Paris 1969'

November 17, 2013 – An international jazz star plays a 3,000-seat concert hall in France. Here's what happens.

Milosh's new album, Jetlag, comes out Nov. 26.

Read First Listen: Milosh, 'Jetlag'

November 17, 2013 – As half of Rhye, Michael Milosh stays enshrouded in mystery. His new solo album is more revealing.

Jake Bugg's new album, Shangri La, comes out Nov. 19.

Read First Listen: Jake Bugg, 'Shangri La'

November 14, 2013 – The 19-year-old expresses anger and hope within melodies that sound totally right for the radio.

Ephel Duath's new album, Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness, comes out Nov. 26.

Read First Listen: Ephel Duath, 'Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness'

November 10, 2013 – David Tiso concocts gnarled, hydra-Zorn headbangers like some kind of metal mad scientist.

Public Service Broadcasting's new album, Inform - Educate - Entertain, comes out Nov. 19.

Read First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'Inform - Educate - Entertain'

November 10, 2013 – The British duo uses clips from old British government propaganda films in its danceable songs.

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, written in response to the devastation of both World Wars, premiered in 1962.

Read First Listen: Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem'

November 10, 2013 – Britten's response to bloodshed remains as vital as it was when his Requiem premiered in 1962.

Cate Le Bon's new album, Mug Museum, comes out Nov. 12.

Read First Listen: Cate Le Bon, 'Mug Museum'

November 3, 2013 – The Welsh singer's powerful third album recalls the work of Television and The Velvet Underground.

Oscar Isaac (left) and Justin Timberlake in a scene from Inside Llewyn Davis. Both are featured on the movie's soundtrack.

Read First Listen: Soundtrack, 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

November 3, 2013 – The soundtrack to Joel and Ethan Coen's new film reflects New York's diverse early-'60s folk scene.

Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), by the late Jason Molina, comes out Nov. 12.

Read First Listen: Songs: Ohia, 'Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)'

November 3, 2013 – Jason Molina's album is still an ambitious beast, strangely graceful and unmistakably powerful.

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11.

Read First Listen: Hilary Hahn, 'In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores'

November 3, 2013 – The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them.

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