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Buke and Gase's new album, General Dome, comes out Jan. 29.

Read First Listen: Buke And Gase, 'General Dome'

January 20, 2013 – For the duo, strange instrumentation is merely a means to a raucous, hypnotic, alluring end.

Darkstar's new album, News From Nowhere, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Darkstar, 'News From Nowhere'

January 20, 2013 – The U.K. trio's latest album is an unabashed venture into warped pop music with luminous synths.

Blaudzun's U.S. debut, Heavy Flowers, comes out Jan. 29.

Read First Listen: Blaudzun, 'Heavy Flowers'

January 20, 2013 – Blaudzun's songs boom and swoon, even when they bypass strings in favor of a warm, simple sound.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's new album, II, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 'II'

January 20, 2013 – The band's sound shape-shifts through indie-pop, psychedelia, soul and something more alien.

Rudresh Mahanthappa's new album, Gamak, comes out Jan. 29.

Read First Listen: Rudresh Mahanthappa, 'Gamak'

January 20, 2013 – The new album from the alto saxophonist surfs on information overload without drowning in it.

Jose James' No Beginning No End will be released on Jan. 22.

Read First Listen: Jose James, 'No Beginning No End'

January 13, 2013 – James finds his own voice by paying deep attention to technique without compromising passion.

Widowspeak's new album, Almanac, comes out Jan. 22.

Read First Listen: Widowspeak, 'Almanac'

January 13, 2013 – Widowspeak is a fount of familiar sounds, but its music possesses a dreamy pop sound of its own.

Aaron Neville's My True Story comes out on Jan. 22.

Read First Listen: Aaron Neville, 'My True Story'

January 13, 2013 – Neville lends his floaty tenor to a handful of unavoidable and unimpeachable doo-wop standards.

The Lone Bellow's self-titled debut comes out Jan. 22.

Read First Listen: The Lone Bellow, 'The Lone Bellow'

January 6, 2013 – On its debut, the band mixes a catchy roots-pop rumble with emotionally resonant folk-rock belting.

Pantha Du Prince (center), flanked by members of The Bell Laboratory.

Read First Listen: Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, 'Elements Of Light'

January 6, 2013 – A German producer teams up with Norwegian percussionists to make a sweeping composition.

Søren Løkke Juul, who records and performs as Indians, releases Something Else on Jan. 29.

Read First Listen: Indians, 'Somewhere Else'

January 6, 2013 – Hear warm headphone music that reaches both the heart and the loneliest reaches of the heavens.

Erin McKeown's Manifestra comes out Jan. 15, 2013.

Read First Listen: Erin McKeown, 'Manifestra'

December 30, 2012 – As politically pointed as it gets, Manifestra doesn't lose sight of the singer's springy side.

Ranchera singer Lila Downs appears on the Hecho En Mexico soundtrack.

Read First Listen: Original Soundtrack, 'Hecho En Mexico'

December 30, 2012 – The documentary film features a mix of traditional sounds and modern Mexican alternative artists.

Detail from the Berberian Sound Studio poster. Broadcast was working on the soundtrack music for the film when singer Trish Keenan died in early 2011.

Read First Listen: Broadcast, 'Berberian Sound Studio'

December 30, 2012 – Broadcast's Trish Keenan died two years ago, but she left behind this gorgeous tapestry of sound.

Sufjan Stevens released Silver & Gold Nov. 13.

Read First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Silver & Gold'

November 25, 2012 – In nearly three hours of music, impeccable grace never strays far from playful ridiculousness.

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