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Bat for Lashes' new album, The Haunted Man, comes out Oct. 23.

Read First Listen: Bat For Lashes, 'The Haunted Man'

October 14, 2012 – For all its dark overtones, Natasha Khan's music lets rays of hope and joy leak out of every shadow.

Pig Destroyer's new album, Book Burner, comes out Oct. 23.

Read First Listen: Pig Destroyer, 'Book Burner'

October 14, 2012 – Book Burner is meticulously tailor-made for destruction, with a thirst for blood and riffs.

Sinkane's new album, Mars, comes out Oct. 23.

Read First Listen: Sinkane, 'Mars'

October 14, 2012 – Throughout Mars, Ahmed Gallab finds consistency in experimentation, and focus in the freewheeling.

Titus Andronicus' new album, Local Business, comes out Oct. 23.

Read First Listen: Titus Andronicus, 'Local Business'

October 14, 2012 – For three albums now, the band has charged forward, waving its baggage like a battlefield pennant.

REWORK_Philip Glass Remixed comes out Oct. 23.

Read First Listen: 'REWORK_Philip Glass Remixed'

October 7, 2012 – Celebrate Glass' 75th birthday with inventive remixes by Beck, Dan Deacon, Tyondai Braxton and more.

Martha Wainwright's new album, Come Home to Mama, comes out Oct. 16.

Read First Listen: Martha Wainwright, 'Come Home To Mama'

October 7, 2012 – Loss, hope and rebirth flow through the veins of Wainwright's first studio album since 2008.

Jason Lytle's new album, Dept. of Disappearance, comes out Oct. 16.

Read First Listen: Jason Lytle, 'Dept. Of Disappearance'

October 7, 2012 – The former Grandaddy singer's songs are as sweet as they are comical; as intimate as they are epic.

Tame Impala's new album, Lonerism, comes out Oct. 9.

Read First Listen: Tame Impala, 'Lonerism'

September 30, 2012 – The Australian band makes alienation and introversion sound both alluring and, ironically, inviting.

Lord Huron's new album, Lonesome Dreams, comes out Oct. 9.

Read First Listen: Lord Huron, 'Lonesome Dreams'

September 30, 2012 – Lonesome Dreams mixes the beachy lightness of summer with the bittersweet plaintiveness of autumn.

Freelance Whales' new album, Diluvia, comes out Oct. 9.

Read First Listen: Freelance Whales, 'Diluvia'

September 30, 2012 – Diluvia's songs sound worked-over and impeccable, yet ultimately land in a place of unfettered joy.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' new album, The Heist, comes out Oct. 9.

Read First Listen: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 'The Heist'

September 30, 2012 – The Heist, a new album from the versatile Seattle duo, has layers of humor, emotion and hooks.

Ultraísta's self-titled debut comes out Oct. 2.

Read First Listen: Ultraísta, 'Ultraísta'

September 26, 2012 – Producer Nigel Godrich's new project takes its inspiration from a surreal variation on minimalism.

Flying Lotus' new album, Until The Quiet Comes, comes out Oct 2.

Read First Listen: Flying Lotus, 'Until The Quiet Comes'

September 23, 2012 – The producer's new album beats with a heart unique to its creator: adventurous but never muddled.

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's new album, Mission, comes out Oct. 2.

Read First Listen: Cecilia Bartoli, 'Mission'

September 23, 2012 – The celebrated mezzo unearths music from a mysterious composer who doubled as a diplomat.

Beth Orton's new album, Sugaring Season, comes out Oct. 2.

Read First Listen: Beth Orton, 'Sugaring Season'

September 23, 2012 – Ornate but not wispy, these songs aren't merely pretty; they also convey power that builds subtly.

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