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Bilal's new album, A Love Surreal, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Bilal, 'A Love Surreal'

February 17, 2013 – The soul singer explores the contours of intense emotions with patience and psychedelic insight.

Shout Out Louds' new album, Optica, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Shout Out Louds, 'Optica'

February 17, 2013 – Optica plays like a great '80s mixtape, albeit with modern production and a good deal of subtlety.

Deathfix's self-titled debut album comes out on Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Deathfix, 'Deathfix'

February 17, 2013 – D.C. musicians Brendan Canty and Rich Morel make great pop full of unexpected turns on their debut.

Keith Richards collaborates with Tom Waits in "Shenandoah" for Son of Rogues Gallery, out Feb. 19.

Read First Listen: 'Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys'

February 10, 2013 – Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Dr. John and more form a bleak-music Murderer's Row.

Ivan & Alyosha's first full-length album, All the Times We Had, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Ivan & Alyosha, 'All The Times We Had'

February 10, 2013 – The band writes gorgeous, swelling songs about love and faith, and performs them with real charm.

Maxmillion Dunbar's new album, House of Woo, comes out Feb. 19.

Read First Listen: Maxmillion Dunbar, 'House Of Woo'

February 10, 2013 – House of Woo is rooted in unabashed enthusiasm for sound, from techno and house to New Age and R&B.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' new album, Push the Sky Away, comes out Feb. 19.

Read First Listen: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, 'Push The Sky Away'

February 8, 2013 – Cave's songs seethe and surprise, marked by gorgeous strings and grabby, pervy innuendo.

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's new album, The Jazz Age, comes out Feb. 12.

Read First Listen: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, 'The Jazz Age'

February 4, 2013 – Ferry re-imagines his songs, both solo and with Roxy Music, as the product of a 1920s jazz band.

Ballake Sissoko's new album, For Peace, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Ballake Sissoko, 'At Peace'

February 3, 2013 – The Malian kora player again works with French cellist Vincent Segal in sweet and soulful ways.

Jim James' Regions of Light and Sound of God comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Jim James, 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God'

January 27, 2013 – On his first full-length solo album, My Morning Jacket's singer seeks something bigger than himself.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album, We the Common, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, 'We The Common'

January 27, 2013 – Playful but forceful, Thao infuses everything around her with electricity and mischievous boldness.

Wayne Shorter's new album, Without a Net, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Wayne Shorter, 'Without A Net'

January 27, 2013 – The live album features six new tunes from one of jazz's greatest living composers and legends.

Richard Thompson's Electric comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Richard Thompson, 'Electric'

January 27, 2013 – Thompson plugs in and indulges his rock 'n' roll side, complete with solos that qualify as workouts.

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.

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