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Josh Ritter's new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, comes out March 5.

Read First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'The Beast In Its Tracks'

February 24, 2013 – The singer-songwriter's new album was written entirely in response to his recent divorce.

Youth Lagoon's new album, Wondrous Bughouse, comes out March 5.

Read First Listen: Youth Lagoon, 'Wondrous Bughouse'

February 24, 2013 – The one-man band has made one of the most arresting headphone records you'll hear this year.

Bajofondo's new album, Presente, comes out March 5.

Read First Listen: Bajofondo, 'Presente'

February 24, 2013 – Argentina's Gustavo Santaolalla and Uruguayan Juan Campodonico mix electronica with tango and folk.

Waxahatchee's new album, Cerulean Salt, comes out March 5.

Read First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Cerulean Salt'

February 24, 2013 – Led by songwriter Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee addresses teenage flux with seasoned songcraft.

Cloud Cult's album, Love, comes out March 5.

Read First Listen: Cloud Cult, 'Love'

February 24, 2013 – Love bursts with warmth, whether in spare looks at faith or in explosions of ecstatic celebration.

Atoms For Peace's debut album, Amok, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Atoms For Peace, 'Amok'

February 18, 2013 – Radiohead's Thom Yorke lays wearily soaring vocals over sounds that whir, click, twitch and sprawl.

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.

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