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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.

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.

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