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Kurt Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, comes out April 9.

Read First Listen: Kurt Vile, 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

March 31, 2013 – The laid-back Philadelphia guitarist's transfixing new album is arguably his best yet.

Villagers' new album, {Awayland}, comes out April 9.

Read First Listen: Villagers, '{Awayland}'

March 31, 2013 – Villagers' Conor O'Brien has a great gift for songs that almost always turn something on its head.

The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver comes out April 2.

Read First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver'

March 24, 2013 – Hear Denver's beloved songs, performed by Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, Blind Pilot and more.

Caveman's new, self-titled album comes out April 2.

Read First Listen: Caveman, 'Caveman'

March 24, 2013 – Two albums into its career, Caveman already gets the art of the slow burn and the subtle build.

Bombino's new album, Nomad, comes out April 2.

Read First Listen: Bombino, 'Nomad'

March 24, 2013 – The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach pairs up with monster Tuareg guitarist Bombino for a dream-team album.

Telekinesis' new album, Dormarion, comes out April 2.

Read First Listen: Telekinesis, 'Dormarion'

March 24, 2013 – Telekinesis' concise pop-rock nuggets radiate warmth, with messy emotions that make them feel human.

Wavves' new album Afraid of Heights comes out March 26.

Read First Listen: Wavves, 'Afraid Of Heights'

March 17, 2013 – These sons of grunge battle personal demons with powerhouse choruses.

DJ Koze.

Read First Listen: DJ Koze, 'Amygdala'

March 17, 2013 – A largely collaborative new album may seem willfully off-kilter but feels just right.

Julian Lynch's album, Lines, comes out March 26.

Read First Listen: Julian Lynch, 'Lines'

March 17, 2013 – Clarinets, saxophones and iPhones share the spotlight on Lynch's ode to American folk music.

Suede.

Read First Listen: Suede, 'Bloodsports'

March 10, 2013 – The Britpop band's first album in 11 years is one of the finest comeback albums in recent memory.

Kacey Musgraves' album, Same Trailer Different Park, comes out on March 19.

Read First Listen: Kacey Musgraves, 'Same Trailer Different Park'

March 10, 2013 – The young country singer tells poetic stories of the everyday in optimistic but realistic terms.

Simone Dinnerstein (left) and Tift Merritt's new album, Night, comes out March 19.

Read First Listen: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt, 'Night'

March 10, 2013 – There's a solemn intimacy to these songs, and how they're delivered, that speaks one-on-one.

Brandt Brauer Frick's new album, Miami, comes out March 19.

Read First Listen: Brandt Brauer Frick, 'Miami'

March 10, 2013 – The trio's take on techno isn't cold or detached; the samples come from acoustic instruments.

Low's new album, The Invisible Way, comes out March 19.

Read First Listen: Low, 'The Invisible Way'

March 10, 2013 – Most of these songs land squarely in a sweet spot where darkness and worry are swathed in beauty.

Adrian Younge (left) and William Hart. Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics comes out March 12.

Read First Listen: The Delfonics, 'Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics'

March 4, 2013 – This cross-generational production has resulted in songs that get under your skin and stay there.

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