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Eluvium's new album, Nightmare Ending, comes out May 14.

Read First Listen: Eluvium, 'Nightmare Ending'

May 5, 2013 – Amorphous and instrumental, Eluvium's songs suggest a sea of emotions: joy, sorrow, fear, love, awe.

Classixx's new album, Hanging Gardens, comes out May 14.

Read First Listen: Classixx, 'Hanging Gardens'

May 5, 2013 – At once, Hanging Gardens feels vibrant and vintage, unmistakably young and inexplicably nostalgic.

Glenn Jones' new album, My Garden State, comes out May 14.

Read First Listen: Glenn Jones, 'My Garden State'

May 5, 2013 – The American Primitive guitarist wrote My Garden State while caring for his mother in New Jersey.

The soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film 'The Great Gatsby'

May 2, 2013 – The soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film transplants Jazz Age sensibilities to the hip-hop era.

Natalie Maines' new album, Mother, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Natalie Maines, 'Mother'

April 28, 2013 – The Dixie Chicks singer shows how her fearlessness blends with compassion and stunning vocal chops.

Mikal Cronin's new album, MCII, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Mikal Cronin, 'MCII'

April 28, 2013 – The multi-instrumentalist applies a beachy sparkle to 37 minutes of fresh, fun rock 'n' roll.

La Vida Boheme's new album, Sera, comes out May 14.

Read First Listen: La Vida Boheme, 'Sera'

April 28, 2013 – The inventive, politically inclined Venezuelan band has done well by doing whatever it pleases.

She & Him's new album, Volume 3, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: She & Him, 'Volume 3'

April 28, 2013 – Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's new Volume 3 seems to be floating through AM speakers at all times.

Iggy & The Stooges' new album, Ready To Die, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: Iggy & The Stooges, 'Ready To Die'

April 21, 2013 – With humor intact and the guitars loud, Ready to Die reunites Iggy Pop with his Stooges' guitarist.

Colin Stetson's new album, New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: Colin Stetson, 'New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light'

April 21, 2013 – The saxophonist uses circular breathing to craft muscular soundscapes that bulge and roar ominously.

Os Mutantes' new album, Fool Metal Jack, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: Os Mutantes, 'Fool Metal Jack'

April 21, 2013 – Nearly half a century into its history, the great Brazilian band returns with a lovely new album.

Deerhunter's new album, Monomania, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Deerhunter, 'Monomania'

April 21, 2013 – Monomania has a dirtier, wirier, less fussed-over feel than the band has cultivated in recent years.

David Lang's new album, Death Speaks, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: David Lang, 'Death Speaks'

April 21, 2013 – Aided by Schubert and four stellar musicians, the Pulitzer-winning composer ponders the afterlife.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's new album, Brooklyn Babylon, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, 'Brooklyn Babylon'

April 21, 2013 – In a future metropolis, one man's ambition abuts his loyalty. An ultramodern big band keeps score.

Mother Falcon's new album, You Knew, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Mother Falcon, 'You Knew'

April 14, 2013 – The 15- to 20-piece Austin band soars with the grandiosity of Arcade Fire at its most anthemic.

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