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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.


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.

Devendra Banhart's new album, Mala, comes out March 12.

Read First Listen: Devendra Banhart, 'Mala'

March 3, 2013 – The singer smooths out the extremes in his sound, while still finding ways to defy expectations.

Sound City: Real to Reel, the soundtrack to a new documentary directed by Dave Grohl, comes out March 12.

Read First Listen: Dave Grohl & Friends, 'Sound City: Real To Reel'

March 3, 2013 – Grohl joins Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Paul McCartney and more to honor the art of recording.

Phosphorescent's new album, Muchacho, comes out March 19.

Read First Listen: Phosphorescent, 'Muchacho'

March 3, 2013 – Matthew Houck's best songs come off like conversations — wise and soft, and warmed by experience.

Marnie Stern's new album, The Chronicles of Marnia, comes out March 19.

Read First Listen: Marnie Stern, 'The Chronicles Of Marnia'

March 3, 2013 – Stern is a remarkable guitarist, technically speaking, but her music also exudes joy and humanity.

Jimi Hendrix's new album, People, Hell and Angels, comes out March 5.

Read First Listen: Jimi Hendrix, 'People, Hell And Angels'

February 27, 2013 – These 12 previously unreleased recordings shine a spotlight on his considerable charisma.

Chelsea Light Moving's self-titled debut comes out March 5.

Read First Listen: Chelsea Light Moving, 'Chelsea Light Moving'

February 25, 2013 – With Sonic Youth on hiatus, Thurston Moore's new band sets out to pulverize and polarize.

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.

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