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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.

Laura Mvula's debut album, Sing to the Moon, comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: Laura Mvula, 'Sing To The Moon'

April 14, 2013 – Mvula's mix of old soul and modern breeziness can be hard to locate on a calendar, let alone a map.

Brass Bed's album, The Secret Will Keep You, comes out April 23.

Read First Listen: Brass Bed, 'The Secret Will Keep You'

April 14, 2013 – A sad parade of loneliness, death, fear and madness comes to life on an oddly buoyant album.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's first album together, Love Has Come for You, comes out April 23.

Read First Listen: Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, 'Love Has Come For You'

April 14, 2013 – Brickell's plainspoken warmth pairs wonderfully with Martin's playful five-string banjo picking.

Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge and his band, Venice Dawn, after their first performance together. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge's new album, Twelve Reasons To Die, comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: Ghostface Killah And Adrian Younge, 'Twelve Reasons To Die'

April 8, 2013 – In the tradition of the Wu-Tang Clan, this collaboration is brash and Technicolor and heartfelt.

Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information/Wings of Love comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: Shuggie Otis, 'Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love'

April 7, 2013 – A deluxe reissue of Otis' 1974 cult classic includes a generous assortment of unreleased material.

The Shouting Matches' debut album, Grownass Man, comes out April 9.

Read First Listen: The Shouting Matches, 'Grownass Man'

April 7, 2013 – Bon Iver's Justin Vernon leads a loose, Tom Petty-esque blues-rock trio with an ear for beauty.

Iron and Wine's new album, Ghost on Ghost, comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: Iron And Wine, 'Ghost On Ghost'

April 7, 2013 – Sam Beam has slowly and subtly built his sound into something lavish and even orchestral in scope.

The Flaming Lips' new album, The Terror, comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'The Terror'

April 7, 2013 – The Oklahoma band's 13th album sounds almost post-apocalyptic in its scabrous, searching bleakness.

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.

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