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Primal Scream's 10th album, More Light, comes out June 18.

Read First Listen: Primal Scream, 'More Light'

June 9, 2013 – The Scottish band's 10th album plays out like a larger-than-life celebration of survival.

Lemuria's new album, The Distance Is So Big, comes out June 18.

Read First Listen: Lemuria, 'The Distance Is So Big'

June 9, 2013 – The punky pop band has made an art of interrupting itself, with songs that unfold like mini-suites.

Austra's new album, Olympia, comes out June 18.

Read First Listen: Austra, 'Olympia'

June 9, 2013 – Austra's new album keeps one foot in the conservatory even as both are occupied on the dance floor.

Fat Tony's new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, comes out June 11.

Read First Listen: Fat Tony, 'Smart Ass Black Boy'

June 3, 2013 – The Houston rapper sounds at ease on the mic, delivering droll bars with a level stare.

Airhead's new album, For Years, comes out June 25.

Read First Listen: Airhead, 'For Years'

June 2, 2013 – James Blake collaborator Rob McAndrews has a clear understanding of how to balance sadness and joy.

Gold Panda's new album, Half of Where You Live, comes out June 11.

Read First Listen: Gold Panda, 'Half Of Where You Live'

June 2, 2013 – On his second album, British electronic music producer Derwin Panda gets out and explores the world.

Jagwar Ma's new album, Howlin, comes out June 11.

Read First Listen: Jagwar Ma, 'Howlin'

June 2, 2013 – Howlin largely nails that sweet spot between singing along to a song and losing yourself in it.

Conrad Tao's new album, Voyages, comes out June 11.

Read First Listen: Conrad Tao, 'Voyages'

June 2, 2013 – On Voyages, the pianist journeys down varied and alluring pathways that lead to transcendent beauty.

Surfer Blood's new album, Pythons, comes out June 11.

Read First Listen: Surfer Blood, 'Pythons'

June 2, 2013 – The beachy pop-rock band returns with 10 new songs whose hooks pop into your thoughts days later.

Eleanor Friedberger's new album, Personal Record, comes out June 4.

Read First Listen: Eleanor Friedberger, 'Personal Record'

May 26, 2013 – As a solo artist, the Fiery Furnaces singer is the epitome of subtle, timeless, un-showy cool.

Thundercat's new album, Apocalypse, comes out June 4.

Read First Listen: Thundercat, 'Apocalypse'

May 26, 2013 – Thundercat's Stephen Bruner digs into astral soul music that's often both funky and heartbreaking.

Camera Obscura's new album, Desire Lines, comes out June 4.

Read First Listen: Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'

May 26, 2013 – The band further refines its grab-bag of arm-swinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco.

Jon Hopkins new album, Immunity, comes out June 4.

Read First Listen: Jon Hopkins, 'Immunity'

May 26, 2013 – For Hopkins, beauty and beats are free to commingle in ways that move — in every sense of the word.

Buika's new album, La Noche Más Larga, comes out June 4.

Read First Listen: Buika, 'La Noche Más Larga'

May 26, 2013 – The Spanish singer digs deep on an album that's a near-perfect statement of artistic purpose.

Tricky's new album, False Idols, comes out May 28.

Read First Listen: Tricky, 'False Idols'

May 19, 2013 – Tricky's best album since the mid-'90s, False Idols is one of 2013's biggest surprises so far.

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