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Aimee Mann's new album, Charmer, comes out Sept. 18.

Read First Listen: Aimee Mann, 'Charmer'

September 9, 2012 – Charmer is the work of a sharp, confident veteran who's never strayed far from the top of her game.

David Byrne and St. Vincent's new album, Love This Giant, comes out Sept. 11.

Read First Listen: David Byrne & St. Vincent, 'Love This Giant'

September 2, 2012 – The pair's collaboration features a funky horn section and an overarching sense of brainy boldness.

Astro's self-titled debut album is out now.

Read First Listen: Astro, 'Astro'

September 2, 2012 – The Chilean band's electro-pop debut is infectiously cheery, lighthearted and danceable.

The xx's new album, Coexist, comes out Sept. 11.

Read First Listen: The xx, 'Coexist'

September 2, 2012 – The xx's songs billow out softly and quietly, with only pretty guitar lines to lessen the tension.

The Avett Brothers' new album, The Carpenter, will be released on Sept. 11.

Read First Listen: The Avett Brothers, 'The Carpenter'

August 29, 2012 – The Carpenter dispenses hook-filled anthems amid introspective looks at mortality and devotion.

Cat Power's new album, Sun, comes out Sept. 4.

Read First Listen: Cat Power, 'Sun'

August 26, 2012 – With the long-awaited Sun, Chan Marshall crafts her most joyful, sonically adventurous album yet.

Deerhoof's new album, Breakup Song, comes out Sept. 4.

Read First Listen: Deerhoof, 'Breakup Song'

August 26, 2012 – Deerhoof mixes adorability and eccentricity, with a bit of menace to hold the cuteness in check.

Stars new album, The North, comes out Sept. 4.

Read First Listen: Stars, 'The North'

August 26, 2012 – The North rewards exploration with moments that alternately swoon, seethe, swing and paralyze.

Animal Collective's new album, Centipede Hz, comes out Sept. 4.

Read First Listen: Animal Collective, 'Centipede Hz'

August 26, 2012 – Centipede Hz is jagged and assertive; it snarls and heaves, supported by electric musculature.

Dan Deacon

Read First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'America'

August 19, 2012 – The new album America is melodic and noisy, minimalist and excessive, harsh and beautiful.

Swans' new album The Seer comes out Aug. 28.

Read First Listen: Swans, 'The Seer'

August 19, 2012 – The noise-rock band's 12th album is a cacophonous vault into the sublime.

Sean Rowe's new album, The Salesman and the Shark, comes out August 28.

Read First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'The Salesman And The Shark'

August 19, 2012 – Rowe's bass-baritone rattles the soul. His latest LP is a masterwork of song, production and voice.

Gaby Moreno's new album Postales comes out Sept. 4.

Read First Listen: Gaby Moreno, 'Postales'

August 19, 2012 – The Guatemalan singer refuses to cater to any stereotype, and on her new album, it pays off.

Divine Fits' debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, comes out August 28.

Read First Listen: Divine Fits, 'A Thing Called Divine Fits'

August 12, 2012 – Members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and New Bomb Turks make slick, smart pop-rock together.

The new album by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Mature Themes, comes out August 21.

Read First Listen: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, 'Mature Themes'

August 12, 2012 – The album capitalizes on its budget, but explores the flights of fancy that made Ariel Pink's name.

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