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Moby's new album, Innocents, comes out Oct. 1.

Read First Listen: Moby, 'Innocents'

September 24, 2013 – Innocents feels like the work of an artist who's been liberated to pursue beauty and emotion.

Oneohtrix Point Never's new album, R Plus Seven, comes out Oct. 1.

Read First Listen: Oneohtrix Point Never, 'R Plus Seven'

September 22, 2013 – Daniel Lopatin's new album isn't a dance album, but it's alive with vibrations from the dance floor.

Elf Power's new album, Sunlight on the Moon, comes out Oct. 1.

Read First Listen: Elf Power, 'Sunlight On The Moon'

September 22, 2013 – The veteran psychedelic rock band returns with a surprisingly dark new album, its best in a decade.

Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30.

Read First Listen: Jeremy Denk, 'J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations'

September 21, 2013 – The pianist explores Bach's harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code."

Rokia Traoré's new album, Beautiful Africa, comes out in the U.S. on Sept. 24.

Read First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Beautiful Africa'

September 15, 2013 – One of Africa's musical queens makes a sophisticated, surprising, smart and beautiful rock album.

Au Revoir Simone's new album, Move in Spectrums, comes out Sept. 24.

Read First Listen: Au Revoir Simone, 'Move In Spectrums'

September 15, 2013 – For all its serrated melancholy, the band knows well enough to inject its songs with sass and snap.

Claude VonStroke's new album, Urban Animal, comes out Sept. 24.

Read First Listen: Claude VonStroke, 'Urban Animal'

September 15, 2013 – The DJ's bass-heavy productions conjure images of dimly lit dance floors and basement parties.

Mazzy Star's new album, Seasons of Your Day, comes out Sept. 24.

Read First Listen: Mazzy Star, 'Seasons Of Your Day'

September 15, 2013 – The duo's first album in 17 years arrives as Mazzy Star's sound is being echoed by other artists.

Chvrches' new album, The Bones of What You Believe, comes out Sept. 24.

Read First Listen: Chvrches, 'The Bones Of What You Believe'

September 15, 2013 – The Scots' debut showcases a band that bridges styles and eras on the strength of its own charisma.

Gregory Porter's new album, Liquid Spirit, comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Liquid Spirit'

September 8, 2013 – The jazz singer seeks the spirit of griots gone by. He starts by asking you to clap your hands now.

San Fermin's self-titled debut comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: San Fermin, 'San Fermin'

September 8, 2013 – Three singers' voices swap out and intertwine throughout the band's ambitious, evocative debut.

Elvis Costello and The Roots' new album, Wise Up Ghost, comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: Elvis Costello & The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost'

September 8, 2013 – This collaboration sounds like the best of Costello's stuff, and like nothing he's done before.

Sebadoh's new album, Defend Yourself, comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: Sebadoh, 'Defend Yourself'

September 8, 2013 – The band's first album since 1999 captures the energy of musicians brought back from the brink.

Grouplove's new album, Spreading Rumours, comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: Grouplove, 'Spreading Rumours'

September 8, 2013 – The L.A. pop-rock band's second album provides a welcome dose of summertime, just in time for fall.

The Weeknd's new album Kiss Land will be released on Sept. 10.

Read First Listen: The Weeknd, 'Kiss Land'

September 1, 2013 – The album is fascinating for its futurist sonic template and emotionally stunted hypersexuality.

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