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The Dismemberment Plan's new album, Uncanney Valley, comes out Oct. 15.

Read First Listen: The Dismemberment Plan, 'Uncanney Valley'

October 6, 2013 – The hard-to-define, intermittently funky band sounds liberated on its first album since 2001.

Tim Hecker's new album, Virgins, comes out Oct. 14.

Read First Listen: Tim Hecker, 'Virgins'

October 6, 2013 – The experimental electronic composer crafts a piece marked by incredible force and clarity.

Lucius' new album, Wildewoman, comes out Oct. 15.

Read First Listen: Lucius, 'Wildewoman'

October 6, 2013 – The New Yorkers' full-length debut captures '60s girl groups, '80s grandeur and more in the margins.

Cults' new album, Static, comes out Oct. 15.

Read First Listen: Cults, 'Static'

October 6, 2013 – For Cults, reinvigorating '60s-style girl-group pop means embracing both light and darkness.

Cass McCombs' new album, Big Wheel and Others, comes out Oct. 15.

Read First Listen: Cass McCombs, 'Big Wheel And Others'

October 6, 2013 – Big Wheel opts for consistency, with one great song after another and nothing paling in comparison.

Darkside's new album, Psychic, comes out Oct. 8.

Read First Listen: Darkside, 'Psychic'

September 29, 2013 – Led by patient, precocious producer Nicolas Jaar, Darkside develops a singular electronic style.

The Pedrito Martinez Group's self-titled album comes out Oct. 8.

Read First Listen: 'The Pedrito Martinez Group'

September 29, 2013 – The singing Cuban conguero leads a dance party as accomplished as it is irresistible.

Kronos Quartet performs with Sahr Ngaujah (front) and Abena Koomson (center) at New York's Lincoln Center. Red Hot + Fela, a compilation album, comes out Oct. 8.

Read First Listen: 'Red Hot + Fela'

September 29, 2013 – A new tribute to the Nigerian bandleader features Jim James, Kronos Quartet, tUnE-yArDs and more.

HAIM's new album, Days Are Gone, comes out Sept. 30.

Read First Listen: HAIM, 'Days Are Gone'

September 25, 2013 – Three sisters channel influences most listeners will recognize within a fresh, personal sound.

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.

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