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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.

Yeasayer's new album, Fragrant World, comes out August 21.

Read First Listen: Yeasayer, 'Fragrant World'

August 12, 2012 – On Fragrant World, the band makes playful party music for worried minds and uncertain futures.

Teengirl Fantasy's new album, Tracer, comes out August 21.

Read First Listen: Teengirl Fantasy, 'Tracer'

August 12, 2012 – Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi make electronic music with the capacity to take chances and surprise.

Django Django's self-titled debut comes out digitally on August 14.

Read First Listen: Django Django, 'Django Django'

August 5, 2012 – The Scottish band's debut sounds like '80s music reconfigured for the 21st century.

Fleetwood Mac's 1976, Rumours-era lineup featured John McVie, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Read First Listen: 'Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac'

July 29, 2012 – Hear 17 covers by the likes of New Pornographers, Lykke Li, MGMT, St. Vincent, The Kills and more.

Redd Kross' first album in 15 years, Researching the Blues, comes out August 7.

Read First Listen: Redd Kross, 'Researching The Blues'

July 29, 2012 – The band's first album in 15 years is a brash, vital, immaculately produced blast of rock 'n' roll.

Lianne La Havas' debut album, out August 7, is titled Is Your Love Big Enough?

Read First Listen: Lianne La Havas, 'Is Your Love Big Enough?'

July 29, 2012 – La Havas possesses a rich, expressive voice, but also a keen understanding of when to dial it back.

Gregory Isaacs.

Read First Listen: 'Out Of Many: 50 Years Of Reggae Music'

July 22, 2012 – Celebrating 50 years of Jamaican independence with a hit song from each year, starting in 1962.

Christian Scott's new record, Christian aTunde Adjuah, comes out July 31.

Read First Listen: Christian Scott, 'Christian aTunde Adjuah'

July 22, 2012 – The trumpeter's new double album both acknowledges and extends his jazz inheritance.

thenewno2's new record, thefearofmissingout, comes out July 31.

Read First Listen: thenewno2, 'thefearofmissingout'

July 22, 2012 – The band packs in a dizzying array of ideas, sounds, samples, guests and all things buzzy and busy.

The Gaslight Anthem's new album, Handwritten, comes out July 24.

Read First Listen: The Gaslight Anthem, 'Handwritten'

July 16, 2012 – If there were a drug that made users feel like James Dean, Handwritten would render it redundant.

Passion Pit's new album, Gossamer, comes out July 24.

Read First Listen: Passion Pit, 'Gossamer'

July 15, 2012 – The band follows its 2009 breakthrough, Manners, with a deep, rich album of pure catharsis.

Purity Ring's first album, Shrines, comes out July 24.

Read First Listen: Purity Ring, 'Shrines'

July 15, 2012 – Throughout Shrines, the band understands that "timely" and "timeless" needn't be mutually exclusive.

Laetitia Sadier's new album, Silencio, comes out July 24.

Read First Listen: Laetitia Sadier, 'Silencio'

July 15, 2012 – The former lead singer of Stereolab returns with an honest-to-goodness protest album.

JEFF the Brotherhood's new album, Hypnotic Nights, comes out July 17.

Read First Listen: JEFF The Brotherhood, 'Hypnotic Nights'

July 8, 2012 – The band's heroically anthemic rock 'n' roll is as polished and sweetly hooky as it is hedonistic.

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