Torres's new album, Sprinter, comes out May 4. Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Torres, 'Sprinter'

On her second album, Sprinter, Torres confronts the problem of confession head-on and proceeds to annihilate its boundaries.

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Mac McCaughan's new album, Non-Believers, comes out May 4. Lissa Gotwals/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Tallest Man On Earth's new album, A Dark Bird Is Home, comes out May 12. Cameron Wittig/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: The Tallest Man On Earth, 'Dark Bird Is Home'

The Tallest Man On Earth has a way of upending expectations and rendering familiarity moot.

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Alabama Shakes' new album, Sound & Color, is powered by more than just the vocals of Brittany Howard. Brantley Gutierrez /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Sound & Color' A Bold Leap Forward For Alabama Shakes

On their new album, the band's backing musicians match the intensity of lead singer Brittany Howard.

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