Metric's new album, its second on the band's own label, is titled Synthetica. Left to right: Joshua Winstead, Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joules Scott-Key. Brantley Gutierrez hide caption

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The Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 (from left): Nicole Fiorentino, Billy Corgan, Mike Byrne and Jeff Schroeder. Paul Elledge/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Known for brevity's sake as The Idler Wheel..., Fiona Apple's new album is her first in seven years. Dan Monick hide caption

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The Beach Boys' new album — the first collaboration in decades between founding members Brian Wilson (third from left) and Mike Love (second from right) — is called That's Why God Made the Radio. Guy Webster/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jack White's new album – his first solo outing after years of collaborations and group efforts – is called Blunderbuss. Jo McCaughey/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"There is no character, you know?" Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alex Ebert says. "I'm trying to be the most open and powered-by-the-universe version of myself than I can summon." Julie Ling hide caption

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John Mayer's new album, his first since a 2010 controversy that sent him retreating from the spotlight, is called Born and Raised. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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