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Adam Arcuragi's third album, Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It..., comes out Jan. 31.

January 22, 2012 With his fiery rock and rousing choruses, Arcuragi crafts songs of community, with music that binds.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela's new album, Area 52, comes out Jan. 24.

January 15, 2012 With the aid of a relentlessly proficient 13-piece Cuban orchestra, the duo reinvents its sound.

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Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, comes out Jan. 24.

January 15, 2012 Nada Surf's seventh album is stuffed with big guitars, beautiful harmonies and warm affirmations.

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First Aid Kit's new album, The Lion's Roar, comes out Jan. 24.

January 15, 2012 The album conjures echo-chamber harmonies and somber portent, but there's more to it than that.

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Craig Finn's first solo record, Clear Heart Full Eyes, comes out Jan. 24.

January 15, 2012 The Hold Steady singer's first solo album pairs mellow arrangements with heartfelt storytelling.

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Tim McGraw's new album, Emotional Traffic, comes out Jan. 24.

January 15, 2012 An impeccably chosen set of ballads and booty-shakers shows range and honors country's paradigms.

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Kathleen Edwards' first album in nearly four years, Voyageur, comes out Jan. 17.

January 8, 2012 On Voyageur, out Jan. 17, the gifted Canadian singer gets an assist from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

Howler's first full-length album, America Give Up, comes out Jan. 17.

January 8, 2012 Flush with hype, the young Minneapolis rock band cranks out perfect power-pop on its terrific debut.

Laura Gibson's new album, La Grande, comes out Jan. 24.

January 8, 2012 As its title implies, the new La Grande finds Gibson expanding her sound in bold and ambitious ways.

Bill Ryder-Jones' new album, If..., comes out Jan. 10.

January 8, 2012 If... is a soothing and sublime orchestral project by the former lead singer of The Coral.

Song Of The Day

It's got a vintage feel, but Zeus' "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" is miles away from seeming tired.

Zeus: The Sound Of '70s Rock Radio, Reborn

It's got a vintage feel, but Zeus' "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" is miles away from seeming tired.

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