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It seems almost every year it’s said “20xx is going to be a good year for music.” This year that cliche might actually be true with groups like Daft Punk and The National gearing up to release new music while all-star producers like Pharrell and RZA work with today’s brightest stars. Many of the albums we’re looking forward to in 2013 aren’t due out until later in the year but we’re more than happy with the phenomenal releases due out this month. Check out which 10 albums we’ll be listening to during the month of April and beyond below.

1. The Flaming Lips – The Terror

One of the albums we’ve been looking forward to for a while now, The Flaming Lips‘ 13th studio album The Terror continue the psychedelic rock band’s experimental work. Wayne Coyne, when describing the album, had this to say:

We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear, that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on…we just go on…there is no mercy killing.

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2. Tyler, The Creator – Wolf

A given on this list, the follow-up to 2011’s Goblin continues the Odd Future frontman’s personal and irreverent lyrics. Produced entirely by Tyler himself, the album marks a notable shift from previous efforts and shies away from fantasies of murder and rape in favor of his struggle with women, the absence of his father, and his newfound fame. Wolf certainly marks a growth in Tyler’s artistry and only makes us anticipate the young musician’s future work.

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3. James Blake – Overgrown

The British artist’s sophomore album is even more of a treat than his debut. Legendary producer Brian Eno took over the production reins for the track “Digital Lion” while RZA is featured on the track “Take a Fall for Me.” It’s been said that Blake‘s time spent with Kanye West and Justin Vernon during 2012 affected the album’s soul and electronic elements in what turned out to be a very positive way.

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4. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

The Swedish duo returns after a seven-year gap full of side projects for their third studio album. Over the course of all 96 astonishing minutes, electronic instruments comprise the majority of the running although several organic and unorthodox instruments make up a surprising amount of the final product. With the album’s running time just around the length of most feature films, it’s only a matter of time before some bored college kid figures out which psychedelic movie Shaking the Habitual fits best with.

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5. Phoenix – Bankrupt!

Another album included on our 10 rock albums list, the French band’s fifth studio album sees them supposedly heading in a new direction. With inspiration from working on Sofia Coppola’s film Somewhere and a recent appearance at Coachella, 2013 is looking to be a big year for Phoenix.

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6. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze

The former War on Drugs member returns this month with his fifth studio album Wakin on a Pretty Daze. The album continues Vile’s lo-fi rock path fusing lush guitar layers with indie folk riffs for a sound that is completely his own yet reminiscent of living legends like Neil Young and Tom Petty.

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7. Kid Cudi – Indicud

After countless delays, Kid Cudi‘s third studio album has finally been released following a recent leak. Produced almost exclusively by Cudi himself, Indicud is notably more upbeat than his 2010 release Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. Easily one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums of the year, the 70 minutes of playtime should keep us busy for a while.

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8. Iron & Wine – Ghost to Ghost

The stage name of musician Samuel Beam, Ghost to Ghost trades Beam’s former melancholy in favor of more freewheeling jazz and pop influences. Perhaps the most easygoing album on this list, Iron & Wine’s fifth studio album is no less of a pleasure than any of the other nine.

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9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

Yet another entrant from our 10 rocks albums list, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ fourth studio album features production from LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy and TV on the Radio’s David Andrew Sitek. With an exceptional cast in charge of the art-rock trio’s upcoming album, 2013 might be the year the Oberlin band finally takes home a Grammy after three consecutive nominations.

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10. Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons to Die

The Wu-Tang’s most abrasive storyteller returns with his 10th studio album composed in collaboration with Adrian Younge. Based on a comic book of the same name, the album will also serve as the soundtrack to a vintage Italian horror film. A six-issue series and collected graphic novel will be released along with the album in a way that is unmistakably Wu-Tang.

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Honorable mentions include Akron/Family, !!!, Os Mutantes, The Melvins, and Iggy and the Stooges.

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