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Mon January 6, 2014
From Springsteen To St. Vincent, A Look At 2014's New Music... by NPR Staff
As the calendar flipped from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, music writers everywhere got to enjoy the transition from looking back — in after — to looking ahead. For NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, it's meant setting aside stacks of 2013 albums and digging into a feast of forthcoming music by big names and up-and-comers alike.
NPR's Arun Rath recently asked Thompson to highlight some of the notable albums coming in the next few months, and Thompson brought four: 's High Hopes (out Jan. 14), on which the singer mixes new and old songs; Hotel Valentine (out Feb. 14), the first album in 15 years by ; Transgender Dysphoria Blues by (out Jan. 21), the band's first album since singer Tom Gabel began identifying as Laura Jane Grace; and an inventive new self-titled album by Annie Clark, who performs under the name (out Feb. 25).