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Exclusive Previews: M. Ward, Animal Collective, Bon Iver, More

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On this edition of All Songs Considered we've got exclusive sneak previews of some of this year's most anticipated albums: M. Ward's upcoming release, Hold Time, is a gorgeously produced mix of finger-picked guitars, upright bass and shuffling rhythms, all tied together by his achy voice. Hear the song "Stars of Leo," now on All Songs Considered, and the entire M. Ward album at midnight Monday, Jan. 12. Also on the show: A look at Bon Iver's upcoming EP of new songs, called Blood Bank, Animal Collective's much-anticipated new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, new music from Heartless Bastard's and the stunning voice of Erika Wennerstrom, and a look back at a classic psychedelic rock album by the Bee Gees.

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