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The Month Ahead: Music

Three artists, three new releases, three career turning points

Jamie Lidell (pictured), Jamie Lidell: On this self-produced album the British singer reprises the mix of glitchy free jazz and radio-friendly soul swagger he showcased on his 2005 breakthrough, Multiply. Better yet, he recorded in a place that’s long specialized in mixing genres: Nashville, a city he now calls home. FEB. 18

Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw: Country star McGraw has split with Curb Records—where he’d been since 1990—and signed with Big Machine. The benefits of the move, he says, are reflected in his latest release. “I think you can feel the horses gallop on this record.” FEB. 5

Free the Universe, Major Lazer: For the second full-length installment of this hip-hop/dancehall stew “fronted” by a cartoon one-armed Jamaican renegade, dance music superstar Diplo parted ways with longtime collaborator Switch and brought in names like Bruno Mars, Shaggy and Wyclef Jean to support. FEB. 19

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Also Out This Month

MOVIES A Good Day to Die Hard, which sees Bruce Willis re-re-re-reprising his John McClane role // No, a dramatic look at the presidency of Chilean bad guy Augusto Pinochet
Make It Last Forever: The Dos and Don’ts, a collection of relationship advice by R&B star Keith Sweat // The City of Devi by Manil Suri, PEN/Faulkner finalist for The Death of Vishnu
NBC’s clever collegiate comedy “Community,” back for its fourth season
MUSIC Push the Sky Away, the 15th studio album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
ART “Warhol Out West” at Las Vegas’ Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, showcasing the pop artist’s Western-themed works

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