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Fuse's 30 Must-See Fall Tours

From hip hop to indie rock, pop divas to country bumpkins, check out the can't-miss shows hitting a city near you this autumn

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This fall is jam-packed with a ton of hot new releases, which only means one thing: Lots of supporting tours!

With many acts hitting the road behind their new LPs, concertgoers have a Whitman's Sampler of choices for live concerts. In fact, too many choices. But worry not: Fuse has whittled down the field to the 30 must-see gigs, complete with a convincing rationale. So get your tickets now and prepare to rock out. Just remember: don't be that jerk holding up the iPad to take a picture.

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Atoms for Peace

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Thom Yorke of Atoms For Peace performs live on stage at The Roundhouse on July 24, 2013 in London,
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Who: Don't-call-'em-a-supergroup supergroupAtoms for Peace.

When: September 4 - October 20.

Why you should go: Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers fans probably already have tickets to see this group comprised, in part, of Thom Yorke, Flea and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. But any fan of fractured pop and challenging, yet always rhythmic, dance music will find something to love at the group's live show. When the band first premiered, audiences cheered them on even after they had played all their planned material. No worries. A funky, jazzy improvisational jam ensued. Something tells us the guys are ready for shouts of "One more!" this time around.  

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Fall Out Boy/Panic! at the Disco/Twenty One Pilots

MADISON, WI - MAY 13: Joe Trohman and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy perform during Yahoo! On The Road at Majestic Theatre on
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Who: Chicago pop-punks Fall Out Boy, Las Vegas emo rockers Panic! at The Disco and Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots.

When: September 5-29.

Why you should go: Following a few post-hiatus shows in intimate venues, this is the first time Fall Out Boy are playing arenas since 2009. And if you need an additional push to go, FOB will be accompanied by their friend-band Panic! at the Disco (Brendon Urie recently interviewed Pete Wentz on Fuse News, FYI) and genre-bending newcomers Twenty One Pilots, the duo that blew us away at SXSW. Three high-octane performers on one ticket? Done and done.

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DelTron 3030

SAN BERNADINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Del the Funky Homosapien of Deltron 3030 performs as part of the Rock the Bells Tenth Annive
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Who: Hip hop supergroup DelTron 3030.

When: September 8 - November 15.

Why you should go: Producer Dan the Automator, turntablist Kid Koala and rapper Del the Funky Homosapien are restlessly inventive underground rap stars in their own right. But like any comic book supergroup, these alt-hip hop heroes are unstoppable when they combine powers. The trio's comeback tour includes 16 dates, nine of which they'll be accompanied by a 16-piece orchestra.

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J. Cole's "What Dreams May Come" Tour

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 09: J. Cole performs at KMEL Summer Jam at ORACLE Arena on June 9, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by
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Who: North Carolina rapper and Friend of Jay Z, J. Cole.

When: September 10 - November 2.

Why you should go: When we look back on 2013, Born Sinner just might be the clear winner for Rap Album of the Year (and no, we haven't forgotten the albums from Jay or 'Ye). The North Carolina MC teams up with Wale for the "What Dreams May Come" tour this fall, so now's your chance to see both artists in their prime. And J. Cole has a tendency to bring former tour-mate Drake on stage, so who knows what surprise guests you might be treated to.

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Queens of the Stone Age

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs during the 2013 Budweiser Made In America Fes
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Who: Stoner rock vets Queens of the Stone Age.

When: September 10 - October 13.

Why you should go: We love EDM, pop and hip hop as much as you, but you can count the number of balls-to-the-wall rock bands who can still deftly craft a melodic tune on one hand. ...Like Clockwork is the band's best album in a decade, and the group have performed enough covers—see the band's improbable take of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"—that they'll probably whip out a few surprises on tour.

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The Weeknd

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 25: Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd performs on stage at Electric Ballroom on March 25, 2013 in Lo
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Who: Super-sexy Toronto R&B experimentalist The Weeknd.

When: September 10 - October 20.

Why you should go: With his debut album Kiss Land out now, the once-reclusive R&B mastermind behind three classic mixtapes is finally warming up to the public. Now is the right time to see him: His shyness has worn off and he's poised to elevate his career into the stratosphere.

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Arctic Monkeys

HILVARENBEEK, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 21: Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs on day one of the Best Kept Secret Festival at Be
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Who: British indie rockers Arctic Monkeys.

When: September 15 - October 11.

Why you should go: To promote their latest album AM, the most-acclaimed of their career and a quantum leap forward from 2011's Suck It and See, the UK indie rock group have compiled a career-spanning set blending old chestnuts ("I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor") with future classics ("Why'd you Only Call Me When You're High?"). Even non-fans have to admire the group's interminable energy live. "We didn't really put any effort into the show side of things," bassist Nick O'Malley said of the band's early years in a recent interview. But as frontman Alex Turner noted, "We've raised the bar as a live band." We agree.

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Danny Brown/Action Bronson/Trash Talk's "2 High 2 Die Tour"

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Who: MCs Danny Brown and Action Bronson with Sacramento hardcore band Trash Talk.

When: September 17 - October 3.

Why you should go: When we caught up with Brown at Rock the Bells, he teased the tour with this: "You never know what's going to happen. You don't know if Action Bronson is going to leg drop somebody or if he'll pick four girls up and throw them over his shoulder." And after Bronson body slammed a stage rusher in June, we know some kind of crazy sh-t is going to happen on this trek. Have your camera phone ready.

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Kacey Musgraves

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Kacey Musgraves performs onstage during the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5
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Who: Country's hottest newcomer Kacey Musgraves.

When: September 19 - April 27.

Why you should go: Tracks from the 24-year-old's excellent debut LP Same Trailer Different Park (which floored us and the Country Music Association) tell tales challenging small-town values and fighting for gay rights. Musgrave's show is strongly recommend for those looking for a country female to counteract polished, poppy Taylor Swift.

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Vampire Weekend

OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 05: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performs on Day 2 of the 2013 Ottawa Folkfest at Hogs Back Park on
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Who: Sweater-vested New York-based Ivy Leaguers Vampire Weekend.

When: September 19 - October 27.

Why you should go: Vampire Weekend are still riding a wave of adulation off Modern Vampires of the City, their third album and second in a row to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. On Vampires, the group update their Afropop-meets-indie-rock sound to avoid any accusations of running in place, but still retain the buoyant, bouncy rhythms that made them indie darlings to begin with. Live, Ezra Koenig is a wry, funny frontman, able to shift between mid-song yelp and clever joke without blinking an eye.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 10: Singer Thomas Mars of Phoenix performs at the Twin Peaks Stage during day 2 of the 2013 Outsid
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Who: Parisian pop-rock outfit Phoenix.

When: September 20 - October 13.

Why you should go: Definitionally, French pop/rock group Phoenix are considered an alternative group, but the band has quickly become stadium headliners due to an undeniable blend of stuck-in-your-head hooks and dual keyboards. When we caught the group earlier this year, they were still working out how to play new album Bankrupt! live, but still sounded like the polished band they are. Now that they've honed their skills doing the festival circuit, expect this to be the best round of shows the group have played in a while.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Stephen Pope (L) and Nathan Williams of Wavves performs at The Echo on March 20, 2013 in Los Ange
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Who: SoCal alt-grunge wastoids Wavves, fronted by Nathan Williams.

When: September 23 - October 18.

Why you should go: Have you seen the band's late-night performance of "Nine Is God," their new track for the Grand Theft Auto soundtrack? Well, it rocks, like all Wavves songs, which follow that oh-so-catchy '90s alt-rock formula: loud-soft-loud, verse-chorus-verse. Thank the Pixies and Nirvana. Their shows are a rowdy, beer-swilling good time: "OUR US TOUR STARTS NEXT WEEK U F-CKN NERDS READY 2 PARTY?!" the band posted online. Yep...

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Nine Inch Nails

BIDDINGHUIZEN, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 16: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs at day one of the Lowlands Festival on Augus
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Who: Trent Reznor's reunited industrial rock warriorsNine Inch Nails

When: September 28 - November 25.

Why you should go: Even though Trent Reznor kicked several musicians out of Nine Inch Nails prior to the release of comeback LP Hesitation Marks, the industrial rock band's stage presence—as displayed at recent festival dates—is as strong as Reznor's rippling physique.

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Passion Pit

BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit performs for fans on day 3 of the 2013 Splendour In The Gras
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Who: Boston synth-pop outfit Passion Pit.

When: September 29 - November 10.

Why you should go: The fivesome led by Michael Angelakos are taking a victory lap in support of their second album, the charting Gossamer. Expect a small army of neon-bubbly synths and plenty emoting, especially on LP gems like the super catchy "Take a Walk." It's a dance party you won't want to miss.

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Avenged Sevenfold

GEORGE, WA - SEPTEMBER 06: Zacky Vengeance (L) and Synsyster Gates (R) of Avenged Sevenfold perform on stage during the Pain
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Who: California heavy metal headbangers Avenged Sevenfold.

When: October 3-26.

Why you should go: Avenged Sevenfold just dropped a monster of an album with Hail to the King, and their formidable live reputation is enough reason to check them out in concert. But add in openers like alt-metal legends Deftones and Sweden's Ghost B.C.—their live show is a retro wonder—and you've got the must-see metal tour of the fall. 

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Sara Bareilles

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Sara Bareilles performs at The Greek Theatre on September 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California
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Who: "Brave" singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

When: October 6–19.

Why you should go: With her high-profile visibility—singing "Brave" with Taylor Swift in Los Angeles and much being made of the similarities between the track and Katy Perry's "Roar"—it's a big moment for the singer. She's not letting the opportunity go to waste: The 31-year-old has promised "high-tech production" on tour. Perhaps, a laser light show while she's banging on her piano? Fireworks? Helicopters? We can't want to find out!

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Drake performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in
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Who: Hip hop's resident emo/introspective rapper Drake.

When: October 3 - December 4

Why you should go: Drake hits the road with Miguel in support of his third album, Nothing Was the Same. The best part? The tour is called "Would You Like a Tour?" Go for the merch alone.

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Sleigh Bells

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells performs at FYF Fest 2012 day 1 at Los Angeles State Historic P
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Who: Brooklyn's distorted duo Sleigh Bells.

When: October 4 - November 22.

Why you should go: We've only heard two songs from NYC indie rock duo Sleigh Bells' upcoming album Bitter Rivals, but we're already sold. The group continue their uptempo blend of crunchy guitars and melodic pop, all filtered through a Go! Team-esque, up-with-everything cheerful sound. Live, you'd never know frontwoman Alexis Krauss used to be an elementary school teacher, as she wails, coos and howls. Just give in now.

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READING, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 25: Guy Lawrence of Disclosure performs on stage on Day 3 of Reading Festival 2013 at Richfi
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Who: UK electronic brother duo Disclosure.

When: October 9-29.

Why you should go: Disclosure's music is the perfect sound track for dancing your face off for 90-minutes. Pre-game with their debut album, Settle.

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Emeli Sande

STAFFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Emeli Sande performs on day 1 of the V Festival at Weston Park on August 17, 2013 in Stafford,
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Who: UK soul singerEmeli Sande.

When: October 10-26.

Why you should go: There's a reason England decided to showcase their home-grown powerhouse at the Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies last summer: That voice!!! You'll witness the glory of her soulful style on gospel-tinged numbers like "Heaven" and "My Kind of Love." 

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Pearl Jam

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam  perform during Budweiser Made In America Festiv
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Who: Seattle alt-rock vets Pearl Jam.

When: October 11 - December 6.

Why you should go: PJ drop their 10th album Lightning Bolt on October 15. Based on the album's title and first single—the furious punk-inflected rocker "Mind Your Manners"—Pearl Jam seem more fired up than they were on their last album, 2009's Backspacer, which means they're REALLY fired up.

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Janelle Monae's 'The Electric Lady' Tour

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 14: Janelle Monae performs on stage supporting Chic on Day 14 of iTunes Festival 2013 at T
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Who: The Electric Lady herself, Janelle Monae.

When: October 13 - November 26.

Why you should go: To promote her new LP The Electric Lady, the Kansas City native danced all over David Letterman's desk and got right up in The Today Show audience's faces. And that was to perform one song. Imagine an entire night's worth of the fiery, soulful siren's genre-bending concoctions! Plus, don't forget: This was the woman who stood in when Aretha Franklin couldn't perform at a Chicago Symphony Orchestra event. 

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My Bloody Valentine

DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 30: Bilinda Butcher of My Bloody Valentine performs on stage on Day 1 of Electric Picnic Festival 20
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Who: Wildly influential shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine.

When: November 1-12

Why you should go: The Irish band's second album, 1991's Loveless, is a stone-cold alt-rock classic and its layered, lost-in-the-haze barrage of blissed-out reverb guitars went on to influence countless bands. In 2007, MBV reunited for their first show in 16 years, reminding fans old and new of their deafening power live. To date, it's the only show I've been to where earplugs weren't only necessary, they were distributed at the door.

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Fiona Apple and Blake Mills

MIAMI BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Fiona Apple performs at Fillmore Miami Beach on September 30, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (
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Who: Los Angeles' fearless alt-jazz pianist/weed aficionado Fiona Apple and California singer-songwriter Blake Mills.

When: October 3-26.

Why you should go: Few shows are worth your money like an evening with Apple, not to mention Mills, who opened for Apple on tour last year. The current trek, billed as “Anything We Want: An Evening With Fiona Apple And Blake Mills,” suggest co-headlining placement and possible collaborations. Which throws even more unpredictable possibility into an evening hosted by Apple, whose recent travails include storming off stage and singing Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination" for a Chipotle ad.

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KINROSS, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12: Danielle Haim of Haim performs on stage on Day 1 of T In The Park 2013 at Balado on July 1
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Who: Buzzing SoCal sister act HAIM.

When: October 4-27.

Why you should go: The trio are one of 2013's hottest new arrivals thanks to a series of catchy indie-pop singles, especially glam stomper "The Wire," which is being hailed across the web as one of the Best Songs of Summer '13. After a spring tour with Vampire Weekend and slots rocking festivals like Lollapalooza, the girls release their debut LP, Days Are Gone, on September 30. Expect new material and grown men acting like 12-year-old One Direction fans.

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LONDONDERRY, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 26: Hayley Williams of Paramore performs on stage on Day 3 of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend Fes
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Who: Tennessee pop-punk fire-starters Paramore, Canadian new wave outfit Metric and Cali indie-pop band Hellogoodbye

When: October 15 - November 27

Why you should go: Paramore's Hayley Williams told MTV Metric's music makes you feel "infinite" and Hellogoodbye is "celebratory and meaningful." When you put it that way, who wouldn't pick up a ticket?

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Kanye West

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Kayne West performs during the Samsung Galaxy Notes II launch at Skylight at Moynihan Station, on
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Who: THE Kanye West.

When: October 19 - December 7.

Why you should go: First off, Yeezus is a divisive but brilliant record. Secondly, if you see him in concert these days, you're almost guaranteed to witness an inimitable "Kanye Rant" in person, which is worth the price of admission alone. Plus, Kendrick Lamar, the self-described hottest rapper in the game, is opening. It all adds up to this: If you can afford the tickets, you should buy 'em.

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Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' World Tour

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Timberlake performs on stage during a concert in the Rock in Rio Festival on Se
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Who: The man with 20/20 vision: Justin Timberlake.

When: October 31—February 16.

Why you should go: JT already killed it with Jay Z on their joint Legends of the Summer tour, but now it's Timberlake's time to shine. Not only does he have two new album's worth of material, with both Part 1 and Part 2 of The 20/20 Experience, to perform. But there's also pop classics lifted from his Justified and FutureSex/LoveSound LPs. And with the all-too-short 'N Sync reunion at this year's VMAs, we imagine he'll perform at least a few boy band treasures. It's pop perfection… live!

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PORTLAND, OR - MAY 16: Benjamin Goldwasser,  Andrew VanWyngarden and Matt Asti of MGMT perform on stage at Crystal Ballroom o
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Who: Brooklyn psych-rock duo MGMT.

When: November 10 - December 13.

Why you should go: The band broke out on the strength of their debut LP, Oracular Spectacular, and its crowd-pleasing, neon-glow hits like "Kids" and "Electric Feel." Since then, the duo have dove further down the rabbit hole with their 2010 follow-up Congratulations and their new third album, MGMT, a even trippier, synth-drenched collection. Drink the Kool Aid this fall.

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Jay Z's 'Magna Carter' Tour

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13: Jay-Z performs on day 2 of the Yahoo! Wireless Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on
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Who: Jay Z, who needs absolutely no introduction.

When: November 30 - January 31.

Why you should go: Not every new Jay Z album is a start-to-finish triumph, but Magna Carta…Holy Grail is his most interesting release since 2007's American Gangster. So if you missed him on tour with Timberlake this summer, now's the time to catch Mr. Carter on stage while he's touring behind a solid new album.

Related Fuse galleries:

Fuse's 30 Most-Anticipated Fall Albums
40 Best Albums of 2013: Fuse Staff's Mid-Year Picks
Fuse's 44 Most-Anticipated Albums of 2013
Fuse's 40 Best Albums of 2012

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