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All New First Listen Streams: Neko Case, Franz Ferdinand & More



NPR Music offers fans free streaming of upcoming releases through its "First Listen" series. Starting today, listeners can stream new albums from Neko Case, Franz Ferdinand, King Krule and Volcano Choir, as well as highlights from Bob Dylan's latest Bootleg Series installment and a career-spanning collection from Sly & The Family Stone. All of these First Listens are now available for on-demand listening at and in the NPR Music mobile apps.

Neko Case
The singer-songwriter and New Pornographers member has crafted her own unique and uncompromising mix of rock, pop and country, a sound she develops further on The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. NPR host Steve Inskeep chronicled its development in the "Birth of an Album" series, and the full results can now be heard here:

Franz Ferdinand
After winning the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2004, the Scottish rock band experienced worldwide fame, igniting dance parties everywhere with "Take Me Out." Four years after its most recent album, the quartet returns to that trademark sound on a new record, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action:

Volcano Choir
The supergroup, featuring Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and members of the band Collections of Colonies of Bees, returns with Repave. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson says of the album, "If Vernon never releases another record under the name Bon Iver — and he's publicly suggested that that might be the case — more albums like Repave would render the issue largely irrelevant. It's that good":

King Krule
Almost a year after the release of his single "Rock Bottom"/"Octopus" and two years since his self-titled EP, the British singer formerly known as Zoo Kid releases his full-length debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. By dropping it on his 19th birthday, the young musician gives himself and fans a reason to celebrate:

Bob Dylan
The 10th entry in The Bootleg Series, Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) presents previously unreleased alternate takes, demos and live versions of songs from the recording sessions that produced Dylan's Self Portrait and New Morning albums. Hear a handpicked selection of 15 tracks from the collection:

Sly & the Family Stone
This groundbreaking and influential funk band, which blended R&B, soul and psychedelic rock, gets its due with the 4-CD box set Higher! The set includes 77 tracks of the band's music from 1967 to 1977, plus 17 unissued tracks. NPR Music previews the retrospective with 15 highlights:

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