May 10, 2010
Contact:
Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC STREAMS ENTIRE ALBUMS
FROM THE BLACK KEYS, CROOKED STILL,
THE CLAUDIA QUINTET, HARVEY MILK AND TRACEY THORN

"EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTENS" AVAILABLE AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC

Beginning today, NPR Music offers advance album streams of new records from The Black Keys, Crooked Still, The Claudia Quintet, Harvey Milk and Tracey Thorn. All of the albums are available for free, on-demand listening now until their release on May 18 at www.npr.org/music as part of the site's "Exclusive First Listen" series.

The Black Keys: After exploring a different groove with its hip-hop project Blakroc, the acclaimed rock duo returns to its bluesy roots for its sixth studio album, Brothers: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126607501

Crooked Still: The young band moves American roots music forward while keeping a foot firmly planted in traditional bluegrass on its newest effort, Some Strange Country: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126532560

The Claudia Quintet: Led by drummer John Hollenbeck, the experimental jazz group continues to push the limits of the genre on its fifth release, Royal Toast: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126612286

Harvey Milk: The underground metal band callously (and probably gleefully) buries the expectations set by its last album under the seven sludgy and dense tracks on its latest, A Small Turn of Human Kindness: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126561366

Tracey Thorn: The former vocalist of the popular dance-pop duo Everything But the Girl returns with a new solo album called Love and Its Opposite: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126612091

Complete track listings and album information will be available at NPR Music, where there are also extensive archives of concerts, interviews and reviews with artists of all genres. NPR Music's "Exclusive First Listen" series is one of the site's most popular features, and has offered pre-release streams of albums from New Pornographers, LCD Soundsystem, Kris Kristofferson and Broken Social Scene, among many others. In addition to the streams detailed in this release, the series also currently includes High Violet by The National and is frequently updated with new material.

The "Exclusive First Listen" series is just one feature of NPR Music, which celebrates great music in every genre and is an industry leader in music discovery. The free, multimedia website at www.npr.org/music offers 300 new features monthly and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, 12 public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community. NPR Music creates and distributes inventive music coverage across multiple platforms from web, to radio, to podcast, to mobile, to social media, to live events with first listens to new albums, live performances, concerts at the Tiny Desk, interviews, reviews and blogs.