April 18, 2011
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC STREAMS ENTIRE ALBUMS FROM STEVE EARLE, EMMYLOU HARRIS, THAO AND MIRAH, TIMES NEW VIKING, AND KRALLICE

"FIRST LISTENS" AVAILABLE AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC

NPR Music is now offering advance streams of new albums from Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Krallice, Times New Viking, and a collaboration from singer-songwriters Thao Nguyen and Mirah Zeitlyn as part of the site's "First Listen" series. All of the recordings are available now, more than a week before their release, for free on-demand listening at www.npr.org/music

Steve Earle: The country-rock iconoclast is set to release his first full album of new material in four years. For I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, he worked with producer T Bone Burnett, folk legend Joan Baez and his wife Allison Moorer. The album can be heard now: www.npr.org/2011/04/17/135378149/first-listen-steve-earle-ill-never-get-out-of-this-world-alive

Emmylou Harris: After many collaborations with artists of all genres, the country legend is releasing her new solo album, Hard Bargain, at the end of April. Listen to it here: www.npr.org/2011/04/17/135352361/first-listen-emmylou-harris-hard-bargain

Krallice: The black-metal band from New York is back with its third full-length album, Diotima. Colin Marston, Mick Barr and Lev Weinstein created the band three years ago and have been building a large following ever since. Major riffs can be experienced now at NPR Music: www.npr.org/2011/04/18/135382480/first-listen-krallice-diotima

Times New Viking: The Columbus, Ohio-based trio's fifth album, Dancer Equired, finds the band (sort of) cleaning up its intentionally messy music. Hear how Times New Viking has expanded its lo-fi sound now: www.npr.org/2011/04/17/135023711/first-listen-times-new-viking-dancer-equired

Thao and Mirah: This collaboration is an all-star gathering of independent singer-songwriters. Thao Nguyen of Thao With the Get Down Stay Down and Mirah Zeitlyn (a.k.a. Mirah) combine their digital and acoustic sounds for a self-titled release, co-produced by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. Listen to the stand-out track "Eleven" and the rest of the album here: www.npr.org/2011/04/17/135143896/first-listen-thao-and-mirah-thao-and-mirah

Complete track listings and album information are available at NPR Music, where there are also extensive archives of concerts, interviews and reviews of artists from all genres. NPR Music's "First Listen" series is one of the site's most popular features, and is currently featuring the album w h o k i l l by tUnE-yArDs. The free, multimedia website at www.npr.org/music offers more than 300 new features monthly and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, 12 public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community. Many of the site's features are also available on the NPR Music App for the iPhone and iPod Touch.