First Listen archive
Listen First Listen: Raz Simone, 'Cognitive Dissonance'
Listen First Listen: Tycho, 'Awake'
Listen First Listen: Ambrose Akinmusire, 'the imagined savior is far easier to paint'
March 2, 2014 – The young trumpeter may be the most buzzed-about, sought-after player of his generation.
Listen First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'
March 2, 2014 – On his new album, the 29-year-old violinist finds connections in two seemingly disparate concertos.
Read First Listen: Calle 13, 'Multi_Viral'
February 27, 2014 – The controversial Puerto Rican rap duo returns with its most introspective album to date.
Read First Listen: Diane Cluck, 'Boneset'
February 23, 2014 – Cluck's songs unfurl in curlicues, not straight lines, as her voice contorts to mystical effect.
Listen First Listen: Linda Perhacs, 'The Soul Of All Natural Things'
February 23, 2014 – Julia Holter and Nite Jewel contribute to the cult folksinger's first album in 44 years.
Read First Listen: Nothing, 'Guilty Of Everything'
February 23, 2014 – The noise-rock band's debut full-length hits like a beautifully crushing wave of distortion.
Read First Listen: St. Vincent, 'St. Vincent'
February 17, 2014 – One listener's eyebrow-raising rule-breaker is another's genius. Annie Clark is both.
Read First Listen: The Notwist, 'Close To The Glass'
February 17, 2014 – The German band's collage-based sound brims over with buzzing, springy, playful urgency.
Read First Listen: Neneh Cherry, 'Blank Project'
February 17, 2014 – The inventive singer's first new solo album in nearly 20 years follows a fascinating career arc.
Read First Listen: Death Vessel, 'Island Intervals'
February 16, 2014 – Joel Thibodeau's voice is equally suited to basement-bound laments and celestial explorations.
Read First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase'
February 16, 2014 – Beck's latest creation is more than a mere sequel to 2002's brooding masterpiece, Sea Change.
Read First Listen: Phantogram, 'Voices'
February 11, 2014 – The New York duo plays sinewy, spiky, dense and danceable pop-rock songs with an electronic pulse.
Read First Listen: Angel Olsen, 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'
February 9, 2014 – The singer's new album is the musical equivalent of a deep, questioning stare from a lover.