First Listen archive
Listen First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'
April 13, 2014 – The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.
Listen First Listen: Death, 'Death III'
Listen First Listen: Kelis, 'Food'
Listen First Listen: 'The Space Project'
Read First Listen: Jesse Boykins III, 'Love Apparatus'
April 6, 2014 – The Soulquarian-influenced singer weaves earthy vocals and new-age production into a dreamy future.
Read First Listen: The Both, 'The Both'
April 6, 2014 – Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo.
Read First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'
April 6, 2014 – The band's first album in 16 years chronicles Greg Dulli's tug-of-war with evil, as he imagines it.
Read First Listen: Ben Watt, 'Hendra'
April 6, 2014 – With his first solo album in 31 years, Watt has returned to highly cultured, intimate songcraft.
Read First Listen: Slint, 'Spiderland (Remastered)'
April 6, 2014 – The 1991 classic deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.
Read First Listen: Todd Terje, 'It's Album Time'
March 31, 2014 – The Norwegian DJ, known for his singles, crafts a cohesive album that builds to near-perfection.
Read First Listen: Ratking, 'So It Goes'
March 31, 2014 – The trio's debut album may be the most "New York" hip-hop project released in years.
Read First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos'
March 30, 2014 – The pianist, the composer, his tunes and her talent: Valentina Lisitsa plays Michael Nyman's music.
Read First Listen: Teebs, 'E S T A R A'
March 30, 2014 – The electronic artist seems to yearn for New Age music, or at least its remnants, on his new album.
Read First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void'
March 30, 2014 – The singer's new album navigates an imagined future world of sad clones and shattered identities.
Read First Listen: Protomartyr, 'Under Color Of Official Right'
March 30, 2014 – You won't find silver linings on the Detroit post-punk band's new album — only overcast ennui.