First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Peter Gabriel, 'Scratch My Back ... And I'll Scratch Yours'
December 29, 2013 – Four years ago, Gabriel released an album of covers. Now, the objects of his affection reciprocate.
Read First Listen: 7 Days Of Funk, '7 Days Of Funk'
December 1, 2013 – Listen to iconic rapper Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Snoopzilla) team up with Los Angeles producer Dâm-Funk.
Read First Listen: L.I.E.S., 'Music For Shut-Ins'
November 24, 2013 – The beats are undeniable in this two-disc compilation of adventurous dance music.
Read First Listen: 'I Heard The Angels Singing'
November 24, 2013 – This 4-CD set captures the glory days of Nashboro, the powerhouse gospel label.
Listen First Listen: Shearwater, 'Fellow Travelers'
Read First Listen: Thelonious Monk, 'Paris 1969'
November 17, 2013 – An international jazz star plays a 3,000-seat concert hall in France. Here's what happens.
Read First Listen: Milosh, 'Jetlag'
November 17, 2013 – As half of Rhye, Michael Milosh stays enshrouded in mystery. His new solo album is more revealing.
Read First Listen: Jake Bugg, 'Shangri La'
November 14, 2013 – The 19-year-old expresses anger and hope within melodies that sound totally right for the radio.
Read First Listen: Ephel Duath, 'Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness'
November 10, 2013 – David Tiso concocts gnarled, hydra-Zorn headbangers like some kind of metal mad scientist.
Read First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'Inform - Educate - Entertain'
November 10, 2013 – The British duo uses clips from old British government propaganda films in its danceable songs.
Read First Listen: Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem'
November 10, 2013 – Britten's response to bloodshed remains as vital as it was when his Requiem premiered in 1962.
Read First Listen: Cate Le Bon, 'Mug Museum'
November 3, 2013 – The Welsh singer's powerful third album recalls the work of Television and The Velvet Underground.
Read First Listen: Soundtrack, 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
November 3, 2013 – The soundtrack to Joel and Ethan Coen's new film reflects New York's diverse early-'60s folk scene.
Read First Listen: Songs: Ohia, 'Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)'
November 3, 2013 – Jason Molina's album is still an ambitious beast, strangely graceful and unmistakably powerful.
Read First Listen: Hilary Hahn, 'In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores'
November 3, 2013 – The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them.