First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Bombino, 'Nomad'
March 24, 2013 – The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach pairs up with monster Tuareg guitarist Bombino for a dream-team album.
Read First Listen: Caveman, 'Caveman'
March 24, 2013 – Two albums into its career, Caveman already gets the art of the slow burn and the subtle build.
Read First Listen: Wavves, 'Afraid Of Heights'
March 17, 2013 – These sons of grunge battle personal demons with powerhouse choruses.
Read First Listen: Julian Lynch, 'Lines'
March 17, 2013 – Clarinets, saxophones and iPhones share the spotlight on Lynch's ode to American folk music.
Read First Listen: DJ Koze, 'Amygdala'
March 17, 2013 – A largely collaborative new album may seem willfully off-kilter but feels just right.
Read First Listen: Low, 'The Invisible Way'
March 10, 2013 – Most of these songs land squarely in a sweet spot where darkness and worry are swathed in beauty.
Read First Listen: Brandt Brauer Frick, 'Miami'
March 10, 2013 – The trio's take on techno isn't cold or detached; the samples come from acoustic instruments.
Read First Listen: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt, 'Night'
March 10, 2013 – There's a solemn intimacy to these songs, and how they're delivered, that speaks one-on-one.
Read First Listen: Kacey Musgraves, 'Same Trailer Different Park'
March 10, 2013 – The young country singer tells poetic stories of the everyday in optimistic but realistic terms.
Read First Listen: Suede, 'Bloodsports'
March 10, 2013 – The Britpop band's first album in 11 years is one of the finest comeback albums in recent memory.
Read First Listen: The Delfonics, 'Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics'
March 4, 2013 – This cross-generational production has resulted in songs that get under your skin and stay there.
Read First Listen: Phosphorescent, 'Muchacho'
March 3, 2013 – Matthew Houck's best songs come off like conversations — wise and soft, and warmed by experience.
Read First Listen: Dave Grohl & Friends, 'Sound City: Real To Reel'
March 3, 2013 – Grohl joins Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Paul McCartney and more to honor the art of recording.
Read First Listen: Devendra Banhart, 'Mala'
March 3, 2013 – The singer smooths out the extremes in his sound, while still finding ways to defy expectations.
Read First Listen: Marnie Stern, 'The Chronicles Of Marnia'
March 3, 2013 – Stern is a remarkable guitarist, technically speaking, but her music also exudes joy and humanity.