First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Eluvium, 'Nightmare Ending'
May 5, 2013 – Amorphous and instrumental, Eluvium's songs suggest a sea of emotions: joy, sorrow, fear, love, awe.
Read First Listen: Classixx, 'Hanging Gardens'
May 5, 2013 – At once, Hanging Gardens feels vibrant and vintage, unmistakably young and inexplicably nostalgic.
Read First Listen: Glenn Jones, 'My Garden State'
May 5, 2013 – The American Primitive guitarist wrote My Garden State while caring for his mother in New Jersey.
Read First Listen: Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film 'The Great Gatsby'
May 2, 2013 – The soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film transplants Jazz Age sensibilities to the hip-hop era.
Read First Listen: Natalie Maines, 'Mother'
April 28, 2013 – The Dixie Chicks singer shows how her fearlessness blends with compassion and stunning vocal chops.
Read First Listen: Mikal Cronin, 'MCII'
April 28, 2013 – The multi-instrumentalist applies a beachy sparkle to 37 minutes of fresh, fun rock 'n' roll.
Read First Listen: La Vida Boheme, 'Sera'
April 28, 2013 – The inventive, politically inclined Venezuelan band has done well by doing whatever it pleases.
Read First Listen: She & Him, 'Volume 3'
April 28, 2013 – Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's new Volume 3 seems to be floating through AM speakers at all times.
Read First Listen: Iggy & The Stooges, 'Ready To Die'
April 21, 2013 – With humor intact and the guitars loud, Ready to Die reunites Iggy Pop with his Stooges' guitarist.
Read First Listen: Colin Stetson, 'New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light'
April 21, 2013 – The saxophonist uses circular breathing to craft muscular soundscapes that bulge and roar ominously.
Read First Listen: Os Mutantes, 'Fool Metal Jack'
April 21, 2013 – Nearly half a century into its history, the great Brazilian band returns with a lovely new album.
Read First Listen: Deerhunter, 'Monomania'
April 21, 2013 – Monomania has a dirtier, wirier, less fussed-over feel than the band has cultivated in recent years.
Read First Listen: David Lang, 'Death Speaks'
April 21, 2013 – Aided by Schubert and four stellar musicians, the Pulitzer-winning composer ponders the afterlife.
Read First Listen: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, 'Brooklyn Babylon'
April 21, 2013 – In a future metropolis, one man's ambition abuts his loyalty. An ultramodern big band keeps score.