First Listen archive
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: Julian Lynch, 'Lines'
March 17, 2013 – Clarinets, saxophones and iPhones share the spotlight on Lynch's ode to American folk music.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Phosphorescent, 'Muchacho'
March 3, 2013 – Matthew Houck's best songs come off like conversations — wise and soft, and warmed by experience.
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.
Read First Listen: Jimi Hendrix, 'People, Hell And Angels'
February 27, 2013 – These 12 previously unreleased recordings shine a spotlight on his considerable charisma.
Read First Listen: Chelsea Light Moving, 'Chelsea Light Moving'
February 25, 2013 – With Sonic Youth on hiatus, Thurston Moore's new band sets out to pulverize and polarize.
Read First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'The Beast In Its Tracks'
February 24, 2013 – The singer-songwriter's new album was written entirely in response to his recent divorce.