First Listen archive
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.
Read First Listen: Mother Falcon, 'You Knew'
April 14, 2013 – The 15- to 20-piece Austin band soars with the grandiosity of Arcade Fire at its most anthemic.
Read First Listen: Laura Mvula, 'Sing To The Moon'
April 14, 2013 – Mvula's mix of old soul and modern breeziness can be hard to locate on a calendar, let alone a map.
Read First Listen: Brass Bed, 'The Secret Will Keep You'
April 14, 2013 – A sad parade of loneliness, death, fear and madness comes to life on an oddly buoyant album.
Read First Listen: Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, 'Love Has Come For You'
April 14, 2013 – Brickell's plainspoken warmth pairs wonderfully with Martin's playful five-string banjo picking.
Read First Listen: Ghostface Killah And Adrian Younge, 'Twelve Reasons To Die'
April 8, 2013 – In the tradition of the Wu-Tang Clan, this collaboration is brash and Technicolor and heartfelt.
Read First Listen: Shuggie Otis, 'Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love'
April 7, 2013 – A deluxe reissue of Otis' 1974 cult classic includes a generous assortment of unreleased material.
Read First Listen: The Shouting Matches, 'Grownass Man'
April 7, 2013 – Bon Iver's Justin Vernon leads a loose, Tom Petty-esque blues-rock trio with an ear for beauty.
Read First Listen: Iron And Wine, 'Ghost On Ghost'
April 7, 2013 – Sam Beam has slowly and subtly built his sound into something lavish and even orchestral in scope.