First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Kevin Saunderson, 'KMS 25th Anniversary Classics'
June 19, 2012 – Listen to a selection of tracks from the techno progenitor's four-disc label retrospective.
Read First Listen: Beachwood Sparks, 'The Tarnished Gold'
June 17, 2012 – The L.A. band's first album in 11 years shimmers with rare but seemingly effortless prettiness.
Read First Listen: Henry Threadgill Zooid, 'Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp'
June 17, 2012 – The band has been developing a system of mutable, multi-directional grooves for a dozen years now.
Read First Listen: Fiona Apple, 'The Idler Wheel...'
June 10, 2012 – On her first album in seven years, the singer explores difficult emotions in unexpected ways.
Read First Listen: Glen Hansard, 'Rhythm And Repose'
June 10, 2012 – A gentle, breezy bummer, Rhythm and Repose is the Frames and Swell Season singer's quietest record.
Read First Listen: Ravi Coltrane, 'Spirit Fiction'
June 10, 2012 – The saxophonist took a snapshot of his long-running quartet. Then he recorded an entire other band.
Read First Listen: Neneh Cherry And The Thing, 'The Cherry Thing'
June 10, 2012 – A pop star returns with the Scandinavian free-jazz trio, which named itself after her stepfather.
Read First Listen: Bobby Womack, 'The Bravest Man In The Universe'
June 3, 2012 – Womack's new album is an assertion of brains and power, full of blood, sweat and salty vinegar.
Read First Listen: The Tallest Man On Earth, 'There's No Leaving Now'
June 3, 2012 – These 10 songs dazzle and shimmy and sulk, with a capacity for poignancy, propulsion and grace.
Read First Listen: Hot Chip, 'In Our Heads'
June 3, 2012 – The British electronic quintet's fifth album is a sincere, expansive declaration of romantic love.
Read First Listen: Japandroids, 'Celebration Rock'
May 27, 2012 – The album is a collection of awesome moments, each topped seconds later by an even awesomer one.
Read First Listen: Big K.R.I.T., 'Live From The Underground'
May 27, 2012 – Live From the Underground is a personal album by a rapper who's prepared, focused, well-versed.
Read First Listen: Liars, 'WIXIW'
May 27, 2012 – Listen to the confounding, astounding art-rock band's sixth album until its June 5 release.
Read First Listen: Kelly Hogan, 'I Like To Keep Myself In Pain'
May 27, 2012 – The singer and prolific go-to collaborator steps into the spotlight for the first time in 11 years.
Read First Listen: Regina Spektor, 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats'
May 20, 2012 – Spektor is an oddball sentimentalist whose words summon universal feelings of love, hope and desire.