First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Rapsody, 'She Got Game'
August 15, 2013 – The rapper is grittier than Lauryn Hill and more soulful than MC Lyte, with the realness of Mos Def.
Read First Listen: Julia Holter, 'Loud City Song'
August 11, 2013 – A collection of high-concept chamber-pop, Loud City Song examines resonant themes like loneliness.
Read First Listen: Superchunk, 'I Hate Music'
August 11, 2013 – Infused with winning energy, I Hate Music is the sound of a veteran band with its vitality intact.
Read First Listen: Anna Netrebko, 'Verdi'
August 11, 2013 – Hear the celebrated soprano's Verdi tribute, her first studio album in five years.
Read First Listen: Ty Segall, 'Sleeper'
August 11, 2013 – After his father's death, the prolific garage-rock revivalist returns with a heartfelt album.
Read First Listen: No Age, 'An Object'
August 11, 2013 – A compact but searching half-hour of music, An Object is fussy and jagged, but ultimately ambitious.
Read First Listen: Crocodiles, 'Crimes Of Passion'
August 11, 2013 – The California noise-pop band continues its impressive streak of hazy, druggy, bittersweet songs.
Read First Listen: Typhoon, 'White Lighter'
August 6, 2013 – Underneath Typhoon's booming sound and dark lyrics lies a sincere appreciation for the gift of life.
Read First Listen: Julianna Barwick, 'Nepenthe'
August 4, 2013 – Nepenthe alters the listener's surroundings in ways that make them comfortably, wondrously inviting.
Read First Listen: Andrea Echeverri, 'Ruiseñora'
August 4, 2013 – From Aterciopelados through her solo career, Echeverri continues to innovate, dazzle and surprise.
Read First Listen: Valerie June, 'Pushin' Against A Stone'
August 4, 2013 – The Tennessee singer's keening soprano shows off its twang, yet sounds totally contemporary.
Read First Listen: Moderat, 'II'
July 28, 2013 – A dance music duo and an electronic producer make dramatic sounds for mind and body.
Read First Listen: Derrick Hodge, 'Live Today' WBGO
Read First Listen: Pond, 'Hobo Rocket'
July 28, 2013 – The band, which shares three members with Tame Impala, unleashes unforgettably blistering pop jams.
Read First Listen: Sam Phillips, 'Push Any Button'
July 28, 2013 – Phillips' new album is warm and approachable without lapsing into sentimentality or excess.