First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Ebony Bones, 'Behold, A Pale Horse'
July 21, 2013 – The British songwriter and producer is an explosive performer who's unafraid to take creative risks.
Read First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, 'Home Stretch'
July 21, 2013 – The 27-year-old composer and pianist weaves together the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno.
Read First Listen: Ka, 'The Night's Gambit'
July 15, 2013 – The album, made by a resolutely old school musician, is heavy like concrete shoes and incantatory.
Read First Listen: Weekend, 'Jinx'
July 14, 2013 – Weekend synthesizes countless waves of '80s and '90s college radio into a single buzzy rumble.
Read First Listen: 'Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros'
July 14, 2013 – The band still conveys joy amid massively unselfconscious celebrations of community and optimism.
Read First Listen: Mayer Hawthorne, 'Where Does This Door Go'
July 7, 2013 – Hawthorne has transformed himself from underground indie-soul curiosity to imminent star.
Read First Listen: Chris Schlarb, 'Psychic Temple II'
July 7, 2013 – The genre-crossing record, which features Sufjan Stevens and others, continuously seeks new worlds.
Read First Listen: Andrew Cedermark, 'Home Life'
July 7, 2013 – Home Life isn't uplifting, but it amply demonstrates Cedermark's capacity to both bum out and stun.
Read First Listen: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 'That's It!'
June 30, 2013 – The jazz masters' first album of entirely original material pushes music lovers to dance.
Read First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, 'Major Arcana'
June 30, 2013 – Like a gummy double-helix, Speedy Ortiz twists sweet-and-sour words around '90s-inspired indie-rock.
Read First Listen: Maps, 'Vicissitude'
June 30, 2013 – Smart and soaring, Vicissitude is an album versatile enough for dance floors and road trips alike.
Read First Listen: Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers, 'Border-Free'
June 30, 2013 – Every release by the great pianist digs deeper into the common roots of jazz and Cuban music.
Read First Listen: Anna Von Hausswolff, 'Ceremony'
June 30, 2013 – Von Hausswolff's voice soars alongside a pipe organ while still holding tight to delicate emotions.
Read First Listen: Beautiful Swimmers, 'Son'
June 24, 2013 – The duo touches on house, disco, New Age zen and John Carpenter unease during its 11-song journey.
Read First Listen: Cheyenne Mize, 'Among The Grey'
June 24, 2013 – Mize's wearily melancholic sound makes room for sounds that can be playful, potent, lush and sweet.