First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Thundercat, 'Apocalypse'
May 26, 2013 – Thundercat's Stephen Bruner digs into astral soul music that's often both funky and heartbreaking.
Read First Listen: Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'
May 26, 2013 – The band further refines its grab-bag of arm-swinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco.
Read First Listen: Jon Hopkins, 'Immunity'
May 26, 2013 – For Hopkins, beauty and beats are free to commingle in ways that move — in every sense of the word.
Read First Listen: Buika, 'La Noche Más Larga'
May 26, 2013 – The Spanish singer digs deep on an album that's a near-perfect statement of artistic purpose.
Read First Listen: Tricky, 'False Idols'
May 19, 2013 – Tricky's best album since the mid-'90s, False Idols is one of 2013's biggest surprises so far.
Read First Listen: Mount Kimbie, 'Cold Spring Fault Less Youth'
May 19, 2013 – The British beat-makers shed their electronics in pursuit of a sound designed to translate live.
Read First Listen: Laura Marling, 'Once I Was An Eagle'
May 19, 2013 – The folksinger takes a remarkable journey over the course of 16 hypnotic, subtly inventive songs.
Listen First Listen: Sean Nelson, 'Make Good Choices'
Read First Listen: G&D, 'The Lighthouse'
May 12, 2013 – Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins engineer an idea-packed collision of funky, soulful sounds.
Read First Listen: The Handsome Family, 'Wilderness'
May 12, 2013 – The duo returns with an album about wildlife, with an emphasis on nature's capacity for destruction.
Read First Listen: Piñata Protest, 'El Valiente'
May 12, 2013 – The Texas band freshens traditional Mexican music with an ear toward punk energy and intense power.
Read First Listen: Eluvium, 'Nightmare Ending'
May 5, 2013 – Amorphous and instrumental, Eluvium's songs suggest a sea of emotions: joy, sorrow, fear, love, awe.
Read First Listen: Classixx, 'Hanging Gardens'
May 5, 2013 – At once, Hanging Gardens feels vibrant and vintage, unmistakably young and inexplicably nostalgic.
Read First Listen: Glenn Jones, 'My Garden State'
May 5, 2013 – The American Primitive guitarist wrote My Garden State while caring for his mother in New Jersey.
Read First Listen: Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film 'The Great Gatsby'
May 2, 2013 – The soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film transplants Jazz Age sensibilities to the hip-hop era.