First Listen archive
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.
Read First Listen: Sigur Rós, 'Valtari'
May 20, 2012 – Valtari's collection of gorgeous, moody sound-washes fits right into the band's remarkable catalog.
Read First Listen: The Walkmen, 'Heaven'
May 20, 2012 – Heaven sounds big even as the band finds more and more comfort in performing at a whisper.
Read First Listen: Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, 'Here'
May 20, 2012 – Here finds singer Alex Ebert and company ruminating on and celebrating the aftermath of salvation.
Read First Listen: Saint Etienne, 'Words And Music By Saint Etienne'
May 20, 2012 – The long-running band's new album is full of unabashed electronic odes to pop's gravitational pull.
Read First Listen: Hilary Hahn And Hauschka, 'Silfra'
May 13, 2012 – Hear what happens when a star violinist meets a piano full of marbles, duct tape and more surprises.
Read First Listen: Kimbra, 'Vows'
May 13, 2012 – The New Zealander's debut is a booming and spangly concoction, as smartly crafted as it is sleek.
Read First Listen: Mount Eerie, 'Clear Moon'
May 13, 2012 – A hypnotic album, Clear Moon finds common ground in experimental folk and ambient black metal.