First Listen archive
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: 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: Typhoon, 'White Lighter'
August 4, 2013 – Underneath Typhoon's booming sound and dark lyrics lies a sincere appreciation for the gift of life.
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: Julianna Barwick, 'Nepenthe'
August 4, 2013 – Nepenthe alters the listener's surroundings in ways that make them comfortably, wondrously inviting.
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: Pond, 'Hobo Rocket'
July 28, 2013 – The band, which shares three members with Tame Impala, unleashes unforgettably blistering pop jams.
Read First Listen: Derrick Hodge, 'Live Today' WBGO
Read First Listen: Sam Phillips, 'Push Any Button'
July 28, 2013 – Phillips' new album is warm and approachable without lapsing into sentimentality or excess.
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.