First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Laetitia Sadier, 'Silencio'
July 15, 2012 – The former lead singer of Stereolab returns with an honest-to-goodness protest album.
Read First Listen: JEFF The Brotherhood, 'Hypnotic Nights'
July 8, 2012 – The band's heroically anthemic rock 'n' roll is as polished and sweetly hooky as it is hedonistic.
Read First Listen: Baroness, 'Yellow And Green'
July 8, 2012 – The double-album is an embarrassment of riff-based riches and melodic surprises from the metal band.
Read First Listen: Fang Island, 'Major'
July 8, 2012 – You can sift through the band's music for epiphanies, or turn your brain off and dance in the heat.
Read First Listen: The Very Best, 'MTMTMK'
July 8, 2012 – The album's danceable African sounds could fire up any party, and would sound great on any radio.
Read First Listen: Delicate Steve, 'Positive Force'
July 1, 2012 – Positive Force, the band's second album, practically bursts with eccentric ideas and curlicues.
Read First Listen: Matt Munisteri, 'Still Runnin' Round In The Wilderness' WBGO
July 1, 2012 – The jazz guitarist records his own versions of Willard Robison's revered 1920s masterpieces. WBGO
Read First Listen: Debo Band, 'Debo Band'
July 1, 2012 – Musical heat that shimmered up from 1960s Ethiopia gets refracted through 21st-century America.
Read First Listen: Kevin Saunderson, 'KMS 25th Anniversary Classics'
June 19, 2012 – Listen to a selection of tracks from the techno progenitor's four-disc label retrospective.
Read First Listen: Beachwood Sparks, 'The Tarnished Gold'
June 17, 2012 – The L.A. band's first album in 11 years shimmers with rare but seemingly effortless prettiness.
Read First Listen: Henry Threadgill Zooid, 'Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp'
June 17, 2012 – The band has been developing a system of mutable, multi-directional grooves for a dozen years now.
Read First Listen: Fiona Apple, 'The Idler Wheel...'
June 10, 2012 – On her first album in seven years, the singer explores difficult emotions in unexpected ways.
Read First Listen: Glen Hansard, 'Rhythm And Repose'
June 10, 2012 – A gentle, breezy bummer, Rhythm and Repose is the Frames and Swell Season singer's quietest record.
Read First Listen: Ravi Coltrane, 'Spirit Fiction'
June 10, 2012 – The saxophonist took a snapshot of his long-running quartet. Then he recorded an entire other band.
Read First Listen: Neneh Cherry And The Thing, 'The Cherry Thing'
June 10, 2012 – A pop star returns with the Scandinavian free-jazz trio, which named itself after her stepfather.