First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Animal Collective, 'Centipede Hz'
August 26, 2012 – Centipede Hz is jagged and assertive; it snarls and heaves, supported by electric musculature.
Read First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'America'
August 19, 2012 – The new album America is melodic and noisy, minimalist and excessive, harsh and beautiful.
Read First Listen: Swans, 'The Seer'
August 19, 2012 – The noise-rock band's 12th album is a cacophonous vault into the sublime.
Read First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'The Salesman And The Shark'
August 19, 2012 – Rowe's bass-baritone rattles the soul. His latest LP is a masterwork of song, production and voice.
Read First Listen: Gaby Moreno, 'Postales'
August 19, 2012 – The Guatemalan singer refuses to cater to any stereotype, and on her new album, it pays off.
Read First Listen: Divine Fits, 'A Thing Called Divine Fits'
August 12, 2012 – Members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and New Bomb Turks make slick, smart pop-rock together.
Read First Listen: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, 'Mature Themes'
August 12, 2012 – The album capitalizes on its budget, but explores the flights of fancy that made Ariel Pink's name.
Read First Listen: Yeasayer, 'Fragrant World'
August 12, 2012 – On Fragrant World, the band makes playful party music for worried minds and uncertain futures.
Read First Listen: Teengirl Fantasy, 'Tracer'
August 12, 2012 – Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi make electronic music with the capacity to take chances and surprise.
Read First Listen: Django Django, 'Django Django'
August 5, 2012 – The Scottish band's debut sounds like '80s music reconfigured for the 21st century.
Read First Listen: 'Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac'
July 29, 2012 – Hear 17 covers by the likes of New Pornographers, Lykke Li, MGMT, St. Vincent, The Kills and more.
Read First Listen: Redd Kross, 'Researching The Blues'
July 29, 2012 – The band's first album in 15 years is a brash, vital, immaculately produced blast of rock 'n' roll.
Read First Listen: Lianne La Havas, 'Is Your Love Big Enough?'
July 29, 2012 – La Havas possesses a rich, expressive voice, but also a keen understanding of when to dial it back.
Read First Listen: 'Out Of Many: 50 Years Of Reggae Music'
July 22, 2012 – Celebrating 50 years of Jamaican independence with a hit song from each year, starting in 1962.
Read First Listen: Christian Scott, 'Christian aTunde Adjuah'
July 22, 2012 – The trumpeter's new double album both acknowledges and extends his jazz inheritance.