First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Christian Scott, 'Christian aTunde Adjuah'
July 22, 2012 – The trumpeter's new double album both acknowledges and extends his jazz inheritance.
Read First Listen: The Gaslight Anthem, 'Handwritten'
July 16, 2012 – If there were a drug that made users feel like James Dean, Handwritten would render it redundant.
Read First Listen: Passion Pit, 'Gossamer'
July 15, 2012 – The band follows its 2009 breakthrough, Manners, with a deep, rich album of pure catharsis.
Read First Listen: Purity Ring, 'Shrines'
July 15, 2012 – Throughout Shrines, the band understands that "timely" and "timeless" needn't be mutually exclusive.
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: 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: Baroness, 'Yellow And Green'
July 8, 2012 – The double-album is an embarrassment of riff-based riches and melodic surprises from the metal band.
Listen First Listen: Fang Island, 'Major'
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.