First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Moby, 'Innocents'
September 24, 2013 – Innocents feels like the work of an artist who's been liberated to pursue beauty and emotion.
Read First Listen: Oneohtrix Point Never, 'R Plus Seven'
September 22, 2013 – Daniel Lopatin's new album isn't a dance album, but it's alive with vibrations from the dance floor.
Read First Listen: Elf Power, 'Sunlight On The Moon'
September 22, 2013 – The veteran psychedelic rock band returns with a surprisingly dark new album, its best in a decade.
Read First Listen: Jeremy Denk, 'J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations'
September 21, 2013 – The pianist explores Bach's harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code."
Read First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Beautiful Africa'
September 15, 2013 – One of Africa's musical queens makes a sophisticated, surprising, smart and beautiful rock album.
Read First Listen: Au Revoir Simone, 'Move In Spectrums'
September 15, 2013 – For all its serrated melancholy, the band knows well enough to inject its songs with sass and snap.
Read First Listen: Claude VonStroke, 'Urban Animal'
September 15, 2013 – The DJ's bass-heavy productions conjure images of dimly lit dance floors and basement parties.
Read First Listen: Mazzy Star, 'Seasons Of Your Day'
September 15, 2013 – The duo's first album in 17 years arrives as Mazzy Star's sound is being echoed by other artists.
Read First Listen: Chvrches, 'The Bones Of What You Believe'
September 15, 2013 – The Scots' debut showcases a band that bridges styles and eras on the strength of its own charisma.
Read First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Liquid Spirit'
September 8, 2013 – The jazz singer seeks the spirit of griots gone by. He starts by asking you to clap your hands now.
Read First Listen: San Fermin, 'San Fermin'
September 8, 2013 – Three singers' voices swap out and intertwine throughout the band's ambitious, evocative debut.
Read First Listen: Elvis Costello & The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost'
September 8, 2013 – This collaboration sounds like the best of Costello's stuff, and like nothing he's done before.
Read First Listen: Sebadoh, 'Defend Yourself'
September 8, 2013 – The band's first album since 1999 captures the energy of musicians brought back from the brink.
Read First Listen: Grouplove, 'Spreading Rumours'
September 8, 2013 – The L.A. pop-rock band's second album provides a welcome dose of summertime, just in time for fall.