First Listen archive
Read First Listen: The Dismemberment Plan, 'Uncanney Valley'
October 6, 2013 – The hard-to-define, intermittently funky band sounds liberated on its first album since 2001.
Read First Listen: Tim Hecker, 'Virgins'
October 6, 2013 – The experimental electronic composer crafts a piece marked by incredible force and clarity.
Read First Listen: Lucius, 'Wildewoman'
October 6, 2013 – The New Yorkers' full-length debut captures '60s girl groups, '80s grandeur and more in the margins.
Read First Listen: Cults, 'Static'
October 6, 2013 – For Cults, reinvigorating '60s-style girl-group pop means embracing both light and darkness.
Read First Listen: Cass McCombs, 'Big Wheel And Others'
October 6, 2013 – Big Wheel opts for consistency, with one great song after another and nothing paling in comparison.
Read First Listen: Darkside, 'Psychic'
September 29, 2013 – Led by patient, precocious producer Nicolas Jaar, Darkside develops a singular electronic style.
Read First Listen: 'The Pedrito Martinez Group'
September 29, 2013 – The singing Cuban conguero leads a dance party as accomplished as it is irresistible.
Read First Listen: 'Red Hot + Fela'
September 29, 2013 – A new tribute to the Nigerian bandleader features Jim James, Kronos Quartet, tUnE-yArDs and more.
Read First Listen: HAIM, 'Days Are Gone'
September 25, 2013 – Three sisters channel influences most listeners will recognize within a fresh, personal sound.
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.