First Listen archive
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.
Read First Listen: thenewno2, 'thefearofmissingout'
July 22, 2012 – The band packs in a dizzying array of ideas, sounds, samples, guests and all things buzzy and busy.
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.