First Listen archive
Read First Listen: Melody's Echo Chamber, 'Melody's Echo Chamber'
September 16, 2012 – The debut album by Paris-based Melody Prochet nods to many traditions without ever adhering to one.
Read First Listen: Sera Cahoone, 'Deer Creek Canyon'
September 16, 2012 – Hers is a voice of honeyed reassurance; of comfort and grace in the face of life's wearying churn.
Read First Listen: Grizzly Bear, 'Shields'
September 9, 2012 – The band's fourth album rewards listeners with strange surprises and a few hooky, expansive ringers.
Read First Listen: Dinosaur Jr., 'I Bet On Sky'
September 9, 2012 – Dinosaur Jr.'s 10th studio album knows where its strengths lie: namely, in guitars and volume.
Read First Listen: Aimee Mann, 'Charmer'
September 9, 2012 – Charmer is the work of a sharp, confident veteran who's never strayed far from the top of her game.
Read First Listen: David Byrne & St. Vincent, 'Love This Giant'
September 2, 2012 – The pair's collaboration features a funky horn section and an overarching sense of brainy boldness.
Read First Listen: Astro, 'Astro'
September 2, 2012 – The Chilean band's electro-pop debut is infectiously cheery, lighthearted and danceable.
Read First Listen: The xx, 'Coexist'
September 2, 2012 – The xx's songs billow out softly and quietly, with only pretty guitar lines to lessen the tension.
Read First Listen: The Avett Brothers, 'The Carpenter'
August 29, 2012 – The Carpenter dispenses hook-filled anthems amid introspective looks at mortality and devotion.
Read First Listen: Cat Power, 'Sun'
August 26, 2012 – With the long-awaited Sun, Chan Marshall crafts her most joyful, sonically adventurous album yet.
Read First Listen: Deerhoof, 'Breakup Song'
August 26, 2012 – Deerhoof mixes adorability and eccentricity, with a bit of menace to hold the cuteness in check.
Read First Listen: Stars, 'The North'
August 26, 2012 – The North rewards exploration with moments that alternately swoon, seethe, swing and paralyze.
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.