June 7, 2010
Emerson Brown, NPR




Beginning today, NPR Music offers advance album streams of new records by The Gaslight Anthem, Eric Whitacre and Laurie Anderson. All of the albums are available for free, on-demand listening now until their release on June 15 at www.npr.org/music as part of the site's "Exclusive First Listen" series.

The Gaslight Anthem: Led by frontman Brian Fallon, this Springsteen-loving rock 'n' roll band from New Jersey explores the realities behind the American Dream on its excellent new album, American Slang: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127405836

Eric Whitacre: After stirring up the social-media world with his "Virtual Choir," the Grammy-nominated composer releases his first studio album for Decca, Light & Gold: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127376914

Laurie Anderson: Co-produced by Lou Reed and folk musician Roma Baran, Anderson tackles sociopolitical issues on Homeland, her first album in nearly a decade: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127403919

Throughout June, NPR Music continues to preview the latest releases from innovative and noteworthy artists. New albums will include Further from British electronic duo The Chemical Brothers, The Boxer, a solo project from Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke; The Five Ghosts from Canadian indie-pop band Stars; Ten, an anniversary album from jazz group Jason Moran and The Bandwagon; and I Mean to Live Here Still, a collaboration between David Karsten Daniels and Fight The Big Bull. Look for these "Exclusive First Listens" starting June 14.

Complete track listings and album information will be available at NPR Music, where there are also extensive archives of concerts, interviews and reviews with artists of all genres. NPR Music's "Exclusive First Listen" series is one of the site's most popular features, and has offered pre-release streams of albums from The New Pornographers, LCD Soundsystem, Kris Kristofferson and Broken Social Scene, among many others. In addition to the streams detailed in this release, the series also currently includes LP4 by Ratatat and is frequently updated with new material.

The "Exclusive First Listen" series is just one feature of NPR Music, which celebrates great music in every genre and is an industry leader in music discovery. The free, multimedia website at www.npr.org/music offers more than 300 new features monthly and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, 12 public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community. NPR Music creates and distributes inventive music coverage across multiple platforms - from web, to radio, to podcast, to mobile, to social media, to live events - with first listens to new albums, live performances, concerts at the Tiny Desk, interviews, reviews and blogs.