January 31, 2011
Emerson Brown, NPR




NPR Music is now offering advance streams of new albums from Bright Eyes, Earth and Telekinesis as part of the site's "First Listen" series. All of the recordings are available now, weeks before their release, for free on-demand listening at www.npr.org/music

Bright Eyes: Indie darling Conor Oberst gets the band back together for Bright Eyes' new album, and to headline Coachella in April. On The People's Key, Oberst and Bright Eyes’ other principals (Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott) draw inspiration from science fiction to craft 10 songs exploring time, existence and humanity. Hear the full album here: www.npr.org/2011/01/30/133278431/first-listen-bright-eyes-the-peoples-key

Earth: The Seattle band returns with its signature syrupy creep on Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light: I. According to NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich, Earth’s latest album “doesn't depart much from guitarist Dylan Carlson's method, but it does continue to refine his heavy vision.” This soundtrack for impending doom can be heard here: www.npr.org/2011/01/30/133245988/first-listen-earth-angels-of-darkness-demons-of-light-1

Telekinesis: On his second studio album under the moniker Telekinesis, Michael Benjamin Lerner draws 12 Desperate Straight Lines. Produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, the record’s 12 eclectic songs document the loss, rage and hope Lerner experienced following the release of his first album and tour. Check it out before its release here: www.npr.org/2011/01/30/133246646/first-listen-telekinesis-12-desperate-straight-lines

Complete track listings and album information are available at NPR Music, where there are also extensive archives of concerts, interviews and reviews of artists of all genres. NPR Music's "First Listen" series is one of the site's most popular features, and is currently featuring Tryptych by the electronic duo Demdike Stare. 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. Many of the site's features are also available to mobile audiences with the NPR Music App for the iPhone and iPod Touch.