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Enjoy previews of select, upcoming albums, in their entirety on FIRST LISTEN.

  1. First Listen: Restorations, 'LP3'
    With its roots in punk and heartland rock, LP3 is a rattling, unpinnable record that doesn't know when to stop baring its soul. More....
  2. First Listen: Lily & Madeleine, 'Fumes'
    Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz spend their second album feeling and defining the contours of each other's voices, trading verses, lines and leads. They call it "blood harmony," which about sums it up. More....
  3. First Listen: Daniel Lanois, 'Flesh And Machine'
    After four decades of making records, Lanois has decided to chase sounds that have never been. An otherworldly adventure, Flesh And Machine has no songs and no words, using voices only for texture. More....
  4. First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'
    On an album-length cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Flaming Lips' playful streak gets undercut with moments of abrasiveness and aggression — and detours down strange side roads. More....
  5. First Listen: Yusuf/Cat Stevens, 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone'
    The singer, formerly known as Cat Stevens, tackles weighty existential questions by looking backward, using the blues to unlock buried memories. More....
  6. First Listen: Medicine, 'Home Everywhere'
    The shoegaze-y L.A. rock band never quite caught on in the '90s. In 2013, the group returned with its first album in 18 years — and on the follow-up, Medicine continues to create new wrinkles. More....
  7. First Listen: Jessie Ware, 'Tough Love'
    Whether you use it as a balm or an echo chamber for your despair, Ware's second album is a celebration of gloriously messy feelings, each tamed by her soft touch. More....
  8. First Listen: 'Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell'
    The Red Hot Organization pays tribute to an inimitable character on a double-length tribute, with help from Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, Scissor Sisters and more. More....
  9. First Listen: Thurston Moore, 'The Best Day'
    In the wake of Sonic Youth's collapse, Moore's new solo album is almost calming in its familiarity, particularly as it recalls a minor-key update of SY's well-loved late-'90s salvo A Thousand LeavesMore....
  10. First Listen: Horse Feathers, 'So It Is With Us'
    The chamber-folk band's fifth album feels unerringly graceful — a quality that transcends tempo and tone, infusing every song with enough beauty to overwhelm sadness. More....
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