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First Listen

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

  1. First Listen: iLe, 'iLevitable'
    Ileana Cabra Joglar came of age onstage, performing with her older brothers in Calle 13. Now, she emerges from their shadow with her solo debut, a collection of classic sounds. More....
  2. First Listen: PUP, 'The Dream Is Over'
    The Toronto punk band sounds anthemic and unhinged on its second album, with shout-along pop songs that are at once communal and cathartic. More....
  3. First Listen: Big Thief, 'Masterpiece'
    On its debut album, Big Thief sounds warm and muscular, with moments that comfort and explode nestled closely together. More....
  4. First Listen: Beth Orton, 'Kidsticks'
    On her first album in nearly four years, the singer-songwriter returns to the beat-driven sound that made her name. The result functions as both a yearning journey and a well-earned victory lap. More....
  5. First Listen: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 'Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9'
    Contrasting symphonies by the brilliant but troubled Dmitri Shostakovich get deluxe treatments from conductor Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony. More....
  6. Review: Bob Dylan, 'Fallen Angels'
    This is the second volume in which Dylan sings the Great American Songbook, recorded at the same time (and with the same core band) as his 2015 album Shadows In The Night. More....
  7. Review: The Echocentrics, 'Echo Hotel'
    Listening to Adrian Quesada's latest project is like stepping into an alternate reality — an unhurried place with time to contemplate love, loss and longtime friends. More....
  8. Review: Andy Shauf, 'The Party'
    On his new album, the Canadian singer-songwriter crafts a batch of connected vignettes, offering up tiny observations from a single night. More....
  9. Review: Mudcrutch, '2'
    Tom Petty's old band returns with a cleansing wash of classic rock, crafted with just the right touch of sweet-natured sentimentality. More....
  10. Review: Corinne Bailey Rae, 'The Heart Speaks In Whispers'
    On Rae's third album, the singer-songwriter's fleshed-out jams and delicate, jazz-informed ballads examine the subtle trajectories emotions can take. More....