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First Listen

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

  1. First Listen: Birds Of Chicago, 'Real Midnight'
    J.T. Nero and Allison Russell like to describe the music they make as "secular gospel." Their new album together is full of nostalgia, farewells and looming finales. More....
  2. First Listen: Wolfmother, 'Victorious'
    Just as an arena is built to hold anyone and everyone, Wolfmother's arena-rock is designed to contain everything that inspires it. More....
  3. First Listen: Carrie Rodriguez, 'Lola'
    The veteran singer and fiddler combines seemingly disparate influences into a single, gloriously cohesive Spanglish statement. More....
  4. First Listen: Africaine 808, 'Basar'
    The Berlin duo's club music transcends dance-floor stereotypes through extreme juxtapositions, while drawing its power from a TR 808 drum machine and a world of sound. More....
  5. First Listen: BJ The Chicago Kid, 'In My Mind'
    The Windy City soul man has established himself as a supreme collaborator; his Motown debut features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper. More....
  6. First Listen: Prins Thomas, 'Principe Del Norte'
    These nine pieces expand to nearly 100 minutes of "cosmic disco" music, soundtracking a voyage into the deepest spaces of the mind. More....
  7. First Listen: Wynonna & The Big Noise, 'Wynonna & The Big Noise'
    On her first album in 13 years, one of country's supreme redheads lays bare the joy that is her most potent gift as a vocalist. More....
  8. First Listen: Vince Gill, 'Down To My Last Bad Habit'
    Gill can't be surpassed at fully formed feeling, which is what makes him one of country music's greatest and most graceful romantics. More....
  9. First Listen: The Suffers, 'The Suffers'
    The Houston band's sound is steeped in what it calls "Gulf Coast Soul," but it also channels ska, Southern hip-hop, classic soul, rock 'n' roll and especially reggae. More....
  10. First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Né So'
    The Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns with a gorgeous album focused on the idea of home. More....