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  1. First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'
    As assembled here, the songs on Indie Cindy form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition, even in middle age. It's music born out of chaos, same as it ever was. More....
  2. First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'
    One of the world's best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It's all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years. More....
  3. First Listen: Brody Dalle, 'Diploid Love'
    The first solo album from the former Distillers singer feels like a time capsule from the '90s — when powerful, not conventionally pretty vocals attained massive mainstream cultural capital. More....
  4. First Listen: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, 'Midnight Sun'
    Sean Lennon has made one of the best recordings of his career, with help from bassist, singer and partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The two follow their acoustic debut with a fabulously fuzzy rock album. More....
  5. First Listen: Rodrigo y Gabriela, '9 Dead Alive'
    The natives of Mexico City offer a stripped-down, intimate recording that's no less thrilling. More....
  6. First Listen: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'
    The band, known for its glorious guitar noise, opts for a synthesizer-driven sound. More....
  7. First Listen: Nels Cline Singers, 'Macroscope'
    Macroscope is a frightening and enlightening journey - one that has no boundaries, and the kind of musicianship needed to make it a memorable experience. More....
  8. First Listen: Jeremiah Jae, 'Good Times'
    For a hip-hop artist who eschews commercial rap stereotypes and clichés in favor of thornier writing, the challenge is to do so without being a bore — Jeremiah Jae does this well. More....
  9. First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'
    The singer-songwriter was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who's ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Here, some of the artists he inspired tackle 27 of his songs. More....
  10. First Listen: Death, 'Death III'
    The Detroit band spent a chunk of the '70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history. More....