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  1. First Listen: Deerhoof, 'La Isla Bonita'
    Deerhoof has always toyed with the whimsical, but its 12th album feels like its most playful work yet. More relaxed than its predecessors, it retains the long-running band's capacity to thrill. More....
  2. First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11'
    Sample 12 selections from an ambitious six-disc box set of archival Dylan recordings. The recordings capture and reflect one of the most vivid chapters in American music. More....
  3. First Listen: Les Sins, 'Michael'
    Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick makes overt advances to the dance floor on his first album as Les Sins. But he keeps his mind on pop music, too, as he doles out pleasures in three-minute bites. More....
  4. First Listen: Neil Young, 'Storytone'
    Young recorded all of Storytone's 10 songs with either a 92-piece orchestra or an elaborate big band, but wisely includes beautifully stripped-down acoustic versions, too. More....
  5. First Listen: Grouper, 'Ruins'
    Recorded with Liz Harris' voice, a piano and not much else, Ruins achieves striking intimacy, its emotional heft commanding attention throughout. More....
  6. 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....
  7. 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....
  8. 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....
  9. 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....
  10. 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....
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