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

  1. First Listen: Robert Plant, 'Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar'
    Plant's 10th solo album lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past. More....
  2. First Listen: Ryan Adams, 'Ryan Adams'
    After a three-year hiatus, the singer's 14th album is the sound of a once-prolific genius who's only recently relearned what it's like to walk on steady footing. More....
  3. First Listen: Tricky, 'Adrian Thaws'
    On his 11th album, the Massive Attack star still showcases a brooding, searching spirit and a cinematic sense of atmosphere. But he also plays around with new facets of his persona. More....
  4. First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'Madman'
    Madman shows Rowe mixing his folk and junk-shop rock styles together with new elements: soul, blues, gospel, R&B. The upshot, surprisingly, is his most coherent record yet. More....
  5. First Listen: Justin Townes Earle, 'Single Mothers'
    Earle's latest songs have a new angle on the mercurial nature of infatuation; he's acknowledging how taxing it can be to live through youthful cycles of passion that flare up and flame out so quickly. More....
  6. First Listen: Death Blues, 'Ensemble'
    Jon Mueller is thinking about death. It sounds like a hammer hitting an acoustic guitar. William Ryan Fritch joins the Volcano Choir drummer for a blown-out, hyper-real orchestra of the self. More....
  7. First Listen: Interpol, 'El Pintor'
    The New York post-punk band has aged into its polished sound nicely, maintaining its influences (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, et al) while sounding more distinct from them than ever. More....
  8. First Listen: Zammuto, 'Anchor'
    Nick Zammuto, formerly of the art-music duo The Books, takes a crafty, hands-on, spirit-forged approach to sound. The newer band that bears his name never bothers to stay in place for long. More....
  9. First Listen: Sinkane, 'Mean Love'
    Over memorable hooks and wickedly inventive grooves, Ahmed Gallab sings in an earnest, persuasive voice. Sinkane's music conjures East and West African music, James Brown, free jazz and shoegaze. More....
  10. First Listen: Blonde Redhead, 'Barragán'
    The last decade has seen a marked softening in Blonde Redhead's sound, to the point where the quietest moments on Barragán don't sound like songs so much as vapors infused with tunes. More....
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