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

  1. First Listen: Brown Bird, 'Axis Mundi'
    David Lamb of the folk duo Brown Bird died of leukemia in 2014. One year later, his musical and life partner Morgan Eve Swain is set to release the pair's final album together. More....
  2. First Listen: Bill Fay, 'Who Is The Sender?'
    Now on a tear after a decades-long hiatus, the cult songwriter mixes plain, uncomplicated humanist charm with a more questing cosmic aim. More....
  3. First Listen: Jackson Scott, 'Sunshine Redux'
    If the psych-rock practitioner's goal is to disorient, he's succeeded. But Scott accomplishes it with the tuneful exuberance required to bring so many elements together. More....
  4. First Listen: Paul De Jong, 'IF'
    The cellist and audio collagist unabashedly embraces and refines The Books' sound on his solo debut, which contains some of the most resonant and beautiful music of his career. More....
  5. First Listen: Braids, 'Deep In The Iris'
    Where the band's last album used prickly electronics and cavernous arrangements to hold humanity at arm's length, Deep In The Iris turns those elements into lulling hymns to cleansing and redemption. More....
  6. First Listen: Mew, '+-'
    Six years after its last full-length album, the Danish progressive-pop band has morphed again, this time into a more streamlined, potent, startlingly evolved version of itself. More....
  7. Review: Squarepusher, 'Damogen Furies'
    There's fertile middle ground between furrow-browed intensity and appreciation for the gleefully absurd, and the U.K. producer's new album finds a sweet spot right there. More....
  8. Review: Built To Spill, 'Untethered Moon'
    The amiably fractured rock band sounds both melancholy and sinister on its first album in six years, while maintaining a sound that's approachable and organic. More....
  9. Review: The Alchemist & Oh No, 'Welcome To Los Santos'
    Sprawling over 14 songs and two dozen vocal acts, Welcome To Los Santos still holds together as a diverse, modern West Coast rap album, complete with heavy rock, electro and funk influences. More....
  10. Review: San Fermin, 'Jackrabbit'
    Some of the pretty grandiosity of the band's debut moves aside to make room for grittier energy, while Jackrabbit roots around for big ideas amid arrangements that clamor and storm. More....
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