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  1. 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....
  2. 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....
  3. First Listen: Kelis, 'Food'
    The new album from R&B's resident provocateur is the embodiment of what she has always contended as an artist: that she can't be molded to fit inside one genre. More....
  4. First Listen: 'The Space Project'
    On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space. Participants include Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, The Antlers and more. More....
  5. First Listen: Jesse Boykins III, 'Love Apparatus'
    On his first new album in more than five years, the Soulquarian-influenced R&B singer retains elements of his past — and connects them dreamily to his future. More....
  6. First Listen: The Both, 'The Both'
    Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo. Each singer sounds freshened and energized — never diminished — by the collaboration. More....
  7. First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'
    The band's first album in 16 years still showcases the voice and vision of a solitary, brilliant man in a constant tug-of-war with evil, as he imagines it. More....
  8. First Listen: Ben Watt, 'Hendra'
    With his first solo album in 31 years, the former member of Everything But The Girl has returned to highly cultured, intimate songcraft. More....
  9. First Listen: Slint, 'Spiderland (Remastered)'
    The Louisville band's 1991 classic, now the subject of a lavish reissue, deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth. More....
  10. First Listen: Todd Terje, 'It's Album Time'
    The Norwegian DJ and songwriter, known for his singles, crafts a cohesive album that builds to near-perfection. Even the pessimists can find escape in his nostalgic, hopeful music. More....