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

  1. First Listen: Pavement, 'The Secret History, Vol. 1'
    In the early 1990s, Pavement was especially rough around the edges. A new collection of unreleased recordings from the era captures the band's absurd charm. More....
  2. First Listen: Night Beds, 'Ivywild'
    Winston Yellen's folk project dims the lights on a new collection inspired by electronic pop and R&B. More....
  3. First Listen: HEALTH, 'Death Magic'
    Grandiose, industrial pop scaled to match the band's all-caps name: What Mad Max: Fury Road is to the road movie, Death Magic is to synth-pop. More....
  4. First Listen: Worriers, 'Imaginary Life'
    On a razor-edged LP produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Brooklyn punks stare down the judgment of peers, the corruption of institutions and the clumsiness of gendered language. More....
  5. First Listen: La Luz, 'Weirdo Shrine'
    A surf-rock album that rewards close attention: there's deep intensity and knowing behind the mellow. More....
  6. First Listen: Chelsea Wolfe, 'Abyss'
    Darkness is never far behind Chelsea Wolfe; if anything, the metallic Abyss chases it with a tenderness that understands the beauty therein. More....
  7. Review: Lianne La Havas, 'Blood'
    With this album, a London singer — a Prince favorite — and her versatile voice inch closer to mainstream pop. More....
  8. Review: Totó La Momposina, 'Tambolero'
    Twenty-two years after La Candela Vive, the Colombian vocalist reimagines her seminal album with Tambolero.  More....
  9. Review: Red River Dialect, 'Tender Gold And Gentle Blue'
    Drawing on late '60s British folk-rock and psychedelic music, this is a quiet and desperate record that is always but a squall away from breaking apart. More....
  10. Review: The Mynabirds, 'Lovers Know'
    Recorded in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, this is a record with an explorer's heart. More....