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

  1. First Listen: Omar Sosa, 'Ile'
    Sosa's songs are saturated with the beauty and power of West African music dedicated to Yoruba deities. And yet an unmistakable reverence for jazz pervades every note. More....
  2. First Listen: Matthew E. White, 'Fresh Blood'
    He wanted to be the behind-the-scenes guy, not the star. But backed by strings, choirs, horns and the house band of his own label, White made a second album that isn't different — just better. More....
  3. First Listen: Heems, 'Eat Pray Thug'
    Binary thinkers beware: If you're the type who's uncomfortable with contradiction, or would rather deal in stereotypes than nuance, then rapper Heems and his new album are not for you. More....
  4. First Listen: Purity Ring, 'Another Eternity'
    The Edmonton band mines the built-in tension between its many sources of effervescence and the darker shading in its words and backgrounds. More....
  5. First Listen: Swervedriver, 'I Wasn't Born To Lose You'
    The British shoegaze band's first album in 17 years sounds dreamy, subtle and winning. It mostly eschews the rocking of Swervedriver's early years, but it compensates with disarming beauty. More....
  6. First Listen: Tuxedo, 'Tuxedo'
    Detroit DJ, producer and singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne links up with Seattle boom-bap specialist Jake One to form the group Tuxedo, on a mission to push the funk back to the forefront. More....
  7. First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Perfect Abandon'
    Recording around a single microphone, the North Dakota singer sounds as if he's performing in your living room. For these wonderfully honest stories, the fit is perfect. More....
  8. First Listen: Of Montreal, 'Aureate Gloom'
    New ideas permeate the band's 13th album, on which every song finds a way to surprise. Mastermind Kevin Barnes mixes a love of rock, funk and disco with unexpected ways to expand the brain. More....
  9. First Listen: Moon Duo, 'Shadow Of The Sun'
    Visceral yet dreamy, the band's third album plumbs ever deeper into droning psychedelia. Moon Duo's influences are easy to spot, but the music feels like part of a continuum rather than a pastiche. More....
  10. First Listen: Andrew Combs, 'All These Dreams'
    A 28-year-old Nashville singer-songwriter with a reticent demeanor and a fondness for offhand revelations, Combs sings subtly, without a lot of fuss. More....
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