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

  1. First Listen: A Winged Victory For The Sullen, 'Atomos'
    An ambient-minded neoclassical duo that likes its sounds intensely measured, contemplative and slow, A Winged Victory For The Sullen works hard to make listeners feel eerily, gloriously lost. More....
  2. First Listen: Ex Hex, 'Rips'
    Mary Timony's ebullient new project fixates on the joys of punk. There's enough energy on Rips to fuel a small country, and all of it is rooted in clean-burning enthusiasm. More....
  3. First Listen: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 'Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn'
    The married couple's first album together as a duo is notable for its understated, welcoming calm. Across 11 short, carefully arranged slivers of Americana, their two banjos join in warm conversation. More....
  4. First Listen: Godflesh, 'A World Lit Only By Fire'
    In the late '80s, the Birmingham duo made guitar-pounding, drum-machine-and-bass industrial metal capable of melting Terminators. This is classic Godflesh, unadorned and even flayed in its rage. More....
  5. First Listen: Foxygen, '...And Star Power'
    There's a because-we-can quality to the band's overstuffed, 82-minute second album, as Foxygen delights in letting its loosest threads unravel. More....
  6. First Listen: Steve Gunn, 'Way Out Weather'
    Way Out Weather marks the completion of Gunn's transformation from a master guitarist into a songwriter with complete trust in his own voice and arrangements. More....
  7. First Listen: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, 'Gone Girl (Motion Picture Soundtrack)'
    Gone Girl is Reznor and Ross' third soundtrack collaboration under the direction of David Fincher. As with their past work together, the music suits the story that inspired it perfectly. More....
  8. First Listen: Brooklyn Rider, 'The Brooklyn Rider Almanac'
    The adventuresome string quartet asked a huge range of musicians to create new pieces modeled on artistic idols. Hear pieces inspired by figures ranging from John Steinbeck to James Brown. More....
  9. First Listen: Electric Wizard, 'Time To Die'
    Electric Wizard has spent two decades playing ridiculously heavy, misanthropic doom metal. On Time To Die, the band gets more room to explore than ever. More....
  10. First Listen: Kat Edmonson, 'The Big Picture'
    A savvy student of '60s film soundtracks, jazz-pop stylists and Brill Building songcraft, Edmonson nods to her influences at every turn. But her take on those musical languages is fresh and fluent. More....
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