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24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

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First Listen

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

  1. First Listen: Wynonna & The Big Noise, 'Wynonna & The Big Noise'
    On her first album in 13 years, one of country's supreme redheads lays bare the joy that is her most potent gift as a vocalist. More....
  2. First Listen: Vince Gill, 'Down To My Last Bad Habit'
    Gill can't be surpassed at fully formed feeling, which is what makes him one of country music's greatest and most graceful romantics. More....
  3. First Listen: The Suffers, 'The Suffers'
    The Houston band's sound is steeped in what it calls "Gulf Coast Soul," but it also channels ska, Southern hip-hop, classic soul, rock 'n' roll and especially reggae. More....
  4. First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Né So'
    The Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns with a gorgeous album focused on the idea of home. More....
  5. Review: KING, 'We Are KING'
    The R&B trio, whose 2011 debut EP broke the Internet, finally follows it with an album of dreamy, idiosyncratic, self-produced soul music. More....
  6. Review: Junior Boys, 'Big Black Coat'
    The long-running duo returns with another set of inventive, era-spanning, synth-driven techno-pop that sets Jeremy Greenspan's alternately husky and delicate voice against synthetic backgrounds. More....
  7. Review: Elliott Smith, 'Heaven Adores You'
    The soundtrack to a new documentary inventories the periphery of the late singer's catalog: unheard early recordings, instrumentals, collaborations, live appearances and other illuminating footnotes. More....
  8. Review: Sidestepper, 'Supernatural Love'
    Richard Blair reassembles his innovative Afro-Colombian pop band, and the result never looks back. Instead, it shimmers and percolates while ignoring boundaries altogether. More....
  9. Review: Lucinda Williams, 'The Ghosts Of Highway 20'
    The singer-songwriter's new double-length set is a road album of a sort, as well as a remarkable distillation of Williams' writerly gifts. More....
  10. Review: Dr. Dog, 'The Psychedelic Swamp'
    The Philly psych-rock band revisits some of its earliest material, now fully fleshed out. Loopy, charming idiosyncrasy abounds. More....