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

  1. First Listen: Veruca Salt, 'Ghost Notes'
    On Ghost Notes, its first album in nearly a decade and the first by its original members since 1997, Veruca Salt embraces a throwback sound with obvious joy. More....
  2. First Listen: Anderson East, 'Delilah'
    The Athens, Ala., native's pie-sweet drawl and fondness for Wilson Pickett-style shouts are a perfect fit within the classic soul settings he creates with producer Dave Cobb. More....
  3. First Listen: Stacy Barthe, 'BEcoming'
    On her debut album, the hit-making R&B and pop songwriter is all about brutal, fearless honesty. Taken as a whole, BEcoming feels like a powerful and necessary purge. More....
  4. Review: Miguel, 'Wildheart'
    His third album manages to capture an emotional precinct, an impression of a complex city going through changes and a man working to define real intimacy in the midst of so much tarnished beauty. More....
  5. Review: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real, 'The Monsanto Years'
    These taut, righteously furious, stone-simple songs fit together under a catchall concept about companies wielding extraordinary influence over our quality of life. More....
  6. Review: Matt Pond PA, 'The State Of Gold'
    The band's 10th album sounds at home among its many predecessors, satisfyingly reconciled between Matt Pond PA's restless drive and its rustic roots. More....
  7. Review: The Velvet Teen, 'All Is Illusory'
    The band has always had a flair for the sonically dramatic. On its first album in nine years, there's a euphoric energy that never really lets go. More....
  8. First Listen: Vince Staples, 'Summertime '06'
    The Long Beach rapper can be that villain you root for, but he's even better at showing us the complex, varied pieces that make up a real man. More....
  9. Review: Joy Williams, 'VENUS'
    VENUS is the chronicle and result of Williams breaking free of her past projects. Formerly half of The Civil Wars, Williams explores a more adventurous pop sound on her first solo album. More....
  10. Review: Bully, 'Feels Like'
    Sweet and fizzy, barbed and aggressive, these are speeding-with-the-windows-down songs. But they also feel true to the life of the charismatic ball of nerves at their core. More....