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First Listen

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

  1. First Listen: 'The Land' Original Soundtrack
    The compilation features original songs by Nas, Erykah Badu, Pusha T, Jeremih, French Montana and more. More....
  2. First Listen: Haley Bonar, 'Impossible Dream'
    For 15 years, the singer's sharp and reflective songwriting has examined a coming-of-age process that doesn't end when we reach adulthood. More....
  3. First Listen: Lori McKenna, 'The Bird & The Rifle'
    Working with a band of unassumingly outstanding Nashville session players, McKenna finds a balance between literary subtlety and rock 'n' roll swagger. More....
  4. First Listen: Descendents, 'Hypercaffium Spazzinate'
    Undimmed by the decades, singer Milo Aukerman and his band thrash, crash and blaze gloriously on the seventh album in their 39-year history together. More....
  5. First Listen: Various Artists, 'Quiero Creedence'
    A new compilation lets Latin Alternative artists (including Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Los Lonely Boys, La Marisoul, Juan Gabriel and more) transform and reimagine CCR's formidable catalog. More....
  6. Review: Sango And Dave B, 'Tomorrow'
    The two — one the face of a new-age quiet storm entity and the other a low-key rapper making small, but steady, waves at home — are convincing. Seattle has something to say. More....
  7. Review: Elysia Crampton, 'Presents: Demon City'
    A collaborative musical "epic poem," Demon City elaborates on a disorienting and threatening world by amplifying marginalized voices. More....
  8. Review: The Amazing, 'Ambulance'
    Playing with an unhurried improvisational spirit, the Swedish band unspools melodies that don't grab you so much as slowly burrow under your skin. More....
  9. Review: Aaron Neville, 'Apache'
    At 75, the man still sings like an angel who's swallowed a wah-wah pedal. Aaron Neville's new album feels like a manifesto — a declaration of self by an artist who's had time to figure it out. More....
  10. Review: Jeff Beck, 'Loud Hailer'
    More than 50 years into his career, the guitar legend once again demonstrates his mastery of tone, while still balancing his trademark sound with powerful lead vocals. More....