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First Listen

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

  1. First Listen: The Frightnrs, 'Nothing More To Say'
    Singer Dan Klein died of ALS earlier this summer, but at least his rocksteady band was able to see its collective vision through on this one sublime album. More....
  2. First Listen: Eluvium, 'False Readings On'
    On its new album, Matthew Cooper's ambient-music project suggests that noise and beauty are interdependent, making room for celestial voices and jet-engine roars alike. More....
  3. First Listen: Y La Bamba, 'Ojos Del Sol'
    On the band's new album, Luz Elena Mendoza's voice is fully enmeshed in the arrangements, which gives her bicultural storytelling an almost otherworldly feel. More....
  4. First Listen: James Vincent McMorrow, 'We Move'
    A dewy Irishman with a falsetto-flecked voice, McMorrow gives himself an impressive makeover on a stylistically adventurous new album. More....
  5. Review: Barbra Streisand, 'Encore'
    Encore is an amiable Broadway/Hollywood mashup of vintage production values and modern casting, with guest performances by Melissa McCarthy, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx and more. More....
  6. Review: Joseph, 'I'm Alone, No You're Not'
    Three Oregon-bred sisters sing lustrous songs about fearlessness, commitment and the pursuit of a life fully lived. On their second album, sweetness and power aren't mutually exclusive. More....
  7. Review: The Bad Plus, 'It's Hard'
    The leaderless piano trio became famous for its cover songs more than a dozen years ago. Now, an all-covers record finds an established and quirky band once again testing its powers of interpretation. More....
  8. Review: Cass McCombs, 'Mangy Love'
    A quiet iconoclast, McCombs has spent eight albums enshrouding powerful messages in a '70s AM vibe while always exuding steely confidence. More....
  9. Review: The Album Leaf, 'Between Waves'
    On its sixth album (and first since 2010), Jimmy LaValle's hushed ambient project has a way with whispers, minimalism and intimacy. More....
  10. Review: River Whyless, 'We All The Light'
    The Asheville, N.C., band blends violin, guitars, drums, harmonium, cello, banjo, toy piano and (most importantly) vocal harmonies to make a record steeped in the American acoustic tradition. More....