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

  1. First Listen: Fennesz, 'Agora'
    The Austrian electronic-music pioneer uses his laptop to splice, sample and otherwise subvert the sound of his guitar and field recordings, in the process forming crackling electric symphonies. More....
  2. First Listen: Mdou Moctar, 'Ilana (The Creator)'
    The Tuareg musician may have just made the most insane psychedelic guitar album of the 21st century. More....
  3. First Listen: Grupo Fantasma, 'American Music Vol. VII'
    The nine-piece Latin funk band's new album is a perfectly executed bi-cultural statement, made for the millions of people who love mariachi as much as James Brown.  More....
  4. First Listen: Quelle Chris, 'Guns'
    With both eyes trained on the absurd, the underrated veteran rapper parses ideologies that drive so much animus around the world. More....
  5. First Listen: Ex Hex, 'It's Real'
    The D.C.-based three-piece Ex Hex, in a word, rocks. For its new record, the band shakes up the frayed-but-taut tumult for which its known with some nods to '70s prog-rock and '80s hair-metal. More....
  6. First Listen: American Football, 'American Football (LP3)'
    The seminal emo band's latest builds the band's legacy as meticulously as the layered instrumental parts that constitute the album's songcraft. More....
  7. First Listen: Nilüfer Yanya, 'Miss Universe'
    Given the stylistic twists and turns she's taken over the course of her brief career, it's hard to believe that the critically lauded Nilüfer Yanya is only just now poised to release her debut album. More....
  8. Place Your 'Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery' With The Comet Is Coming
    The London trio, led by Shabaka Hutchings on reeds, liberates itself from received jazz wisdom, let alone any form of decorum. More....
  9. CHAI Undermines Worn Out Notions of Kawaii & 'PUNK' On Its Ebullient New Album
    The sugar-coated experimental pop band works to redefine and undermine the concept of "kawaii" — the pervasiveness of delicate cuteness in Japanese culture. More....
  10. Kari Faux Processes Her Pain On 'Cry 4 Help' EP
    The rapper's five-track EP Cry 4 Help is her first project in two years and though it's condensed, sounds more honest than any of her previous releases. More....