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

  1. First Listen: Laura Gibson, 'Goners'
    On her gripping new album, Gibson diversifies her arrangements to allow for everything from barren ballads to grandiose stormers that boom and swirl. More....
  2. First Listen: Oh Pep!, 'I Wasn't Only Thinking About You...'
    The Australian duo's sophomore album is full of complicated lyrics and pure melodies. More....
  3. First Listen: Kaia Kater, 'Grenades'
    Get to know the extremely talented 25-year-old Grenadian-Canadian singer-songwriter. More....
  4. Becky Warren Documents The Struggle And Triumph Of The 'Undesirable'
    The Nashville-based songwriter uses her platform to share the untold stories of the city's homeless and formerly homeless population. More....
  5. Phony Ppl Paints A Collage Of Sound On 'mō'zā-ik.'
    Incorporating jazz, funk and bossa nova, the Brooklyn band offers a subconscious vacation for the soul.  More....
  6. Ambrose Akinmusire's 'Origami Harvest' Speaks To Our Moment Now And Beyond
    The trumpeter and composer's audacious, politically exigent and altogether astounding new album features a string quartet and the rapper Kool A.D.  More....
  7. From Nashville Songwriter To The Spotlight, Adam Hood Is 'Somewhere In Between'
    Adam Hood has written songs for big-name acts like Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, but for his solo work, he prefers a leaner, more low-key approach. More....
  8. Swearin' Reunite On 'Fall Into The Sun'
    A rejuvenated Swearin' packs its first record in five years full of indie-rock rippers from an older and wiser vantage point. More....
  9. Listen To Eric Church's New Album, 'Desperate Man'
    Eric Church responds to an unsettling time with white-knuckled assertions of individual grit. More....
  10. Don't Be A 'Stranger' To Tunde Olaniran
    The singer's bighearted sound and style revolve around spirited statements of affirmation, a sprawling artistic palette and the pursuit of boldness in every sense of the word. More....