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Stream Death Cab For Cutie’s Thank You For Today via NPR First Listen

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Death Cab for Cutie for WXPN | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

Thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen series, Death Cab For Cutie’s ninth album, Thank You For Today, is available to stream before the full release this Friday, August 17th.

Third track and lead single “Gold Rush” has been a favorite around the station leading up to the album’s release. The track touches on the gentrification of a hometown, seemingly changing overnight or without any notice. Themes of change are riddled throughout the album, from the location-slanted “Gold Rush” to physically leaving a space, like on “You Moved Away.” While vocalist Ben Gibbard’s lyrics are at the forefront of each track, the backing instrumentals are not to go unnoticed. Swirling synths accompanied by drums, bass, guitar, and piano, perfectly paired with Gibbard’s register, weave a sense of nostalgia and hope throughout the album. Continue reading →

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Stream Dawes’ new album Password via NPR Music’s First Listen

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

Perennial WXPN favorites Dawes have shared an early stream of their latest album, Password, on NPR’s First Listen, available a week before the album’s official release. The band’s latest LP observes and reflects on the modern world lyrically. Speaking on the album with Consequence of Sound, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith said “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story.” Continue reading →

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Listen to HIRS’ powerful Friends. Lovers. Favorites. via NPR Music’s First Listen

+HIRS+ | photo courtesy of Get Better Records
HIRS | photo courtesy of Get Better Records

HIRS — or The HIRS Collective, as they’re calling themselves for the purposes of their new record — are loud. They’re loud in a way that catches you off guard upon first listen, no matter how hard you’ve mentally prepared for the force that’s about to hit you. The sheer intensity of their songs makes you need to listen over and over just in case you missed something — and now you can do just that, as HIRS’ new LP, Friends. Lovers. Favorites., is available to stream via NPR Music’s First Listen.

It’s the group’s first full-length record after a steady series of EPs, and they’ve certainly taken the term “full-length” to heart — it’s 20 tracks long. Granted, most of them are of the short, 30 seconds to a minute variety, but that doesn’t lessen their potency in the slightest. HIRS’ message comes through clearly — they’ve devoted their musical purpose to fighting violence agains the queer and trans communities, and on the new record, the unrest that’s spurred their activism is more urgent than ever. Continue reading →

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Stream Sheer Mag’s Entire New Album, Need To Feel Your Love via NPR Music

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

If you can’t wait until July 14th to hear Sheer Mag‘s debut full-length album (we’ve been waiting for three years, that seems quite long enough) you’re in luck – Need to Feel Your Love joins the long list of highly anticipated albums that have been released via NPR’s First Listen series, giving fans a chance to hear the album in its entirety one week before its scheduled release date. Including the two lead singles “Just Can’t Get Enough” and the title track “Need to Feel Your Love,” the 12-track record finds Sheer Mag showcasing their songwriting and versatility rooted in classic rock’n’roll. Continue reading →

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Catch up with Daniel Bachman and his new record via NPR Music’s First Listen

Daniel Bachman | photo by Jesse Sheppard | via NPR Music

It’s been a few years since Daniel Bachman called Philadelphia home, but look at it as a testament to the evocative and timeless strengths of his music that we like to check in with him every now and then.

This time around, the Virginia native is gearing up to release a self-titled LP via Three Lobed Recordings, a fitting home for the guitarist that boasts releases by alt folk / psych rock leaders like Michael Chapman, Bardo Pond, Steve Gunn, and Jack Rose. With a release date of November 11th, NPR Music has Daniel Bachman streaming a week early as a First Listen feature.

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Listen to Sara Watkins’ new Young In All the Wrong Ways via NPR Music

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Sara Watkins | photo by Maarten deBoer

With her new Young In All the Wrong Ways LP, Sara Watkins steps firmly out of the bluegrass frame and continues on a path of personal and musical evolution that sees the Nickel Creek co-founder declaring the strength of her own person. The album, which comes out Friday, July 1st via New West Records, is up on NPR Music’s First Listen for a week of advance streaming.

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Watch Dr. Dog’s World Cafe session, stream The Psychedelic Swamp via NPR

 

Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Dr. Dog is featured on NPR’s First Listen this week with their forthcoming record The Psychedelic Swamp. With an official release date of February 5, you can stream the local rockers’ ninth LP a week early – and get an early look at the World Cafe session they just recorded to showcase the album.

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Listen to the new Gary Clark, Jr. album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim

Gary Clark Jr. | Photo by Frank Maddocks | Via NPR Music
Gary Clark Jr. | Photo by Frank Maddocks | Via NPR Music

Gary Clark, Jr. just released his new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Over the last several years, the extraordinary blues and rock guitarist has shared the stages with many guitar playing legends including Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Keith Richards – all of whom have sung Clark’s praises. Continue reading →