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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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 →
Mysterious Minneapolis electronic pop trio Polica fast became and XPN favorite following the release of their 2012 debut Give You The Ghost. After a year and a half of heard touring – which brought them to NonCOMM in 2012 and XPoNential Music Festival in 2013 – the band returns this fall with its followup LP, Shulamith. The album will be released on October 22 via Mom + Pop Music, but you can listen to it a week early via NPR Music’s First Listen series. NPR’s Andrea Swesson said this record sees the band finding its voice:
Not only does it build on the band’s established sound — a slinky, otherworldly style of electro-pop that mixes Channy Leaneagh’s angelic voice with distorted, occasionally disturbing sound manipulations and harrowing dual drums — but it also pushes them forward into exciting new creative areas. Whereas Give You the Ghost sounded like a Ryan Olson record with a guest vocalist finding her way to the forefront (Olson laid some of the groundwork for its sound as leader of Gayngs), Shulamith is a Channy Leaneagh record, plain and simple.
Listen to Shulamith in its entriety via NPR Music here. XPN Welcomes Polica to Union Transfer on Tuesday, November 5th. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch a video of the band performing at XPo Fest.