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NPR icon First Listen: Future Islands, 'Singles'

by Peter Macia
Timothy Saccenti
David Letterman made them famous, but there's more to Future Islands than animated GIFs of Samuel Herring's dance moves. The band's new album, Singles, is full of extremely catchy pop songs.

NPR icon First Listen: Thou, 'Heathen'

by Lars Gotrich
Mary Manchester
Thou has never been about convention. The Baton Rouge metal band bathes in foul pleasures on Heathen, making sense of its sprawling doom, drone and punk roots to rally desperate revolutionaries.

NPR icon SXSW 2014 Music Preview

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music staff for a look forward at a handful of previously unknown bands that we can't wait to see at SXSW this week.

NPR icon NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Tuesday

by NPR Music Staff
We loved Charli XCX, watched Neil Young talk about Pono and Ubered a pedicab. These are highlights from the Austin music festival, including a running playlist of our favorite acts.