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First Listen

NPR icon Cold Beat, 'Over Me'

by Katie Presley
Madeline Allard
Cold Beat, the new project of Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew, represents the best of new wave — in title, metaphor and roster of influences alike. It's an exercise in controlled chaos.

NPR icon First Listen: OOIOO, 'Gamel'

by Doug Mosurock
On its new album, the experimental pop band explores elements of gamelan, a chromatically tuned metallophone music that's been played in Asia's Pacific Rim since roughly the 8th century.

NPR icon First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

by Michael Katzif
Peter Yang
Twelve albums and more than 1,500 shows into its career, Phish has never seemed more at ease embracing what it does best, while still trying to refine and reinvent its own formulas.

NPR icon First Listen: Strand Of Oaks, 'Heal'

by Andy Beta
The ten songs that comprise Heal had their genesis in personal crisis, with frontman Timothy Showalter's marriage crumbling apart while he was thousands of miles from home on an endless tour.