First Listen

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 First Listen: Ana Tijoux, 'Vengo'

by Jasmine Garsd
Inti Gajardo G.
A strong woman, the French-Chilean rapper can simultaneously love, fight, ask and be happy — and make amazing music in the process. Inventive and searching, Vengo is an album worth savoring.