NPR Music

NPR icon First Listen: Diane Cluck, 'Boneset'

by Otis Hart
John Rogers
Cluck's songs unfurl in curlicues, not straight lines, as her voice contorts to mystical effect. On Boneset, she frequently channels the deified California songwriter Judee Sill.

NPR icon First Listen: St. Vincent, 'St. Vincent'

by Katie Presley
Renata Raksha
Every defiant growl, jaded vocal fry and distorted guitar lick on Annie Clark's fourth album flirts with the avant garde, yet uses an accessible, if inventive, musical vocabulary to do so.