Alt-J: First Listen Live Presented By FUV On September 2

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The British trio Alt-J is set to release its new album, This Is All Yours, in the U.S. on September 23, and they're coming to New York City to premiere the new material in an exclusive First Listen Live on FUV and NPR Music on September 2 at 9pm EDT, also streaming online.

First Listen: Interpol, 'El Pintor'

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The New York post-punk band has aged into its polished sound nicely, maintaining its influences (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, et al) while sounding more distinct from them than ever. Listen to Interpol's El Pintor streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to the album's release on September 9 on Matador. If you got shut out of the band's New York record release show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur on September 2, you can always check out NPR's First Listen Live webcast tonight, August 26, at 10p.m. EDT (7p.m. PDT) as Interpol plays songs from the forthcoming album.

First Listen: The Wytches, 'Annabel Dream Reader'

The British band borrows from the best to contextualize a sound that's at once heavy, sinister, tuneful and theatrical, piling on the fuzz and reverb until its songs practically foam at the mouth. Listen to The Wytches' Annabel Dream Reader streaming via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release on August 26 on Partisan Records.

First Listen: J Mascis, 'Tied To A Star'

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Though not entirely unplugged, Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a veteran craftsman who knows when to hang back and decide to pulverize another day. Listen to J Mascis' Tied to a Star streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on August 26 via Sub Pop.

First Listen: Cymbals Eat Guitars, 'Lose'

If the Staten Island band has a unifying philosophy, it's that rock music is a negotiable solid, one that should be assembled with great energy and not-inconsiderable exertion. Listen to Cymbals Eat Guitars' Lose streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on August 19 on Barsuk Records.

First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'

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Lese Majesty is MC and producer Ishmael Butler's most relentlessly noncommercial chapter yet. No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive former leader of Digable Planets. Listen to Shabazz Palaces' Lese Majesty streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 29.

First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

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Millennial social anxiety pairs with breezy, effortlessly cool surf-rock on Alvvays, and the combination is irresistible. The Toronto band's beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore. Listen to the eponymous debut from Alvvays (pronounced "always") streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on July 22.

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