First Listen: The Antlers, 'Familiars'

Each of Familiars' deliberately paced songs sprawls to between five and eight minutes, and each takes a thoughtful journey in the process. The result mixes subtlety, grandiosity and beauty. Listen to The Antlers' Familiars streaming now, courtesy of the artist, FUV and NPR Music, before the album's release on June 17.

First Listen: First Aid Kit, 'Stay Gold'

The Swedish sister act got its start playing feather-light folk-pop confections. But Stay Gold is a statement of staying power; a collection of bright, smart, substantial songs that stick around. Listen to First Aid Kit's forthcoming album Stay Gold streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on June 10 on Columbia Records.

First Listen: Parquet Courts, 'Sunbathing Animal'

The Brooklyn rock band still wind-sprints with deadly efficiency. But the slower moments on Sunbathing Animal locate the essence of heartache in unexpected ways. Listen to Parquet Courts' Sunbathing Animal streaming via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on June 3.

First Listen: Owen Pallett, 'In Conflict'

If there's any conflict at all throughout these 13 tracks, it's purely an internal one for Pallett, a legit composer who also possesses the instincts to craft brilliant pop songs. Listen to Owen Pallett's In Conflict streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before the album's release on May 27 on Domino.

First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain'

Artful and beautifully realized, the Bright Eyes singer's new solo album knows when to shoot for sentimentality — when to sneak right inside the most cynical heart and melt the layers. Listen to Conor Oberst's Upside Down Mountain streaming this week via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on May 20.

First Listen: Sylvan Esso, 'Sylvan Esso'

Taut and tantalizing, these 10 songs have countless different ways of grabbing and inviting attention; they wobble, seethe and coo with charismatic ambivalence. Listen to the self-titled debut album from Sylvan Esso streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before its release on May 13 on Partisan Records.

Temples: WFUV At SXSW 2014

Riding high on their critical acclaim of their debut album, Sun Structures, Temples dazzled many at SXSW last week with a smart, glam-resonant, psychedelic set that never felt nostaligic, but always forward-looking. Temples also wrapped the Public Radio Rocks showcase with a lean, assured set that included singles like "Shelter Song" and "Mesmerise." Watch videos of Temples live at Public Radio rocks and listen to their entire set in the FUV Vault now.

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