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.

First Listen: Slow Club, 'Complete Surrender'

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Echoes of British R&B and vintage American pop ring through an album by this English duo. "The idea behind it," Charles Watson says, "was to be a bit more reserved." Listen to Slow Club's Complete Surrender streaming this week via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on July 15 on Wichita Recordings.

First Listen: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'

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"The rhythm of life goes round," the singer repeats, summing up a set ranging from politics to gang violence to gender identity. He's in fine voice, belting and going gentle without strain. Listen to Morrissey's World Peace Is None Of Your Business, his tenth solo release, streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 15.

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