First Listen: Slow Club, 'Complete Surrender'


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.

First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo dwells deep inside some otherworldly, mysterious, metaphysical murk, an aura that's inviting and impenetrable at the same time. Listen to Cloud Boat's Model Of You streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before the album's release on July 15 via Apollo Records.

Listen To The National's FUV Live Show From Celebrate Brooklyn

The National kicked off the first of three nights at Celebrate Brooklyn with an amazing performance in front of a sold out crowd in Prospect Park. The band ran through a nearly two hour set filled with fan favorites like "Bloodbuzz Ohio" and "Fake Empire" while mixing in some great surprises, too. They had the crowd captivated from start to finish, and it's clear that The National have taken their live show to a whole new level.

First Listen: Strand of Oaks, 'Heal'

The ten songs that comprise Heal had their genesis in personal crisis, with frontman Timothy Showalter's marriage crumbling apart while he was thousands of miles from home on an endless tour. Listen to Strand of Oaks' Heal streaming now on FUV and NPR Music before the album's release on June 24 via Dead Oceans.

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.

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