First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures'

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It makes cosmic sense that Temples' debut album arrives at the height of the current nostalgia wave associated with the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania and the British Invasion. The young English band weaves its classic inspirations into crazy-beautiful, richly idiosyncratic music. Listen to Temples' Sun Structures streaming now on FUV and NPR Music before the album's release on February 11 via Fat Possum.

First Listen: 'Sweetheart 2014'

The Sweetheart compilations adhere to a simple concept in which well-liked contemporary artists cover well-liked classic love songs just in time for Valentine's Day. This year's participants include Fiona Apple, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones, Ben Harper, Jim James, Beck, Valerie June and more. Listen to the Sweetheart 2014 collection streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before its February 4 release by way of Starbucks' Hear Music/Concord Music Group.

First Listen: Hospitality, 'Trouble'

If the New York band's first album evoked a cardigan, its follow-up is more of a leather jacket. But along with a greater toughness in Amber Papini's singing, there's also a wider tonal palette at work. Listen to Hospitality's Trouble streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before its release next week, January 28, on Merge Records.

First Listen: Warpaint, 'Warpaint'

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The L.A. band's swirling sound is full of mysterious buzzes and coos, and there's a sense of everything-in-its-right-place grace and impeccability to it, yet the songs themselves never feel icy or distant. Warpaint's self-titled second album feels fashionable, sure, but not at the expense of approachability. Listen to Warpaint streaming now via FUV and NPR Music prior to the album's January 17 release.

First Listen: Damien Jurado, 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son'

It's a testament to the singer-songwriter's versatility that he's made nearly a dozen albums of largely inward-looking folk and rock music, and yet has never made two records that sound the same. Listen to Damien Jurado's Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son streaming now via FUV and NPR Music prior to the album's release on January 21 via Secretly Canadian.

First Listen: Shearwater, 'Fellow Travelers'

Each of the 10 songs on Fellow Travelers pays tribute to an artist with whom Shearwater has toured. It's fascinating to hear the band function as a skeleton key that opens up the works of Xiu Xiu and Coldplay and St. Vincent alike. Listen to Shearwater's Fellow Travelers streaming via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its release on November 25.

Heavy Rotation: Ten Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

For NPR's Heavy Rotation — a roundup of ten songs that are entrancing WFUV and other friends in public radio — FUV program director Rita Houston chose Claire's "Games" as her current earworm thanks to its "sunny melody, strong vocals and synth-driven dance beats." Download Claire's "Games" now via NPR Music.

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