First Listen: Electric Youth, 'Innerworld'

Innerworld is awash in '80s earmarks, but it also conveys a sense of wistfulness; a sense of childlike splendor in danger of succumbing to the ravages of adulthood. Listen to Electric Youth's Innerworld streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on September 30 on Secretly Canadian.

First Listen: Perfume Genius, 'Too Bright'

After two solid albums, Too Bright is something shockingly new for Perfume Genius: a set of muscular, magnificently controlled songs that explore darkness inside and out. Listen to Perfume Genius' Too Bright streaming via FUV and NPR Music before its release on September 23 on Matador Records.

First Listen: Lia Ices, 'Ices'

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Ices' first two albums recalled the work of Cat Power and Tori Amos. But on her third album, the singer-songwriter expands her palette considerably. Listen to Lia Ices' Ices streaming now via FUV and NPR Music before its release on September 16 on Jagjaguwar.

First Listen: Karen O, 'Crush Songs'

The singer's lo-fi solo debut has the earnest immediacy of Kimya Dawson and the ukulele-driven poignancy of Magnetic Fields. But it's powered by a subversive, fearlessly revealed rock 'n' roll heart. Listen to Karen O's Crush Songs streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to the album's release on September 9 on Cult Records.

First Listen: Tricky, 'Adrian Thaws'

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On his 11th album, Tricky still showcases a brooding, searching spirit and a cinematic sense of atmosphere. But he also plays around with new facets of his persona. Listen to Tricky's Adrian Thaws streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's arrival on September 9 in the States.

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.

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