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.

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.

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