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.

First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'Inform-Educate-Entertain'

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The British duo makes music using clips from old British government propaganda films as narratives for songs engineered to inspire dancing and general chaos. Its music explores the past as it looks into the future, with music meant for clubs that doesn't fit neatly into some EDM subgenre or nightlife cliche. Listen to Public Service Broadcasting's Inform-Educate-Entertain streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its Stateside release on November 19.

First Listen: Cate Le Bon, 'Mug Museum'

The Welsh singer's third album conjures images of Tom Verlaine's band Television and Velvet Underground collaborator Nico. But Cate Le Bon is no follower: She's a strong songwriter and a powerful, sultry singer with her own distinct phrasing. Listen to Cate Le Bon's third album, Mug Museum, streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music before its release on November 12.

First Listen: Cut Copy, 'Free Your Mind'

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A few lost nights out rekindled the Australian foursome's flame for acid house, which has resulted in an album bearing clear evidence of that style's rallying call to let your hair down — albeit filtered through Cut Copy's pop kaleidoscope. Listen to Cut Copy's Free Your Mind streaming now via FUV and NPR Music prior the the record's release on November 5.

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