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


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.

First Listen Live: Arcade Fire At Capitol Studios 2013

Missed NPR Music's "First Listen Live" with Arcade Fire from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles on Monday night? You can hear the set now in the FUV Vault, featuring songs from the band's new album Reflektor, a couple of nice nods to Lou Reed, and a favorite from the band's last album, The Suburbs. See the set list here.

First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)'

For all its ubiquity and imitators, 2003's Transatlanticism holds up as an exquisitely produced, largely flawless record in which every song is bound to be someone's favorite. In this reissue, the album is packaged alongside an identically sequenced yet revelatory set of demo versions. Listen to Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition) streaming now via WFUV and NPR music before its October 29 release.

First Listen: Cults, 'Static'

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For Cults, reinvigorating '60s-style girl-group pop means embracing both light and darkness; it's about deceptive sweetness and a haunting quality that makes the songs linger after they're gone. Listen to Cults' new album Static streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its October 15 release.

First Listen: 'Red Hot + Fela'


Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti was a potent, prolific composer, so it makes sense that the not-for-profit Red Hot organization has followed its 2002 multi-artist Fela tribute, Red Hot + Riot, with this second volume. Listen to Red Hot + Fela, featuring tUnE-yArDs, Jim James, Questlove, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe and more, streaming now courtesy of WFUV and NPR Music before its release on October 8 via Knitting Factory Records.

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