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'

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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.

Watch Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Special

Despite the presence of Tina Fey and Arcade Fire, the debut of the new season of "Saturday Night Live" was a total snooze (although the "Girls" parody was very funny). Even the most devout Arcade Fans fans might have drifted off before catching the half hour special which followed, "Here Comes the Night Time," which premiered three new songs from the band's upcoming album, Reflektor. Good news — you can watch it here now.

First Listen: Haim, 'Days Are Gone'

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On their debut album, three sisters channel influences most listeners will recognize within a fresh, personal sound. In front of the microphone, Danielle, Alana and Este Haim retell pop's central stories in a language that's true to young women like themselves. Listen to Haim's Days Are Gone streaming now on WFUV and NPR Music prior to the album's release on September 30.

First Listen: Oneohtrix Point Never, 'R Plus Seven'

In zooming in on the material nature of the sounds to which he pays homage, Daniel Lopatin directs focus to the individual voices taking part in dance music's ever-evolving conversation. Listen to Oneohtrix Point Never's R Plus Seven streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its October 1 release on Warp Records.

First Listen: Au Revoir Simone, 'Move In Spectrums'

Au Revoir Simone stands out because its members offset their lush keyboard melodies and faultless vocal harmonies with serrated melancholy. But the Brooklyn band also knows well enough to inject its songs with sass and snap. Listen to Au Revoir Simone's Move In Spectrums streaming on FUV and NPR Music before its release on September 24.

First Listen: Chvrches, 'The Bones Of What You Believe'

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The Glaswegians' debut showcases a band that bridges styles and eras on the strength of its own charisma. Though it can be ominous, even aggressive, Chvrches' electro-pop songs maintain a disarming fizziness. Listen to Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe streaming now via WFUV and NPR Music prior to its September 24 release on Glassnote Records.

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