1. On King Tuff’s third album, the D.I.Y. glam-rocker re-brands himself as some sort of demonic teenager.
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    On King Tuff’s third album, the D.I.Y. glam-rocker re-brands himself as some sort of demonic teenager.

    StreamBlack Moon Spell from NPR Music’s First Listen

  2. 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.
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    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.

    Stream Too Bright from NPR Music’s First Listen

  3. Mapei’s savvy-sweet brand of pop is proof that high-quality ingredients can’t be faked, even in a product designed for immediate and mass consumption.
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    Mapei’s savvy-sweet brand of pop is proof that high-quality ingredients can’t be faked, even in a product designed for immediate and mass consumption.

    Stream Hey Hey from NPR Music’s First Listen

  4. Leonard Cohen's 13th album creates a space for slow-moving reflection that expands with each listen.
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    Leonard Cohen's 13th album creates a space for slow-moving reflection that expands with each listen.

    Stream Popular Problems from NPR Music’s First Listen

  5. There’s not much contrivance, not much high-concept, just a dad (Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) and his son bashing out tunes.
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    There’s not much contrivance, not much high-concept, just a dad (Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) and his son bashing out tunes.

    Stream Sukierae from NPR Music’s First Listen

  6. Happy Friday, everybody! Here’s a bonus GIF of that one time I made a two-second cameo walking across the screen in OK Go’s ridiculous Tiny Desk Concert. —Lars

    Happy Friday, everybody! Here’s a bonus GIF of that one time I made a two-second cameo walking across the screen in OK Go’s ridiculous Tiny Desk Concert. —Lars

  7. At 82, Ernest Ranglin still plays the ska, reggae and jazz sounds he’s been perfecting for more than half a century.
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    At 82, Ernest Ranglin still plays the ska, reggae and jazz sounds he’s been perfecting for more than half a century.

    Watch Ernest Ranglin play NPR’s Tiny Desk

  8. Saturday marks two decades since Bad Boy Records released Ready to Die, the album that introduced the charismatic, exceptionally talented, gone too soon rapper Biggie Smalls to the world, and made him a star.

    Photo: David Corio/Redferns

  9. Sturgill Simpson writes country songs about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs.
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    Sturgill Simpson writes country songs about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs.

    Watch Sturgill Simpson play NPR’s Tiny Desk

  10. A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Rodrigo Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist.
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    A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Rodrigo Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist.

    Watch Rodrigo Amarante play NPR’s Tiny Desk