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First Listen
12:01 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

First Listen: Robert Plant, 'Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar'

Robert Plant's new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, comes out Sept. 9.
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The Irish poet William Butler Yeats once famously evoked the drift of time through the image of old men gazing at their own watery reflections. "Everything alters, and one by one we drop away," Yeats' elders say as they themselves sit solidly at the shore.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

First Listen: Ryan Adams, 'Ryan Adams'

Ryan Adams' self-titled 14th album comes out Sept. 9.
Julia Brokaw Courtesy of the artist

Once known as a poster child for heedless prolificacy, Ryan Adams now seems to have discovered how to live at a human pace. His self-titled 14th album is his first in three years — a span that would have seemed inconceivable a decade ago.

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7:03 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

First Listen: Tricky, 'Adrian Thaws'

Tricky's new album, Adrian Thaws, comes out Sept. 9.
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Ever since he made his name as a spectral carnival barker in the trip-hop troupe Massive Attack, Tricky has been a master of creeping, crawling mood music that exudes quiet defiance and makes followers consult their dictionaries every so often to reconvene with the precise definition of "crepuscular." For his 11th album, Tricky stays more or less in line — though with a bit of a new persona in tow.

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7:03 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'Madman'

Sean Rowe's new album, Madman, comes out Sept. 9.
Anthony Saint James Courtesy of the artist

Sean Rowe has been playing a haunted cover of Bruce Springsteen's "The River" on tour this year, usually using only his battered Takamine acoustic guitar, a harmonica and his well-deep, Old Testament baritone voice. It might give an impression — abetted by his impressive beard — that Rowe, a small-town upstate New Yorker, is some Dust Bowl folkie throwback.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

First Listen: Death Blues, 'Ensemble'

Death Blues' new album, Ensemble, comes out Sept. 9.
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Jon Mueller is thinking about death. It sounds like a hammer hitting an acoustic guitar.

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