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First Listen

NPR icon First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

by Katie Presley
Millennial social anxiety pairs with breezy, effortlessly cool surf-rock on Alvvays, and the combination is irresistible. The Toronto band's beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore.

NPR icon First Listen: Braid, 'No Coast'

by Lars Gotrich
Mitchell Wojcik
The emo band's first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs, each well-positioned to remind fans why they fell in love with Braid in the first place.