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First Listen

NPR icon First Listen: Strand Of Oaks, 'Heal'

by Andy Beta
The ten songs that comprise Heal had their genesis in personal crisis, with frontman Timothy Showalter's marriage crumbling apart while he was thousands of miles from home on an endless tour.

NPR icon First Listen: Boris, 'Noise'

by Doug Mosurock
Miki Matsushima
The Japanese experimental outfit has always had the capacity to stun. On Noise, it surprises, too: Boris subverts expectations constantly, while retaining the core values of a heavy band.