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NPR icon First Listen: Hookworms, 'The Hum'

by Doug Mosurock
Steve Gullick
On its second album, the Leeds band is beholden to a motorik beat and the pulse it leaves behind. But Hookworms' members also explore the energy and chaos that such a solid anchor can provide.

NPR icon First Listen: Les Sins, 'Michael'

by Andy Beta
Andrew Paynter
Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick makes overt advances to the dance floor on his first album as Les Sins. But he keeps his mind on pop music, too, as he doles out pleasures in three-minute bites.

NPR icon First Listen: Deerhoof, 'La Isla Bonita'

by Max Savage Levenson
Chad Kamenshine
Deerhoof has always toyed with the whimsical, but its 12th album feels like its most playful work yet. More relaxed than its predecessors, it retains the long-running band's capacity to thrill.