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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.

NPR icon Cold Beat, 'Over Me'

by Katie Presley
Madeline Allard
Cold Beat, the new project of Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew, represents the best of new wave — in title, metaphor and roster of influences alike. It's an exercise in controlled chaos.