NPR Music

NPR icon First Listen: Lost In The Trees, 'Past Life'

by Katie Presley
DL Anderson
The music Ari Picker makes with his band is masterful at eliciting sweeping emotional responses, and at ensuring that a single emotion never dominates any one piece. Past Life isn't melancholy, and it isn't upbeat. It's both, and everything else besides.

NPR icon First Listen: AJ Davila, 'Terror Amor'

by Jasmine Garsd
The garage-rock band Davila 666 is on a break, but its singer has a tremendous new solo album. Terror Amor stays close to AJ Davila's garage-rock/doo-wop/punk roots, but dares to play with fun new elements.