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First Listen: The Walkmen's 'Heaven'

The long holiday weekend ahead offers plenty of time to catch up on previews of new albums set for release on May 29. One of those gems is the latest album from The Walkmen, Heaven, out next Tuesday on Fat Possum. 

Heaven features a cameo from Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, but most notably, it also captures The Walkmen in a bright, happy phase with a confidence that weaves its way through all 13 tracks.

Preview the album now via TAS sister station WFUV and NPR Music.

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First Listen: Sigur Rós And 'Valtari'

Sigur Rós has returned, in full Icelandic splendor, after a hiatus of four years with Valtari, out on May 29. Preview the album now via The Alternate Side's sister station WFUV and NPR Music.

Stephen Thompson of NPR observes: "Rather than getting bogged down in Valtari's place on the Sigur Rós continuum — basically, it fits right in the band's most comfortable sweet spot — it's better to bask in the album's almost overwhelming beauty."

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