Your First Listen: Week of April 4

Great music by The Lumineers, The War on Drugs, Peter Bjorn and John, Escondido, and Fitz and the Tantrums.

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.

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The Lumineers – “Cleopatra”

The Lumineers are about to release their second full length album this Friday and you’ll get to hear a bunch of it here on Indie88’s Your First Listen album special with Bookie. But, how about a sneaky peek right now at the title track, it’s “Cleopatra” on Your First Listen.


The War on Drugs – “Touch of Grey”

The Grateful Dead influenced everyone from the Flaming Lips to Fucked Up, to the National. So much so that they are putting together an enormous Grateful Dead tribute album called Day of the Dead. It drops on May 20th and features 59 covers from different artists. Here’s the opener – it’s the War On Drugs doing the Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey”.


Peter Bjorn and John – “Breakin’ Point”

Sweden’s Peter Bjorn and John have been busy since you first heard them whistle their way to indie stardom in 2006. In the last decade they released three albums, went a little experimental, and toured with Depeche Mode. Now, they’re coming back to you after four years with a new album called Breakin’ Point. Title track right here for you- and hey! NO WHISTLING!


Escondido – “Heart Is Black”

Even though they’re named after a place in California, Escondido is a band from Nashville, Tennessee. This tune is from their latest album, Walking with a Stranger. it might remind you a little bit of a bluesier version of Mazzy Star… especially singer Jessica Maros’ vocals.


Fitz and the Tantrums- “Handclap”

When Indie88 producer Dave heard this song he said, and I quote, “This thing is a FRICKIN’ POWERHOUSE”, and really – he said it best. Fitz and the Tantrums drop their new album June 10th, and are playing the Danforth Music Hall right after that on the 25th.


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