Your First Listen (Week of Feb. 16)

5 remarkable tracks you need to hear!

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.

Passion Pit – “Lifted Up”

Last week you found out Passion Pit will be one of the MANY acts coming to Burl’s Creek to play Wayhome Music and Arts Festival this July, and they’re gonna be bringing you a bunch of new tunes that weekend! Their new record Kindred will be out in April, and if you’re looking forward to WAYHOME so you can get lifted up, you’re in luck – that’s the name of this track. Newest Passion Pit, on your first listen.

James Bay – “Hold Back The River”

Continuing the soulful singer songwriter trend that’s been steadily flowing over the Atlantic from Europe lately (notable examples include Hozier, George Ezra, Sam Smith) and here’s yet another name joining the club. He’s British, he’s got a guitar, he’s got soul – he FITS RIGHT IN! James Bay has been charting all over Europe and now he’s here for you. His album, Chaos And The Calm comes out in March, but until then relax and check out the single “Hold Back The River”.

Lowell – “I Love You Money”

Fresh off playing Wavelength Music Festival over the weekend, Toronto’s Lowell has been getting love from The New York Times and Rolling Stone and it’s not hard to hear why. She doesn’t sound like any other pop singer out there right now. Get ready to WOOO along with this one from her debut We Loved Her Dearly, “I Love You Money” Wooo!

Jack White – “The Black Bat Licorice”

When his backstage rider leaked a couple of weeks ago, it revealed that Jack White loves guacamole and hates bananas. HE DOESN’T EVEN WANT TO SEEEEE A BANANA at a venue he’s playing. So if you’re going to COACHELLA this year – leave yer naners at home cause he’s headlining. He also just won a Grammy for best rock performance for his single “Lazaretto”, from that same album. Turns out one thing he does like? Licorice. Here is Jack White with “The Black Bat Licorice”.

Florence & The Machine – “What Kind Of Man”

Brand new Florence, “How big how blue how beautiful.” The producer has worked with Arcade Fire and Bjork so you know you’re in for something unique and weird and vast. Florence says she likes big sounds and you’ll get to hear just HOW big soon, but for now – see if you can handle it. Check out “What Kind Of Man” by Florence & The Machine on your first listen.