Your First Listen (Week of Jan. 26)

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.

SLEATER-KINNEY – “A NEW WAVE”

It’s been a decade since their last album, The Woods, but feminist punk legends Sleater-Kinney have just released their Eigth album of their 21 year career. Don’t worry, they’re still loud and real…though older and wiser. They definitely haven’t lost any of their edge.

VIET CONG – “SILHOUETTES”

Viet Cong is a new band out of Calgary featuring some of the members of defunct indie band Women who are churning out dark post-punk. Their self titled debut LP just came out last week; it’s intense, intricate, surprising and earning its praise. They’re being hailed as one of the best new Canadian bands.

MATT & KIM – “GET IT”

Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim’s fifth album will be called New Glow, and if you’re looking for your next fix of fun indie dance tunes – they’ve got it for you. Getting a little poppier, and a little danceyer this time around, while it’s a new sound for them make you wanna move!

THE ELWINS – “SO DOWN LOW”

The Elwins have been boppin’ around the Toronto Indie scene for about eight years now slowly building up a reputation as one of the city’s most lovable bands, with several EPs and a VERY busy tour schedule. They’re friends with bands like Born Ruffians, Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado. So if you dig those guys, you might dig the Elwins. From their new album Play for Keeps out February 24th.

ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “CECILIA AND THE SATELLITE”

You might know Andrew McMahon as the frontman for bands Something Corporate and Jacks Mannequin, but this project is all his own. His album, called Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness came out back in October and he’s giving you a big soaring ode to love. All the beautiful things he’s seen can’t compare to “Cecilia” .