Your First Listen: Week of January 15th

Five 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 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.
 

Jack White – “Connected By Love”

It’s here! New Jack White. The new album Boarding House Reach is out March 23rd, he recorded the album alone in a tiny apartment using just “using a four-track recorder, a simple mixer and basic instrumentation to mimic the equipment he had access to as a 15-year-old.” He wanted to make sure he had no distractions from the outside world, which is pretty interesting. Here is the result! Don’t forget Jack White will headline the Bud Stage June 9th, and Indie88 has a presale January 25th!
 

MGMT – “Hand it Over”

Here’s another taste of duo MGMT’s first new tunes in 5 years. The first single wasn’t as psychedelic as you may have expected, but don’t worry, this one is a trippy slow jam. The band collaborated again with Dave Fridmann (who’s worked with The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) which is maybe why I feel those vibes on this one?
 

The Lumineers – “Sleep On The Floor”

Here’s another from the folk rockers you know and love, The Lumineers. If you haven’t seen the video, just know they’ve crafted a pretty emotionally intense theme that runs through the videos for “Cleopatra”, “Angela” and this one “Sleep On the Floor.” Watch ’em when you have the time (and bring kleenex).
 

Franz Ferdinand – “Feel The Love Go”

Franz Ferdinand are back and as synthy as ever! This new one, which is also a smidge sax-heavy, is off the upcoming album ‘Always Ascending’, which will be out on February 9!
 

Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”

In 2015 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats brought a boot stompin good time with their self titled debut album and the big track “S.O.B.”. You finally get their new album ’Tearing At The Seams’ March 9th and here’s their latest to ride you over ’You Worry Me.”