Your First Listen (Week of March 23)

New Music from Of Monsters and Men, Courtney Barnett, Yukon Blonde, Hayden, and Will Butler

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.

Of Monsters and Men – “Crystals”

Been four years since Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men released their smash debut record My Head Is An Animal – and they’ve finally returned! Still the same feel – but a little bit more polished this time around. This is the first track they’ve dropped from their upcoming album Beneath The Skin, out June 9.

Yukon Blonde – “Saturday Night”

Just in time for the weather warming up, summery jammers Yukon Blonde are back with a brand new one. You’ll be able to see em live at the Mod Club on April 1st and get down to a more synthy, dance-inspired approach than their previous, straight-up indie rock work-makes sense.

Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”

One of the strongest lyricists and most unique sounding singer songwriter voices right now is coming from Australia’s Courtney Barnett. But it’s not just the lyrics- she’s also treating you to some raw, blistering guitar rock in this one. Her album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is out now. Watch this artist, she’s going to go big.

Hayden – “Nowhere We Cannot Go”

You’ve been having a good cry to singer songwriter Hayden’s introspective, woe-filled tunes since the 90s – but even though his newest track still works for a rainy day, it’s got a glimmer of sunshine and hope in it. His latest is called “Nowhere We Cannot Go”, from his new album Hey Love – out this week.

Will Butler – “Take My Side”

If you were expecting Arcade Fire member Will Butler’s new solo project to sound ANYTHING like Arcade Fire… you-were wrong. But that’s not a bad thing, he’s just doing something totally different. It’s jangly garage rock on his album Policy and he’ll be at the Horseshoe Tavern this week. It’s going to be a lot of fun – I mean, just listen to this.