Your First Listen: Week of September 17th

Five remarkable tracks you need to hear from Hozier, The Dirty Nil, Mother Mother, and more

Each week we feature five remarkable songs that 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.

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Hozier feat. Mavis Staples – “Nina Cried Power”

Well, here’s a match made in musical heaven – Hozier featuring the legendary Mavis Staples. This track is “a thank you note to the spirit and legacy of protest” and if you have the chance watch the video it’s a powerful one paying tribute to activists.


The Dirty Nil – “That’s What Heaven Feels Like”

By now I hope you’ve listened to the Dirty Nil’s new album Master Volume, it’s straight up rock and roll goodness. Case in point, here’s their latest “That’s What Heaven Feels Like.”

Mt. Joy – “Jenny Jenkins”

This new track from Mt. Joy is all about the culture shock of moving from Philly to LA, and the quote “land of false promises,” band member Quinn experiences. It’s a tribute to both his supportive girlfriend and the name of an old Jerry Garcia and David Grisman folk song his father loved.


LP – “Girls Go Wild”

This LA artist has such a unique voice and after using her songwriting chops writing hits for Cher and Rihanna, she started releasing her own tunes. With a new album in the works, here’s the latest from LP.

Mother Mother – “Get Up”

New album on the way, and Ryan Guldemond found songwriting inspiration on a solo trip to Costa Rica. So what about this song? Well Ryan met a random photographer on the beach who gave him a pep talk and it inspired this one.