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Splendid new albums on NPR’s “First Listen”

NPR’s wonderful “First Listen” series, which streams some of the best new music before it hits the street, is offering a bonanza this week.

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Los_lobos Lost in the Trees’ “All Alone in An Empty House” is an extremely striking debut by the unusual Chapel Hill, N.C., band. “Chamber folk” may be the best way to describe LITT’s sound, which sets some lovely, simple melodies in a neo-classical context. Hard to describe, and definitely worth a listen, the band’s music may appeal to Arcade Fire fans. Anti- Records will issue the album Aug. 10; after four Los Angeles area dates early that month, they’ll support Neko Case on the East Coast.

In the tried-and-true department, Los Lobos’ “Tin Can Trust” also gets NPR’s streaming seal of approval. The East L.A. band has been in business for more than 35 years, and their music has gotten deeper and richer with nearly every release. The new album arrives on Shout! Factory Aug. 3.

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