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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On Nov. 27

NPR Music's pick for the best new albums out this holiday week include an epic return for The Smashing Pumpkins, Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J, a previously unreleased Bill Evans concert and more.Featured Albums:1. The Smashing Pumpkins — CyrFeatured Song: "Save Your Tears"2. Juicy J — The Hustle ContinuesFeatured Song: "1995"3. Ane Brun — How Beauty Holds The Hand Of SorrowFeatured Song:… → Read More

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Nashville Recommendations: Hear 4 New Songs From The Music City

NPR pop critic Ann Powers highlights new songs from Brit Taylor, Molly Parden, The Brummies and C.A. Jones. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Nov. 20

NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums includes the debut, studio full-length from rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the first all-Spanish album from Kali Uchis, U.K. dub artist The Bug and more.Featured Albums:1. Megan Thee Stallion — Good NewsFeatured Song: "Savage Remix"2. Mamalarky — MamalarkyFeatured Song: "Drug Store Model"3. The Bug (feat. Dis Fig) — In BlueFeatured Song: "Take"4.… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 13

NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the long-awaited So Help Me God from 2 Chainz, country singer Chris Stapleton, the Afrobeats of Davido, Gillian Welch rarities and more.Featured Albums:1. Chris Stapleton — Starting OverFeatured Song: "Starting Over"2. Davido — A Better TimeFeatured Song: "I Got A Friend"3. Quakers — II: The Next WaveFeatured Song: "Gun Control"4. Hachiku… → Read More

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Mickey Guyton: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Country music's breakout star of 2020 performs three songs for her Tiny Desk quarantine concert, including "Black Like Me." → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 6

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include pure escapism from Kylie Minogue's Disco, the "destructive" pop-rap of Bree Runway, Argentinian bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi and more.Featured Albums:1. Kylie Minogue — DiscoFeatured Song: "Magic"2. Bree Runway — 2000AND4EVAFeatured Song: "ATM (feat. Missy Elliott)"3. Little Mix — ConfettiFeatured Song: "Sweet Melody"4. Fred Hersch… → Read More

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Hear Joni Mitchell's Previously Unreleased Early Recordings

A treasure trove of unheard Joni Mitchell recordings has just been released with more than a hundred tracks from the early 1960s, including almost 30 original songs she's never released before.On this special edition of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's Ann Powers and host Bob Boilen explore these early works of Joni Mitchell and play selections from the new box set from Rhino. This includes… → Read More

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NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of October

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in October 2020, featuring South African jazz group SPAZA, Wendy Eisenberg's acrobatic guitar play, Jean Dawson's adventurous pop and Touché Amoré's desperate hardcore. Songs featured in this episode:* Jean Dawson: "Devilish" from Pixel Bath* Touché Amoré: "Reminders" from Lament* Wendy Eisenberg: "Futures" from Auto*… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 30

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 30 include a surprise release from Common, the return of rapper Busta Rhymes, singer Sam Smith, the country artist Cam, Ane Brun and more.Featured Albums:1. Outkast — Stankonia 20th Anniversary EditionFeatured Songs: "So Fresh, So Clean" and "B.O.B. (A Cappella version)"2. Sam Smith — Love GoesFeatured Song: "Love Goes (feat. Labrinth"3.… → Read More

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Katie Pruitt: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Nashville singer-songwriter delivers an empowering performance in this Tiny Desk quarantine concert. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 23

NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 23 includes Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You, a new concept record from Gorillaz, the electronic artist known as Actress and more.Featured Albums:1. Gorillaz — Song Machine, Season One: Strange TimezFeatured Song: "The Valley of the Pagans"2. Actress — Karma & DesireFeatured Song: "VVY"3. Songhoy Blues — OptimismeFeatured Song:… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 16

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include rapper Black Thought's stunning Streams of Thought Vol. 3, a solo debut from The National's Matt Berninger, Beabadoobee and more.Featured Albums: 1. Black Thought — Streams Of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & AbelFeatured Song: "State Prisoner"2. Autechre — SignFeatured Song: "M4 Lema"3. SPAZA — Uprize!Featured Song: "Bantu Education" 4.… → Read More

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Sturgill Simpson Raids His Own Catalog For Surprise Bluegrass Album

Returning to a form he fell in love with after first moving to Nashville, the genre-defying singer recorded Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1 in just a few days earlier this year, after recovering from COVID-19. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 9

NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out this week includes the soaring synth-pop of Future Islands, the country duo Brothers Osborne, remixed classics from John Lennon and more.Featured Albums:1. Future Islands — As Long As You AreFeatured Song: "Waking"2. Carla Bruni — Carla BruniFeatured Song: "Partir dans la nuit"3. The Budos Band — Long in the ToothFeatured Song: "Long in the Tooth"… → Read More

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Little Big Town: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Little Big Town, one of the biggest bands in country music, perform a Tiny Desk quarantine show, and they bring the hits. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Oct. 2

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 2 include the latest from West Coast rapper YG, the K-pop group BLACKPINK, Icelandic singer Jónsi and more.Featured Albums:1. BLACKPINK — The AlbumFeatured Song: "Pretty Savage"2. YG — My Life 4HunnidFeatured Song: "Laugh Now, Kry Later"3. Laura Jane Grace — Stay AliveFeatured Song: "Old Friend (Stay Alive)"4. Eartheater — Phoenix: Flames Are… → Read More

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NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of September

We pick our favorite music released in September 2020, featuring Cuban hip-hop artist La Dame Blanche, Masego's summer wanderlust, Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker and a reimagined mass. • Adrianne Lenker: "anything" from songs• Waylon Payne: "Old Blue Eyes" from Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher and Me• Masego, "Passport"• La Dame Blanche: "La Maltratada" from Ella• Theo Alexander: "re;… → Read More

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Ann Powers Recommends 3 New Nashville Albums For Fall 2020

World Cafe Nashville correspondent Ann Powers shares three recent releases that she's excited about. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Sept. 25

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Sept. 25 include a long-awaited release from Sufjan Stevens, a searing new work from Public Enemy, the pop singer Joji and more.Featured Albums:1. Sufjan Stevens — The AscensionFeatured Song: "Lamentations"2. Public Enemy — What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?Featured Song: "Grid"3. Nappy Roots — 40rtyFeatured Song: "Do Better"4. Joji —… → Read More

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Brandy Clark: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Nashville songwriter performs four songs from her picturesque loft apartment, including fan favorite "Hold My Hand." → Read More