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NPR's favorite music of September, from untraditional gospel to mushroom music

Tyler Childers went to church, Makaya McCraven sampled himself, Sudan Archives got silly and sexy, Alex G distilled his production quirks and Björk stuck her toes in the earth. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Tyler Childers: "Old Country Church (Jubilee Version)" from Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? 2. Makaya McCraven: "Seventh String" from In These Times 3. Sudan Archives: "Selfish Soul" from… → Read More

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Joe Bussard, the collector who preserved early American recordings, has died at 86

Joe Bussard not only sought out obscure 78-rpm records that otherwise would have disappeared, but shared the music with giddy excitement. → Read More

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The Veldt, 'Sweeter'

On a standout from the soul-shoegaze band's first full-length in 24 years, guitar effects swirl around a psychedelic R&B groove that shimmers with beautiful bluster. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 2

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include rapper Psalm One, the veteran metal band Megadeth, English singer Yungblud and more. Featured Albums:1. Yungblud — YungbludFeatured Songs: "Memories (feat. WILLOW)," "Tissues"2. Psalm One X Custom Made — Bigg PerrmFeatured Songs: "Cristalle Jr.," "Pitchfork Score"3. Megadeth — The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead!Featured Songs: "Night… → Read More

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NPR's favorite music of August, from rocking goats to swamp pop

Punches flew from the Mountain Goats, Roc Marciano and The Alchemist teamed up, Tomu DJ took unexpected turns, Julia Jacklin looked deep within, Eli Winter opened up and Tommy McLain returned. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. The Mountain Goats: "Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome" from Bleed Out2. Roc Marciano & The Alchemist: "JJ Flash" from The Elephant Man's Bones 3. Tomu DJ: "Optimistic" from… → Read More

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Neurosis' Scott Kelly admits to abusing wife and children

The metal musician posts of the "emotional, financial, verbal and physical abuse of my wife and younger children," prompting Neurosis' remaining members to reveal they parted ways in 2019. → Read More

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Botch, 'One Twenty Two'

The band that turned metallic hardcore into a game of daggers — all sharp angles, twisted riffs and ferocious barks — broke up 20 years ago. Now, Botch returns with an absolute bruiser of a track. → Read More

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NPR's favorite music of July, from thundering pop to ecstatic electronics

Maggie Rogers leveled up and Beyoncé dropped another album we'll think about all year. But Johnny Gandelsman also took us across America, Bear1Boss super-smashed rap and Caterina Barbieri found immanence in synths. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Maggie Rogers: "Shatter" from Surrender2. Beyoncé: "PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA" from RENAISSANCE 3. Johnny Gandelsman: "Surrender to the Adventure for… → Read More

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Pigeon Pit: Tiny Desk Concert

The folk-punk unit performs hopeful, shout-alongable songs about seeking freedom in the face of tyranny, exhaustion and everyday nonsense. → Read More

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Maggie Rogers' summer mixtape sweats with sweetness

Filled with pop mosaics, Surrender feels like a quintessentially summer album. Naturally, we asked Maggie Rogers for a roséwave playlist. → Read More

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Chris Forsyth, 'Experimental & Professional'

The opening track of Forsyth's latest is a paradox of effervescent oddity and earth-rumbling gyration, featuring Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen. → Read More

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NPR's favorite music of June, from salty joy to heart-wrenching slow jams

June brought us The Suffers' socially conscious party music, Saya Gray's headphones-worthy debut, GIVĒON's R&B ballads, Regina Spektor's elaborate songwriting and Petrol Girls' amped-up punk.Featured Tracks and Artists:1. The Suffers: "Don't Bother Me" and "Yada Yada" from It Starts with Love2. Saya Gray: "I FOUND A FLOORBOARD UNDER THE SOIL!" from 19 Masters3. GIVĒON: "Scarred" from Give Or… → Read More

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Roséwave: 110 songs for your summer getaway

Hit play and vibe all day. Roséwave is a lifestyle, not a genre, based around summer feels. To kick things off, here's a seven-hour soundtrack for your getaway or staycation. → Read More

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Julee Cruise, otherworldly crooner on 'Twin Peaks,' dies at 65

Cruise's instrument, a voice of such intense calm it could be unsettling, made her a natural collaborator of director David Lynch — and, later, new-wave icons The B-52s. → Read More

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs (feat. Perfume Genius), 'Spitting Off the Edge of the World'

A reclamation and a passing of the torch, "Spitting Off The Edge of the World" captures a spark and stretches it into oblivion. → Read More

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NPR's favorite music of May, from a San Benito summer to an uneasy opus

May brought us Bad Bunny's stacked summer album, Kendrick Lamar's unsettled opus, Ravyn Lenae's otherworldly debut, Julia Reidy's microtonal guitar dissonance and Ethel Cain's haunted pop. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Bad Bunny: "Después de la Playa" and "Otro Atardecer" from Un Verano Sin Ti2. Kendrick Lamar: "N95" and "Mother I Sober" from Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers 3. Ravyn Lenae: "Where… → Read More

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Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa & Young Thug, 'Potion'

With its lightly popped electro-funk sound, "Potion" reunites Harris with Dua Lipa and Young Thug for a summer bop that shimmers at the surface. → Read More

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Mary Lattimore & Paul Sukeena, 'Hundred Dollar Hoagie'

The bleary and intimate track creeps at the corners of consciousness. → Read More

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Mary Halvorson, 'Belladonna'

On the guitarist's first string quartet composition, she comes with a dramatic precision. → Read More

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Dolly Parton, Pat Benatar and Lionel Richie are among acts voted into Rock Hall

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2022 class leans heavily on pop hitmakers from the 1980s, but also includes rapper Eminem and country star Dolly Parton, who initially rejected her nomination. → Read More