The debut album from singer and rapper Lil Nas X tops our list of the week's best releases, along with the 25th anniversary of Buena Vista Social Club, new ones from José González, Carly Pearce and more.
1. Lil Nas X — Montero
Featured Song: "Dead Right Now"
2. Carly Pearce — 29: Written In Stone
Featured Song: "Diamondback"
3. Charley Crockett — Music City USA
Featured Song: "Honest Fight"
4. Adia Victoria — A Southern Gothic
Featured Song: "Troubled Mind"
5. Buena Vista Social Club — Buena Vista Social Club
Featured Songs: "Chan Chan" and "El Diablo Suelto"
6. José González — Local Valley
Featured Song: "Visions"
7. Sheila Jordan — Comes Love: Lost Session 1960
Featured Song: "Ballad of the Sad Young Men"
8. Moor Mother — Black Encyclopedia of the Air
Featured Song: "Vera Hall"
Other notable releases for Sept. 17: Bob Dylan — Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16; Cory Henry — Best of Me; James Vincent McMorrow — Grapefruit Season; Lindsey Buckingham — Lindsey Buckingham; Melissa Ethridge — One Way Out.
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including the Tiny Desk Contest-winning song from the singer, Neffy, new ones from Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Neffy: "Wait Up" (Single)
2. Aisha Badru: "Rebirth," from The Way Back Home EP
3. Lily Konigsberg: "Sweat Forever," from Lily We Need To Talk Now
4. Sloppy Jane: "Party Anthem," from Madison
5. My Morning Jacket: "Love Love Love," from My Morning Jacket
6. Snail Mail: "Valentine," from Valentine
It's a packed release day, with new albums from the prince of reggaeton J Balvin, Kendrick Lamar collaborator and rising rapper Baby Keem, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew W.K. and more.
1. Common — A Beautiful Revolution Pt 2
Featured Song: "A Beautiful Chicago Kid"
2. Kacey Musgraves — Star-Crossed
Featured Songs: "Cherry Blossom" and "Gracias A La Vida"
3. J Balvin — JOSE
Featured Song: "La Familia"
4. Yebba — Dawn
Featured Song: "Boomerang"
5. Andrew W.K. — God Is Partying
Featured Songs: "Babalon" and "Goddess Partying"
6. AZ — Doe or Die II
Featured Song: "Check Me Out"
7. Park Hye Jin — Before I Die
Featured Song: "Me Trust Me"
8. Low — Hey What
Featured Song: "White Horses"
9. Deb Never — Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Featured Song: "Stupid"
10. Bomba Estéreo — Deja
Featured Song: "Agua"
11. Baby Keem — The Melodic Blue
Featured Song: "Range Brothers"
Other notable releases for Sept. 10: Heartless Bastards — A Beautiful Life; Matthew E. White — K Bay; Sleigh Bells — Texis; We Were Promised Jetpacks — Enjoy The View.
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week, including a profoundly moving reflection on Hurricane Katrina, a new story-song from Andy Shauf and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. 79rs Gang: "Stop The Water" (Single)
2. Andrea von Kampen: "Water Flowing Downward," from That Spell
3. Opium Moon: "Night," from Night + Day
4. Claire Cronin: "Bloodless," from Bloodless
5. Andy Shauf: "Spanish On The Beach" (Single)
6. Marc Farre: "Prayer Flags," (Single)
Our picks for the best new albums out this week come from the British rapper LIttle Simz, jazz pianist Kirk Lightsey, rising reggaeton singer Jhay Cortez, metal veterans Iron Maiden and more.
1. Little Simz — Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Featured Songs: "Introvert" and "The Rapper That Came To Tea"
2. Jhay Cortez — Timelezz
Featured Song: "Los Bandoleros"
3. Kirk Lightsey — I Will Never Stop Loving You
Featured Song: "I Will Never Stop Loving You"
4. Iron Maiden — Senjutsu
Featured Song: "Days Of Future Past"
5. Lady Blackbird — Black Acid Soul
Featured Songs: "Five Feet Tall" and "Blackbird"
6. Baby Queen — The Yearbook
Featured Song: "Raw Thoughts"
7. L'Orange — The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better
Featured Song: "Talk To Friendly Walls"
Other notable releases for Sept. 3: Damu The Fudgemunk — Conversation Peace; Imagine Dragons — Mercury, Act I; Lady Gaga — Dawn Of Chromatica (remix album)
Every month, we ask the NPR Music staff: What's the one song you couldn't escape? What's the one album to which you'll return all year? In August, we got vulnerable with James Blake, leveled up with Foxing, cooed with PinkPantheress, discovered an obscure Polish composer via pianist Lucas Debargue, memorialized a member of Injury Reserve and went back in time to Lee Morgan's weekend residency at the Lighthouse.
Songs heard on this episode:
• James Blake: "Life is Not the Same" from Friends That Break Your Heart
• Foxing: "Beacons" from Draw Down the Moon
• PinkPantheress, "Just for me"
• Lucas Debargue: "Nostalgie du pays" from Zal — The Music of Miłosz Magin
• Injury Reserve: "Knees" from By the Time I Get to Phoenix
• Lee Morgan: "Absolutions (Friday, Set 2)" from The Complete Live at the Lighthouse
Follow the #NowPlaying blog for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
Before we announce this year's winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, last year's winner, Linda Diaz, shares her picks.
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Aug. 27 include new ones from CHVRCHES, Indigo De Souza, Terence Blanchard and more.
1. CHVRCHES — Screen Violence
Featured Song: "Final Girl"
2. Madi Diaz — History Of A Feeling
Featured Song: "Woman In My Heart"
3. Chapel Hart — The Girls Are Back In Town
Featured Song: "You Can Have Him Jolene"
4. Tré Burt — You, Yeah, You
Featured Song: "Sweet Misery"
5. GRIP — I Died For This?!
Featured Song: "The Lox! (feat. Tate 228)"
6. Indigo De Souza — Any Shape You Take
Featured Song: "Way Out"
7. Terence Blanchard — Absence
Featured Song: "The Elders"
8. Andrew Cyrille Quartet — The News
Featured Song: "Go Happy Lucky"
Notable releases for Aug. 27: Halsey — If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power; Big Red Machine — How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?; Steve Gunn — Other You; Marisa Anderson & William Tyler — Lost Futures; The Bug — Fire; Yann Tiersen — Kerber; Mouse Rat — The Awesome Album; Nite Jewel — No Sun; Southern Avenue — Be The Love You Want; Carlos Henriquez — The South Bronx Story; Kenny Garrett — Sounds From The Ancestors
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week, including a 50th anniversary edition of George Harrison's "Isn't It A Pity."
1. George Harrison: "Isn't It A Pity," from All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary)
2. Immersion, (feat. Laetitia Sadier): "Riding The Wave," from Nanocluster Vol. 1
3. Circuit des Yeux: "Dogma," from -Io
4. Hand Habits: "Aquamarine," from Fun House
5. Coco: "Knots," from Coco
6. Big Thief: "Sparrow" (Single)
Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, Jewly Hight shares her picks.
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by Lorde, Sturgill Simpson, Deafheaven and more.
The great Brazilian-born, now Los Angeles-based musician has just put out Drama, his first solo album in seven years. We also hear music that changed his life, including songs from The Smiths and Gilberto Gil.
Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, John Morrison shares his picks.
Black Thought guests on a new one from the British duo Jungle, The Killers' Pressure Machine documents the hopes and horrors of rural America, Boldy James & The Alchemist team up again and more.
1. Jungle — Loving in Stereo
Featured Songs: "Talk About It" and "Romeo"
2. The Killers — Pressure Machine
Featured Songs: "Terrible Thing" and "West Hills"
3. Boldy James & The Alchemist — Bo Jackson
Featured Song: "E.P.M.D."
4. Falkner Evans — Invisible Words
Featured Song: "Made Visible"
5. Meet Me @ The Altar — Model Citizen
Featured Song: "Feel A Thing"
6. El Michels Affair Meets Liam Bailey — Ekundayo Inversions
Featured Songs: "Conquer & Divide" and "Intro"
7. Wednesday — Twin Plagues
Featured Songs: "Toothache" and "Twin Plagues"
Other notable releases for Aug. 13: Dan + Shay — Good Things; Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson — Refuge; Jade Bird — Different Kinds of Light; Joy Orbison — Still Slipping Vol. 1; $uicideboy$ — Long Term Effects of SUFFERING.
Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, Tobe Nwigwe shares his picks.
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from the R&B singer Tinashe, composer Max Richter and the greatest rap duo you've never heard of, Abstract Mindstate.
1. Abstract Mindstate — Dreams Still Inspire
Featured Track: "I Feel Good"
2. Max Richter — Exiles
Featured Tracks: "Flowers Of Herself" and "Exiles"
3. Laura Stevenson — Laura Stevenson
Featured Tracks: "State" and "Mary"
4. Tinashe — 333
Featured Track: "333"
5. Fuubutsushi — Natsukashii
Featured Track: "Suzushii Kaze"
6. Lingua Ignota — Sinner Get Ready
Featured Tracks: "Pennsylvania Furnace" and "The Order of Spiritual Virgins"
Other notable releases for Aug. 6: Barbra Streisand — Release Me 2; Eluvium — Virga II; Moritz Von Oswald Trio — Dissent; Ty Segal — Harmonizer.
In July, we found solace in veterans (Billy Bragg) and newcomers (Canary Room), witnessed personal transformations from IDK and WILLOW, hit funky grooves with William Parker and heard angels become mortal in a collaboration between Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine.
Songs heard in this episode:
• Billy Bragg: "I Will Be Your Shield" from The Million Things That Never Happened
• Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine: "Reach Out" from A Beginner's Mind
• Canary Room: "Christine" from Christine
• WILLOW: "don't SAVE ME" from lately I feel EVERYTHING
• IDK: "Hey Auntie" from USEE4YOURSELF
• William Parker: "Tabasco" from Mayan Space Station
Follow the #NowPlaying blog for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, Phoebe Bridgers shares her picks.
The sophomore full-length from Billie Eilish tops our shortlist of the best new albums out this week, along with a posthumous Prince record, Jack Antonoff's Bleachers, the singer Yola and more.
1. Billie Eilish — Happier Than Ever
Featured Song: "NDA"
2. Isaiah Rashad — The House Is Burning
Featured Songs: "True Story" and "HB2U"
3. Bleachers — Take the Sadness Out Of Saturday Night
Featured Songs: "Stop Making This Hurt" and "91"
4. Los Lobos — Native Sons
Featured Song: "The World Is A Ghetto"
5. Prince — Welcome 2 America
Featured Song: "One Day We Will All Be Free"
6. Torres — Thirstier
Featured Song: "Are You Sleep Walking?"
7. Yola — Stand For Myself
Featured Song: "If I Had To Do It All Again"
8. Skirts — Great Big Wild Oak
Featured Song: "Easy"
Other notable releases for July 30: Leela James — See Me; LUMP — Animal; Naia Izumi — A Residency in the Los Angeles Area; Poise — Vestiges; Son Volt — Electro Melodier.
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite new tracks of the week include an amped-up Steady Holiday, late-'70s, post-punk sounds from Gustaf and Wet Leg, the calming guitar of Lanterna and more.
1. Steady Holiday: "Love Me 2" (Single)
2. Gustaf: "Book," from Audio Drag For Ego Slobs
3. Wet Leg: "Chaise Longue" (Single)
4. Ada Lea: "damn," from one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden
5. The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb (feat. Pieta Brown): "Sweet Pretender," from Not On The Map
6. AHI: "Danger," from Prospect
7. Lanterna: "Aix," from Hidden Drives