• Our picks for this week's best new albums include the latest from Thundercat, M. Ward, country singers Ashley McBryde and Sam Hunt, ambient cello tunes from Clarice Jensen and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. M. Ward — Migration Stories
    Featured Song: "Unreal City"
    2. Ashley McBryde — Never Will
    Featured Song: "Martha Divine"
    3. NNAMDÏ — BRAT
    Featured Song: "Salut"
    4. Wilma Archer — A Western Circular
    Featured Songs: "Last Sniff" and "Killing Crab"
    5. Thundercat — It Is What It Is
    Featured Song: "Fair Chance"
    6. Clarice Jensen — The Experience of Repetition as Death
    Featured Song: "Day Tonight:
    7. Anna Burch — If You're Dreaming
    Featured Song: "Can't Sleep"
    8. Sam Hunt — Southside
    Featured Song: "Hard to Forget"

    Other notable albums out on April 3: All Time Low — Wake Up Sunshine; Born Ruffians — JUICE; Caleb Caudle — Better Hurry Up; Ellis — Born Again; The Lovely Eggs — I Am Moron; Nina Simone — Fodder On My Wings; Peel Dream Magazine — Agitprop Alterna; Purity Ring — Womb; Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn — Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn; Yves Tumor — Heaven to a Tortured Mind.

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  • Listening to music during this pandemic has cast new light on old familiar tunes. Here's a listener-curated mix-tape of songs whose lyrics have an eerie — or comforting — connection to our current crisis.

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  • It's another super-packed release week, with stellar new albums from Pearl Jam, Sufjan Stevens, the producer Knxwledge, Little Dragon and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Pearl Jam — Gigaton
    Featured Song: "Quick Escape"
    2. Clem Snide — Forever Just Beyond
    Featured Song: "Roger Ebert"
    3. Little Dragon — New Me, Same Us
    Featured Song: "Are You Feeling Sad?"
    4. Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams — Aporia
    Featured Songs: "Ousia," "Agathon" and "Misology"
    5. Somni — Home
    Featured Song: "Home"
    6. Lilly Hiatt — Walking Proof
    Featured Song: "P-Town"
    7. Knxwledge — 1988
    Featured Song: "Don't Be Afraid"
    8. Orion Sun — Hold Space for Me
    Featured Song: "Grim Reaper"
    9. Jacaszek — Music for Film
    Featured Song: "The Iron Bridge"

    Other notable releases for March 27: 5 Seconds of Summer — Calm; Basia Bulat — Are You In Love?; Bon Iver — Blood Bank 10th Anniversary Edition; Brian Fallon — Local Honey; Brooklyn Rider — Healing Modes; Cable Ties — Far Enough; Catholic Action — Celebrated by Strangers; Gold Cage — Social Crutch; Half Waif — The Caretaker; In this Moment — Mother; Jim Lauderdale — When Carolina Comes Home Again; Jessie Reyez — Before Love Came to Kill Us; Joyner Lucas — ADHD, Lakecia Benjamin — Pursuance: The Coltranes; Margaret Glaspy — Devotion; The Orb — Abolition of the Royal Familia; San Fermin — The Cormorant I & II; Vanessa Carlton — Love is an Art; Vikingur Olafsson — Debussy - Rameau; Waxahatchee — Saint Cloud.

  • The two brothers describe their first-ever album together as a kind of art project — Roger composed the music and Brian added all the color. "Roger is a landscape painter," says Brian, "and I'm an abstract expressionist."

  • Finally, some good news! J Balvin's Colores is here, along with The Weeknd's mysterious After Hours, dance therapy from TOKiMONSTA and more, all on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.

    Featured Albums:
    1. J Balvin — Colores
    Featured Song: "Amarillo"
    2. The Weeknd — After Hours
    Featured Song: "After Hours"
    3. TOKiMONSTA — Oasis Nocturno
    Featured Song: "Get Me Some"
    4. Ian William Craig — Red Sun Through Smoke
    Featured Songs: "Weight" and "Condx QRN"
    5. Becca Stevens — Wonderbloom
    Featured Song: "I Wish"
    6. Yael Naim — nightsongs
    7. Kelsea Ballerini — Kelsea
    Featured Song: "Half of my Hometown"

    Other notable releases for March 20: Adam Lambert — Velvet; Brian and Roger Eno — Mixing Colours; Conan Gray — Kid Krow; Delta Rae — The Light; Gordon Lightfoot — SOLO; The Legendary Ingramettes — Take a Look in the Book; Låpsley — Through Water; Mapache — From Liberty Street; Moaning -- Uneasy Laughter; Sea Wolf — Through a Dark Wood; Tower of Power — Step Up.

  • For the first time in more than 30 years ago, SXSW isn't happening. But we still listened to hundreds of bands that were supposed to play in Austin this week and made some great discoveries.

    On this episode of All Songs Considered we share just a fraction of our favorite discoveries, including the German electro-pop band, Cosby, the UK singer-songwriter Luke De-Sciscio and the Nigerian singer and rapper known as Rema.

    1. Cosby: "Follow the Leader"
    2. Luke De-Sciscio: "I'm A Dream Fighting Out Of A Man"
    3. Katie Malco: "Creatures"
    4. Akineymi: "Seaworld"
    5. Höröyá: "Dogon"
    6. Black Country, New Road: "Sunglasses"
    7. S.G. Goodman: "The Way I Talk"
    8. Totemo: "Origami"
    9. Chelsea Williams: "Red Flag"
    10. Boyo: "Backseat Driver"
    11. Shards: "Summer Sickness"
    12. Rema: "Lady"

  • One Direction singer Niall Horan is back with a new solo album, Big Freedia gets 'Louder' and The Flaming Lips team up with Deap Valley for a gritty new psych-rock project.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Niall Horan — Heartbreak Weather
    Featured Song: "Nice to Meet Ya"
    2. Big Freedia — Louder
    Featured Song: "Chasing Rainbows"
    3. JFDR — New Dreams
    Featured Song: "Think Too Fast"
    4. Dogleg — Melee
    Featured Song: "Fox"
    5. Caitlyn Smith — Supernova
    Featured Song: "I Don't Want To Love You Anymore"
    6. Porridge Radio — Every Bad
    Featured Songs: "Sweet" and "Lilac"
    7. Deap Lips — Deap Lips
    Featured Song: "Hope Hell High"
    8. Hilary Woods — Birthmarks
    Featured Songs: "Through the Dark, Love" and "Mud and Stones"
    9. Shabaka and the Ancestors — We Are Sent Here by History
    Featured Song: "You've Been Called"
    10. Code Orange — Underneath
    Featured Song: "The Easy Way"

    Other notable albums out on March 13: The Bombpops — Death in Venice Beach; The Boomtown Rats — Citizens of Boomtown; The Districts — You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere; Four Tet — Sixteen Oceans; Grouplove — Healer; Honeycutt — Coasting; Peter Bjorn and John — Endless Dream; Sam Doores — Sam Doores; Ultraista — Sister; Yumi Zouma — Truth or Consequence.

  • This week's must-hear mix includes the veteran English art-rock group Wire, singer Anna Calvi's reworking of "Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy, the return of Car Seat Headrest and more.

    1. Anna Calvi: "Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy" (feat. Courtney Barnett) from Hunted
    2. Ohmme: "3 2 4 3" from Fantasize Your Ghost
    3. Wire: "Cactused" from Mind Hive
    4. Car Seat Headrest: "Can't Cool Me Down" (Single)
    5. Alex the Astronaut: "I Think You're Great" (Single)
    6. Beatuty Pill: "J.T.S. Study No. 1" from Sorry You're Here

  • Our sprint through the best albums out this week includes the latest from R&B singer Jhené Aiko, Phantogram, singer Mandy Moore's first new music in a decade, Swamp Dogg, Cornershop and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Phantogram — Ceremony
    Featured Song: "Love Me Now"
    2. Pantha Du Prince — Conference of Trees
    Featured Song: "Transparent Tickle Shining Glace"
    3. Mandy Moore — Silver Landings
    Featured Song: "Forgiveness"
    4. Jhené Aiko — Chilombo
    Featured Song: "Happiness Over Everything"
    5. Nadia Reid — Out of My Province
    Featured Song: "Get the Devil Out"
    6. Stephen Malkmus — Traditional Techniques
    Featured Song: "Xian Man"
    7. Caroline Rose — Superstar
    Featured Song: "Do You Think We'll Last Forever"
    8. Swamp Dogg — Sorry You Couldn't Make It
    Featured Song: "Please Let Me Go 'Round Again"
    9. Cornershop — England is a Garden
    Featured Song: "No Rock: Save In Roll"
    10. THICK — 5 Years Behind
    Featured Song: "Mansplain"

    Other notable releases for March 6: Anna Calvi — Hunted; CocoRosie — Put the Shine On; Disq — Collector; Esmé Patterson — There Will Come Soft Rains; Grafh — The Oracle III; José James — No Beginning No End 2; Noel Gallagher's High-Flying Birds — Blue Moon Rising; Overcoats — The Fight; Riz Ahmed — The Long Goodbye; U.S. Girls — Heavy Light; Worriers — You Or Someone You Know.

  • This week's must-hear mix of songs includes a sunny new track from Dirty Projectors, new solo music from Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and several curiosities from NPR Music's striking Viking, Lars Gotrich.

    1. Coriky: "Clean Kill" from Coriky
    2. Azusa: "Detach" from Loop of Yesterdays
    3. African Head Charge: "Dub Some More" (Single)
    4. Ricardo Richaid: "Largado Nu" from Travesseiro Feliz
    5. Dirty Projectors: "Overlord" (Single)
    6. Big Blood: "Providence" from Do You Wanna Have A Skeleton Dream?
    7. Ed O'Brien: "Shangri-La" from Earth

  • Our shortlist of the best albums out this week includes Caribou's first new full-length in five years, the rapper G Herbo's PTSD, a career-spanning celebration from Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Carbiou — Suddenly
    Featured Songs: "Home" and "Lime"
    2. Real Estate — The Main Thing
    Featured Song: "You"
    3. G Herbo — PTSD
    Featured Song: "Gangsta's Cry"
    4. Kyshona Armstrong — Listen
    Featured Song: "Fear"
    5. Hailey Whitters — The Dream
    Featured Song: "10 Year Town"
    6. Sérgio Mendes — In the Key of Joy
    Featured Song: "Bora Lá"
    7. Kassa Overall — I Think I'm Good
    Featured Song: "Darkness In Mind"
    8. Ratboys — Printer's Devil
    Featured Song: "Look To"
    9. Thomas Adès — Adès Conducts Adès (Concerto for Piano and Orchestra)
    Featured Songs: Excerpts from the third and second movements

    Other notable releases for Feb. 28: Angelica Garcia — Cha Cha Palace; Ellen Fullman — In the Sea; Sierra Hull — 25 Trips; Soccer Mommy — Color Theory

  • This week's must-hear mix includes the mind-blowing sax band Moon Hooch, guitarist-singer Jay Som, whose latest builds to a fever pitch, and new discoveries from Wednesday, Momma and more.

    1. Wednesday: "Fate Is"
    2. Momma: "Double Dare"
    3. Moon Hooch: "Candlelight"
    4. Ellis: "Fall Apart"
    5. Jay Som: "A Thousand Words"
    6. Ada Lea: "woman, here"
    7. Shabaka & the Ancestors: "Go My Heart, Go To Heaven"

  • New albums from the K-pop band BTS, Grimes and Best Coast are among our picks for this week's best new releases.

    Featured Albums:
    1. BTS — 'Map of the Soul: 7'
    Featured Song: "On"
    2. Grimes — 'Miss_Anthrop0cene)'
    Featured Song: "You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around"
    3. Best Coast — 'Always Tomorrow'
    Featured Song: "Rollercoaster"
    4. Royce da 5'9" — 'The Allegory'
    Featured Songs: "Overcomer" and "Mr. Grace"
    5. Katie Pruitt — 'Expectations'
    Featured Song: "Normal"
    6. Moses Sumney — 'græ: Part 1'
    Featured Songs: "Conveyor" and "Gagarin"
    7. Agnes Obel — 'Myopia'
    Featured Song: "Camera's Rolling"
    8. King Krule — 'Man Alive!'
    Featured Song: "Stoned Again"
    9. Klangstof — 'The Noise You Make is Silent'
    Featured Song: "Blank Page"

    Other notable releases for Feb. 21: Banoffee — Look at Us Now Dad; Greg Dulli — Random Desire; Guided by Voices — Surrender Your Poppy Field; MILCK: Into Gold; Ozzy Osbourne — Ordinary Man; Sarah Harmer — Are You Gone; Six Organs of Admittance — Companion Rises; Wilsen — Ruiner.

  • We premiere a new song from Roger and Brian Eno, plus the ambient sounds of Jon Hopkins, Skylar Gudasz and more artists who offer a soothing mix to slow the blood, calm the nerves and inspire the mind.

    1. Jon Hopkins: "Scene Suspended" (Single)
    2. Roger & Brian Eno: "Celeste" from Mixing Colours
    3. Lambert: "Vienna" from True
    4. Ian Urbina & Teen Daze: "Reel In (Sea Slavery)" from Pure Water
    5. Niklas Paschburg: "Duvet" from Svalbard
    6. Skylar Gudasz: "Actress" (Single)

  • Tame Impala, the K-pop band Monsta X and a new solo album from Nathaniel Rateliff top our shortlist for this week's best new releases.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Tame Impala — 'The Slow Rush'
    Featured Song: "Is It True?"
    2. Monsta X — 'All About Luv'
    Featured Song: "Someone's Someone"
    3. The Ballroom Thieves — 'Unlovely'
    Featured Song: "Unlovely"
    4. Carly Pearce — 'Carly Pearce'
    Featured Song: "Call Me"
    5. The Heliocentrics — 'Infinity of Now'
    Featured Song: "People Wake Up!"
    6. Nathaniel Rateliff — 'And It's Still Alright'
    Featured Song: "Mavis"
    7. Moses Boyd — 'Dark Matter'
    Featured Songs: "Dancing in the Dark" and "Shades of You"
    8. Beach Bunny — Honeymoon
    Featured Song: "Colorblind"

    Other notable releases for Feb 14: Bambara — Stray; Cindy Lee — What's Tonight to Eternity?; DRAMA — Dance Without Me; EDEN — No Future; Habibi — Anywhere But Here; Huey Lewis and the News — Weather; Justin Bieber — Changes; Katie Gately — Loom; Noah Gundersen — A Raven and a Dove; Puss N Boots — Sister; Tami Neilson — Chickaboom!; Tennis — Swimmer; yMusic — Ecstatic Science.

  • As we barrel toward Valentine's Day, M. Ward, Phoebe Bridgers, Perfume Genius, Raveena and more musicians share the love songs they wish they'd written.

    1. Torres' Pick: "Hounds of Love" by Kate Bush
    2. Matt Berninger's Pick: "Don't Know How to Keep Loving You" by Julia Jacklin
    3. Perfume Genius' Pick: "Consummation" by Nina Simone
    4. Amelia Meath's Pick: "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits
    5. Raveena's Pick: "Drunk" by Dijon
    6. Phoebe Bridgers' Pick: "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
    7. Conor Oberst's Pick: "Lovesong" by The Cure
    8. M. Ward's Pick: "Baby, I Love You" by The Ramones
    9. Waxahatchee's: "Not Given Lightly" by Chris Knox

  • Our list of the best new albums out this week includes the "garage country" of Aubrie Sellers, former Belle and Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell's first solo album in 14 years, Frazey Ford and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Nada Surf — Never Not Together
    Featured Song: "Come Get Me"
    2. Aubrie Sellers — Far From Home
    Featured Song: "Glad"
    3. Elkhorn — The Storm Sessions
    4. Envy — The Fallen Crimson
    Featured Song: "Swaying Leaves and Scattering Breath"
    5. Frazey Ford — U Kin Be The Sun
    Featured Song: "Azad"
    6. Hamerkop — Remote
    Featured Song: "The Splendor That Was Rome"
    7. Isobel Campbell — There is No Other
    Featured Song: "Below Zero"
    8. Steve Spacek — Houses
    Featured Song: "Higher Place"
    9. Spanish Love Songs — Brave Faces Everyone
    Featured Song: "Routine Pain"
    10. William Prince — Reliever
    Featured Song: "Wasted"

    Other notable releases for Febl 7: Antibalas — Fu Chronicles; Ásgeir --Bury the Moon; Boldy James and The Alchemist — The Price of Tea in China; Cheerleader — Almost Forever; The Cadillac Three — Country Fuzz; Christopher Paul Stelling — Best of Luck; Darling West — We'll Never Know Unless We Try; Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven — We're New Again; Green Day — Father of All; Iyla — Other Ways to Vent; Kat Edmonson — Dreamers Do; Khruangbin & Leon Bridges — Texas Sun; La Roux — Supervision; The Lone Bellow — Half Moon Light; Oh Wonder — No One Can Wear Your Crown; Sepultura — Quadra; Shopping — All or Nothing.

  • This week's mix of essential new songs includes sonic adventures from the Dutch artists Sevdaliza and The Homesick, the folk singer Tré Burt, hazy, loud guitars from Deserta and more.

    1. Sevdaliza: "Oh My God" (Single)
    2. Down Time: "Not a Complicated Person" (Single)
    3. Deserta: "Hide" from 'Black Aura My Sun'
    4. Tré Burt: "Real You" from 'Caught It from the Rye'
    5. Disq: "Daily Routine" from 'Collector'
    6. The Homesick: "Male Bonding" from 'The Big Exercise'
    7. Gang of Four: "At Home He's A Tourist" from 'Entertainment!'

  • Torres, Kesha, Drive-By Truckers, the British folk singer Sam Lee and more make our shortlist for this week's best new albums.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Drive-By Truckers — The Unraveling
    Featured Songs: "Armageddon's Back In Town" and "21st Century USA"
    2. Kesha — High Road
    Featured Song: "The Potato Song (Cuz I Want To)"
    3. Torres — Silver Tongue
    Featured Songs: "Good Grief" and "Last Forrest"
    4. Frances Quinlan — LIkewise
    Featured Song: "A Secret"
    5. Rafiq Bhatia — Standars Vol. 1
    Featured Song: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
    6. Poliça — When We Stay Alive
    Featured Song: "Fold Up"
    7. Sam Lee — Old Wow
    Featured Song: "Lay This Body Down"
    8. Son Little — Aloha
    Featured Song: "O Clever One"
    9. Squirrel Flower — I Was Born Swimming
    Featured Song: "Streetlight Blues"
    10. Walter Martin — The World At Night
    Featured Song: "Hey Joe"

    Other notable releases for Jan. 31: Andras — Joyful; Ben Watt — Storm Damage; Dan Deacon — Mystic Familiar; Destroyer — Have We Met?; Freddie Gibbs and Madlib — Bandana Beats; Jose Feliciano — Behind This Guitar; Lil Wayne — Funeral; Meghan Trainor — Treat Myself; Neneh Cherry — Raw Like Sushi (30th Anniversary Edition); Squarepusher — Be Up A Hello; Tall Tall Trees — A Wave Of Golden Things; Tre Burt — Caught it From the Rye.

  • The 2017 winners of the Tiny Desk Contest travel to Havana with NOLA's The Soul Rebels to connect with Cimafunk, Cuban musicians and history.