NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from the electro-pop band MUNA, R&B singer GIVĒON, country star Jimmie Allen, Soccer Mommy and more.
1. MUNA — MUNA
Featured Song: "What I Want"
2. GIVĒON — Give or Take
Featured Song: "Lost Me"
3. Soccer Mommy — Sometimes, Forever
Featured Song: "Don't Ask Me"
4. Jimmie Allen — Tulip Drive
Featured Song: "what i'm talkin' 'bout"
5. Lupe Fiasco — DRILL MUSIC IN ZION
Featured Song: "AUTOBOTO (feat. Nayirah)"
• Ella Fitzgerald — Ella at the Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook
• Katie Alice Greer — Barbarism
• Dear Silas — It's Giving SELF LOVE!
• Regina Spektor — Home, before and after
• Luke Combs — Growin' Up
• Arooj Aftab — Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition)
• Zola Jesus — Arkhon
• Various Artists — Elvis (OST)
• Joan Shelley — The Spur
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares an anthemic call to action from Jesca Hoop, a song for a stressed-out brain from Dry Cleaning, and two tunes inspired by television shows.
Featured Tracks And Artists:
1. Jesca Hoop: "Hatred Has a Mother," from Order of Romance
2. Jake Blount: "Didn't It Rain," from The New Faith
3. Alex G: "Runner," from God Save the Animals
4. Rubblebucket: "Morning in the Sun" (Single)
5. Marlon Williams: "Thinking of Nina," from My Boy
6. Dry Cleaning: "Don't Press Me," from Stumpwork
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NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from R&B singer Yaya Bey, the shape-shifting rock of Bartees Strange, Perfume Genius, DJ and producer J. Rocc and more.
1. Yaya Bey — Remember Your North Star
Featured Songs: "alright," "rolling stoner," "meet me in brooklyn"
2. Bartees Strange — Farm to Table
Featured Songs: "Mulholland Dr.," "Hold the Line," "Hennessy," "Cosigns"
3. Wild Up — Julius Eastman, Vol. 2: Joy Boy
Featured Songs: "Stay On It," "Touch Him When (Heavy)," "Joy Boy"
4. J. Rocc — A Wonderful Letter
Featured Songs: "Keep On (Yeah)," "Pajama Party," "Dancing With the Best"
5. Perfume Genius — Ugly Season
Featured Songs: "Teeth," "Cenote," "Scherzo"
Erica Banks — Diary of The Flow Queen
Harkin — Honeymoon Suite
Kevin Gates — Khaza
RY X — Blood Moon
Other notable releases for June 17:
Alanis Morissette — The Storm Before the Calm
Carlos Simon & Marco Pave' — Requiem for the Enslaved
Flasher — Love is Yours
Foals — Life is Yours
Hercules & Love Affair — In Amber
Infinity Knives & Brian Ennals — King Cobra
Logic — Vinyl Days
Mt. Joy — Orange Blood
Sound of Ceres — Emerald Sea
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares new tracks from Belgian-Egyptian singer Tamino, Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath and Daughter of Sword's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig together as The A's and more.
Featured Tracks And Artists:
1. The A's: "He Needs Me," from Fruit
2. S.G. Goodman: "Dead Soldiers," from Teeth Marks
3. The Beths: "Silence Is Golden," from Expert In A Dying Field
4. Madison Cunningham: "Hospital," from Revealer
5. Katie Bejsiuk: "Olive, Ny" from The Woman on the Moon
6. Tamino: "The First Disciple," from Sahar
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Nature's World from the Chicago hip-hop duo Mother Nature, FKJ's VINCENT, a meditative album from Japanese composer Midori Takada and more.
1. FKJ — VINCENT
Featured Songs: "Let's Live," "Greener"
2. ELUCID — I Told Bessie
Featured Songs: "Ghoulie," "Smile Lines"
3. Nick Mulvey — New Mythology
Featured Songs: "Mecca," "Star Nation"
4. Mother Nature & Renzell — Nature's World
Featured Song: "Midnight Garden"
5. Midori Takada — You Who are Leaving to Nirvana and Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter
Featured Songs: "Kannon Daiji," "Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter (In the Morning)"
BTS — Proof
Flora Purim — If You Will (physical release)
Julius Rodriguez — Let Sound Tell All
Shearwater — The Great Awakening
Other notable releases for June 10:
Bloomsday — Place to Land
Carrie Underwood — Denim & Rhinestones
Free the Robots — Kaduwa
George Ezra — Gold Rush Kid
Joyce Manor — 40 Oz. to Fresno
Judah & The Lion — Revival
Mapache — Roscoe's Dream
Max Richter — The New Four Seasons
Moonchild Sanelly — Phases
Vance Joy — In Our Own Sweet Time
Yann Tiersen — 11 5 18 25 18
All Songs host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week including the return of Death Cab for Cutie, a rare demo from Lou Reed, the singer-songwriter known as NoSo, Sylvan Esso and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Sylvan Esso: "Sunburn" (Single)
2. Annie Hamilton: "Exist," from the future is here but it feels kinda like the past
3. Death Cab for Cutie: "Roman Candles," from Asphalt Meadows
4. NoSo: "Parasites," from Stay Proud of Me
5. Tess Parks: "Wow," from And Those Who Were Seen Dancing
6. Lou Reed: "I'm Waiting for the Man - May 1965 Demo," from Words & Music, May 1965
The week's best new albums include Fantastic Negrito's White Jesus Black Problems, Angel Olsen's Big Time, rapper Namir Blade's sci-fi-inspired Metropolis, 070 Shake's You Can't Kill Me and more.
1. Fantastic Negrito — White Jesus Black Problems
Featured Songs: "Venomous Dogma," "In My Head"
2. Angel Olsen — Big Time
Featured Songs: "All The Flowers," "Big Time"
3. 070 Shake — You Can't Kill Me
Featured Songs: "Cocoon," "The Body," "Wine And Spirits"
4. Namir Blade — Metropolis
Featured Song: "BoA"
5. Editrix — Editrix II: Editrix Goes To Hell
Featured Song: "Cowboy"
700 Bliss — Nothing to Declare (released May 27)
Horsegirl — Versions of Modern Performance
S.G. Goodman — Teeth Marks
Post Malone — Twelve Carat Toothache
Other notable releases for June 3:
Andrew Bird — Inside Problems
Chronophage — Chronophage
GWAR — The New Dark Ages
Jasmyn — In the Wild (former Weaves lead singer)
Merzbow & Lawrence English — Eternal Stalker
Michael Franti & Spearhead — Follow Your Heart
Purity Ring — Graves
Queen of Jeans — Hiding in Place
Remi Wolf — Juno Deluxe
The Suffers — It Starts with Love
Tash Sultana — MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne)
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 Ti
2. Kendrick Lamar: "N95" and "Mother I Sober" from Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
3. Ravyn Lenae: "Where I'm From (feat. Mereba)" from Hypnos
4. Julia Reidy: "World in World" from World in World
5. Ethel Cain: "Family Tree" from Preacher's Daughter
Our panel's additional recommendations for May:
• My Chemical Romance, "The Foundations of Decay"
• Flores, The Lives They Left
• Leikeli47, Shape Up
The best albums out this week include Wilco's double-length Cruel Country, a debut from the singer UMI, the latest installment in Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge's Jazz Is Dead series and more.
1. Jean Carne, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge — JID012
Featured Songs: "Black Love," "Visions"
2. Wilco — Cruel Country
Featured Songs: "I Am My Mother," "The Plains," "A Lifetime To Find"
3. X Alfonso — Ancestros Sinfonicos
Featured Song: "Yakuma Kareré"
4. UMI — Forest in the City
Featuared Song: "what would u do?"
5. Nduduzo Makhathini — In the Spirit of NTU
Featured Songs: "Mama," "Emlilweni"
Other notable releases for May 27:
Brian Jackson — This Is Brian Jackson
Bright Eyes — A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off the Happiness and Fevers and Mirrors
Dehd — Blue Skies
HAAi — Baby, We're Ascending
Isaac Dunbar — Banish the Banshee
Jonny Greenwood — The Power of the Dog OST (physical release)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Emile Mosseri - I Could Be Your Dog / I Could Be Your Moon
Liam Gallagher — C'MON YOU KNOW
Maria BC — Hyaline
Rosie Carney — I Wanna Feel Happy
Sean Paul — Scorcha
Sofie Birch — Holotropica
Stars — From Capelton Hill
Steve Earle & The Dukes — Jerry Jeff
In this special episode from our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour, host Stephen Thompson talks with critics Christina Lee and Marcus J. Moore about Kendrick Lamar's new double album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.
It's been five years since Lamar released his previous album, DAMN. Since then, he's won a Pulitzer Prize, been nominated for an Oscar, and become a parent. But Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is anything but a breezy victory lap. Lamar examines generational trauma, sexual politics, and his own attempts to grow amid high expectations and heavy introspection.
The best albums out this week include Harry's House from Harry Styles, jazz pianist Joey Alexander's Origin, new ones from R&B singer Ravyn Lenae, rapper Boldy James, Porridge Radio and more.
1. Harry Styles — Harry's House
Featured Tracks: "Music for a Sushi Restaurant," "Grapejuice"
2. Joey Alexander — Origin
Featured Tracks: "Remembering," "Summer Rising"
3. Ravyn Lenae — Hypnos
Featured Tracks: "3D," "Inside Out," "Xtasy"
4. Porridge Radio — Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky
Featured Tracks: "Back to the Radio," "End of Last Year"
5. Boldy James & Real Bad Man — Killing Nothing
Featured Track: "Game Time"
Other notable releases for May 20:
Charlie Hickey — Nervous At Night
Craig Finn — A Legacy of Rentals
Flume — Palaces
Hanson — Red Green Blue
Joe Rainey — Niineta
Kronos Quartet — Mỹ Lai
Lykke Li — EYEYE
Mary Lattimore & Paul Sukeena — West Kensington
mxmtoon — rising
SOAK — If I never know you like this again
Uffie — Sunshine Factory
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen introduces this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, Alisa Amador, plus new music from SOAK, the identical twins duo Companion, Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman and more.
Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Alisa Amador: "Milonga accidental" (Single)
2. Jens Lekman: "The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom," from The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom
3. Companion: "If I Were a Ghost," from Second Day of Spring
4. SOAK: "purgatory," from If I never know you like this again
5. Jasmyn: "Cruel Moon," from In The Wild
Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Leikeli47's Shape Up, Florence + the Machine's Dance Fever and more are on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.
1. Kendrick Lamar — Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
2. Leikeli47 — Shape Up
Featured Track: "Chitty Bang"
3. Florence + the Machine — Dance Fever
Featured Track: "Choreomania"
4. Quelle Chris — DEATHFAME
Featured Track: "King in Black"
5. Tank and the Bangas — Red Balloon
Featured Track: "Communion in My Cup"
6. John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davis — Firestarter
Featured Track: "Charlie's Rampage"
Other notable releases for May 13:
The Black Keys — Dropout Boogie
Kevin Morby — This Is A Photograph
Mandy Moore — In Real Life
Mary Halvorson — Amaryllis and Belladonna
Monophonics — Sage Motel
Pkew Pkew Pkew — Open Bar
Sam Gendel & Antonia Cytrynowicz — Live a Little
Say Sue Me — The Last Thing Left
The Smile — A Light For Attracting Attention
They Hate Change — Finally, New
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares the "most astonishing song" he's heard this year: Regina Spektor's "Up The Mountain," plus Stella Donnelly's "Lungs," the many colors of MABUTA and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Regina Spektor: "Up The Mountain," from Home, before and after
2. Rachel Bobbitt: "More" (Single)
3. Shane Cooper & MABUTA: "Finish The Sun," from Finish The Sun
4. Tomberlin: "idkwntht," from i don't know who needs to hear this...
5. Kathryn Joseph: "The Burning of Us All," from For You Who Are the Wronged
6. Stella Donnelly: "Lungs," from Flood
Jewly Hight from member station WNXP talks with Bonnie Raitt about the folk-and-blues legend's new album Just Like That... and how she's navigated five decades of storied music-making.
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Sharon Van Etten's We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jack Harlow's Come Home The Kids Miss You, Arcade Fire's WE and more.
1. Jack Harlow — Come Home The Kids Miss You
Featured Tracks: "Nail Tech," "First Class"
2. Ibeyi — Spell 31
Featured Tracks: "Made of Gold," "Sister 2 Sister"
3. Arcade Fire — WE
Featured Tracks: "Age of Anxiety I," "End of the Empire"
4. IDK & KAYTRANADA — Simple.
Featured Track: "Dog Food"
5. Sharon Van Etten — We've Been Going About This All Wrong
Featured Tracks: "Headspace," "Born"
Other notable releases for May 6:
!!! — Let It Be Blue
Bad Bunny — Un Verano Sin Ti
Belle And Sebastian — A Bit of Previous
Bryan Ferry — Love Letters
Ella Mai — Heart On My Sleeve
Emile Sandé — Let's Say For Instance
Jermiside & The Expert — The Overview Effect
JOYFULTALK — Familiar Science
Kikagaku Moyo — Kumoyo Island
Midland — The Last Resort: Greetings From
Otoboke Beaver — Super Champon
Suki Waterhouse — I Can't Let Go
Sunflower Bean — Headful of Sugar
April brought us albums from a re-energized Pusha T, reggae legend Horace Andy, Myra Melford's improvised suite, Syd's broken-hearted R&B ballads and Straw Man Army's paranoid-but-expansive post-punk.
1. Horace Andy: "Watch Over Them" from Midnight Rocker
2. Pusha T: "Dreamin of the Past" from It's Almost Dry
3. Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet: "VII" from For the Love of Fire and Water
4. Syd: "CYBAH" from Broken Hearts Club
5. Straw Man Army: "Human Kind" from SOS
Other notable releases for April:
• Fontaines D.C. — Skinty Fia
• Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder — Get On Board
• Joel Ross — The Parable of the Poet
• Miles Okazaki's Trickster Quartet — Thisness
• Albert Ayler — Revelations
• Vince Staples — Ramona Park Broke My Heart
• Omar Apollo — Ivory
• Bonnie Raitt — Just Like That...
• The Linda Lindas — Growing Up
• Wet Leg — Wet Leg
The week's best new albums include Toro y Moi's spectacular MAHAL, hard-hitting rap from the New Jersey hip-hop duo Dälek's Precipice, R&B singer Kehlani's blue water road and more.
1. Toro y Moi — MAHAL
Featured Tracks: "Magazine," "The Medium"
2. Girlpool — Forgiveness
Featured Track: "Nothing Gives Me Pleasure"
3. Dälek — Precipice
Featured Tracks: "Devotion (When I Cry The Wind Disappears)," "Boycott"
4. Kehlani — blue water road
Featured Tracks: "wish i never" and "wondering/wandering"
5. Let's Eat Grandma — Two Ribbons
Featured Tracks: "Watching You Go," "Strange Conversations"
6. Girl Ultra — El Sur
Featured Tracks: "Bombay," "Nade Que Hacer"
Other notable release for April 29:
Bloc Party — Alpha Games
Burnt Pink — Afterlife Dub
Congotronics International — Where's The One?
Corb Lund — Songs My Friends Wrote
Diane Coffee — With People
Ebi Soda — Honk If You're Sad
The Head and the Heart — Every Shade Of Blue
Kelly Lee Owens — LP8
Melody's Echo Chamber — Emotional Eternal
Miranda Lambert — Palomino
Röyksopp — Profound Mysteries
William Basinski & Janek Schaefer — ...On Reflection
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a live recording for the 20th anniversary of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, a new single from Phoebe Bridgers and more.
Featured Tracks And Artists:
1. Lizzy McAlpine: "weird (ft. Laura Elliot)," from five seconds flat
2. Flasher: "Love Is Yours," from Love Is Yours
3. Fontaines D.C.: "Roman Holiday," from Skinty Fia
4. Phoebe Bridgers: "Sidelines" (Single for Hulu's Conversations with Friends)
5. Quinn Christopherson: "2005" (Single)
6. Wilco: "Reservations (Live at The Pageant, St. Louis, MO 7/23/02)," from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Deluxe Edition)
The best albums out this week include It's Almost Dry from Pusha T, space rock from Spiritualized, a gorgeous ambient record from OHYUNG, a rediscovered Charles Mingus live recording and more.
1. Pusha T — It's Almost Dry
Featured Tracks "Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes," "Dreaming of the Past," "Just So You Remember," "I Pray For You"
2. Jorge Drexler — Tinta y Tiempo
Featured Tracks: "El Plan Maestro," "¡Oh, Algoritmo!"
3. Ben Marc — Glass Effect
Featured Track: "Way We Are"
4. Spiritualized — Everything Was Beautiful
Featured Tracks: "Always Together With You," "Crazy"
5. Charles Mingus — The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's
Featured Track: "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues"
6. OHYUNG — imagine naked!
Featured Track: "symphonies sweeping"
Other notable releases for April 22:
• Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet — Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet
• Bill Evans — Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert at the Teatro General San Martín, Buenos Aires
• Bonnie Raitt — Just Like That...
• Charles Mingus — Mingus Three (Deluxe Edition)
• claire rousay — everything perfect is already here
• Fontaines D.C. — Skinty Fia
• Hatchie — Giving the World Away
• Jason Aldean — GEORGIA
• King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard — Omnium Gatherum
• Mister Goblin — Bunny
• Patrick Watson — Better in the Shade
• Roger Eno — The Turning Year
• S. Carey — Break Me Open