The best albums out now include singer Jorja Smith's soaring but solitary full-length Falling or Flying, an inspired, messy affair from Cherry Glazerr, Becky G's ode to Mexican Regional and more.
1. Jorja Smith — Falling or Flying
Featured Songs: "Try Me," "Little Things," "Falling or Flying," "Backwards," "She Feels"
2. Cherry Glazerr — I Don't Want You Anymore
Featured Songs: "Bad Habit," "Touched You With My Chaos," "I Don't Want You Anymore"
3. Becky G — ESQUINAS
Featured Songs: "2NDO CHANCE (feat. Ivan Cornejo)," "CHANEL (feat. Peso Pluma)," "CUIDADITO (feat. Chiquis)," "QUERIDO ABUELO"
4. Blonde Redhead — Sit Down For Dinner
Featured Songs: "Before," "Sit Down For Dinner Pt. 1," "Kiss Her Kiss Her"
5. Wilco — Cousin
Featured Songs: "Infinite Surprise," "Levee," "Ten Dead," "Sunlight Ends"
Jlin — Perspective
Lydia Loveless — Nothing's Gonna Stand In My Way Again (Released Sept. 22)
MJ Nebreda — Arepa Mixtape
Molly Burch — Daydreamer
Other notable releases for Sept. 29:
Addison Grace — Diving Lessons
Animal Collective — Isn't It Now?
Armand Hammer — We Buy Diabetic Test Strips
Code Orange — The Above
Ed Sheeran — Autumn Variations
Dessa — Bury The Lede
hemlocke springs — going... going... GONE!
Maxo — Debbie's Son
Oneohtrix Point Never — Again
Alt.Latino's Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras sit down with Becky G, right after her forthcoming Tiny Desk performance, to talk about the cultural mash-up of her music, her philosophy for working with women in the industry and representing her Mexican heritage at Coachella.
Audio for this episode of 'Alt.Latino' was edited and mixed by Isabella Gomez Sarmiento. Our show editor is Hazel Cills and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.
NPR Music's Hazel Cills and Marissa Lorusso join host Bob Boilen to share their favorite new tracks.
Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Katy Kirby: "Cubic Zirconia" (Single)
2. Daneshevskaya: "Somewhere In the Middle," from Long Is the Tunnel
3. Olivia Rodrigo: "love is embarrassing," from GUTS
4. Sufjan Stevens: "Will Anybody Ever Love Me?" from Javelin
5. Katie Von Schleicher: "Every Step Is an Ocean," from A Little Touch of Schleicher in the Night
6. Marina Herlop: "La Alhambra," from Nekkuja
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Doja Cat's Scarlet, Kylie Minogue's Tension, yeule's genre-hopping softscars and more.
1. Doja Cat — Scarlet
Featured Songs: "Demons," "97," "Go Off," "Often"
2. Mykki Blanco — Postcards From Italia
Featured Songs: "Tequila Casino Royale," "Holidays In The Sun," "Love Fell Down Around Me," "Magic On My Back"
3. yeule — softscars
Featured Songs: "4ui12," "software update," "x w x," "dazies," "fish in the pool"
4. Kylie Minogue — Tension
Featured Songs: "You Still Get Me High," "Padam Padam," "10 Out Of 10," "Story"
5. Loraine James — Gentle Confrontation
Featured Songs: "Let U Go (ft. keiyaA)," "Gentle Confrontation," "Glitch the System (Glitch Bitch 2)," "I DM U," "One Way Ticket To the Midwest (Emo) [feat. Corey Mastrangelo]"
Doechii — "Pacer" (single)
DUFFY x UHLMANN — Doubles
Moemaw Naedon and C. Scott — Yinztroducing...
The National — Laugh Track
Other notable releases for Sept. 22:
Bakar — Halo
Bibio — Sunbursting (EP)
The Breeders — Last Splash (30th Anniversary Edition)
Brent Cobb — Southern Star
CHAI — CHAI
Chappell Roan — The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess
Devendra Banhart — Flying Wig
Grails — Anches En Maat
Grrrl Gang — Spunky!
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids — Afro Futuristic Dreams
KEN mode — VOID
Lydia Loveless — Nothing's Gonna Stand In My Way Again
Pkew Pkew Pkew — Siiick Days
Roosevelt — Embrace
Teenage Fanclub — Nothing Lasts Forever
Anamaria Sayre, Felix Contreras and producer Isabella Gomez Sarmiento sit down to talk some real chisme this week — a special episode dedicated to the Latin Grammy nominations. Was there really a regional snub and what does it say about the way we choose to elevate our own art?
Audio for this episode of 'Alt.Latino' was edited and mixed by Suraya Mohamed. Our show editor is Hazel Cills and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.
Bob Boilen will retire from NPR on Oct. 2, and he decided to spend one of his final episodes hosting All Songs Considered with NPR Music's resident Viking, Lars Gotrich, for a mix of pop punk, meticulously cut-up banjo drone, worlds-collapsing free jazz and fingerstyle guitar.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. MxPx: "What I Tell Myself" from Find a Way Home
2. Slant: "Criminal" from Demo 2023
3. Daniel Bachman: "Summer's fingers sweetly linger (Everywhere on every side)" from When the Roses Come Again
4. Matana Roberts: "shake my bones" from Coin Coin Chapter Five: In the garden...
5. Svitlana Nianio: "Episode III" from Transilvania Smile, 1994
6. Liam Grant: "Androscogging River Ragg" from Amoskeag
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Corinne Bailey Rae's Black Rainbows, Mitski's The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We, a stunning debut from Ralphie Choo and more.
1. Corinne Bailey Rae — Black Rainbows
Featured Songs: "Erasure," "Peach Velvet Sky," "A Spell, A Prayer," "New York Transit Queen"
2. Mitski — The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We
Featured Songs: "I Don't Like My Mind," "When Memories Snow," "The Frost," "The Deal," "I Love Me After You"
3. Ralphie Choo — SUPERNOVA
Featured Songs: "MÁQUINA CULONA (feat Mura Masa)," "BULERÍAS DE UN CABALLO MALO," "WHIPCREAM (feat. Paris Texas)," "TANGOS DE UNA MOTO TRUCADA"
4. Vagabon — Sorry I Haven't Called
Featured Songs: "Lexicon," "Do Your Worst," "Can I Talk My S***?," "Nothing to Lose"
The Beaches — Blame My Ex
Jóhann Jóhannsson — A Prayer to the Dynamo
Killer Mike — MICHAEL (Deluxe)
Madison Beer — Silence Between Songs
Pharoah Sanders — Pharoah
Other notable releases for Sept. 15:
Baroness — Stone
Bombino — Sahel
Carlos Niño & Friends — (I'm just) Chillin', on Fire
Cleo Sol — Heaven
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram — Live In London
Demi Lovato — Revamped
Dengue Fever — Ting Mong
Explosions in the Sky — End
K. Flay — MONO
Luluc — DiamondsShakey Graves — Movie of the Week
S. Carey & John Raymond — Shadowlands
Teddy Swims — I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Pt. 1)
Vic Mensa — Victor
Woods — Perennial
Worriers — Trust Your Gut
This week, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras preview the artists coming to play Tiny Desk performances for their 'El Tiny' takeover, including indie explosion Kali Uchis returning home to Colombian beats, pop star Becky G debuting some Mexican regional soul and "La Caballota" herself Ivy Queen boasting pure boricua pride.
Audio for this episode of 'Alt.Latino' was edited and mixed by Cher Vincent. Our show editor is Hazel Cills and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.
Thirty years ago this month, Nirvana released what would be its third and final album, In Utero. To mark the milestone, we revisit our 2013 conversation with surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (for what was then In Utero's 20th anniversary) about how the album came to be.
The best albums out this week include Olivia Rodrigo's GUTS, James Blake's Playing Robots Into Heaven, Yussef Dayes' Black Classical Music and more.
1. Olivia Rodrigo — GUTS
Featured Songs: "get him back!" "all-american bitch," "ballad of a homeschooled girl," "the grudge"
2. Jalen Ngonda — Come Around and Love Me
Featured Songs: "Come Around and Love Me," "It Takes a Fool," "Give Me Another Day"
3. Anjimile — The King
Featured Songs: "Mother," "Genesis," "Black Hole," "The King"
4. James Blake — Playing Robots Into Heaven
Featured Songs: "Big Hammer," "If You Can Hear Me," "Fall Back," "Fire The Editor," "I Want You to Know"
5. Yussef Dayes — Black Classical Music
Featured Songs: "Afro Cubanism," "Marching Band (feat. Masego)," "Birds of Paradise," "Black Classical Music (feat. Venna & Charlie Stacey)," "Early Dayes," "Cowrie Charms (feat. Leon Thomas & Barbara Hicks)"
Allison Russell — The Returner
Romy — Mid Air
Sparklehorse — Bird Machine
Sylvester — Private Recordings, August 1970
Other notable releases for Sept. 8:
Apollo Brown & Planet Asia — Sardines
Ashley McBryde — The Devil I Know
Blind Boys of Alabama — Echoes Of The South
The Chemical Brothers — For That Beautiful Feeling
Courtney Barnett — End of the Day
Gaika — Drift
Irreversible Entanglements — Protect Your Light
Laufey — Bewitched
Róisín Murphy — Hit Parade
Teezo Touchdown — How Do You Sleep At Night?
Tinashe — BB/ANG3L
Tyler Childers — Rustin' in the Rain
V — Layover
ZZ Ward — Dirty Shine
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the jagged indie-rock of Rabbit Rabbit from Speedy Ortiz, hip-hop royalty Illa J's No Traffic and more.
1. Speedy Ortiz — Rabbit Rabbit
Featured Songs: "Ghostwriter," "Ballad of Y&S," "Scabs," "Kim Cattrall"
2. Illa J — No Traffic
Featured Songs: "Off the Tap," "Circus," "Get Down (feat. AmpFiddler)," "Snaps," "OG Funk"
3. Puma Blue — Holy Waters
Featured Songs: "Hounds," "O, The Blood!," "Falling Down," "Pretty"
4. Slowdive — everything is alive
Featured Songs: "alife," "prayer remembered," "shanty"
L'Rain — "Pet Rock" (Single)
Ama Lou — I Came Home Late
Kendra Morris — I Am What I'm Waiting For
Jeff Rosenstock — HELLMODE
Other notable releases for Sept. 1:
The 1975 — Live From Gorilla
Aesop Rock — Skelethon (10 Year Anniversary Edition)
dadá Joãozinho — tds bem Global
Dream — to whoever wants to hear EP
Field Music — light is gone 2
Ghost of Vroom — Ghost of Vroom 3
Icona Pop — Club Romantech
Larry Fleet — Earned It
Laya — Bet That EP
The Natvral — Summer of No Light
Neil Young — Odeon Budokan
Taake — Et Hav av Avstand
As summer break comes to a close for many and students head back to school, we take a moment to celebrate one of the season's greatest joys: ice cream. It turns out there are a lot of songs about this delightful treat. So, for this week's episode, we're sharing a show from our archives all about ice cream and the (many) ways it's inspired bands and artists over the years.
Note: This episode originally ran on July 12, 2016
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include global sensation Burna Boy, rising R&B star Victoria Monét and more.
From our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour: What makes for an unshakable rap verse — the kind that shifts your world view and sticks around years after the first time you encountered it? This month marks 50 years since the birth of hip-hop, so we reached out to some NPR colleagues and a few hip-hop luminaries and asked them what hip-hop verse changed their lives.
Singer Paul Simon surprised fans earlier this year by releasing Seven Psalms, his first album since 2018. It was surprising not because so much time had passed, but because he had originally said his previous album, In the Blue Light, would be his last. In an interview with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Simon said he was ready to retire from music and pursue other creative projects, like painting. This week, we go back to that 2018 conversation when Simon first announced he was done making new music. He talks about his dreams, the creative process and life's biggest questions. "We don't have the capacity to understand the great mysteries of life and God or no God or infinity," Simon says. "We just can't get it. It's beyond us, but that's fine."
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new releases from Jon Batiste, Hozier, Rhiannon Giddens, Cautious Clay and more.
1. Jon Batiste — World Music Radio
Featured Songs: "BOOM FOR REAL," "Hello, Billy Bob," "Be Who You Are (feat. JID, NewJeans & Camilo)," "Uneasy (feat. Lil Wayne)"
2. Hozier — Unreal Unearth
Featured Songs: "Anything But," "De Selby (Part 1)," "Eat Your Young," "Butchered Tongue," "Who We Are"
3. Genesis Owusu — Struggler
Featured Songs: "Leaving The Light," "Stay Blessed," "Freak Boy," "That's Life (A Swamp)"
4. Rhiannon Giddens — You're the One
Featured Songs: "Way Over Yonder," "You Louisiana Man," "If You Don't Know How Sweet It Is"
5. Cautious Clay — KARPEH
Featured Songs: "Fishtown," "102 Years of Comedy (Intro)," "Karpehs Don't Flinch"
DeYarmond Edison — EPOCH
Quavo — Rocket Power
Reneé Rapp — Snow Angel
Talking Heads — Stop Making Sense (Deluxe Edition)
Other notable releases for Aug. 18:
Alana Springsteen — Twenty Something
Birdy — Portraits
Bobby Rush — All My Love For You
Fiddlehead — Death is Nothing To Us
Grace Potter — Mother Road
Margaret Glaspy — Echo The Diamond
Mick Jenkins — The Patience
Panda Bear, Sonic Boom & Adrian Sherwood — Reset In Dub
Russ — SANTIAGO
Shamir — Homo Anxietatem
Tash Sultana — Sugar EP.
Teddy Thompson — My Love of Country
This week, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras round up their favorite music from the last few months, including Mexican bedroom pop from Bratty, jazz from Argentinian composer Dario Acosta Teich, a new song from rising regional star DannyLux and more.
To hear more of Alt.Latino's favorite music, follow our Spotify and Apple Music playlists.
Audio for this episode of 'Alt.Latino' was edited, mixed and produced by Janice Llamoca. Our show editor is Hazel Cills and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.
Robbie Robertson, lead guitarist and songwriter for The Band, died Aug. 9 at the age of 80. For this remembrance, we're sharing an encore presentation of a conversation Robertson had with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen in 2018, on the 50th anniversary of The Band's seminal album Music From Big Pink.
Note: This interview originally published Aug. 8, 2018.
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Noname's long-awaited Sundial, Karol G's Mañana Será Bonito (Bichota Season), a long-lost Neil Young release and more.
1. Noname — Sundial
Featured Songs: "Oblivion (feat. Atyoni & Common)," "Beauty Supply," "Namesake"
2. Jungle — Volcano
Featured Songs: "Us Against the World," "Candle Flame (feat. Erick the Architect)," "Dominoes," Every Night"
3. Neil Young — Chrome Dreams
Featured Songs: "Will to Love," "Like a Hurricane," "Look Out for My Love"
4. Joell Ortiz & L'Orange — Signature
Featured Songs: "Uncle Chris Car," "Therapeutic," "OG," "One Day"
5. Son Lux — Alternate Forms
Featured Songs: "Ransom (All Innocence)," "Alternate Worlds (Alternate Life)," "Easy (Fight to Forget)," "No Crimes (New History)"
Bonnie "Prince" Billy — Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You
G Flip — Drummer
Karol G — Mañana Será Bonito (Bichota Season)
Tash Sultana — "Bitter Lovers (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)" (Single)
Other notable releases for Aug. 11:
K.A.A.N. — The Death of a Rapper
Lawrence English & Lea Bertucci — Chthonic
Les Imprimés — Rêverie
Louis Cato — Reflections
Peter McPoland — Piggy
Public Image Ltd. — End of World
Spencer Zahn — Statues I
$uicideboy$ — I No Longer Feel The Razor Guarding My Heel (V)
Suzi Quatro & KT Tunstall — Face to Face
Trippe Redd — A Love Letter To you 5
When DJ Kool Herc spun records at a small party in the Bronx in August of 1973, no one would have predicted his unique style would give birth to the most influential and dominant music in the world: hip-hop. In this special episode, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the genre by looking at how and why the music has managed to remain a local phenomenon, even as it's taken hold of the world, and what's happening in some of the country's most vibrant scenes.