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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

    Dawn Richard Documents Her Mother's Dreams

    Dawn Richard Documents Her Mother's Dreams

    WNXP's Jewly Hight shares a conversation with electronic dance artist Dawn Richard and her mom Debbie.

    The Best Music Of April: NPR Staff Picks

    The Best Music Of April: NPR Staff Picks

    Pom Pom Squad, Flock of Dimes, Zao, Rita Payés and Toumani Diabaté released the best music of April. Plus, we're reminded why we love ILOVEMAKONNEN.

    • 36 min
    New Music Friday: April 30

    New Music Friday: April 30

    NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include girl in red's long-awaited debut, the Flying Lotus soundtrack for Yasuke and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. girl in red — If I Could Make It Go Quiet
    Featured Song: "Serotonin"
    2. Dawn Richard — Second Line
    Featured Song: "Bussifame"
    3. Ashley Monroe — Rosegold
    Featured Song: "Siren"
    4. Shelley FKA Dram — S/T
    Featured Song: "Rich And Famous"
    5. Amy Shark — Cry Forever
    Featured Songs: "The Wolves" and "Amy Shark"
    6. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy — Superwolves
    Featured Song: "Make Worry For Me"
    7. Flying Lotus — Yasuke
    Featured Song: "African Samurai"

    Other notable releases for April 30: Amy Speace & The Orphan Brigade — There Used To Be Horses; Gojira — Fortitude; Julia Stone — Sixty Summers; Manchester Orchestra — The Million Masks of God; Marianne Faithful & Warren Ellis — She Walks In Beauty; Rosie Tucker — Sucker Supreme; Teenage Fanclub — Endless Arcade; Tōth — You And Me And Everything.

    • 30 min
    New Mix: Manchester Orchestra, Ballaké Sissoko, Faye Webster, More

    New Mix: Manchester Orchestra, Ballaké Sissoko, Faye Webster, More

    All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the calming sounds of Ballaké Sissoko, the plainspoken wisdom of singer Faye Webster and more.

    Featured Songs:
    1. No-No Boy: "The Best God Damn Band in Wyoming," from 1975
    2. Faye Webster: "Cheers," from I Know I'm Funny haha
    3. Tōth: "Guitars Are Better Than Synthesizers for Writing Through Hard Times," from You And Me And Everything
    4. Ballaké Sissoko: "Kadidja," from Djourou
    5. Lau Noah: "Las Siete Lágrimas," 3
    6. Manchester Orchestra: "Telepath," from The Million Masks of God

    • 31 min
    New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On April 23

    New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On April 23

    NPR Music's shortlist for the best albums out on April 23 includes Nashville singer and rapper Houston Kendrick's technicolor pop, Malian Kora player Toumani Diabaté, Dinosaur Jr. and more.

    1. Houston Kendrick — Small Infinity
    Featured Song: "Ugly Vybes"
    2. Hannah Jadagu — What Is Going On?
    Featured Song: "Sundown"
    3. Dinosaur Jr. — Sweep It Into Space
    Featured Song: "And Me"
    4. Arooj Aftab — Vulture Prince
    Featured Songs: "Suroor" and "Baghon Main"
    5. Toumani Diabaté and The London Symphony Orchestra — Korolen
    Featured Songs: "Elyne Road" and "Cantelowes"
    6. Hasaan Ibn Ali — Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album
    Featured Song: "El Hasaan"

    Other notable releases for April 23: Alfa Mist — Bring Backs; Ethel Cain — Inbred; Jupiter Okwess — Na Kozonga

    • 27 min

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