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New Mix: dodie, Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin, Young Jesus, more
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a new project from Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson, a Vieux Farka Touré--Khruangbin collaboration and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Plains: "Problem With It," from I Walked With You A Ways
2. dodie: "Got Weird" (Single)
3. Spring Summer: "Mountaineer," from T.E.A.R.S
4. Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin: "Savanne," from Ali
5. Hermanos Gutiérrez: "El Bueno Y El Malo," from El Bueno Y El Malo
6. Young Jesus: "Ocean (feat. Tomberlin)," from Shepherd Head
New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 5
NPR Music's picks for the best releases out this week include a potent new EP from the rapper Doechii, hyper-pop from Pussy Riot, roots salsa from Colombia's Meridian Brothers and more.
1. Doechii — she / her / black bitch
Featured Tracks: "Bitches Be," "Swamp Bitches," "Persuasive"
2. Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento — Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento
Featured Tracks: "Bomba Atómica," "Metamorfosis"
3. AJ Suede — Oil On Canvas
Featured Tracks: "Growing Diamonds," "Wonder," "Monochrome"
4. Pussy Riot — MATRIARCHY NOW
Featured Tracks: "PRINCESS CHARMING," "PLASTIC," "POOF BITCH"
5. Planet Drum — In The Groove
Featured Track: "King Clave"
Alexia Bomtempo — DOCE CARNAVAL
Araceli Poma — "Agua de Olvido"
Art Moore — Art Moore
Various — Rise Jamaica!
Other notable releases for Aug. 5:
Bobby Shmurda — BodBoy
Calvin Harris — Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2
Fireboy DML — Playboy
Kokoroko — Could We Be More
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires — Old-Time Folks
Mall Grab — What I Breathe
Neil Young — Noise & Flowers
T Bone Burnett — The Invisible Light: Spells
The Best Music of July
Maggie Rogers leveled up and Beyoncé dropped another album we'll think about all year. But Johnny Gandelsman also took us across America, Bear1Boss super-smashed rap and Caterina Barbieri found immanence in synths.
Featured Tracks and Artists:
1. Maggie Rogers: "Shatter" from Surrender
2. Beyoncé: "PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA" from RENAISSANCE
3. Johnny Gandelsman: "Surrender to the Adventure for Musician & Tape: 1. Blossom / American Dream" and "O for Violin & Voices" from This is America: An Anthology 2020-2021
4. Bear1Boss: "$$$" from Bear1Boss
5. Caterina Barbieri: "Canticle of Cryo" from Spirit Exit
Our panel's additional recommendations for July:
• Adam Kent, Tania León: Teclas de mi piano
• Gwenno: Tresor
• Kali Malone: Living Torch
• Maggie Rogers' summer mixtape sweats with sweetness
• Caterina Barbieri's rapturous electronica was forged in deep solitude
New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 29
Beyoncé's Renaissance isn't the only big release out now. NPR Music's other picks for the week's best new albums include Maggie Rogers' Surrender, the debut from DOMI & JD Beck and more.
1. Beyoncé — Renaissance
Featured Tracks: "PURE/HONEY"
2. Maggie Rogers — Surrender
Featured Tracks: "Want Want," "Horses," "Shatter," Different Kind of World"
3. DOMI & JD Beck — NOT TiGHT
Featured Tracks: "BOWLING," TAKE A CHANCE," "WHATUP," "PILOT"
4. Lava La Rue — Hi-Fidelity
Featured Tracks: "Don't Trip," "Motel," "Cry Baby," "Don't Come Back"
5. Florist — Florist
Featured Tracks: "Red Bird Pt 2 (Morning)," "Spring in Hours"
King Princess — Hold On Baby
Snarky Puppy — "Bet" (single)
Tems — "No Woman No Cry" (single)
Wilder Maker — Male Models
Other notable releases for July 29:
Amanda Shires — Take It Like A Man
Chat Pile — God's Country
Deaton Chris Anthony — Sid the Kid
Hayley Kiyoko — PANORAMA
Josh Rouse — Going Places
Obijuan & YUNGMORPHEUS — Slang Casino
Of Montreal — Freewave Lucifer fck
Phony — AT SOME POINT YOU STOP
$uicideboy$ — Sing Me a Lullaby My Sweet Temptation
Tedeschi Trucks Band — I Am The Moon: III, The Fall
The power of Beyoncé is about to change music... again
Due out this Friday, July 29, Beyoncé's Act I Renaissance has generated a massive wave of anticipation. In this round-table discussion, we breakdown why we're excited, why it matters and what we might expect.
New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 22
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from Flo Milli, Jack White, Rico Nasty, Joey Bada$$, The Sea And Cake's Sam Prekop and John McEntire, and more.
1. Flo Milli — You Still Here, Ho?
Featured Tracks: "Conceited," "Pay Day," "On My Nerves"
2. Jack White — Entering Heaven Alive
Featured Tracks: "I've Got You Surrounded (With My Love)," "A Tip from You to Me," "Taking Me Back (Gently)," "Queen of the Bees"
3. Rico Nasty — Las Ruinas
Featured Tracks: "Skullflower," "Messy," "Gotsta Get Paid," "Easy"
4. Joey Bada$$ — 2000
Featured Tracks: " Eulogy," "Show Me"
5. Sam Prekop & John McEntire — Sons Of
Featured Tracks: "A Ghost At Noon," "A Yellow Robe"
Beach Bunny — Emotional Creature
Jitwam — Third
The Koreatown Oddity — ISTHISFORREAL?
Other notable releases for July 22:
Ben Harper — Bloodline Maintenance
Channelers — Time, Space and Thought
Dawes — Misadventures Of Doomscroller
Imperial Triumphant — Spirit of Ecstasy
The Kooks — 10 Tracks to Echo in the Dark
Nina Nastasia — Riderless Horse
Oceans of Slumber — Starlight and Ash
ODESZA — The Last Goodbye
Pool Kids — Pool Kids
Rafael Anton Irisarri - Agitas Al Sol
RZA & Bobby Digital — RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and the Pit of Snakes
The Sadies — Colder Streams
She & Him — Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson
Tanya Tagaq — Tongues North Star Remixes
Thor Harris — Doom Dub II
Ty Segall — "Hello, Hi"
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