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New Music Friday: April 9
A deeply personal and revealing record from Brockhampton, Dutch artist Benny Sings, breakout rapper Lakeyah, the Vijay Iyer Trio and more make NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Apr. 9.
1. Benny Sings — Music
Featured Song: "Nobody's Fault"
2. Brockhampton — Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine
Featured Song: "The Light"
3. Lakeyah — In Due Time
Featured Song: "Look At Me"
4. claire rousay — A Softer Focus
Featured Song: "Peak Chroma"
5. Mon Laferte — Seis
Featured Song: "Se Me Va Quemar El Corazon"
6. Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley — Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection
Featured Song: "Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection"
7. Sheep, Dog & Wolf — Two Minds
Featured Song: "Two Minds"
8. Cehryl — Time Machine
Featured Song: "Outside the Party, Inside the Dream"
9. The Vijay Iyer Trio — Uneasy
Featured Song: "Children of Flint"
Other notable releases for April 9: Ballaké Sissoko — Djouro; Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble — Now; Max Richter — Voices 2; Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turissi — They're Calling Me Home; Taylor Swift — Fearless (Taylor's Version); Yaya Bey — The Things I Can't Take With Me.
New Mix: Rhiannon Giddens, A Jay Som-Palehound Collaboration, First Aid Kit, More
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week, including a Leonard Cohen cover from First Aid Kit, reflections on the comforts of home from Rhiannon Giddens and more.
1. Bachelor, (Jay Som & Palehound): "Stay in the Car," from Doomin' Sun
2. Wallice: "Hey Michael," from Off The Rails EP
3. Major Murphy: "Real," from Access
4. Iceage: "Shelter Song," from Seek Shelter
5. Rhiannon Giddens (feat. Francesco Turrisi): "Avalon," from They're Calling Me Home
6. First Aid Kit: "Famous Blue Raincoat/Anthem," from Who By Fire
7. Skullcrusher: "Song for Nick Drake," from Storm In Summer EP
New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On April 2
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new albums by Leslie Jordan, Flock of Dimes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and more.
The Best Music Of March: NPR Staff Picks
We indulged R&B pleasures with Joyce Wrice, dreamed of summer with Hirsch, and discovered cosmic secrets via Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders.
Sara Watkins Reimagines Childhood Music On Beautiful New Album
The singer and fiddler shares the stories and inspiration behind her sweetly affecting record, Under The Pepper Tree in this conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
New Music Friday: March 26
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Mar. 26 include the relentlessly infectious songs of AJR, Israeli rapper and singer Noga Erez, Tune-Yards, jazz legend Dr. Lonnie Smith and more.
1. AJR — OK ORCHESTRA
Featured Song: "Joe"
2. Noga Erez — KIDS
Featured Song: "End of the Road"
3. Clark — Playground In A Lake
Featured Songs: "Lambent Rag," "Forever Chemicals," "Earth Systems"
4. Miko Marks — Our Country
Featured Song: "Ancestors"
5. Tune-Yards — Sketchy
Featured Song: "Make It Right"
6. Dr. Lonnie Smith — Breathe
Featured Song: "Track 9"
7. serpentwithfeet — Deacon
Featured Song: "Sailor's Superstition"
Other notable releases for Mar. 26: Armand Hammer & The Alchemist — HARAM; Dntel — The Seas Trees See; El Michels Affair — Yeti Season; First Aid Kit — Who By Fire; Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders/London Symphony Orchestra — Promises; Rod Wave — Soulfly.