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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.)

    New Music Friday: Feb. 28

    New Music Friday: Feb. 28

    Our shortlist of the best albums out this week includes Caribou's first new full-length in five years, the rapper G Herbo's PTSD, a career-spanning celebration from Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Carbiou — Suddenly
    Featured Songs: "Home" and "Lime"
    2. Real Estate — The Main Thing
    Featured Song: "You"
    3. G Herbo — PTSD
    Featured Song: "Gangsta's Cry"
    4. Kyshona Armstrong — Listen
    Featured Song: "Fear"
    5. Hailey Whitters — The Dream
    Featured Song: "10 Year Town"
    6. Sérgio Mendes — In the Key of Joy
    Featured Song: "Bora Lá"
    7. Kassa Overall — I Think I'm Good
    Featured Song: "Darkness In Mind"
    8. Ratboys — Printer's Devil
    Featured Song: "Look To"
    9. Thomas Adès — Adès Conducts Adès (Concerto for Piano and Orchestra)
    Featured Songs: Excerpts from the third and second movements

    Other notable releases for Feb. 28: Angelica Garcia — Cha Cha Palace; Ellen Fullman — In the Sea; Sierra Hull — 25 Trips; Soccer Mommy — Color Theory

    • 34 min
    New Mix: Jay Som, Moon Hooch, Ada Lea, More

    New Mix: Jay Som, Moon Hooch, Ada Lea, More

    This week's must-hear mix includes the mind-blowing sax band Moon Hooch, guitarist-singer Jay Som, whose latest builds to a fever pitch, and new discoveries from Wednesday, Momma and more.

    Playlist:
    1. Wednesday: "Fate Is"
    2. Momma: "Double Dare"
    3. Moon Hooch: "Candlelight"
    4. Ellis: "Fall Apart"
    5. Jay Som: "A Thousand Words"
    6. Ada Lea: "woman, here"
    7. Shabaka & the Ancestors: "Go My Heart, Go To Heaven"

    • 36 min
    New Music Friday: Feb. 21

    New Music Friday: Feb. 21

    New albums from the K-pop band BTS, Grimes and Best Coast are among our picks for this week's best new releases.

    Featured Albums:
    1. BTS — 'Map of the Soul: 7'
    Featured Song: "On"
    2. Grimes — 'Miss_Anthrop0cene)'
    Featured Song: "You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around"
    3. Best Coast — 'Always Tomorrow'
    Featured Song: "Rollercoaster"
    4. Royce da 5'9" — 'The Allegory'
    Featured Songs: "Overcomer" and "Mr. Grace"
    5. Katie Pruitt — 'Expectations'
    Featured Song: "Normal"
    6. Moses Sumney — 'græ: Part 1'
    Featured Songs: "Conveyor" and "Gagarin"
    7. Agnes Obel — 'Myopia'
    Featured Song: "Camera's Rolling"
    8. King Krule — 'Man Alive!'
    Featured Song: "Stoned Again"
    9. Klangstof — 'The Noise You Make is Silent'
    Featured Song: "Blank Page"

    Other notable releases for Feb. 21: Banoffee — Look at Us Now Dad; Greg Dulli — Random Desire; Guided by Voices — Surrender Your Poppy Field; MILCK: Into Gold; Ozzy Osbourne — Ordinary Man; Sarah Harmer — Are You Gone; Six Organs of Admittance — Companion Rises; Wilsen — Ruiner.

    • 33 min
    Breathe Deeply: Music To Quiet The Mind And Inspire

    Breathe Deeply: Music To Quiet The Mind And Inspire

    We premiere a new song from Roger and Brian Eno, plus the ambient sounds of Jon Hopkins, Skylar Gudasz and more artists who offer a soothing mix to slow the blood, calm the nerves and inspire the mind.

    Playlist:
    1. Jon Hopkins: "Scene Suspended" (Single)
    2. Roger & Brian Eno: "Celeste" from Mixing Colours
    3. Lambert: "Vienna" from True
    4. Ian Urbina & Teen Daze: "Reel In (Sea Slavery)" from Pure Water
    5. Niklas Paschburg: "Duvet" from Svalbard
    6. Skylar Gudasz: "Actress" (Single)

    • 31 min
    New Music Friday: Feb. 14

    New Music Friday: Feb. 14

    Tame Impala, the K-pop band Monsta X and a new solo album from Nathaniel Rateliff top our shortlist for this week's best new releases.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Tame Impala — 'The Slow Rush'
    Featured Song: "Is It True?"
    2. Monsta X — 'All About Luv'
    Featured Song: "Someone's Someone"
    3. The Ballroom Thieves — 'Unlovely'
    Featured Song: "Unlovely"
    4. Carly Pearce — 'Carly Pearce'
    Featured Song: "Call Me"
    5. The Heliocentrics — 'Infinity of Now'
    Featured Song: "People Wake Up!"
    6. Nathaniel Rateliff — 'And It's Still Alright'
    Featured Song: "Mavis"
    7. Moses Boyd — 'Dark Matter'
    Featured Songs: "Dancing in the Dark" and "Shades of You"
    8. Beach Bunny — Honeymoon
    Featured Song: "Colorblind"

    Other notable releases for Feb 14: Bambara — Stray; Cindy Lee — What's Tonight to Eternity?; DRAMA — Dance Without Me; EDEN — No Future; Habibi — Anywhere But Here; Huey Lewis and the News — Weather; Justin Bieber — Changes; Katie Gately — Loom; Noah Gundersen — A Raven and a Dove; Puss N Boots — Sister; Tami Neilson — Chickaboom!; Tennis — Swimmer; yMusic — Ecstatic Science.

    • 32 min
    The Love Song I Wish I'd Written

    The Love Song I Wish I'd Written

    As we barrel toward Valentine's Day, M. Ward, Phoebe Bridgers, Perfume Genius, Raveena and more musicians share the love songs they wish they'd written.

    1. Torres' Pick: "Hounds of Love" by Kate Bush
    2. Matt Berninger's Pick: "Don't Know How to Keep Loving You" by Julia Jacklin
    3. Perfume Genius' Pick: "Consummation" by Nina Simone
    4. Amelia Meath's Pick: "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits
    5. Raveena's Pick: "Drunk" by Dijon
    6. Phoebe Bridgers' Pick: "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
    7. Conor Oberst's Pick: "Lovesong" by The Cure
    8. M. Ward's Pick: "Baby, I Love You" by The Ramones
    9. Waxahatchee's: "Not Given Lightly" by Chris Knox

    • 49 min

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