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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on May 14 include Jorja Smith's Be Right Back, St. Vincent's homage to early '70s rock, a staggering new project from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and more.
1. Jorja Smith — Be Right Back
Featured Song: "Digging"
2. St. Vincent — Daddy's Home
Featured Song: "Melting of the Sun"
3. Paris Texas — Boy Anonymous
Featured Song: "Force of Habit"
4. Maxine Funke — Séance
Featured Song: "Quiet Shore"
5. Giant Claw — Mirror Guide
Featured Song: "Until Mirror"
6. Shabaka Hutchings and Sons of Kemet — Black to the Future
Featured Song: "Let The Circle Be Unbroken"
7. Billy Bang — Lucky Man
Featured Song: "Jungle Lullaby"
Other notable releases for May 14: The Black Keys — Delta Kream; Damien Jurado — The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania; Fatima Al Qadiri — Medieval Femme; Holly Macve — Not the Girl; Juliana Hatfield — Blood; Rodrigo y Gabriela — The Jazz EP; Sarah Neufeld — Detritus.
Tiny Desk Contest Family Hour
We brought together all six Tiny Desk Contest winners for some music and conversation. Hear the songs that earned them a ticket to the Tiny Desk, plus their advice for entering the Contest.
New Mix: Torres, The Laura Marling Project LUMP, Rodrigo Amarante And More
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including "the most fun song" Torres has ever written, the latest from Laura Marling's project called LUMP and more.
1. Torres: "Don't Go Puttin Wishes in My Head," from Thirstier
2. LUMP: "Animal (feat. Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay)," from Animal
3. Caveman: "Like Me," from Smash
4. Rodrigo Amarante: "Maré," from Drama
5. koleżanka: "7th st/ 7th ave," from Place Is
6. Water From Your Eyes: ""Quotations"," from Structure
Dawn Richard Documents Her Mother's Dreams
WNXP's Jewly Hight shares a conversation with electronic dance artist Dawn Richard and her mom Debbie.
New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 7
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the intricately detailed pop of Dodie, a posthumous release from legendary drummer Tony Allen, a mind-blower from Daniel Bachman and more.
1. Dodie — Build A Problem
Featured Song: "Special Girl"
2. L'Orange & Namir Blade — Imaginary Everything
Featured Song: "Nihilism"
3. Daniel Bachman — Axacan
Featured Songs: "Blues in the Anthropocene" and "Year Of The Rat"
4. Tony Allen — There Is No End
Featured Song: "Stumbling Down"
5. Sophia Kennedy — Monsters
Featured Song: "I'm Looking Up"
6. James Brandon Lewis — Jesup Wagon
Featured Song: "Lowlands of Sorrow"
7. Nasimiyu — Potions
Featured Song: "Parasite"
Other notable releases for May 7: Angel Olsen — Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories; Iceage — Seek Shelter; Miranda Lambert — The Marfa Tapes (with Jack Ingram and John Randall); Squid — Bright Green Field; Sufjan Stevens — Convocations; Weezer — Van Weezer.
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.
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