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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 17
The debut album from singer and rapper Lil Nas X tops our list of the week's best releases, along with the 25th anniversary of Buena Vista Social Club, new ones from José González, Carly Pearce and more.
1. Lil Nas X — Montero
Featured Song: "Dead Right Now"
2. Carly Pearce — 29: Written In Stone
Featured Song: "Diamondback"
3. Charley Crockett — Music City USA
Featured Song: "Honest Fight"
4. Adia Victoria — A Southern Gothic
Featured Song: "Troubled Mind"
5. Buena Vista Social Club — Buena Vista Social Club
Featured Songs: "Chan Chan" and "El Diablo Suelto"
6. José González — Local Valley
Featured Song: "Visions"
7. Sheila Jordan — Comes Love: Lost Session 1960
Featured Song: "Ballad of the Sad Young Men"
8. Moor Mother — Black Encyclopedia of the Air
Featured Song: "Vera Hall"
Other notable releases for Sept. 17: Bob Dylan — Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16; Cory Henry — Best of Me; James Vincent McMorrow — Grapefruit Season; Lindsey Buckingham — Lindsey Buckingham; Melissa Ethridge — One Way Out.
New Mix: Tiny Desk Contest Winner Neffy, Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket, More
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including the Tiny Desk Contest-winning song from the singer, Neffy, new ones from Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. Neffy: "Wait Up" (Single)
2. Aisha Badru: "Rebirth," from The Way Back Home EP
3. Lily Konigsberg: "Sweat Forever," from Lily We Need To Talk Now
4. Sloppy Jane: "Party Anthem," from Madison
5. My Morning Jacket: "Love Love Love," from My Morning Jacket
6. Snail Mail: "Valentine," from Valentine
New Music Friday: The Top 11 Albums Out On Sept. 10
It's a packed release day, with new albums from the prince of reggaeton J Balvin, Kendrick Lamar collaborator and rising rapper Baby Keem, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew W.K. and more.
1. Common — A Beautiful Revolution Pt 2
Featured Song: "A Beautiful Chicago Kid"
2. Kacey Musgraves — Star-Crossed
Featured Songs: "Cherry Blossom" and "Gracias A La Vida"
3. J Balvin — JOSE
Featured Song: "La Familia"
4. Yebba — Dawn
Featured Song: "Boomerang"
5. Andrew W.K. — God Is Partying
Featured Songs: "Babalon" and "Goddess Partying"
6. AZ — Doe or Die II
Featured Song: "Check Me Out"
7. Park Hye Jin — Before I Die
Featured Song: "Me Trust Me"
8. Low — Hey What
Featured Song: "White Horses"
9. Deb Never — Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Featured Song: "Stupid"
10. Bomba Estéreo — Deja
Featured Song: "Agua"
11. Baby Keem — The Melodic Blue
Featured Song: "Range Brothers"
Other notable releases for Sept. 10: Heartless Bastards — A Beautiful Life; Matthew E. White — K Bay; Sleigh Bells — Texis; We Were Promised Jetpacks — Enjoy The View.
New Mix: Andy Shauf, 79rs Gang, Opium Moon, More
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week, including a profoundly moving reflection on Hurricane Katrina, a new story-song from Andy Shauf and more.
Featured Songs And Artists:
1. 79rs Gang: "Stop The Water" (Single)
2. Andrea von Kampen: "Water Flowing Downward," from That Spell
3. Opium Moon: "Night," from Night + Day
4. Claire Cronin: "Bloodless," from Bloodless
5. Andy Shauf: "Spanish On The Beach" (Single)
6. Marc Farre: "Prayer Flags," (Single)
New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On Sept. 3
Our picks for the best new albums out this week come from the British rapper LIttle Simz, jazz pianist Kirk Lightsey, rising reggaeton singer Jhay Cortez, metal veterans Iron Maiden and more.
1. Little Simz — Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Featured Songs: "Introvert" and "The Rapper That Came To Tea"
2. Jhay Cortez — Timelezz
Featured Song: "Los Bandoleros"
3. Kirk Lightsey — I Will Never Stop Loving You
Featured Song: "I Will Never Stop Loving You"
4. Iron Maiden — Senjutsu
Featured Song: "Days Of Future Past"
5. Lady Blackbird — Black Acid Soul
Featured Songs: "Five Feet Tall" and "Blackbird"
6. Baby Queen — The Yearbook
Featured Song: "Raw Thoughts"
7. L'Orange — The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better
Featured Song: "Talk To Friendly Walls"
Other notable releases for Sept. 3: Damu The Fudgemunk — Conversation Peace; Imagine Dragons — Mercury, Act I; Lady Gaga — Dawn Of Chromatica (remix album)
The Best Music Of August: NPR Staff Picks
Every month, we ask the NPR Music staff: What's the one song you couldn't escape? What's the one album to which you'll return all year?
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