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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On June 11
Sleater-Kinney's Path of Wellness, the thundering pop of Marina, Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and the blood-slowing sounds of Dustin O'Halloran are among NPR Music's picks for the best music out on June 11.
1. Marina — Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
Featured Songs: "Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land" and "Goodbye"
2. Skyzoo — All The Brilliant Things
Featured Song: "St. James Liquors"
3. Sleater-Kinney — Path of Wellness
Featured Song: "Path of Wellness"
4. Jesse Markin — Noir
Featured Song: "This Is A Testament"
5. Dustin O'Halloran — Silfur
Featured Song: "Opus 17"
6. Ches Smith & We All Break — Path of Seven Colors
Featured Song: "Here's The Light"
Other notable releases for June 11: Dean Blunt — Black Metal 2; Garbage — No Gods, No Monsters; Migos — Culture III; Mind Maintenance — S/T; Polo G — Hall of Fame.
New Mix: Jomoro With Sharon Van Etten, Naia Izumi, Laura Stevenson, More
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, featuring former Tiny Desk contest winner Naia Izumi, West African art-folk group The Narcotix, Laura Stevenson and more.
Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Laura Stevenson: "State," from Laura Stevenson
2. Jomoro: "Nest," from Blue Marble Sky
3. The Narcotix: "Lilith," from Mommy Issues EP
4. Gone to Color: ""The 606" (feat. Jessie Stein,) from Gone To Color
5. Naia Izumi: "Voodoo," from A Residency in the Los Angeles Area
6. Maddie Jay: "Spiral," from CMYK EP
New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On June 4
Rostam's beautifully transfixing Changephobia, Japanese Breakfast's Jubilee and Liz Phair's first new album in more than a decade are among NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on June 4.
1. Rostam — Changephobia
Featured Song: "Bio 18"
2. Poté — A Tenuous Tale Of Her
Featured Song: "Valley"
3. The Avalanches — Since I Left You (20th Anniv. Ed.)
Featured Songs: "Frontier Psyychiatrist" and "Two Hearts In 3/4 Time"
4. Loraine James — Reflection
Featured Song: "Simple Stuff"
5. Japanese Breakfast — Jubilee
Featured Song: "Savage Good Boy"
6. Liz Phair — Soberish
Featured Song: "Spanish Doors"
7. Tristen — Aquatic Flowers
Featured Song: "Complex"
8. Juana Molina — Segundo
Featured Song: "Martin Fierro"
Other notable releases for June 4: August Fannon and Defcee — We Dressed The City With Our Names; Hailu Mergia and The Walias Band — Tezeta; Joy Oladokun — In Defense Of My Own Hapiness; Lil Baby and Lil Durk — The Voice Of The Heroes; Wolf Alice — Blue Weekend.
The Best Music Of May: NPR Staff Picks
In May, we swooned to Olivia Rodrigo, marveled at Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, went back to the '90s with The Zolas and bathed in the luxury of Sinéad Harnett's voice.
New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On May 28
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by DMX, Bachelor, Mustafa, Natalia Lafourcade and more.
New Mix: Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen, Mdou Moctar, Angélique Kidjo, More
This weeks All Songs Considered features a striking collaboration between Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen. I also share a conversation and music with Angélique Kidjo, psych-guitar from Mdou Moctar and more.
1. Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen: "Like I Used To" (Single)
2. Aerial East: "The Things We Build," from Try Harder
3. Saint Sister: "Manchester Air," from Where I Should End
4. Sunny Jain: "Where is Home," from Phoenix Rise
5. Angélique Kidjo: "Africa, One Of A Kind (feat. Mr Eazi & Salif Keita)," from Mother Nature
6. Mdou Moctar: "Afrique Victime," from Afrique Victime