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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Aug. 28

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Aug. 28

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Aug. 28

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Aug. 28

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Angel Olsen's Whole New Mess is one of our favorite albums out Aug. 28 Kylie Coutts/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Angel Olsen's Whole New Mess is one of our favorite albums out Aug. 28

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We open this week's show with a wild, genre-smashing ride from the singer, multi-instrumentalist and fount of big ideas Georgia Anne Muldrow, recording under her Jyoti moniker. Angel Olsen and The Avett Brothers both have new albums that scale back their sound — Olsen in raw solo versions of songs from All Mirrors and the Avetts in a follow-up to 2006's The Gleam and 2008's The Second Gleam — while young guitar great Molly Tuttle crafts a winning collection of unlikely covers. The expansive pop and dance sounds of Aluna and Sevdaliza, the gospel side of PJ Morton and the melancholy techno of Kelly Lee Owens round out the mix. Joined by WBGO's Nate Chinen and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson share their picks for the best new albums out Aug. 28.

Featured Albums:

  • Georgia Anne Muldrow as Jyoti — Mama, You Can Bet!
  • Angel Olsen — Whole New Mess
  • Molly Tuttle — ...but i'd rather be with you
  • The Avett Brothers — The Third Gleam
  • Aluna — Renaissance
  • Sevdaliza — Shabrang
  • PJ Morton — Gospel According To PJ
  • Kelly Lee Owens — Inner Song

Notable releases for Aug. 28:

Bettye LaVette — Blackbirds; Ruston Kelly — Shape & Destroy; Toots & The Maytals — Got To Be Tough; Toni Braxton — Spell My Name; Mixmaster Mike & Steve Jordan — Beat Odyssey 2020; Mike Gordon & Leo Kottke — Noon; Disclosure — Energy; Gustavo Dudamel & The Los Angeles Philharmonic — Charles Ives: Complete Symphonies; Katy Perry — Smile; The Northern Belle — We Wither, We Bloom; Elliott Smith — Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition; Samia — The Baby; Haley Blais — Below The Salt; Wood & Wire — No Matter Where It Goes From Here; Widowspeak — Plum