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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 11

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 11

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 11

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 11

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Rita Indiana released one of our favorite albums this week. Noelie Quintero/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rita Indiana released one of our favorite albums this week.

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We open this week's show with the chunky guitar-rock and heady philosophizing of Lo Tom, a low-key supergroup featuring key members of Pedro the Lion (David Bazan, TW Walsh) and Starflyer 59 (Jason Martin, Trey Many). In fact, the word "heady" can be applied to every single artist in this week's lineup, which includes the genre-smashing Dominican musician and author Rita Indiana, the art-rock majesty of Everything Everything, the sleek and subtle jazz of Artemis and the wordless, disorienting music of Lucrecia Dalt. And what could be headier than American Head, the bittersweet new record by The Flaming Lips? Rounding out the lineup are two stellar Americana records by veteran artists who push every boundary in sight: Elizabeth Cook and Waylon Payne, both of whom tell their stories in bold, uncompromising ways.

Joined by Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and Nate Chinen of WBGO and Jazz Night in America, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson share their picks for the best new albums out Sept. 11.

Featured Albums

1. Lo Tom — Lo Tom
Featured Song: "Start Payin'"

2. Rita Indiana — Mandinga Times
Featured Song: "Mandinga Times (feat. Kiko El Crazy)"

3. Waylon Payne — Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me
Featured Song: "Old Blue Eyes"

4. Elizabeth Cook — Aftermath
Featured Song: "Half Hanged Mary"

5. Everything Everything — Re-Animator
Featured Song: "Big Climb"

6. Artemis — Artemis
Featured Song: "Big Top"

7. Lucrecia Dalt — No era sólida
Featured Song: "Disuelta"

8. The Flaming Lips — American Head
Featured Song: "God and the Policeman (feat. Kacey Musgraves)"

More notable Sept. 11 releases:

Doves — The Universal Want; Mickey Guyton — Bridges EP; Suzanne Vega — An Evening of New York Songs and Stories; Delta Spirit — What Is There; YoungBoy Never Broke Again — Top; Conway the Machine — From King to a GOD; T.Nava — Blackberry Mango EP; Asaf Avidan — Anagnorisis; Lafawndah — The Fifth Season