New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 13 : All Songs Considered Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Leikeli47's Shape Up, Florence + the Machine's Dance Fever and more are on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.

Featured Albums:
1. Kendrick Lamar — Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
2. Leikeli47 — Shape Up
Featured Track: "Chitty Bang"
3. Florence + the Machine — Dance Fever
Featured Track: "Choreomania"
4. Quelle Chris — DEATHFAME
Featured Track: "King in Black"
5. Tank and the Bangas — Red Balloon
Featured Track: "Communion in My Cup"
6. John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davis — Firestarter
Featured Track: "Charlie's Rampage"

Other notable releases for May 13:
The Black Keys — Dropout Boogie
Kevin Morby — This Is A Photograph
Mandy Moore — In Real Life
Mary Halvorson — Amaryllis and Belladonna
Monophonics — Sage Motel
Pkew Pkew Pkew — Open Bar
Sam Gendel & Antonia Cytrynowicz — Live a Little
Say Sue Me — The Last Thing Left
The Smile — A Light For Attracting Attention
They Hate Change — Finally, New

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 13

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 13

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Kendrick Lamar's Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers tops this week's shortlist for the best albums out on May 13. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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We open this week's show with what we know (as of this taping) about Kendrick Lamar's breathlessly anticipated Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. The rapper teased the album earlier this week with the single "The Heart Part 5," but further details about the full release have been closely guarded. We hear a bit of that cut and talk about what artistic evolution it may signal for Lamar. Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is the long-teased follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN.

We've also got new music this week from the rapper Leikeli47, Florence +the Machine, the 2017 Tiny Desk contest winners Tank and the Bangas and more. Contributors Christina Lee and Cyrena Touros join Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and host Robin Hilton to share their picks for the best new music out on May 13.

Featured Albums:

  1. Kendrick Lamar — Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
  2. Leikeli47 — Shape Up
    Featured Track: "Chitty Bang"
  3. Florence + the Machine — Dance Fever
    Featured Track: "Choreomania"
  4. Quelle Chris — DEATHFAME
    Featured Track: "King in Black"
  5. Tank and the Bangas — Red Balloon
    Featured Track: "Communion in My Cup"
  6. John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davis — Firestarter
    Featured Track: "Charlie's Rampage"

Other notable releases for May 13:

  • The Black Keys — Dropout Boogie
  • Kevin Morby — This Is A Photograph
  • Mandy Moore — In Real Life
  • Mary Halvorson — Amaryllis and Belladonna
  • Monophonics — Sage Motel
  • Pkew Pkew Pkew — Open Bar
  • Sam Gendel & Antonia Cytrynowicz — Live a Little
  • Say Sue Me — The Last Thing Left
  • The Smile — A Light For Attracting Attention
  • They Hate Change — Finally, New