The Best Music of May: Bad Bunny, Kendrick Lamar, Ravyn Lenae, Ethel Cain : All Songs Considered May brought us Bad Bunny's stacked summer album, Kendrick Lamar's unsettled opus, Ravyn Lenae's otherworldly debut, Julia Reidy's microtonal guitar dissonance and Ethel Cain's haunted pop.

Featured Tracks and Artists:
1. Bad Bunny: "Después de la Playa" and "Otro Atardecer" from Un Verano Sin Ti
2. Kendrick Lamar: "N95" and "Mother I Sober" from Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
3. Ravyn Lenae: "Where I'm From (feat. Mereba)" from Hypnos
4. Julia Reidy: "World in World" from World in World
5. Ethel Cain: "Family Tree" from Preacher's Daughter

Our panel's additional recommendations for May:
• My Chemical Romance, "The Foundations of Decay"
• Flores, The Lives They Left
• Leikeli47, Shape Up

NPR's favorite music of May, from a San Benito summer to an uneasy opus

NPR's favorite music of May, from a San Benito summer to an uneasy opus

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NPR Music's best music of May includes (clockwise from top left) Kendrick Lamar, Bad Bunny, Julia Reidy, Ravyn Lenae and Ethel Cain.

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Let the summer of San Benito begin! From sweaty clubs to tías in zumba class, Bad Bunny's Un Verano Sin Ti wants to be part of your everyday experience. The 23-track album is packed and full of features across the Latinx music spectrum, but never overstays its welcome. We open the best music of the month show with "Después de la Playa" — you can feel the room shake as Bad Bunny suddenly becomes Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio ... mambero.

NPR Music's Anamaria Sayre, Reanna Cruz, Gabby Bulgarelli and Jerusalem Truth join host Lars Gotrich as they share the best music they heard in the month of May. We discuss Kendrick Lamar's unsettled opus, Ravyn Lenae's otherworldly debut, Julia Reidy's microtonal guitar dissonance and Ethel Cain's haunted pop.

All that, plus a lightning round of picks that the panel couldn't stop listening to. But we'd be remiss not to mention some major drops worth your ears: Harry's House by Harry Styles, A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile, We've Been Going About This All Wrong by Sharon Van Etten, Belladonna and Amaryllis by Mary Halvorson and WE by Arcade Fire.


Featured Tracks and Artists:

1. Bad Bunny: "Después de la Playa" and "Otro Atardecer" from Un Verano Sin Ti

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2. Kendrick Lamar: "N95" and "Mother I Sober" from Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

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3. Ravyn Lenae: "Where I'm From (feat. Mereba)" from Hypnos

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4. Julia Reidy: "World in World" from World in World

5. Ethel Cain: "Family Tree" from Preacher's Daughter

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Our panel's additional recommendations for May:

  • My Chemical Romance, "The Foundations of Decay" 
  • Flores, The Lives They Left
  • Leikeli47, Shape Up