NPR's favorite music of June, from salty joy to heart-wrenching slow jams : All Songs Considered June brought us The Suffers' socially conscious party music, Saya Gray's headphones-worthy debut, GIVĒON's R&B ballads, Regina Spektor's elaborate songwriting and Petrol Girls' amped-up punk.

Featured Tracks and Artists:
1. The Suffers: "Don't Bother Me" and "Yada Yada" from It Starts with Love
2. Saya Gray: "I FOUND A FLOORBOARD UNDER THE SOIL!" from 19 Masters
3. GIVĒON: "Scarred" from Give Or Take
4. Regina Spektor "One Man's Prayer" from Home, before and after
5. Petrol Girls: "Preachers" from Baby

Our panel's additional recommendations for June:
• S.G. Goodman, Teeth Marks
• Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, For All Our Days That Tear the Heart
• Beyoncé, "BREAK MY SOUL"
• SZA, "Jodie"
• Linda Ayupuka, God Created Everything

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NPR's favorite music of June, from salty joy to heart-wrenching slow jams

NPR's favorite music of June, from salty joy to heart-wrenching slow jams

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What's in a name? Members of The Suffers acknowledge the hurt of the world, but also suffer no fools. It Starts With Love fortifies the Houston soul band's social consciousness, but keeps the party groovin'. We open the best music of the month show with "Don't Bother Me," an entire mood that makes your body move.

Weekend Edition producer Isabella Gomez Sarmiento joins NPR Music's Ann Powers, Ashley Pointer, Nisha Venkat and host Lars Gotrich as they share the best music they heard in the month of May. We also discuss Saya Gray's headphones-worthy debut, GIVĒON's heart-wrenching slow jams, Regina Spektor's elaborate songwriting and Petrol Girls' amped-up punk.

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: Big Time by Angel Olsen; MUNA by MUNA; Farm to Table by Bartees Strange; I Told Bessie by ELUCID; Sometimes, Forever by Soccer Mommy; DRILL MUSIC IN ZION by Lupe Fiasco; The Spur by Joan Shelley; Editrix II: Editrix Goes to Hell by Editrix.


Featured Tracks and Artists:

1. The Suffers: "Don't Bother Me" and "Yada Yada" from It Starts with Love

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2. Saya Gray: "I FOUND A FLOORBOARD UNDER THE SOIL!" from 19 Masters

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3. GIVĒON: "Scarred" from Give Or Take

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4. Regina Spektor: "One Man's Prayer" from Home, before and after

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5. Petrol Girls: "Preachers" from Baby

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Our panel's additional recommendations for June:

  • S.G. Goodman, Teeth Marks
  • Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, For All Our Days That Tear the Heart
  • Beyoncé, "BREAK MY SOUL"
  • SZA, "Jodie"
  • Linda Ayupuka, God Created Everything