New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 1 : All Songs Considered NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the jagged indie-rock of Rabbit Rabbit from Speedy Ortiz, hip-hop royalty Illa J's No Traffic and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Speedy Ortiz — Rabbit Rabbit
Featured Songs: "Ghostwriter," "Ballad of Y&S," "Scabs," "Kim Cattrall"
2. Illa J — No Traffic
Featured Songs: "Off the Tap," "Circus," "Get Down (feat. AmpFiddler)," "Snaps," "OG Funk"
3. Puma Blue — Holy Waters
Featured Songs: "Hounds," "O, The Blood!," "Falling Down," "Pretty"
4. Slowdive — everything is alive
Featured Songs: "alife," "prayer remembered," "shanty"

Lightning Round:
L'Rain — "Pet Rock" (Single)
Ama Lou — I Came Home Late
Kendra Morris — I Am What I'm Waiting For
Jeff Rosenstock — HELLMODE

Other notable releases for Sept. 1:
The 1975 — Live From Gorilla
Aesop Rock — Skelethon (10 Year Anniversary Edition)
dadá Joãozinho — tds bem Global
Dream — to whoever wants to hear EP
Field Music — light is gone 2
Ghost of Vroom — Ghost of Vroom 3
Icona Pop — Club Romantech
Larry Fleet — Earned It
Laya — Bet That EP
The Natvral — Summer of No Light
Neil Young — Odeon Budokan
Taake — Et Hav av Avstand

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 1

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 1

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Speedy Ortiz's Rabbit Rabbit tops this week's shortlist of the best albums out on Sept. 1. Chris Carreon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Speedy Ortiz's music may sound jagged around the edges, but it comes bundled with glimmers of sunny pop, clever lyrics and smartly deployed lap steel. The band's new fourth album, Rabbit Rabbit, finds singer-songwriter Sadie Dupuis wrangling with abuse and trauma, learning to let go of anger and writing about the activism that's fueled her life and career. (She's a union organizer on the side.)

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We've also got new albums from hip-hop royalty Illa J, whose brother was the late, great J Dilla; the dreamy and languid Puma Blue, whose late-night ruminations recall the works of Portishead and Jeff Buckley; and the legendary shoegaze band Slowdive, whose first record in six years incorporates synths in inventive and surprising ways. On this week's New Music Friday, NPR Music's Hazel Cills, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and WXPN's John Morrison join guest host Stephen Thompson.

Featured Albums:

  1. Speedy Ortiz — Rabbit Rabbit
    Featured Songs: "Ghostwriter," "Ballad of Y&S," "Scabs," "Kim Cattrall"
  2. Illa J — No Traffic
    Featured Songs: "Off the Tap," "Circus," "Get Down (feat. AmpFiddler)," "Snaps," "OG Funk"
  3. Puma Blue — Holy Waters
    Featured Songs: "Hounds," "O, The Blood!," "Falling Down," "Pretty"
  4. Slowdive — everything is alive
    Featured Songs: "alife," "prayer remembered," "shanty"

Lightning Round:

  • L'Rain — "Pet Rock" (Single)
  • Ama Lou — I Came Home Late    
  • Kendra Morris — I Am What I'm Waiting For    
  • Jeff Rosenstock — HELLMODE

Other notable releases for Sept. 1:

  • The 1975 — Live From Gorilla
  • Aesop Rock — Skelethon (10 Year Anniversary Edition)
  • dadá Joãozinho — tds bem Global
  • Dream — to whoever wants to hear EP
  • Field Music — light is gone 2
  • Ghost of Vroom — Ghost of Vroom 3
  • Icona Pop — Club Romantech
  • Larry Fleet — Earned It
  • Laya — Bet That EP
  • The Natvral — Summer of No Light
  • Neil Young — Odeon Budokan
  • Taake — Et Hav av Avstand