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Hazel Cills
Hazel Cills

Hazel Cills

Hazel Cills is an editor at NPR Music, where she edits breaking music news, reviews, essays and interviews. Before coming to NPR in 2021, Hazel was a culture reporter at Jezebel, where she wrote about music and popular culture. She was also a writer for MTV News and a founding staff writer for the teen publication Rookie magazine.

Her music journalism and criticism have appeared in outlets including The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork and more. She graduated from New York University with a degree in art history and cultural criticism.

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The best music release in July includes albums by (from top left, clockwise) Maggie Rogers, Caterina Barbieri, Beyoncé, Bear1Boss and Johnny Gandelsman. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of July, from thundering pop to ecstatic electronics

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Lizzo's Special leads our shortlist this week of the best new albums out on July 15. AB+DM! /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 15

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Toro y Moi's MAHAL tops this week's shortlist of the best albums out on April 29. Chris Maggio / LAUR hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 29

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The songs made by Wet Leg, fronted by Rhian Teasdale (left) and Hester Chambers sound like they come from nowhere, and also everywhere. Hollie Fernando/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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