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Clockwise from upper left: Bartees Strange, Kelly Lee Owens, Bright Eyes, Victoria Monét. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of August

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From left: Randy Bewley, Curtis Crowe, Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Michael Lachowski. Over two albums and a handful of singles released from 1979-1983, Pylon's music roared with a danceable chaos. Brian Shanley/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Portland rapper Aminé. His sophomore full-length, Limbo, tops our shortlist for the week's best new albums. Micaiah Carter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On August 7

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"The stuff that used to ring true still does in a way and also doesn't anymore," says Phil Elverum. "The big, huge question I tried to think about with this giant song was mainly how to encompass these contradictions." Katy Hancock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out July 3

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