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Kendrick Lamar's Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers tops this week's shortlist for the best albums out on May 13. Renell Medrano/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 13

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Nicolas Cage plays Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate hide caption

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Kaitlin Butts' what else can she do is one of the top releases out April 15. Mackenzie Ryan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 5 albums out on April 15

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Bronx rapper T-Shyne's latest project, Confetti Nights, is on our list of the week's best new releases. 300 Entertainment/ Young Stoner Life Records hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on April 1

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Humble Quest, from Nashville singer Maren Morris, tops our shortlist this week of the best albums out on March 25. Harper Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 25

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Abigail Barlow (left) and Emily Bear have made magic together and say they found kindred creative spirits. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Barlow & Bear bring musical theater into the TikTok era

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"Ain't no bumpers in life," Jimmie Allen says, as he explains his philosophy on bowling and his career. Larry McCormack for NPR hide caption

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Jimmie Allen put his own spin on country music — and is now reaping the rewards

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Saweetie has been nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rap Song at this year's Grammy Awards. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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For Saweetie, a Grammy nomination is just the beginning

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The 2 Chainz full-length Dope Don't Sell Itself is on our shortlist of the best albums out on Feb. 4. The Atlanta rapper says it'll be his final trap album. Wynton Harvey/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 4

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FKA Twigs' new mixtape, CAPRISONGS, tops our shortlist for the best albums out on Jan. 14. Orograph/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out Jan. 14

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It's not just Olivia Rodrigo – the angry teenage girl is fueling popular music

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A view of a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man figurine at the GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE World Premiere on November 15, 2021. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Sony Pictures hide caption

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Presenting 'Pop Culture Happy Hour': is 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' stuck in nostalgia?

In this special episode from our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour, guest host Ayesha Rascoe joins co-hosts Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson as well as NPR contributor Cyrena Touros to talk about the new movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife. They discuss why it's hard to recapture the original Ghostbusters magic and if the latest installment of the franchise added more to its world — or not.

Presenting 'Pop Culture Happy Hour': is 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' stuck in nostalgia?

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Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin's new solo album, Drones, is one of NPR Music's picks for the best releases out on Nov. 5. Samantha Whitehead/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 8 albums out on Nov. 5

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