Cyrena Touros
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Cyrena Touros.
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Cyrena Touros

Cyrena Touros is a freelance culture critic and reporter based in South Florida. She is a frequent guest critic and contributor for NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and New Music Friday podcasts, and her writing has been published in Elle Magazine, Vox, Harper's Bazaar, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among others.

Touros most recently worked at NPR as an editor for its flagship newsmagazine program, All Things Considered, and before that, as an editor for NPR Music, where she worked on interviews with artists like Fiona Apple, Moses Sumney, and Angelica Garcia, commissioned critical essays on Shakira and Bad Bunny, and curated an end-of-year list of songs about climate anxiety. She is perhaps best known for arguing that Lorde is one of the most important musicians of the 21st century in NPR's Turning the Tables series — her first published feature, which she wrote as a 22-year-old intern.

Touros graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in American Musical Culture, where she cultivated an academic interest in performance studies while moonlighting as an intern and events assistant for the 9:30 Club and I.M.P. Presents.

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Friday

Jorja Smith's long-awaited sophomore full-length, Falling or Flying, tops our shortlist for the best albums out this week. Mike Excell/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 29

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The Singapore-born artist and producer yeule's new album, softscars, makes NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out this week. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 22

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Mitski's The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We is on our shortlist of the best albums out on Sept. 15. Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 15

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Thursday

Olivia Rodrigo returns with her sophomore album Guts. Nick Walker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'GUTS', Olivia Rodrigo is more than the sum of her influences

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Friday

Olivia Rodrigo's new album Guts tops this week's shortlist for the best albums out on Sept. 8. Nick Walker/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 8

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Thursday

Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes in Blue Beetle. Warner Bros. hide caption

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Wednesday

Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell voice Harley and Poison Ivy on Harley Quinn. Max hide caption

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Friday

"Subspace Rhapsody" is a special musical episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. It's episode 9 of Season 2, and most shows wait a bit longer to pull out a stunt like this — but turns out it actually works. Paramount+ hide caption

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Noname's Sundial tops NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out on Aug. 11. Mahaneela/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 11

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Taylor Zakhar Perez as Alex Claremont-Diaz and Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Henry in Red, White & Royal Blue. Jonathan Prime/Prime Video hide caption

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Post Malone's AUSTIN tops this week's shortlist of the best albums out now. Alfred Marroquin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 28

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Thursday

Teyonah Parris as Yo-Yo, Jamie Foxx as Slick Charles and John Boyega as Fontaine in They Cloned Tyrone. Netflix hide caption

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Wednesday

Michelle Buteau as Mavis in Survival of the Thickest. Vanessa Clifton/Netflix hide caption

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Friday

Alana Springsteen's TWENTY SOMETHING: Figuring It Out is on our shortlist of the best new releases out on July 14. Mason Goodson/Courtesy of the aritst hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 14

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Dominic Fike's Sunburn is on our shortlist of the best albums out on July 7. Daniel Prakopcyk/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 7

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Lil Durk's Almost Healed tops our shortlist of the best releases out on May 26. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 26

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KAYTRANADA and Aminé's new project together, KAYTRAMINÉ tops our shortlist of the best albums out this week. Lucas Creighton hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 19

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The singer Rahill's debut solo album, Flowers At Your Feet, is one of our picks for the best releases out on May 12. Travis Trautt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 12

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Tuesday

John Mulaney in his latest Netflix comedy special Baby J. Marcus Russell Price/Netflix hide caption

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Friday

D-Day, the debut studio album from Agust D (Suga) of the K-pop band BTS, is on our shortlist of the best releases out on April 21. Courtesy of BIGHIT Music hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 21

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Chlöe's debut solo album In Pieces is on our shortlist for the best albums out on March 31. Jack Bridgland/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on March 31

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T-Pain's On Top of the Covers is on our shortlist of the best albums out on March 17. Giles Williams/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on March 17

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Friday

Meet Me @ The Altar's debut album, Past // Present // Future, features a punchy rhythm section and a momentum that reaches out a hand to yank potential friends into the fun. Jonathan Weiner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Red Moon in Venus, the new album from singer Kali Uchis, is on our shortlist of the best releases out on March 3. Amaury Nessaibia/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on March 3

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