Top row, left to right: Madeline Kenney, Christian Sands, Gabriel Garzon Montano; Bottom row, left to right: Taylor Swift, Maria Schneider, Nubya Garcia
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August 4, 2020 The musical tastes of the NPR Music crew are a delightful jumble. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music from July 2020, featuring Madeline Kenney, Nubya Garcia and Taylor Swift.
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Janelle Monáe's coming out as a "free-ass motherf*****" "helped me carve space for myself," says Cyrena Touros.
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June 22, 2020 This year, Pride feels a little different. We asked music writers in the LGBTQ+ community to reflect on the changing relationship between celebration, protest, music and LGBTQ+ activism.
Phoebe Bridgers is one of the most prolific young songwriters to emerge in the last several years. Her second solo album, Punisher, is out now.
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June 18, 2020 The LA singer-songwriter talks about her second solo album, which includes guest appearances from peers like Conor Oberst, copying ideas from her heroes and the way lyrical specificity mimics poetry.
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June 17, 2020 This week's must-hear mix from All Songs Considered includes music inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a quarantine anthem, a track that draws on field recordings of bats and more.
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HAIM plays a Tiny Desk (Home) concert.
June 17, 2020 Although sisters Este, Danielle and Alana are self-quarantining in separate residences, their Tiny Desk set from home is a reminder that California is a state of mind.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
June 10, 2020 In Our Daily Breather, we ask writers and artists to recommend ways to find calm in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. NPR Music assistant editor Cyrena Touros has been re-reading a beloved book.
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May 14, 2020 Ahead of the release of Perfume Genius' fifth studio album, two NPR Music writers discuss how Mike Hadreas' career has helped set a new standard for the exploration of movement and identity in rock.
Hayley Williams. Her debut solo album, Petals For Armor, tops this week's list of the best new albums out on May 8.
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May 8, 2020 Our shortlist of the best new albums out this week includes a debut solo release from Paramore's Hayley Williams, the latest from R&B singer Kehlani, rapper Bishop Nehru and more.
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Megan Thee Stallion plays a Tiny Desk Concert (Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR).
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April 29, 2020 The remix comes two months after Megan fought her label for the right to release new music, which culminated in the surprise release of her third mixtape, Suga.
Rihanna accepts the President's Award onstage during the 51st NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 22, 2020.
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March 27, 2020 It's the superstar's first song in three years, after releasing a string of collaborative singles in 2017 with artists like DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, Future and N.E.R.D.
Hayley Williams' latest single features guest vocals from boygenius — Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers.
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March 19, 2020 Williams delayed the full release of Petals For Armor, but still shared a new track with guest vocals from Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers
When recording her latest album Color Theory, Sophie Allison used everything from floppy disk samples, to drum machines, to bubble sound effects to create the sound she wanted.
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March 5, 2020 Ahead of the release of her new album Color Theory, Soccer Mommy's Sophie Allison spoke with NPR's Audie Cornish about her songwriting process, her '90s inspirations and her career ambitions.
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Sofia Camille entered the Tiny Desk Contest with the song "Sideways."
March 5, 2020 Our favorite Tiny Desk Contest entries this week include a playful jazz track, a tender love song, an empathetic look at city life and more.