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K-pop singer CL's debut solo album, ALPHA, is one of our picks for the best releases out on Oct. 22. Courtesy of Very Cherry hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 8 albums out on Oct. 22

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Z The Author submitted the song "Khali's Interlude" to the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest. Erin Porter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meet Z The Author, a standout artist from the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

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Atlanta rapper Young Thug's second official studio album, Punk, is among our picks for the best new releases out on Oct. 15. Brandon Lee/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Oct. 15

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New Mix: Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Shamir, more

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James Blake's Friends That Break Your Heart tops our list of the best albums out on Oct. 8. Josh Stadlen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

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Clockwise, from top left: Little Simz, MUNA, Sun-El Musician, Jon Hopkins, Mon Laferte, Ada Lea. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The Best Music of September: NPR Staff Picks

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Yosmel Montejo's "La Caliente" was a standout entry to this year's Tiny Desk Contest. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tiny Desk Contest entrant Yosmel Montejo has a message for his community: 'Go for it'

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Race Records, the latest release from country singer Miko Marks, is on our shortlist of the best albums and EPs out on Oct. 1. Amanda Lopez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 7 albums out on Oct. 1

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New Mix: Le Ren, Wet Leg, Ustad Saami, NoSo, More

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Anthony Hamilton's Love is the New Black leads off this week's shortlist of the best new albums out Sept. 24. Antwon Maxwell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Bnny, alt-J, Amythyst Kiah, La Luz, Loney Dear Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: alt-J, Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah, Bnny, More

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Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Meet Our Winner

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Singer and rapper Lil Nas X's debut full-length Montero is on NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out on Sept. 17. Charlotte Rutherford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Top left: Lily Konigsberg; top middle: Neffy; top right: Sloppy Jane; bottom right: Aisha Badru; bottom middle: Snail Mail; bottom left: Jim James of My Morning Jacket Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Tiny Desk Contest Winner Neffy, Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket, More

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Meet Neffy, The Winner Of The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

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Announcing The Winner Of The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

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J Balvin's JOSE is on our shortlist for the best albums out on Sept. 10. VIVIIMAGE/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Mix: Andy Shauf, 79rs Gang, Opium Moon, More

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Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, the latest full-length from British rapper Little Simz, tops our shortlist of the best albums out on Sept. 3. Nick Dale/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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