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New Mix: Lucy Dacus, Producer George Martin's Secret 'Ray Cathode' Project, More

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U.K. rapper AJ Tracey. His sophomore full-length, Flu Game, is on our shortlist of the best albums out on April 16. Michael O'Donnel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On April 16

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New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Phish's Page McConnell, Squirrel Flower, More

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The Hong Kong-based singer-songwriter Cehryl. Her latest release, Time Machine, is one of our picks for the best albums out on April 9. Jonny Ho/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 9 Albums Out On April 9

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New Mix: Rhiannon Giddens, A Jay Som-Palehound Collaboration, First Aid Kit, More

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Singer and rapper Noga Erez. Her new album, KIDS, is one of our top picks for the best albums out on Mar. 26. Dudi Hasson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On March 26

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"I'm a person who spends a lot of time in my songwriting and in my daily life having an internal freakout about specifically which terminology I'm using for any conversation," Julien Baker tells NPR. Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Animated Craft Of Julien Baker

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New Mix: Kishi Bashi, Toumani Diabaté, Madi Diaz, More

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Jon Batiste. His monumental new album, We Are, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on March 19. Louis Browne/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 9 Albums Out On March 19

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New Mix: Lucy Dacus, Ben Howard, Cautious Clay, Kelli Scarr & More

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Singer Valerie June. Her new album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, is on our shortlist for the best releases out on March 12. Renata Raksha/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On March 12

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SXSW 2021 Preview

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Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth and the Catapult. The band's latest full-length, Sincerely, e is one of our picks for the best new albums out on March 5. Seth Caplan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On March 5

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The Best Music Of February: NPR Staff Picks

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Singer Sam Dew. His debut solo album, Moonlit Fools, is on our list of the best new releases out on Feb. 26. Christian Lanza/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Feb. 26

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New Mix: José González, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney, Charlie Hickey, More

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SG Lewis. His latest album, times, made our shortlist of the best new releases out on Feb. 19. Jack Bridgland/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Feb. 19

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New Mix: Tune-Yards, Tōth, Buzzy Lee, More

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Pink Sweat$. His debut full-length, Pink Planet, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on Feb. 12. Jimmy Fontaine/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Feb. 12

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New Mix: Julien Baker, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, BONZIE And More

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Hayley Williams. Her surprise new solo album, Flowers for Vases – descanos, is on our list of the best new albums out on Feb. 5. Lindsey Byrnes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Feb. 5

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The Best Music Of January: NPR Staff Picks

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