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Emo rapper iann dior's sophomore full-length, on to better things, tops this week's shortlist for the best albums out on Jan. 21. Joseph Morrison/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Jan. 21

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Upper left: Shamir; upper middle: Frank Turner; Upper right: Keeley Forsyth; middle: Anaïs Mitchell; bottom: Midlake Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Shamir, Midlake, Anaïs Mitchell, Janis Ian, more

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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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Clockwise from upper left: The Smile, Basia Bulat, Pigeon Pit, Barrie, Kae Tempest Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: The Smile, Kae Tempest, Yard Act, More

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Cassettes released by Znous, Bacon Grease, Wendy Eisenberg, Morbo, Maraudeur, Myriam Gendron, Cara Neir, Felinto, Neo Geodesia and Lucy Liyou appear on this Viking's Choice episode. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr, Lars Gotrich/NPR hide caption

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Viking's Choice 2021: Cassettes rule everything around me

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Our first holiday adventure, in 2012, landed us at a tiny cabin in the woods, where we hosted a party for the ages. Mike Brinson/Getty Images hide caption

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2012: Listen to A Holiday Party For The Ages

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HBO's Insecure not only identified a shift in Black music over the last five years, it helped distinguish it. Glen Wilson/HBO hide caption

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Legacy, Okay?! For Black musicians, 'Insecure' created a new world of possibilities

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Projects released by Blu DeTiger, girl in red, Normani and Draco Rosa are among the NPR Music staff's favorite songs and albums that didn't make our final best-of lists for 2021. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images hide caption

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The best songs and albums we missed in 2021

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PinkPantheress, Wet Leg and María Becerra are among NPR Music's best new artists and breakthroughs of 2021. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images hide caption

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Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" is NPR Music's best song of 2021. Charlotte Rutherford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lil Nas X on 'MONTERO,' NPR Music's song of the year

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Jazmine Sullivan unspools her 'Heaux Tales,' NPR Music's album of the year

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Julie Doiron's I Thought of You is one of NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Nov. 26. Matt Williams/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Nov. 26

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Clockwise from upper left: Beach House, Lizzy McAlpine, Jasmyn, Semler Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Beach House, Jasmyn, Mckenna Grace, more

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Adele's long-awaited 30 tops NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Nov. 19. Simon Emmett/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 7 albums out on Nov. 19

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Clockwise from upper left: FACESOUL, Big Thief, Pinegrove, Maia Friedman Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Big Thief, Pinegrove, FACESOUL, Maia Friedman, more

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Zhalarina entered the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest with her song "Lala." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tiny Desk Contest entrant Zhalarina on the paternal bond that inspired 'Lala'

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Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, together as Silk Sonic. Their debut, An Evening with Silk Sonic, tops our shortlist of the week's best new albums. John Esparza/Silk Sonic hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Nov. 12

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