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The best music release in July includes albums by (from top left, clockwise) Maggie Rogers, Caterina Barbieri, Beyoncé, Bear1Boss and Johnny Gandelsman. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of July, from thundering pop to ecstatic electronics

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"New Beyoncé is literally good for everybody in the world," Maggie Rogers says of Renaissance, which shares a release date with her own Surrender. "I'm so excited for this record." Olivia Bee/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope of BTS attend the Grammy Awards in 2022. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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From top left, clockwise: The Suffers, GIVĒON, Saya Gray, Petrol Girls, Regina Spektor,. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of June, from salty joy to heart-wrenching slow jams

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From left, Leyla McCalla, Saba, and Victoria Legrand of Beach House. Photo illustration: Abel F. Ros/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images, Brad Barket/Getty Images, Mike Windle/Getty Images; Vanessa Leroy for NPR hide caption

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Saba (left), Lizzo (center) and Rosalía have released some of our favorite songs of the year so far. Collage by Estefanía Mitre / NPR/Photos courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Songs to believe in: A Juneteenth playlist

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NPR Music's best music of May includes (from top left, clockwise) Kendrick Lamar, Bad Bunny, Julia Reidy, Ravyn Lenae and Ethel Cain. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of May, from a San Benito summer to an uneasy opus

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