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New Music Friday

Your weekly guide to prominent new albums and exciting singles.

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NPR Classical

Need a deep discovery experience? Try 1000 years of music. Our mantra: Bach, Beethoven, before and beyond.

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Viking's Choice

Where heavy metal, heady psych, dreamy ambient, furious punk and cotton-candy pop music all come to freak out. Curated by Lars Gotrich.


The Alt.Latino Playlist

From your parents' favorite boleros reimagined to cumbia-punk, trapchata and the most PG-13 pop, Alt.Latino's got you you covered.

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Jazz Night in America: On the List

Our favorite jazz releases of the month — from traditional tunes to avant-garde adventures to electronic experiments — picked by the Jazz Night in America staff.

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Bob Boilen's Playlist

What the creator of NPR Music's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk concerts is listening to right now.

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All Rap is Local: The Playlist

As it celebrates its 50th birthday, hip-hop is a global phenomenon. But to map the music's true impact, you have to look closer.

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Alt.Latino's Espooky Szn

The leaves are changing colors, miniature candies are lining the walls of drug stores and tías y tíos are warning about the demonic roots of Halloween. Finally, Espooky season has arrived.

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Maggie Rogers' summer mixtape sweats with sweetness

Filled with pop mosaics, Surrender feels like a quintessentially summer album. Naturally, we asked Maggie Rogers for a roséwave playlist.

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110 songs for your summer getaway

Hit play and vibe all day. Roséwave is a lifestyle, not a genre, based around summer feels. To kick things off, here's a seven-hour soundtrack for your getaway or staycation.

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Songs to believe in: A Juneteenth playlist

This Juneteenth, pianist Lara Downes remembers the freedom that has been hard fought and hard won.

Songs to believe in: A Juneteenth playlist

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Black Voices in American Music: The Playlist

Some of the first truly American music was created by Black voices. In this playlist, pianist Lara Downes offers a broad range of songs that speak to the irrepressible, irresistible sound of hope.

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A holly jolly Jazz Night: Our favorite holiday tunes

'Tis the season for spending time with the ones we love. Here's a collection of the Jazz Night team's favorite holiday music, including timeless classics and a few brand-new bops.

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Viking's Choice Holiday Special

Bubbly pop songs sidle up to filthy headbangers and dreamy ambient in a six-hour playlist of unexpected holiday music.

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Songs and Pictures For Climate Change: A Playlist for the Planet

As the 2021 U.N. Climate Change Summit winds down, NPR's Picture Show looks at work by photographers that highlight climate change.