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New Music Friday: The Top 5 albums out on April 15

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Kaitlin Butts' what else can she do is one of the top releases out April 15.

After last week's blockbuster slate of album releases, things slow down a bit on April 15. But terrific sleepers still shine through, starting with rising country singer Kaitlin Butts and thematically ambitious cross-genre polymath Samora Pinderhughes. Mal Blum returns with songs about travel and isolation, Jerry Paper finds freedom in shaking one's body, and an archival recording captures Dave Brubeck as his quartet is unexpectedly reduced to a trio on short notice. On this week's New Music Friday, contributors Cyrena Touros and Keanna Faircloth join Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and guest host Stephen Thompson.

Featured Albums:

  1. Kaitlin Butts — what else can she do
    Featured Song: "it won't always be this way"
  2. Samora Pinderhughes — GRIEF
    Featured Song: "Masculinity"
  3. Mal Blum — Ain't It Nice
    Featured Song: "Everybody Loves You"
  4. Jerry Paper — Free Time
    Featured Song: "Just Say Play"
  5. Dave Brubeck Trio — Live From Vienna 1967
    Featured Song: "St. Louis Blues"

Other notable releases for April 15:

  • Joel Ross — The Parable of the Poet
  • Flock of Dimes — Head of Roses (Phantom Limb)
  • Digga D — Noughty By Nature
  • Kurt Vile — (watch my moves)
  • Spanish Love Songs — Brave Faces, Etc.

Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)
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