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New Music Friday For Oct. 26: The 8 Albums You Should Hear Now

Nao's sophomore full-length <em>Saturn </em>is on our shortlist for the best albums out on Oct. 26.
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Nao's sophomore full-length Saturn is on our shortlist for the best albums out on Oct. 26.

This week's batch of essential new albums includes Robyn's melancholy return to the dance floor, rock-and-roll madness from Ty Segall, the otherworldly voice of NAO, singer Julia Holter's mind-blowing masterpiece Aviary, and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson as they run through the best full-length releases out on Oct. 26.

Featured Albums:

  • Oh Pep! I Wasn't Only Thinking of You
    Featured Song: "25"
  • Robyn: Honey
    Featured Song: "Human Being"
  • Ty Segall: Fudge Sandwich
    Featured Song: "Hit It and Quit It"
  • Nao: Saturn
    Featured Song: "Love Supreme"
  • Laura Gibson: Goners
    Featured Song: "Domestication"
  • Julia Holter: Aviary
    Featured Song: Voce Simul
  • Maggie Roche: Where Do I Come From?
    Featured Song: "Stayin' Home"
  • David Crosby: Here If You Listen
    Featured Song: "1967"
  • Other notable releases for Oct. 26: Thom Yorke: Suspiria; Ian Sweet: Crush Crusher; Georgia Ann Muldrow: Overload; Black Eyed Peas: Masters of the Sun Vol. 1; Miya Folick: Premonitions; Homeboy Sandman: Humble Pi; Devon Church: We Are Inextricable; Tasha: Alone at Last; Joji: Ballads 1

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    Robin Hilton is a producer and co-host of the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.
    Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.
    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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