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New Music Friday: Stream Pearl Jam’s Gigaton And The Rest Of The Week’s Best Alb : All Songs Considered – NPR

The hip-hop producer, Knxwledge. His latest project, 1988, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on March 27. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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What a week. It’s been seven years since the grunge veterans Pearl Jam released a new album, but they return with a new one that’s as fast and ragged as it is epic. Sufjan Stevens teams up with his stepfather, Asthmatic Kitty label cofounder and collaborator, Lowell Brams for a sprawling album of ambient and electronic instrumentals. There’s also new music this week from the prolific hip-hop producer, Knxwledge, the electro-pop group Little Dragon, the soul and R&B singer known as Orion Sun and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson, along with Sam Sanders, host of NPR’s It’s Been A Minute, and John Morrison, host of XPN‘s Culture Cypher Radio and of the podcast Serious Rap S*** as they share their picks for the best new albums out on March 27.

Featured Albums:

  1. Pearl Jam — Gigaton
    Featured Song: “Quick Escape”
  2. Clem Snide — Forever Just Beyond
    Featured Song: “Roger Ebert”
  3. Little Dragon — New Me, Same Us
    Featured Song: “Are You Feeling Sad?”
  4. Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams — Aporia
    Featured Songs: “Ousia,” “Agathon” and “Misology”
  5. Somni — Home
    Featured Song: “Home”
  6. Lilly Hiatt — Walking Proof
    Featured Song: “P-Town”
  7. Knxwledge — 1988
    Featured Song: “Don’t Be Afraid”
  8. Orion Sun — Hold Space for Me
    Featured Song: “Grim Reaper”
  9. Jacaszek — Music for Film
    Featured Song: “The Iron Bridge”

Other notable releases for March 27: 5 Seconds of Summer — Calm; Basia Bulat — Are You In Love?; Bon Iver — Blood Bank 10th Anniversary Edition; Brian Fallon — Local Honey; Brooklyn Rider — Healing Modes; Cable Ties — Far Enough; Catholic Action — Celebrated by Strangers; Gold Cage — Social Crutch; Half Waif — The Caretaker; In this Moment — Mother; Jim Lauderdale — When Carolina Comes Home Again; Jessie Reyez — Before Love Came to Kill Us; Joyner Lucas — ADHD, Lakecia Benjamin — Pursuance: The Coltranes; Margaret Glaspy — Devotion; The Orb — Abolition of the Royal Familia; San Fermin — The Cormorant I & II; Vanessa Carlton — Love is an Art; Vikingur Olafsson — Debussy – Rameau; Waxahatchee — Saint Cloud.

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