Alabama Shakes singer and guitarist Brittany Howard has just released her masterpiece. Jaime, her debut solo album,is a complex, deeply personal and genre-defying examination of spirituality, identity and survival. On this week's New Music Friday, we attempt to peel back its many layers and explore the life-stories behind the music. We've also got sad bangers from Tove Lo, the late-'60s, Laurel Canyon pop of Andrew Combs, a profoundly beautiful and poignant debut solo LP from Mountain Man's Molly Sarlé, a posthumous album from the legendary Algerian singer Rachid Taha and more. NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson join host Robin Hilton to share their picks for the best albums out on Sept. 20.
Other Notable Releases For Sept. 20: Blink 182 — Nine; Cashmere Cat — Princess Catgirl; Charley Crockett — The Valley; Chastity Belt — Chastity Belt; Efterklang — Altid Sammen; Fitz and the Tantrums — All the Feels; Hiss Golden Messenger — Terms of Surrender; Keane — Cause and Effect; Liam Gallagher — Why Me? Why Not?; M83 — DSVII; Nils Frahm — Encores 3; Robbie Robertson — Sinematic; Y La Bamba — Entre Los Dos; Vivian Girls — Memory.
You won’t find a paywall here. Come as often as you like — we’re not counting. You’ve found a like-minded tribe that cherishes what a free press stands for. If you can spend another couple of minutes making a pledge of as little as $5, you’ll feel like a superhero defending democracy for less than the cost of a month of Netflix.