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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On June 28

Rapper Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. Their latest project, <em>Bandana </em>is on our short list of the best albums out on June 28.
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Rapper Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. Their latest project, Bandana is on our short list of the best albums out on June 28.

After giving us a series of baffling ads in the London Tube and the back pages of the Dallas Observer, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke finally released his third solo album, ANIMA, on Thursday — meaning you won't have to listen to "Not The News" on speakerphone anymore. On this week's New Music Friday, we dive into Yorke's vivid dreamscape and its accompanying film, as well as The Black Keys' electrifying Let's Rock (their first record in five years), Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's fresh collab Bandana and more. NPR Music's Ann Powers, Bobby Carter, Sidney Madden and Stephen Thompson join host Robin Hilton to share their picks for the best albums out on June 28.

Featured Albums:

  • The Black Keys: Let's Rock
    Featured Song: "Lo/Hi"
  • Gena Rose Bruce: Can't Make You Love Me
    Featured Songs: "The Way You Make Love" and "I Don't Think I'll Get Over You"
  • Thom Yorke: ANIMA
    Featured Songs: "Twist" and "Dawn Chorus"
  • Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Bandana
    Featured Song: "Giannis"
  • Runaway June: Blue Roses
    Featured Song: "Head Over Heels"
  • Chris Staples: Holy Moly
    Featured Song: "Halfway Over"
  • Daughter of Swords: Dawnbreaker
    Featured Song: "Gem"
  • Dizzy Fae: NO GMO
    Featured Song: "Altar"
  • Other notable releases for June 28: The Appleseed Cast: The Fleeing Light of Impermanence; B52s: Cosmic Thing (30th Anniversary Edition); Erin Durant: Islands; Foy Vance: From Muscle Shoals; Ingrid Michaelson: Stranger Songs; Outer Spaces: Gazing Globe; The Small Glories: Assiniboine & The Red.

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    Sidney Madden is a reporter and editor for NPR Music. As someone who always gravitated towards the artforms of music, prose and dance to communicate, Madden entered the world of music journalism as a means to authentically marry her passions and platform marginalized voices who do the same.
    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.)
    Bobby Carter is a leader on the Tiny Desk Concerts team for NPR Music. He's brought an ever growing roster of big names and emerging artists through NPR's HQ to squeeze behind the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and record standout performances, including Usher, Mac Miller, Noname, Anderson.Paak and H.E.R.