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New Music Friday: The best albums out Feb. 23

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With "The Past Is Still Alive," Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra has created a epic tale of life on the road.

On this week's edition of New Music Friday, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Daoud Tyler-Ameen discuss Hurray for the Riff Raff's career-defining new album, The Past Is Still Alive, along with a trio of other thrilling releases out this week, each of which reveal the strengths of the musicians behind them in distinct ways.

Featured albums

Other notable releases out Feb. 23

  • Daymé Arocena, Alkemi
  • glaive, a bit of a mad one
  • Glitterer, Rationale
  • Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru, Souvenirs
  • Corb Lund, El Viejo
  • Mama Zu, Quilt Floor
  • MGMT, Loss of Life
  • Laetitia Sadier, Rooting for Love
  • Nadine Shah, Filthy Underneath
  • Rafael Toral, Spectral Evolution
  • TWICE, With YOU-th