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New Music Friday: The best albums out May 17

(From left) Rapsody and Erykah Badu.
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(From left) Rapsody and Erykah Badu.

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Hazel Cills discuss new releases by Billie Eilish, Portishead's Beth Gibbons and Rapsody.

Featured albums

  • Billie Eilish, Hit Me Hard and Soft
  • Rapsody, Please Don't Cry
  • Beth Gibbons, Lives Outgrown

Other notable albums out May 17

  • Shellac, To All Trains
  • The Avett Brothers, The Avett Brothers
  • V/A, Everyone's Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense
  • Cage the Elephant, Neon Pill
  • of Montreal, Lady on the Cusp
  • Wu-Lu, Learning To Swim On Empty
  • Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band, Loophole
  • The Lovely Eggs, Eggistentialism
  • Kaia Kater, Strange Medicine
  • Álvaro Díaz, SAYONARA
  • ZAYN, Room Under the Stairs
  • One Step Closer, All You Embrace
  • A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Better Off Alone
  • Crumb, AMAMA
  • Lightheaded, Combustible Gems
  • Pallbearer, Mind Burns Alive
  • Joywave, Permanent Pleasure
  • Blitzen Trapper, 100's of 1000's, Millions of Billions
  • Payroll Giovanni, Have Money, Have Heart EP
  • UFOmammut, Hidden
  • SQÜRL, Music for Man Ray
  • pub, process the wise