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New Music Friday: The best albums out June 21

Peso Pluma performing at Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York
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Peso Pluma performing at Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York on June 9.

The first half of 2024 has been stuffed with blockbuster albums — and, as we reach the midpoint of the year, we've got one more to add to the list.

On this week's episode of New Music Friday from All Songs Considered, Hazel Cills and Anamaria Sayre discuss the new album from Peso Pluma, the breakout star of the Mexican Regional movement. Released almost exactly a year to the day after its predecessor, Éxodo (he's sticking with the biblical theme) sees the singer branching out with new sounds and new collaborators.

Also out this week: the always captivating Kehlani gets adventurous on Crash, and the Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini fashions an album of songs out of letters written to a friend's mother.

Featured albums

  • Peso Pluma, Éxodo
  • Kehlani, Crash
  • Emiliana Torrini, Miss Flower

Other notable albums out June 21

  • Wild Up, Julius Eastman Vol. 4: The Holy Presence
  • Gracie Abrams, The Secret of Us
  • Lake Street Dive, Good Together
  • Linda Thompson, Proxy Music
  • Various Artists, Miles Away: One
  • Been Stellar, Scream from New York, NY
  • Daryl Hall, D
  • Jim Lauderdale, My Favorite Place
  • Kate Nash, 9 Sad Symphonies
  • Sumac, The Healer
  • Various Artists, Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty

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Hazel Cills
Hazel Cills is an editor at NPR Music. Before coming to NPR in 2021, Cills was a culture reporter at Jezebel, where she wrote about music and popular culture. She was also a writer for MTV News and a founding staff writer for the teen publication Rookie magazine.
Anamaria Artemisa Sayre
Anamaria Artemisa Sayre is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.