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Nearly four years have passed since Tame Impala's Currents, a glitter-dusted masterwork of astral rock music th


Truly, a Lizzo and Missy Elliott collaboration is a real-life


After five years — and a countless string of solo endeavors, a record label launch and some work on the animated Netflix show BoJack Horseman

The announcement of a new album by The National can sometimes feel like a lesser holiday, because you've come to know what to expect: Matt Berninger's whiskey-soaked baritone, a pristinely-arranged instrumental. But, dang it, if "You Had Your Soul With You" — the band's latest offering and its first new material since 2017's Sleep Well Beast — isn't just about the loveliest thing, continuing to hone The National's tried-and-true ways into new modes of drama.

The Austin 100 is NPR Music's annual playlist of the 100 most exciting new artists performing at SXSW. This year, we've made listening to it easier than ever, with playlists on a handful of streaming services. While you're listening, be sure to read more about these emerging artists in our Austin 100 package.


Taquerias and checker-tiled diners are the definitive late-night stomping ground for LA clubbers who are young and hungry with only a few bucks to their name.


Look, between Nick Jonas' tabloid-riddled engagement to Priyanka Chopra, the re-branding of Joe Jonas as Maroon 5's heir apparent with the pop-rock project DNCE and Kevin Jonas', er,

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify and Apple Music playlists at the bottom of the page.

Thank the heavens for the return of Carly Rae Jepsen, explorer of all worlds romantic; soothsayer of feelers and people striving to be feelers. Her singular brand of heart-eyed, teen-dream-pop, defined by her 2015 album E•MO•TION, is something to behold.