WILLOW’s is one of the best albums out Oct. 7.

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WILLOW’s is one of the best albums out Oct. 7.

Dana Trippe/Courtesy of the artist

WILLOW’s first single, “Whip My Hair,” came out just shy of the singer’s 10th birthday. Now 21, she’s returned with her fifth full-length album, titled <COPINGMECHANISM>. The record has big arena-rock vibes to go with its spiky pop-punk songcraft, and it effectively captures WILLOW’s gift for conveying deeply felt emotions and the thrum of anxiety.

We’ve also got new albums from genre-smashing singer, rapper and multi-instrumentalist NNAMDÏ, arty rapper Open Mike Eagle, dance-music producer TSHA and the venerated space-jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra. On this week’s New Music Friday, NPR Music contributor Christina Lee, Radio Milwaukee’s Tarik Moody and WXPN’s John Morrison join guest host Stephen Thompson.

Featured Albums:

  1. WILLOW — <COPINGMECHANISM>
    Featured Songs: “WHY?,” “ur a <stranger>”
  2. NNAMDÏ — Please Have a Seat
    Featured Songs: “Armoire,” “ANXIOUS EATER,” “Careful”
  3. Open Mike Eagle — Component System With the Auto Reverse
    Featured Songs: “79th and Stony Island,” “I Retired Then I Changed My Mind,” “Peak Lockdown Raps”
  4. TSHA — Capricorn Sun
    Featured Songs: “OnlyL (feat. Nimmo),” “Giving Up (feat. Mafro),” “Running,” “Sister,” “Anxious Mind (feat. Clementine Douglas)”
  5. Sun Ra Arkestra — Living Sky
    Featured Songs: “Somebody Else’s Idea,” “Marshall’s Groove,” “Night of the Living Sky,” “Firefly”

Lightning Round:

  • Quavo & Takeoff — Only Built for Infinity Links
  • Fatnice — Vanglorious
  • Say She She — Prism
  • Collapsing Stars — Chapter

Other notable releases for Oct. 7:

  • Alvvays — Blue Rev
  • Bonnie Light Horseman — Rolling Golden Holy
  • Broken Bells — Into the Blue
  • Bush — The Art of Survival
  • Charlie Puth — Charlie
  • Chloe Moriondo — SUCKERPUNCH
  • Counterparts — A Eulogy for Those Still Here
  • Courtney Marie Andrews — Loose Future
  • The Cult — Under the Midnight Sun
  • Danny Dwyer — Losers
  • Daphni — Cherry
  • Darren Hayes — Homosexual
  • Disq — Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet
  • Dungen — En Är För Mycket Och Tusen Aldrig Nog
  • F***** Up — Oberon
  • Gilla Band — Most Normal
  • Indigo Sparke — Hysteria
  • Johanna Warren — Lessons for Mutants
  • John Zorn — Incerto
  • Keiji Haino & Sumac — Into This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood to Pour Let Us Never
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — Ice, Death, Planets Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava
  • Lamb of God — Omens
  • Lindsey Stirling — Snow Waltz
  • Loraine James — Building Something Beautiful for Me
  • Oh Wonder — 22 Make
  • The Orielles — Tableau
  • Peel Dream Magazine — Pad
  • Reckonize Real — Subterranean Obscura 
  • Sofie Birch & Antonina Nowacka — Languoria
  • Sorry — Anywhere But Here
  • St. Lucia — Utopia
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard — Hymns
  • Tom Waits — Alice and Blood Money (reissues)
  • Wadada Leo Smith, Andrew Cyrille & Qasim Naqvi — Two Centuries
  • WILDES — Other Words Fail Me
  • Will Sheff — Nothing Special
  • The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die — Thank You For Being Here (Live)