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New Music Friday For Oct. 5: Cat Power And 7 Other Albums You Should Hear Now

Cat Power's <em>Wanderer </em>is on our shortlist of essential releases for Oct. 5.
Julien Bourgeois
Cat Power's <em>Wanderer </em>is on our shortlist of essential releases for Oct. 5.

With Robin Hilton out for one more week, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Lars Gotrich join me for a whirlwind tour of a busy release day. We've got the first album in five years by the spiky pop-rock band Swearin' (featuring the great and good Allison Crutchfield); the gorgeous first album in six years by Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power; the heavy, almost absurdly ambitious rock and roll of F***** Up; the versatile country of Eric Church; the springy and inspirational anthems of multi-hyphenate powerhouse Tunde Olaniran; the sprawling, deeply searching rock of mewithoutYou; the rugged metal of Matt Pike's long-running band High on Fire; and Phosporescent's Matthew Houck, whose beatific folk-rock sprawls with winsome approachability.

Featured Albums

  • Swearin': Fall Into the Sun (Stream)
    Featured Song: "Grow Into a Ghost"
  • Cat Power: Wanderer (Stream)
    Featured Song: "In Your Face"
  • F***** Up: Dose Your Dreams (Stream)
    Featured Song: "Accelerate"
  • Eric Church: Desperate Man
    Featured Song: "Monsters"
  • Tunde Olaniran:Stranger (Stream)
    Featured Song: "I'm Here"
  • mewithoutYou: [Untitled](Stream)
    Featured Song: "Julia (or, 'Holy to the LORD' on the Bells of Horses)"
  • High On Fire: Electric Messiah (Stream)
    Featured Song: "Electric Messiah"
  • Phosphorescent: C'est La Vie (Stream)
    Featured Song: "C'est La Vie No. 2"
  • Other Notable Releases For Oct. 5:Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack; Adrianne Lenker, abysskiss; Cursive, Vitriola; Windhand, Eternal Return; Nathan Bowles, Plainly Mistaken; Molly Burch, First Flower; T.I., Dime Trap.

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