7 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Callahan, Springsteen, Madonna, and More

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With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Bill Callahan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Crumb, GoldLink, Claire Cronin, and Lil Keed. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork may earn an affiliate commission.)

Bill Callahan: Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest [Drag City]

Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest is Bill Callahan’s first studio LP in six years, following 2013’s Dream River. The new double album is one of the most personal records Callahan has made in his three-decade career, and it explores his newly domestic life, marked by marriage, fatherhood, and the passing of his mother. Read a track review of “The Ballad of the Hulk,” as well as Pitchfork’s interview “Bill Callahan the Family Man.”

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Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars [Columbia]

The Boss is back with his follow-up to 2014’s High Hopes. Springsteen describes Western Stars as an album of “character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements.” Ahead of the new record, Springsteen shared “Hello Sunshine,” “There Goes My Miracle,” and “Tucson Train.” Check out the Best New Track review of “Hello Sunshine.”

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Madonna: Madame X [Live Nation/Interscope/Maverick]

Madame X marks Madonna’s first studio album since 2015’s Rebel Heart. The record was preceded by “Medellín” (with Maluma), “I Rise,” “Crave” (featuring Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd), “Future” (featuring Migos’ Quavo), and “Dark Ballet.” Read Pitchfork’s track review of “Medellín.”

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Crumb: Jinx [self-released]

Jinx is the debut studio LP from Brooklyn-based four-piece Crumb. It follows their 2017 Locket EP. Check out reviews of “Nina” and “Fall Down,” as well as the new Rising feature “Crumb’s Psychedelic Rock Is Eerie, Disorienting, Trippy—Just Don’t Call It Chill.”

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GoldLink: Diaspora [Squaaash Club/RCA]

GoldLink’s new album Diaspora features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator (“U Say”), Pusha T, Khalid, and more. It’s the DMV rapper’s second major label LP, following 2017’s At What Cost.

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Claire Cronin: Big Dread Moon [Orindal]

Georgia-born, L.A.-based Claire Cronin makes dark, sparse folk music. On her new record Big Dread Moon, she enlists Ezra Buchla (son of the late synth pioneer Don Buchla) and Shahzad Ismaily for eight songs, including singles “Tourniquet” and “Wolfman.” Big Dread Moon follows her 2016 collaboration with Deerhoof’s John Dietrich called Came Down a Storm.

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Lil Keed: Long Live Mexico [Young Stoner Life/300]

Long Live Mexico is the debut album from Atlanta rapper Lil Keed. It follows his 2018 mixtape Keed Talk to ’Em. The title is inspired by Keed’s friend Mexico who died this year. The 20-track album includes collaborations with Young Thug, NAV, Roddy Ricch, Gunna, and Moneybagg Yo, among others. Read about Keed’s “Oh My God” and “Pull Up” in Levels’ The Ones.

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