Rapsody (left) and Erykah Badu

Rapsody (left) and Erykah Badu / Courtesy of the artists

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Hazel Cills discuss new releases by Billie Eilish, Portishead's Beth Gibbons and Rapsody.

Featured albums:
• Billie Eilish, Hit Me Hard and Soft
• Rapsody, Please Don't Cry
• Beth Gibbons, Lives Outgrown

Other notable albums out May 17:
• Shellac, To All Trains
• The Avett Brothers, The Avett Brothers
• V/A, Everyone's Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense
• Cage the Elephant, Neon Pill
• of Montreal, Lady on the Cusp
• Wu-Lu, Learning To Swim On Empty
• Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band, Loophole
• The Lovely Eggs, Eggistentialism
• Kaia Kater, Strange Medicine
• Álvaro Díaz, SAYONARA
• ZAYN, Room Under the Stairs
• One Step Closer, All You Embrace
• A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Better Off Alone
• Crumb, AMAMA
• Lightheaded, Combustible Gems
• Pallbearer, Mind Burns Alive
• Joywave, Permanent Pleasure
• Blitzen Trapper, 100's of 1000's, Millions of Billions
• Payroll Giovanni, Have Money Have Heart EP
• UFOmammut, Hidden
• SQÜRL, Music for Man Ray
• pub, process the wise