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Listen now to music released June 30

Here are the top picks from the last week in June, as appraised by the editors at allmusic.com (who also wrote the mini-reviews below). All links will take you to the relevant page on hoopla where you can listen to the music right now.

Trilogy by The Weeknd

There are many things that just feel so right about The Weeknd. Maybe it’s the forlorn echoing, resounding bass and the falsetto register of Abel Tesfaye. Simply put, The Weeknd’s songs are dark, moody and lustful. Sometimes reminiscent of Michael Jackson, Prince, or Massive Attack with contemporary equals such as Frank Ocean or Drake, the Weeknd‘s Trilogy is a remastered release of his first mixtapes that contain some of his very best work.

...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin by The Roots

So much more than the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots have won Four Grammys (and been nominated for 12). This is their newest album, just released yesterday, May 19, 2014. Less than half the length of any of their previous studio albums, it contains an amazing diversity of voices and will reward repeated listenings.

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