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New Music Friday: Selena Gomez, Protomartyr, Kelela and More

Read our reviews of this week’s biggest new releases

Selena Gomez; Protomartyr; Kelela

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The biggest album out today is Selena Gomez’s Revival. We’ll be dancing to its sexy pop anthems all weekend – look out for our review, coming soon. But that’s not the only thing you can listen to and enjoy on this New Music Friday! Check out our critics’ takes on eight of the most interesting releases of October 9th.

Detroit’s Protomartyr cement their rep as one of today’s most respected post-punk acts with The Agent Intellect. Zach Kelly writes about why this album is their best yet.

Toby Keith is up to his usual tricks on 35 MPH Town, which Will Hermes calls “a 10-piece bucket of his signature country craftsmanship.”

Bedroom-pop artist Alex G steps onto a bigger stage with Beach Music, his first album for Domino Records. “Laying down a few chords on Garage Band is easy, but few home recording artists can make music that feels as necessary as Alex G’s,” writes Sophie Weiner.

Toronto punks Dilly Dally make a ferocious noise on their debut, Sore. Sarah Grant compares their lead singer Katie Monks’ vocals to “what Stevie Nicks might have sounded like if she’d wandered into CBGB in 1978.”

John Grant – “the gay Harry Nilsson of today,” according to critic Barry Walters – stretches himself a little thin at times on the otherwise charming Grey Tickles, Black Pressure.

Rob Sheffield takes on psychedelic rock survivors the Zombies’ first album in four years, appropriately titled Still Got That Hunger.

Kelela’s 2013 mixtape Cut 4 Me was one of the most exciting R&B/dance releases of the last few years. Max Mertens writes about how her follow-up, the Hallucinogen EP, builds on its strengths.

Canadian alt-pop artist Nicole Dollanganger makes a strong first impression on Natural Born Losers, showing a confidence that David Turner compares to her mentor Grimes.

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