Brandi Carlile

What to listen to now: SZA, Bleachers, Secret Sisters and more

What to listen to now: SZA, Bleachers, Secret Sisters and more

A look at must-hear, recently released music, as chosen by The Times’ pop staff.

SZA, “Ctrl” (Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA)

Falling into music after walking away from studying marine biology, SZA — born Solȧna Rowe — released a pair of mix-tapes before she became the lone female voice of L.A. hip-hop powerhouse Top Dawg Entertainment and delivered her breakout 2014 EP, “Z.”

“Ctrl,” like her earlier work, sees SZA navigating the complexities of love, sexual freedom, family, personal growth and self-esteem through the gaze of a woman who grew up in an Orthodox Muslim home. The...

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