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Charles Bradley (photo: Giles Clement)

So many artists, so little time. Each week we review five new albums (of all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie,” and talk about what metal is coming out. We post music news, show recaps, track premieres, and more all day. That includes a lot of tour announcements, a list of tonight’s NYC shows, and NY shows that just went on sale. We publish a monthly playlist of some of our favorite tracks. Here’s a daily roundup with a bunch of interesting, newly released songs in one place…

CHARLES BRADLEY – “LUCIFER”

Charles Bradley recorded this song in 2016 after he’d spent months enduring chemotherapy for stomach cancer, around the same time as the presidential election. It was one of the last recordings for the late soul great who died in 2017. He calls out Barak Obama by name in it, crying, “Obama, you’ve done what you had to do/Change the world.”

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JUAN WAUTERS – INTRODUCING JUAN PABLO (ALBUM STREAM)

Juan Wauters released La Onda de Juan Pablo, which he recorded on the road traveling in Latin America, back in January today he released Introducing Juan Pablo, which is both a companion and a prequel. He made this album first, and then shelved it. “At first, I wanted to show another musical face for this series of records. For me, Juan Pablo is part of a more personal search. And that has to do with migration: when you move to the United States, the second name ceases to exist. Since I moved here, I’m just Juan. But in Uruguay I’m Juan Pablo Wauters. I felt it was significant to retake my middle name.”

CARDI B – “PRESS”

“Cardi don’t need more press,” Cardi B raps on the followup to last year’s still-unstoppable “Money.” It’s probably true, but as long as she’s dropping hard af bangers like this one, we’ll just have to keep giving her more press anyway.

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SUMAC & KEIJI HAINO – “NOW I’VE GONE AND DONE IT I SPILLED HOLY WATER (JUST WATER) OVER THAT THING CALLED HEALING MUSIC……………………………. / THERE WAS A FAINT “TSK”NOISE”

Sumac, the project of former Isis frontman Aaron Turner, bassist Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch), and drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists), collaborated with Japanese experimental musician for Keiji Haino for 2018’s American Dollar Bill – Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look at Face on, and now they have a new joint project, Even for just the briefest moment / Keep charging this “expiation” / Plug in to making it slightly better, due out June 28 via Trost. The first single is the 15-minute “Now I’ve gone and done it I spilled holy water (just water) over that thing called healing music……………………………. / There was a faint “Tsk”noise”

BAD BUNNY – “CALLAITA”

Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny continues to have a huge year, dropping a one-off single produced by previous collaborator Tainy.

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OLIVER RAY & PATTI SMITH – “BEST GAME IN TOWN”

Oliver Ray, who played guitar in The Patti Smith Group from 1996 to 2005, will release his new solo album, Out Passed Nowhere, next week which finds him backed by members of Giant Sand, Sugar Candy Mountain, and more. “Out of Nowhere” is a broody smoky number featuring the unmistakable backing vocals of his old boss, Patti Smith.

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GOLDLINK – “JOKE TING”

DC rapper GoldLink announced a new album, Diaspora, due out June 12. It features his single from earlier this month, “Zulu Screams,” as well as a new one he’s shared today, “Joke Ting,” which features Ari PenSmith.

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R. STEVIE MOORE & GARY WILSON – “HEY GARY (HAVE YOU SEEN MY GIRL?)”

For fans of cult DIY artists, the news that R. Stevie Moore and Gary Wilson are teaming up is a very big deal. Their first-ever collaborative album, Fake News Trending, is out in August on O Music, the label run by The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess. This is the first single (via Weirdo Music Forever).

PHANTOGRAM – “INTO HAPPINESS”

New York duo Phantogram released Three in 2016, and it looks like they may be preparing its followup. They announced a tour earlier this month, and now they’ve shared new single “Into Happiness.” “Hi friends,” they write on Facebook, “we are officially back! Making new music has been an amazing experience, and the fact that we can finally share ‘Into Happiness’ with you feels truly revitalizing for us. This is one that holds a special place in our hearts. We’ve been on such a positive journey as individuals and as a band, and we’re so happy to have you here with us along the way.”

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DOG BLOOD – TURN OFF THE LIGHTS (EP STREAM)

Dog Blood, aka Skrillex and Boys Noize, released “Turn Off The Lights,” their first song in 6 years, in March, and now they’ve followed it with an EP by the same name, their first full project since 2013’s Middle Finger Pt. 2.

KING PRINCESS – “CHEAP QUEEN”

After a string of catchy singles and a Fiona Apple collaboration, King Princess has announced her debut album, due out later this year via Mark Ronson’s Zelig Records and Columbia Records. Its first single “Cheap Queen” may be her most immediately infectious song yet.

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TORI AMOS – “A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE”

Tori Amos’s new cover of the 1939 standard plays on the closing credits of new Amazon series Good Omens, and we wrote more about it here.

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THE CATENARY WIRES – “SIXTEEN AGAIN”

Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher are indiepop royalty, having been in such beloved bands as Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Tender Trap, Marine Research and, these days, The Catenary Wires. The duo will release Til The Morning, the second Catenary Wires album, on June 14 via Tapete. Amelia and Rob says “Sixteen Again” is about “women suddenly losing their life partners — and finding themselves alone for the first time in years.  It combines a very personal story with something we read in the paper about women losing their husbands to drone strikes in Afghanistan.” Like they’ve done over the course of their careers, they juxtapose serious subject matter with pretty melodies and “bah bah bah” choruses.

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ABSOLUTELY FREE – “GENEVA FREEPORT”

Toronto trio Absolutely Free are finally back with a new record, the Geneva Freeport EP, that will be out June 21. You may have heard “Currency,” the EP’s great collaboration with Meg Remy of U.S. Girls, and here’s the title track — a throbbing electro-krautrock number that goes from simmer to a full-on boil across its five minutes. The song itself is about a fantasy vacation to the Swiss art depository of the song title.

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