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AKAI SOLO

So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of 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…

ILLUMINATI HOTTIES – “PPL PLZR”

LA indie rockers Illuminati Hotties have released a new pay-what-you-want single, and all proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project. It’s a catchy, crunchy song that’ll bring you right back to the ’90s.

AKAI SOLO & PINK SIIFU – BLACK SAND

Experimental underground rappers AKAI SOLO and Pink Siifu have teamed up for a new collaborative album, Black Sand. Pink Siifu produced the album but doesn’t rap on it, though Siifu fans will surely dig his trippy production, and AKAI SOLO is a pretty great off-kilter rapper himself.

SADA BABY – “LAME”

Sada Baby continues to be one of the most promising new voices in Detroit rap, and he’s been dropping new singles like crazy lately. His latest, “Lame,” is another winner.

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BEN WATT – “IRENE” FT. LOW’s ALAN SPARHAWK

Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt will release new album Storm Damage in January and he’s just shared this lovely, electronic-tinged new song featuring Low’s Alan Sparhawk. “It is about the power of nostalgia and the artist-audience relationship, which seems to obsess us all at the moment,” says Watt. “It is also about the simple brutality of social change – how cities move on, scenes die, and how people get caught up in that. I asked Alan to play on the song after we did a show together in Minneapolis in 2016. We have been friends for fifteen years since I remixed a Low song in 2004. I thought his restless, scratchily emotional guitar style would be perfect.”

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WEYES BLOOD – ROUGH TRADE SESSION (EP STREAM)

Weyes Blood released the excellent Titanic Rising earlier this year, and now she’s shared an accompanying EP that was originally available as a bonus CD to the Rough Trade release, with stripped down versions of songs from the album, produced by Ariel Rechtshaid.

MOUNT EERIE & JULIE DOIRON – “BELIEF PT. 2″

Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum) and Julie Doiron have shared a second single from their upcoming collaborative album. “Belief Pt 2” closes the album and Phill says, “It comes at the end of a meandering path through uncertainty, devotion, sad reminiscence, hopeful idealism; songs coursing over uneven terrain. This album conclusion is a flag planted, a declaration of belief in love no matter what, the culminating answer to all of the asking that came before. Eroded down by life’s changes to an elemental necessity, I make an offering of a final simple gesture of love.”

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SORRY – “RIGHT ROUND THE CLOCK”

London’s Sorry have already released a number of singles, but they’re preparing to put out their debut LP, 925, due out in the spring via Domino. Its first single is “Right Round the Clock,” which includes a droll alternate take on “Mad World” from the band’s Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen. “The video is supposedly a daydream hallucination we did with our friend Jasper,” Asha says. “Bit sexy bit silly, make what you like of it hope you enjoy!”

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YOUBET – “BITE”

NYC-based songwriter Nick Llobet is releasing his debut LP as youbet, Compare & Despair, due out January 31 via Ba Da Bing. He’s shared the first single, “Bite,” which warps the singer-songwriter formula with a palette of psychedelica.

DESTROYER – “CRIMSON TIDE”

Dan Bejar will be back with new Destroyer album Have We Met on January 31 via Merge. Kaputt fans take note: first single “Crimson Tide” is very much in that groovy, silky universe, though this is less overtly ’80s (no wailing sax) with more modern synth sounds. But it is pure Bejar goodness.

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WIRE – “CACTUSED”

Wire will return with Mind Hive, their first album in three years, on January 24. They’ve shared the first single, “Cactused,” which is the kind of off-kilter pop that Wire basically pioneered.

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FRANCES QUINLAN – “RARE THING”

Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan has announced her first album under her own name, and the first single is “Rare Thing.” You can read more about the project here.

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AZAR SWAN – “THE VENGEFUL SUN” (ft. PYRRHON’s DOUG MOORE)

Azar Swan’s new album comes out this Friday, and you can read more about its new single featuring Doug Moore from Pyrrhon here.

CHROME WAVES – “PUSH THE SKY AWAY” (NICK CAVE COVER)

Black metal/shoegaze blenders Chrome Waves are releasing a new EP with three covers and three originals, and this is the third and final cover to be released from it. You can read more here.

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SPIRIT IN THE ROOM – “BUT IT DO” & “SUNSET NIGHTMARE” (ft. KEITH MORRIS)

Dennis Sanders’ industrial/alternative rock project Spirit In The Room has a new two-song single, and the B-side features the legendary Keith Morris. You can read more about it, and watch the video for the A-side, here.

LITTLE DRAGON – “TONGUE KISSING”

“The song is very much about taking brave steps,” say Little Dragon of their new single. “Facing your own demons and tongue kissing with life in a way, not holding back but going all in with all that it entails, every moment in your face.”

SEEFEEL – “ROUGH FOR RADIO”

UK post-rock/shoegaze vets Seefeel have shared a previously unreleased song, “Rough For Radio,” which was only ever recorded as a 1994 session for BBC DJ John Peel. It’s finally getting a release as part of new box set celebrating Warp Records’ 30th anniversary.

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