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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…

DAWN – “EASY”

DAWN followed this year’s new breed with a double single last week, and today she put out another new single for the Adult Swim Singles Series. It’s a triumphant-sounding dose of hip hop soul.

STYLES P – “BRAND NEW”

Styles P is gearing up to release his new album Presence this Friday (11/15) (which features Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, and others), and its latest single is “Brand New,” which finds Styles staying true to his classic sound and still feeling fresh.

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REASON – “FLICK IT UP” (ft. AB-SOUL)

Reason follows last week’s “Same Ol Shit” with another new single, “Flick It Up,” featuring his TDE labelmate Ab-Soul. Reason’s a pretty “lyrical” guy, and this song proves he’s got hooks too.

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Q DA FOOL – “PLAYOFFS” (ft. MAXO KREAM)

Maxo Kream and Q Da Fool are on tour together now, and they just dropped this collab track. Maxo kicks the song off with the same words-rolling-off-his-tongue approach as many of his best songs, and then the does a 180 when Q comes in shouting. They’ve got very different styles, but they work well together.

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CMON – “COO”

Josh Da Costa & Jamen Whitelock, who both played in Regal Degal, now make music together as CMON. They’ve signed to Mexican Summer and just released their first single for the label, “Coo.” The track incorporates krautrock, soft rock, disco and more and you can check it out via the Geneva Jacuzzi-directed video.

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JENN CHAMPION – “BUDDY HOLLY” (WEEZER COVER)

Onetime Carissa’s Wierd member Jenn Champion’s full-album cover of Weezer’s Blue Album came out on vinyl in September, but we heard her take on “Undone,” and now another track has been released digitally, her slowed down, morose take on “Buddy Holly.”

BOY AZOOGA – “O SILLY ME”

Welsh band Boy Azooga are releasing a new single featuring new song “O Silly Me” and a cover of Jim Sullivan’s “U.F.O.” on the flip. The a-side is pretty sweet, dreamy ballad. “O Silly Me is a song about worry: written when worried that might hopefully ease some worry for other worriers,” says the band’s Davey Newington.

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COLIN SELF – “ONCE MORE” & “POLYVAGAL”

Experimental pop artist Colin Self released Siblings in 2018, and now he’s shared an EP of b-sides from the album. We already shared the majestic “Dispossesed,” and now the rest of the EP is also available to stream: the operatic chamber pop of “Once More,” the beat-heavy “Polyvagal,” and a Planningtorock remix of “Survival.” “A thematic continuum of Siblings was of the disregarded,” Colin writes; “orphaned ideas, narratives and characters from the margins that are written out by dominant narratives. ‘Dispossessed’ was written as a sort of Ursula K Le Guin filk track for her book of the same name, imagining an alternate ending for the opera in which the characters of Siblings depart from their home planet, onward elsewhere. ‘Once More’ is a prayer sung back and forth from the spirit world and physical world, in dialogue with my deceased sister Mark Aguhar who still travels with me in my music-making (miss you baby girl) ‘Polyvagal,’ as it points to the Vagus Nerve and the parasympathetic central nervous system, is just an exercise in wildness; playing and screaming for the sake of relief and healing. Jam’s remix of ‘Siblings’ closes out the EP as a gorgeous re-entry to my favorite song on the album. Jam in so many ways feels like a musical sibling to me. Their gorgeous narratives about healing, gender, and care are familial threads to Siblings, that having them remix this song was a deeply emotional and powerful gift to receive. I love Jam and feel so deeply overjoyed to have their genius as the closing sounds of Siblings/Orphans.

JESCA HOOP – “WALKING ANDREAS” & “SONG FOR A BYGONE ERA”

Jesca Hoop released Stonechild Afterbirth earlier this year and here are two songs from the same sessions that didn’t make the cut but are very much worth hearing. “Song for a Bygone Era” is sweet and wistful; while “Walking Andreas” is delicately beautiful. Meanwhile, she’s just been added to Elbow’s tour.

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ANDY SHAUF – TRY AGAIN”

Andy Shauf has shared a second track from his upcomimng The Neon Skyline which is out in January. Lush with strings and woodwindes, “Try Again” is a charming tale of a run-in with an ex. The video, directed by Gérald Fleury and Timo Hateau of Mizotte & Cabécou, is hand-animated. “Rather than illustrating the storyline, we imagined our own offbeat tale like a parallel to the song,” says Mizotte & Cabécou. “Design, motion, colors and atmosphere are influenced by the pop and childish dream world of 70’s French animation (Chapi Chapo, The Magic Roundabout).”

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WOLFF PARKINSON WHITE – “SAND” FEAT. NATALIE BERIDZE

Wolff Parkinson White — the electronic music project of NYC-based German jazz drummer Jochen Rueckert — announced a new record today called Favours on which 13 different vocalists contribute (out 2/20/20). That list of singers includes Norah Jones, Becca Stevens, Clare and the Reasons’ singer Clare Manchon, Gabriel Kahane, and Georgian producer Natalie Beridze whose voice you can hear on the first single released today.

GIANTS CHAIR – “KIDS RUNNING”

Kansas City post-hadcore/emo vets Giants Chair have shared another song off their first album in 23 years, and this one kinda sounds like if Thin Lizzy was a ’90s Midwest emo band.

DIVISION OF MIND – “E X I T”

Richmond’s Divison of Mind are releasing their self-titled debut album on December 6 via Triple B Records, and lead single “E X I T” is dark, intense, thrashy hardcore with a hint of psychedelia in the mix too.

DOMKRAFT – “WHERE WE PART WAYS” (ft. MARK LANEGAN, MARTY HARVEY, LEA ALAZAM)

Domkraft are releasing the Slow Fidelity EP next week (11/22), and today they shared its 13-minute single featuring guest vocals by the legendary Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, etc), Marty Harvey (Slomatics), and Lea Alazam (Besvarjelsen). It’s the kind of trippy psych jam you’ll want to get your lava lamps out for, and Mark Lanegan says, “Guesting on this song by Domkraft was fun, the kind of music I don’t get a chance to sing on that often. It reminds me of the music of my youth.” Listen at Decibel.

LEE RANALDO & RAUL REFREE – “NAMES OF NORTH END WOMEN”

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Spanish musician/producer Raul Refree are releasing a collaborative album, which you can read more about here, and the title track is out now.

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RATBOYS – “ALIEN WITH A SLEEP MASK ON”

Chicago indie rockers Ratboys go to outer space with their new song and video, the first taste of their upcoming album Printer’s Devil. Read more here.

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