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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…

METRONOMY – “LATELY”

Metronomy are back with their first new music since 2016’s Summer 08. Inspiration for “Lately” came from a surprising source: pop band 21 Pilots. “I kept hearing that song ‘Blurryface’ and was like, what is this?! And after a while I thought God, if I was 15, I would be obsessed with this. I would hammer this properly,” Mount told DIY. “I thought, I get what’s happened to me now. I’ve crossed over. I’m a parent now, and I’ve crossed over into that world and I can’t understand the kids! But my job is to make music and I love the idea of still having some kind of connection to teenagers. So I was listening to this Twenty One Pilots track, great track, and I thought yeah, this is brilliant. So ‘Lately’ is a quite serious little rock song. It’s a little bit angsty, you know?” Watch the video, which Mount directed.

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PALEHOUND – “BLACK FRIDAY”

Palehound’s third album, Black Friday, is due out June 7 via Polyvinyl, and they’ve shared another new single, the yearning “Black Friday.” Songwriter Ellen Kemper says it’s about “how fucked up it is that we’re all conditioned to feel we need to compete against others to get what we want. How success is measured in who you’re above and who you’re below. This one is framed through a specific relationship where you feel like you’re investing more into a person than they are in you, and that you feel you need to compete for their attention and love.”

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AFRICA EXPRESS – “BECOME THE TIGER” (FT. SIBOT, DAMON ALBARN, MR JUKES)

Damon Albarn’s loose collective Africa Express are back with new album EGOLI on July 12. Here’s another track from it, a synth/funk/dance jam featuring South African producer Sibot and Albarn and not much in the way of lyrics beyond the title.

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CROSS RECORD – “PYSOL MY CASTLE”

One third of Sub Pop signed trio Loma, Emily Cross records on her own as Cross Record and she’ll release her new album on August 2 via Via Ba Da Bing! The first single is the very dreamy “PYSOL My Castle” — that would be “Put Your Shoes On Leave My Castle” — which was inspired by a “visit to an overstimulating Mexican street market.”

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CRUMB – “FALL DOWN”

Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet Crumb release their debut album Jinx on June 14. Ahead of that they’ve shared another new single, “Fall Down,” which veers to the slightly spacey side.

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PLAGUE VENDOR – “PRISM”

West Coast garage punks Plague Vendor will release their new album By Night next week, and here’s another early taste. “Prism” throws in a little danceability into the mix: “This was the first song where I could use a breakbeat on this album,” says drummer Luke Perine. “I was inspired by Beck’s ‘Devil’s Haircut.’ There are drum breaks on the track but not solos. It was pure fun.”

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DAUGHTER OF SWORDS – “SHINING WOMAN”

Along with being one third of Mountain Man, Alexandra Sauser-Monnning also makes music as Daughter of Swords; she’s releasing her debut album under the moniker, Dawnbreaker, on June 28 via Nonesuch, and ahead of that she’s shared new single “Shining Woman,” a mellow folk tune.

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PINKISH BLACK – “CONCEPT UNIFICATION”

Pinkish Black are releasing their fourth album, Concept Unification, on June 14 via Relapse Records, and they’ve shared the heavy, gothy title track, which a striking synth line definitely doesn’t add levity to.

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PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS – “HYMN FOR A DROID”

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard not releasing albums fast enough for your constant need of Australian psych rock? Enter Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets whose new album And Now For The Whatchamacallit is out this week. Check out “Hymn for a Droid” for some trippy, hyperactive rock action. They’re touring, too.

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JAMBINAI – “SUN.TEARS.RED.”

South Korean band Jambinai will release new album ONDA next week and while they’re generally referred to as “post-rock” this heavy track has elements of funk, metal and punk. Jambinai may just be their own genre.

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FIONN REGAN – “COLLAR OF FUR” (SNIPPET)

Irish folk singer Fionn Regan has announced his sixth album, Cala, due out August 9 via Abbey Records. He hasn’t released a single yet but he has shared a brief teaser of “Collar of Fur,” which sounds intimate and lush.

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HOMEBOY SANDMAN – “WEST COAST”

Homeboy Sandman reunited with Aesop Rock (who produced this track) for “West Coast,” in celebration of his new multi-album deal with Mello Music Group.

FRIENDSHIP – “DEMISE,” “VERTIGO,” “FIEND”

Japan’s FRIENDSHIP announced their second album, Undercurrent, due out June 14 via Southern Lord, and shared the first three unrelentingly heavy singles.

SLEATER-KINNEY – “HURRY ON HOME”

If you’ve been wondering what a Sleater-Kinney album produced by St. Vincent would sound like…it sounds like this.

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SUFJAN STEVENS – “LOVE YOURSELF” & “WITH MY WHOLE HEART”

Sufjan Stevens shared two new songs in honor of Pride Month in June, and we wrote more about them here.

THE VOIDZ – “THE ETERNAL TAO”

If you’ve been wondering what Julian Casablancas’ band The Voidz would sound like produced by Mac DeMarco and Kirin J Callinan…it sounds like this.

HOT CHIP – “MELODY OF LOVE”

“Memory of Love” started as a 12-minute instrumental based around a sample of a song by gospel group The Mighty Clouds of Joy, but with producer Rodaidh McDonald, Hot Chip turned it into their own ecstatic weather pattern.

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FUMING MOUTH – “OUT OF THE SHADOWS”

Boston hardcore crew Fuming Mouth shared new single “Out of the Shadows” ahead of their upcoming debut album on Triple B Records, The Grand Descent.

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Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.

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