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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…

YBN CORDAE – “HAVE MERCY”

YBN Cordae, the most old-school-minded of the fast-rising YBN crew, has dropped another stunning single, “Have Mercy.” He’s promising that more music is on the way this year, and between this one and the recent “Locationships,” we can’t wait to hear what he does next.

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CUPCAKKE – “BIRD BOX”

CupcakKe is back with another TV-referencing banger, “Bird Box” (following “Squidward Nose”). This one may share its name with the recent Sandra Bullock-starring Netflix film, but since it’s CupcakKe, you probably have a good idea of what it means in this context. The song also references the Jussie Smollett controversy, and CupcakKe goes hard on this one, rapping a mile a minute and hardly ever stopping to take a breath.

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PAWS – “THE WATERING HOLE”

PAWS are releasing their new album Your Church on My Bonfire, and as mentioned, it sees them going in a gentler indie rock direction compared to the noisy punk of their early days. Second single “The Watering Hole” is a great example of this.

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GESAFFELSTEIN – “SO BAD” FEAT. HAIM

French electronic producer Gesaffelstein released a new album, Hyperion today, his first in almost six years. Alongside notable guest appearances from The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams, HAIM take vocals on the chilly, slinky “So Bad.”

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THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS – “WE’VE GOT TO TRY”

This new Chemical Brothers single, from their upcoming album No Geography, has been tapped by Formula 1® as the sound of the F1 2019 season. Racing plays into the song’s video which stars an ace driving pitbull.

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CARACARA – “BETTER”

Philly’s Caracara have teamed with the great Will Yip, who produced their upcoming EP Better and will release it on March 29 via his Memory Music label. The first single is the title track, a nearly six-minute dose of climactic, atmospheric, emo-ish indie rock that sorta finds the middle ground between Frightened Rabbit and Pianos Become the Teeth.

THE BOUNCING SOULS – “FAVORITE EVERYTHING”

Speaking of Will Yip, he produced the upcoming Bouncing Souls EP, which is shaping up to be the Souls’ most classic-sounding release in a while. The latest single is “Favorite Everything.”

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KOOL KEITH – “BLAST” (PLANET B REMIX)

As mentioned, Justin Pearson’s Three One G label signed abstract rap legend Kool Keith and Keith is releasing a new 7″ that features a remix of “Blast” by Pearson’s Planet B project. Keith sounds great over Planet B’s noisy, industrial production, and Pearson lends some of his trademark shouts to the track as well, which pairs well with Keith’s psychedelic flow.

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KICKER – “MONTE RIO” & “SHITBOX”

Punk supergroup Kicker (Pete the Roadie + members of Neurosis, Operation Ivy, and Dystopia) recently released their great new album Pure Drivel, and now they’ve followed it with a two-song benefit single to raise money to help with damages from the recent flood in the Guerneville region of Northern California. Pay what you want and read more at Bandcamp.

BRUISER QUEEN – “QUESTION MARK HOUSE”

St. Louis duo Bruiser Queen released this track, a b-side from their album Heavy High, and its accompanying video directed by Bruiser Queen and Brian McClelland, from their upcoming 7″ release of Sugar High.

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CHOKEHOLD – “2.0”

Canadian vegan straightedge hardcore vets Chokehold are releasing their first new album in almost 25 years, and lead single “2.0” proves that they haven’t lost their menacing touch one bit. Read more here.

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ROSIE TUCKER – NEVER NOT NEVER NOT NEVER NOT (ALBUM STREAM)

Los Angeles musician Rosie Tucker’s new album on New Professor Music is inspired by “queer, blacklisted, and forgotten female songwriters of the 1960s.” “These songs were written over the course of a couple of years,” Rosie told UPROXX, “just kind of collecting. I set out to record a six-song EP with all the pals that I play with. We had this tight little recording crew going on. I put together this six-song EP and I sent it to my friend Greg [Katz of New Professor], and he said, ‘I’d love to put this out, but as a full-length!’ And we went, ‘Oh no! Okay,’ and got back to the drawing board. I wrote a couple new things, dug up a couple old things, and we got something together.”

SPIRIT ADRIFT – “HEAR HER”

Spirit Adrift have announced their third album and shared lead single “Hear Her,” which channels similar trad-doom influences to the first two Spirit Adrift albums (with some slight James Hetfield vibes in the vocals too), but it’s not overtly retro or anything. It’s just a great heavy rock song.

MUNYA – “IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU”

Montreal artist Munya released her new EP, Blue Pine, today and all three tracks are great. This one takes ’80s/’90s R&B and puts it into Munya’s hazy style, adds sitar and a little Minnie Riperton-style falsetto. Lovely.

FENNESZ – “IN MY ROOM”

Australian ambient artist Christian Fennesz announced his first solo full-length album as Fennesz since 2014, Agora. “I had temporarily lost a proper studio workspace,” Christian writes, “and had to move all my gear back to a small bedroom in my flat where I recorded this album. It was all done on headphones, which was rather a frustrating situation at first but later on it felt like back in the day when I produced my first records in the 1990s. In the end it was inspiring.”

I WAS A KING – “HATCHET”

Norway’s I Was a King have always sounded a lot like Teenage Fanclub and they actually got TFC’s Norman Blake to produce their new album, Slow Century. (Ten years ago IWAK actually had a song called “Norman Bleik.”) This is one of the album’s standouts, that mixes jangly guitars, sweet harmonies and wildly ragged solos.

AMERICAN SHARKS – “SPARE THE ROD”

Austin stoner punks American Sharks are releasing their sophomore album 11:11 this May via The End Records (six years after their self-titled debut), and we wrote more about new single “Spare the Rod” here.

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YAWN – “WEREWOLF”

Chicago band YAWN, who have toured with Tame Impala and Yuck, have a new single out, “Werewolf,” a spaced out, reggae-vibed, menthol-hazed number that melts along nicely and never bares its fangs.

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

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