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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…

FROG EYES – “THE IDIOT’S IDIOTIC STORM”

Frog Eyes called it quits earlier this year, having gone out with album Violet Psalms and one last tour. They recorded their show at L.A.’s Moroccan Lounge, and are releasing it as a live album. “I broke some strings, so only 45 minutes of the set was captured,” Cary Mercer told Stereogum, “which breaks down to 40-ish minutes of music and a few minutes of banter, or dialogue, which I implore the listener to delete after a few runs through, and keep only the music, as it’s music that brings us together.” Additionally, the Bandcamp-only album will feature unreleased studio recording “The Idiot’s Idiotic Storm,” which was from the Violet Psalms sessions.

YOUNG THUG – ON THE RVN EP (ft. ELTON JOHN, JADEN SMITH, 6LACK)

About a month after releasing his Slime Language compilation, Young Thug is back with a new EP, On the Rvn. Perhaps most notably, it ends with “High,” which is a remix of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” It’s also got songs with Jaden Smith and 6LACK.

SAY ANYTHING – “PINK SNOT”

Say Anything have revealed more details on their possibly final album, Oliver Appropriate. It comes out January 25, 2019 via Dine Alone, and you can pre-order and view the artwork and tracklist here. Along with the announcement comes a second single, “Pink Snot.” Like lead single “Daze,” you can really hear how this song sounds like “the demos [Say Anything] made between Baseball and …Is A Real Boy,” as Max said it would on stage at SXSW earlier this year. This is some of the most “classic Say Anything” sounding stuff in years, and it’s good stuff.

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JOHN NOLAN – “DO YOU REMEMBER?”

John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday, Straylight Run) announce details for his upcoming solo album, which is called Abendigo and drops November 2 via Collective Confusion Records. The lead single is “Do You Remember?,” which mixes ambient electronics, art rock, and cathartic post-hardcore in a way that recalls Straylight Run’s classic Prepare To Be Wrong EP. John told Consequence of Sound how lyrically the song “addresses our complete inability to process tragedies like mass shootings and find any kind of meaningful solutions.” It’s the strongest song he or any of his projects has put out in years, and it’s making us pretty excited for Abendigo.

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LITTLE SIMZ – “BOSS”

After recently releasing “Offence,” UK rapper Little Simz is back with another new single, “Boss,” which premiered on HBO’s Insecure last night. Powered by a distorted rock bass and a pounding, martial rhythm, this is some of the most powerful music Little Simz has released yet.

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THE CLASH – “CZECHOSLOVAK SONG / WHERE IS ENGLAND” (“THIS IS ENGLAND” DEMO)

The Clash’s final studio album, 1985’s Cut The Crap (which was made after they sacked Mick Jones), is not very well regarded but if there’s a gem amongst the album it’s “This Is England” which Strummer himself called the “last great Clash song.” A demo of the song, which dates back to a couple years before when it was titled “Czechoslovak Song / Where is England,” will be included on the new Joe Strummer box set, Strummer 001, which is out this week.

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RYLEY WALKER – “BUSTED STUFF” (DAVE MATTHEWS BAND COVER)

Ryley Walker has covered Dave Matthews Band’s 2001 album, The Lillywhite Sessions in full, reimagining the record in his own particular, low-key, adept way and he told Stereogum it’s an honest loving tribute. The album’s out November 16 via Dead Oceans and you can check out “Busted Stuff” now.

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KEVIN DEVINE – “INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN” (TOM PETTY COVER)

Kevin Devine’s latest in Devinyl Splits series is out this Friday (9/28) and features him and Petal both covering Tom Petty songs. Petal already shared their take on “You Got Lucky,” and now here’s Kevin’s spare, Beatlesque cover of “Into the Great Wide Open.”

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ELI PAPERBOY REED – “NINETY NINE CENT DREAMS (FEAT. BIG DADDY KANE)”

We’re three days into autumn, but if you want to hold onto that summer feeling just a little longer, Eli Paperboy Reed’s new single “Ninety Nine Cent Dreams” is a lovely bit of sunny nostalgia about scrounging up money for the ice cream truck. Big Daddy Kane plays the Ice Cream Man and raps a verse too.

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HALF WAIF – “EVERY ANIMAL”

Half Waif released the excellent Lavender earlier this year, and now they’ve shared another new song, “Every Animal,” recorded for Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. The motifs of tea and Nandi Rose Plunkett’s Grandmother repeat from Lavender, and it’s as strong a song as any on the album, powered along by propulsive, twitchy drumming.

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CHAD VANGAALEN – “MONOPOLY ARP”

Chad VanGaalen recently contributed a song, “Stuttering Light,” to the new Rick and Morty soundtrack, and now he has another new Adult Swim release, this time as part of their Singles Series.

REVOCATION – “BLOOD ATONEMENT”

May induce neck injuries from relentless headbanging. Listen at your own risk.

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LYCIA – “REWRITE”

Arizona darkwave vets Lycia have albums dating back to the late ’80s, and they started releasing new albums again with 2013’s Quiet Moments, following a decade-long break. That was followed by 2015’s A Line That Connects, and now they’re set to release In Flickers on October 26 via Projekt Records. They’ve shared “Rewrite” from that album, which is haunting and gorgeous and heavy in an atmospheric way. Listen via Cvlt Nation.

MINSK – “THE CHALICE AND THE DAGGER”

Minsk are teaming with Zatokrev for a split EP called BIGOD which features two new songs by each band and appearances on each other’s tracks. That comes out October 5 via Counseling Sounds/Czar of Crickets Productions, and you can now hear Minsk’s “The Chalice and the Dagger,” which goes from swirling prog/psych atmosphere to roaring sludge metal territory and back again.

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DIRECT HIT! – “PERFECT BLACK”

Direct Hit! are releasing their new album Crown of Nothing on October 23 via Fat Wreck Chords, and they’ve unleashed a new song from it, “Perfect Black.” It’s whiplash-inducing, vocal cord-shredding hardcore, but there’s a pop song trying to fight its way out too. If you dig Fucked Up and haven’t checked these guys out, you might wanna change that.

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YOUNG GALAXY – “FUTURE”

Montreal synthpop band Young Galaxy are following this year’s Down Time, with Snow Leopard, a new EP of unreleased material from the album sessions. It comes out on Friday (9/28), and “Future” is the first track they’ve shared from it. As the band told Gorilla vs Bear, it’ll be their final release before they go on hiatus: “Young Galaxy will go on hiatus so that we can go inside, stir it up, and regenerate. There will be many more Ramsay and McCandless blooms but they will have new and varied origins, conduits, and presentations. We both wish to focus on solo work, interdisciplinary collaborations, and ways of presenting content beyond prescribed music industry limitations.”

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BLISS SIGNAL – “TRANQ”

James Kelly (of Altar of Plagues and WIFE) and UK DJ/producer Mumdance’s new collaborative project Bliss Signal are releasing their self-titled debut album on September 28 via True Panther/Profound Lore. We’ve heard lead single “Surge”, and now they’re sharing another track, “Tranq.”

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THE CALLAS WITH LEE RANALDO – “TROUBLE AND DESIRE”

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo teamed with Greek art rock band/multi-media artists The Callas for a collaborative album Trouble and Desire, and we wrote more about the title track here.

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AUDIO KARATE – “BOUNCE”

SoCal punk vets Audio Karate have unearthed two songs from their “lost” mid-2000s album for a 7″, and we wrote about one of them here.

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JEFF TWEEDY – “SOME BIRDS”

Jeff will release new solo album WARM in November — listen to the first single and read more about it HERE.

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