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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…

HEALTH & PERTURBATOR – “BODY/PRISON”

After recently releasing a collaborative single with Soccer Mommy, industrial noise pop greats HEALTH have now dropped another collaborative single, “Body/Prison,” this time working with French synthwaver Perturbator. It’s another dose of aggressive yet tender synthpop that picks up where HEALTH’s great 2015 album Death Magic left off.

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JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT + DAVID CROSBY – “WOODEN SHIPS” (LIVE AT NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL)

One of the highlights of this year’s Newport Folk Festival was when David Crosby joined Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit to play Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Wooden Ships” and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Ohio.” If you’ve watched the YouTube clips and wished there was a better recording, here’s official audio:

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TWO MEDICINE (PAUL ALEXANDER FROM MIDLAKE) – “GOLD”

Paul Alexander from Midlake will release Astropsychosis, his debut as Two Medicine, on November 2 via Bella Union. They’ve just shared the video for delicate new single “Gold,” which morphs between a studio and a forest, showing “how our ancestors still influence us,” says Paul.

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PETER BJORN AND JOHN – “WRAPPED AROUND THE AXLE”

Swedish indie pop vets Peter Bjorn and John will release new album Darker Days next week and here’s another song to check out in advance: Bjorn Yttling’s bouncy “Wrapped Around the Axle.”

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SAMPHA – “TREASURE”

The new Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet-starring film Beautiful Boy hit theaters today, and over the end credits is a new song from boundary-pushing pop powerhouse Sampha. It’s a gorgeous, suspenseful piano ballad and very worth hearing.

KAMAIYAH – “ALL I KNOW” (ft. TRAVIS SCOTT)

Still no real word on when Kamaiyah’s anticipated album will come out, but she just let another song loose that may or may not be on it (though it’s not exactly a proper new single because Kamaiyah says “Someone leaked my song with Travis $cott on the internet and that’s the wrong version this shit still ain’t mixed and 2yrs old but fuck it”). “All I Know” has Kamaiyah’s modernized G-Funk in fine form, and Travis’ auto-tune-coated style suits the song well.

ESPERANZA SPALDING – “THE LONGING DEEP DOWN” and “TOUCH IN MINE”

Esperanza Spalding’s 12-song 12 Little Spells project continues with the fifth and sixth tracks, “Touch in Mine” and “The Longing Deep Down.” “Touch in Mine” is more mellow and “The Longing Deep Down” more intense and experimental, and both are worthy and intriguing entries to the project.

QUAVO – “CHAMPAGNE ROSÉ” (ft. MADONNA & CARDI B)

Quavo of Migos just released his new album Quavo Huncho and as you may expect from a member of Migos, the album has a lot of songs and they all sound pretty similar. Buried in there though is this gem, which puts Madonna and Cardi B on the same song. Madonna’s parts contributions aren’t really in the forefront, but Cardi steals the show (as she often does).

PISTOL ANNIES – “STOP DROP AND ROLL ONE”

Pistol Annies, the country supergroup of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, are releasing their first album in five years, Interstate Gospel, on November 2, and they’ve shared another new song from it, “Stop Drop and Roll One.” The hilarious lyrics are literally too real; as the band writes, “a lot of the lines from this song came from things we’ve said or things that our friends have said. It’s actual quotes put to melody.”

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THE BUTTERTONES – “MADAME SUPREME”

Los Angeles band The Buttertones mix surf with noir soundtrack sounds, as heard on this year’s debut LP. They’ve got a brand new single that throws in a little exotic ska — not to mention Doomsday warnings — into the mix.

USHER – “STAY AT HOME” (ft. FUTURE)

Usher’s music isn’t as omnipresent as it once was, but he’s been pretty good at keeping up with the times (you may remember that 2012’s “Climax” fit in perfectly with the young, rising alt-R&B singers of that era). He just surprise-released a collaborative album with Atlanta trap producer Zaytoven called “A,” and the opening song features Atlanta trap leader Future. The three of them sound great together, and it should appeal equally to people who listen to modern trap and people who are nostalgic for Confessions.

SIA – “I’M STILL HERE”

Sia’s new single “I’m Still Here” was released in partnership with French dance wear designer Repetto, who is creating a capsule collection that includes “three Repetto iconic models drive by Sia’s mantra ‘I love you, keep going.'” Black and white shoes aside, “I’m Still Here” is an uplifting, anthemic ballad with inspirational lyrics, that will also appear in At The Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, an upcoming documentary.

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MICK JENKINS – “UNDERSTOOD”

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins set the release date for his new album Pieces of a Man (October 26), and he also dropped another song from it, “Understood.” Over a woozy beat from Kamaiyah, Mick shows off that he’s just as good with catchy hooks as he is with fiery bars.

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MADAME GANDHI – “BAD HABITS”

Drummer, producer and activist Madame Gandhi’s new single “Bad Habits” is inspired by Gloria Steinem’s book “My Life on the Road” and Fela Kuti. “This song is an uplifting Fela Kuti-inspired percussive electronic afrobeat anthem about being your best self,” she writes. “It is about wanting to be better so as to serve humanity. It is about looking at how Fela and Gandhi fought against oppressive colonization using tactics like non-violence, radical self-reliance and community organizing.” Along with its inspiring message, the beats in “Bad Habits” are irresistable.

TY DOLLA $IGN & JEREMIH – “GOIN THRU SOME THANGZ”

Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih finally set a release date for their collaborative album MihTy (October 26), and they released a new single. “Goin Thru Some Thangz” is a dose of chilled-out, atmospheric, downtempo R&B, and the two crooners sound silky smooth.

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PRIMITIVE WEAPONS – “EPISODE”

Brooklyn’s Primitive Weapons just returned today with the new album Surrender Yourself and one of its many highlights is “Episode.” It’s a post-hardcore crusher that swings for the fences, with as many huge hooks as punishing screams. Primitive Weapons recently toured with Quicksand and Glassjaw, and if you like those bands, you’ll probably like this song too. Their next tour is with Cult Leader.

PLANET B – “CRUSTFUND” (ft. KOOL KEITH)

Planet B (aka Justin Pearson and Luke Henshaw) mentioned that their new self-titled album would feature Kool Keith on opening song “Crustfund” and that song is now here. The song is a freaky mix of electronics, post-hardcore, and hip hop, and Kool Keith is the perfect fit for it.

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SPRAY PAINT & THE REBEL – “LOOK! AIR INNIT?”

Austin’s Spray Paint and The Rebel (aka Ben from Country Teasers) have teamed for a new album answers the question: “What would it sound like if Devo, Ian Dury, and The Residents were in a band together produced by the Daleks — you know, the robots from Doctor Who — all while taking loads of bad drugs?”

COMET GAIN – “IF NOT TOMORROW” / “I WAS MORE OF A MESS THEN”

Cultishly loved UK indiepop group Comet Gain are gearing up to release their first new album in five years. David Feck, the group’s leader and sole constant, said he wanted to make a record of “short, sharp POP SONGS with one take electric abandon” but “then the world turned darker and dumber so the songs and words got angrier and fuzzier.” So they split the difference. Check out both sides of the first single and read more about it HERE.

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