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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…

TRAVIS – “KISSING IN THE WIND”

Travis recently went on a 20th anniversary tour for their breakthrough 1999 album The Man Who, and they’re now back with their first new song in three years, which Fran Healy says was written on that tour. It’s a warm, cozy song that sounds like classic Travis, and Fran also says it’s the first taste of their next studio album. Meanwhile, it will also appear in the the new documentary Almost Fasionable – A Film About Travis (watch the trailer).

SQUIRREL FLOWER – “HEADLIGHTS”

Boston singer and songwriter Ella Williams is releasing her debut LP as Squirrel Flower, I Was Born Swimming, on January 31 via Polyvinyl, and she’s shared its second single, “Headlights,” which pairs moody guitars with her soaring voice. “‘Headlights’ takes place in a moment of solitary reflection,” she says, “a glance back and a glance forward. I wrote it on tour driving through the pioneer valley in Massachusetts in some heavy fog. Suddenly I was aware of the space the car was plummeting through, both physical and temporal.”

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HOLY FUCK – “FREE GLOSS” FT. NICHOLAS ALLBROOK

“Our music can be dark and pummeling at times, unrelenting even,” write Holy Fuck. “‘Free Gloss’ was designed as a way for us to shed some light, and bring some bliss and buoyancy to the table whilst still maintaining that ecstatic energy and intensity that we love. We started tinkering with the main riff and structure on this one as an idea to take the listener on a euphoric sonic journey and explore the push/pull, tension and release you can take people with on the dance floor.” The track features lead vocals from Pond’s Nicholas Allbrook, and Holy Fuck’s new album, Deleter (that also features Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor) is out January 17.

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TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS – “LIFE ON MARS?” (DAVID BOWIE COVER)

The most recent episode of HBO’s terrific Watchmen series ended with a thematically apropos instrumental cover of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” by score composers Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. It will be included in the third volume of their Watchmen soundtracks.

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HINDS – “RIDING SOLO”

Spanish band Hinds dip their toes into more pop sounds on new single “Riding Solo” that still manages to have that loose Hinds charm. Say the band: “feeling lonely is one of the most common human feelings, right?  well, being a musician doesn’t really help.  your whole life is constantly moving and the only thing that remains is yourself.”

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DEAR FURIOUS – “r/COMPLEX”

Dear Furious is a new-ish Orange Countty hardcore band with some familiar faces (including members of Outspoken, Strife, Throwdown, Adamantium, and Mean Season), and they’ve just shared a bone-crushing new single on New Age Records ahead of their upcoming LA show with Unearth and Darkest Hour.

HOUSE OF FEELINGS – “CONVO” FT. DAVE HARRINGTON

Brooklyn dance music collective House of Feelings are back with this new single that features Darkside’s Dave Harrington and is built around (and gets its title from) a Max Roach sample. HoF’s Dave Eisinger explains: “‘Convo’ started out as a conceptual track, where I wanted to trade fours with one of the greats, Max Roach. I started by dropping in one of his most-well known statements, ‘Conversation,’ and going back and forth with his solo. It became quickly clear the foundation for that was broader than the sum of its parts, as other instrumentals became more and more expansive. A lifetime ago, Matty was in a band called ARMS with Dave. He’s such a genuine, lovely guy, and a big supporter of our work and parties. Among the folks we know, he’s moved most aggressively into the jazz world. Without hesitation, he did a series of takes for us. By then, I rewrote the drums to dialogue with his playing, doing two tracks, one in each stereo channel. When Joe came in and laid down that monster bass line, it started to feel complete. Sitting somewhere between house and electronica and psy jazz, this is our tribute to electric Miles, with the now-ironic sample ‘not in New York, which is the only place to live,’ undergirding a down-cycle of this cultural capital. As I write this, Joe now lives in Denver, Matty looks to new horizons, and Dave has decamped to Los Angeles.”

PEGGY SUE – “WHITE CHRISTMAS”

UK duo Peggy Sue have a new album out in February but, before that, are releasing a holiday EP, Surf Xmas, on December 12. It features their take on five yuletide classics, including “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Blue Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bells,” and this version of Irving Berlin’s classic, “White Christmas.”

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H.E.R. – “CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE”

H.E.R. has contributed a chilled-out, R&B version of this Christmas classic to an Amazon Originals holiday playlist.

BIG CHEESE – “WRITE-OFF”

UK hardcore band big Cheese are releasing their debut album Punishment Park in 2020 via Triple B Records and Quality Control HQ (not to be confused with the label Migos are on), and the first single is “Write-off,” which bounces back and forth between breakneck-speed punk and a mid-tempo groove, and which should very much appeal to fans of ’90s hardcore.

J-E-T-S – ZAPS (EP STREAM)

J-E-T-S (aka Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar) have followed this year’s ZOOSPA LP with the ZAPS EP. Guests include Theophilus London, Roses Gabor, and more.

TAME IMPALA – “POSTHUMOUS FORGIVENESS”

Tame Impala have shared the third single off their long-awaited new album The Slow Rush, and you can read more about it here.

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AMERICAN NIGHTMARE – “LIFE SUPPORT” + “LEFT FOR DEAD” (LEMONHEADS COVER)

American Nightmare have released this new two-song EP featuring the new song “Life Support” and a Lemonheads cover. You can read more about it here.

NADIA REID – “BEST THING”

Nadia Reid is releasing her new album Out of My Province on March 6 via Spacebomb (her first for the label), and the first single is the gorgeous, string-laden Best Thinng. Read more about it here.

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TORRES – “GRACIOUS DAY”

Torres has shared the second single off her upcoming album Silver Tongue (which came out last year as a demo), and you can read more about it here.

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TENACIOUS D – “DON’T BLOW IT, KAGE” (PRODUCED BY JACK WHITE)

“Jack White invited us to party, he wanted us to kick out the jams,” Jack Black sings in the opening line of Tenacious D‘s “Don’t Blow it, Kage,” their new Jack White-produced 7″ single. “Red light, time for us to party, I’m hoping we can kick out the jams!”

BAMBARA – “SING ME TO THE STREET”

Bambara have shared a second track from their forthcoming album Stray. Featuring backing vocals from Ani Ivry-Block of Palberta and Drew Citron of Public Practice and Beverly, “Sing Me to the Street” is a smoky, sultry number that recalls Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and David Lynch.

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MOUNTAIN MAN – “YOU AND I” (WILCO COVER)

The November issue of Uncut magazine came with a Wilco tribute compilation, Wilco Covered. If you didn’t get your hands on a copy, tracks have been gradually making their way to streaming services, with the latest being Mountain Man’s lovely take on Wilco’s 2009 duet with Feist.

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KHRUANGBIN & LEON BRIDGES – “TEXAS SUN”

Texans Khruangbin and Leon Bridges spent a lot of time together on tour in 2018, and they’re continuing that friendship with a new collaborative EP, Texas Sun, and this is the title track.

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GREG DULLI – “PANTOMIMA”

Taking inspiration from Prince and Todd Rundgren, Greg Dulli played nearly every instrument on his new album, Random Desire, which he’s calling his solo debut (Amber Lights be damned). The first single is “Pantomima”

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M WARD – “MIGRATION OF SOULS”

M. Ward will soon be back with his 10th solo album Migration Stories, which will be out April 3 via Anti Records. He made the record in Montreal with Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry, and producer/mixer Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine), and describes it as “11 largely instrumental ballads — a sci-fi fast-forward to a more silent night many generations from here to a maybe-era where movement is free again.”

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