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Lucy Dacus at SummerStage in Central Park
Lucy Dacus at SummerStage in Central Park (more by P Squared)

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…

LUCY DACUS – “IN THE AIR TONIGHT” (PHIL COLLINS COVER)

Lucy Dacus has been sharing original songs and covers with holiday connections throughout the year for a new EP, 2019, that now has a release date: November 8. The latest addition is this Phil Collins cover with a bit of a spooky twist. “The image in the first verse is so unsettling, watching someone watch someone drown without moving to save them,” Lucy says. “People have wondered if this is something Phil Collins really witnessed, but the song is actually just a manifestation of his anger and frustration about his divorce. It’s tense, dark, and so much fun, as a good Halloween should be.”

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THE TWILIGHT SAD – “RATS” & “PUBLIC HOUSING”

The Twilight Sad are back with a new 7″ in December which will be their first new release since It Won’t Be Like This All the Time. “As the recording process [for IWBLTATT] progressed, we could tell that these two songs were a little different from the rest of the album,” sasy frontman James Graham. “To me they felt heavier and lyrically they came from a place of complete despair. They started to stand out on their own separately from the album. They were songs we really liked and they weren’t just off cuts from the album either – we wanted them to stand on their own. So we felt like a 7” double A side single was the release the songs deserved. The two songs feel linked to me, one has no hope and the other is reaching out looking for some good in people/myself/the world.” You can listen to both now:

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PUBLIC PRACTICE – “DISPOSABLE” & “EXTRA ORDINARY” (YUKIHIRO TAKAHASHI COVER)

Brooklyn band Public Practice, which includes members of Wall and Beverly, just released a new two-song single that’s out now on Wharf Cat. The A-side, “Disposable,” is tightly coiled number that recalls Gang of Four, while the B-side is a cover of Yellow Magic Orchestra member Yukihiro Takahashi’s “Extra-Ordinary” (which they’ve been performing live since day one).

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OMNI – “COURTESY CALL”

Omni’s new album Networker, their first for Sub Pop, is out November 1 and here’s another single from it. “Courtesy Call” imagines a world, sonically, somewhere between Television and Steely Dan that is both on edge and laid back. The video feels like it could’ve been made in 1979, too.

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HEMLOCK ERNST AND KENNY SEGAL – “ADDICTED YOUTH”

While we wait on a new Future Islands, Samuel T Herring has resurrected his Hemlock Ernst hip hop alter ego. His first full length album under that name, Back At The House, is out October 25 and this track, featuring LA producer/Billy Woods collaborator Kenny Segal, has that laid back early”90s vibe. Herring slips in a little of his soulful singing at the end, too.

HANA VU – “OUTSIDE”

Los Angeles artist and producer Hana Vu has a new double EP, Nicole Kidman / Anne Hathaway, out on October 25 via Luminelle, and she’s shared new single “Outside,” which is accompanied by an IKEA bed frame-featuring video.

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SEBASTIAN – “SOBER” (FT. BAKAR)

SebastiAn’s new album is loaded with guest appearances, and the pulsating new single “Sober” features vocals from London artist Bakar. “He has the best communicative energy in the whole world,” says SebastiAn, which Bakar says “Working with Sebastian has been a great progression for me, a dream of mine too.”

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MAKEWAR – “SAILS”

MakeWar are on the road with Face to Face and Lagwagon as we speak (and hitting NYC and NJ this week), and they’ve just shared another single from their upcoming album Get It Together (due 11/1 via Fat Wreck Chords). Like the first single, it’s a grizzled yet melodic punk ripper.

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RINA MUSHONGA – “CASSIOPEIA”

London-based experimental musician Rina Mushonga released her debut album back in February, and now she’s returned with a new single, the vibrant “Cassiopeia.” “I think at the core this song is about resistance,” she says, “about an army of ‘nasty women’ rising up. In my head the song kind of plays out like a heist movie with these bad – ass female assassins fighting the patriarchy and re-adjusting the status quo.”

PETBRICK – “COMING” (ft. LAIMA LEYTON)

Petbrick, the new industrial project from former Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera and Big Lad’s Wayne Adams, have shared another song off their upcoming debut album I, and this one’s the most accessible single yet thanks to some great melodic guest vocals by Laima Leyton. The album drops 10/25 via Closed Casket Activities.

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FATIMA AL QADIRI – “BOYS IN THE MIRROR”

Experimental/electronic artist Fatima Al Qadiri is releasing her score for Mati Diop’s film Atlantics (which won the Grand Prix at Cannes this year and made Diop the first black female director to have a film screened at Cannes in the festival’s 72 year history), and you can hear the ominous “Boys in the Mirror” from that score now. The score comes out November 15 via Milan Records/Sony Masterworks, the same day the film hits select theaters, and the film hits Netflix on November 29.

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LEFT BEHIND – “PEELING WAX” (ft. KUBLAI KHAN’s MATT HONEYCUTT)

Left Behind will release their third album, No One Goes To Heaven, on November 15 via Pure Noise Records, and the first single is “Peeling Wax,” which features Kublai Khan vocalist Matt Honeycutt. “‘Peeling Wax’ in particular was about a conversation I had with Matt during the first tour we did together,” vocalist Zach Hatfield says. “To sum it up, he told me he connected with what I say, that he felt like he was alone in a lot of things he experiences and our music was like a light in the darkness he felt.” The song is as dark in tone as it is lyrically, and it occupies a nice middle ground between sludge and metalcore.

CLOAK – “A VOICE IN THE NIGHT”

Classic rock/black metal blenders Cloak have shared another song off their anticipated new album The Burning Dawn, and you can read more about it at Invisible Oranges.

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JASON ANDERSON – “HALLOWEEN”

Jason Anderson continues his one “lost” project a month series, and appropriately, his first single of October is “Halloween.” It’s an eight-minute dose of melancholic slowcore, with a little alt-country twang in the mix. It’s really nice sounding stuff.

LIZ PHAIR – “GOOD SIDE”

Liz Phair has reunited with her ’90s producer Brad Wood for her first album in ten years, due in 2020, and the first single is “Good Side,” which sounds more like classic Liz Phair than her music has in a while. Read more about it here.

CARIBOU – “HOME”

While Dan Snaith has released music under his Daphni moniker, he hasn’t put out any new music as Caribou since 2014’s Our Love (which Pitchfork just called the 89th best album of the decade). That drought ends today with the release of new single “Home,” a soulful track that samples Gloria Barnes’ 1971 song of the same name.

BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY – “IN GOOD FAITH” (ft. JOAN SHELLEY)

Will Oldham has shared a second single off the first Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy album in eight years, and this one features Joan Shelley. You can read more about it here.

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GOLD DIME – MY HOUSE (ALBUM STREAM)

NYC experimental rock trio Gold Dime’s new album comes out this Friday but you can stream the whole thing now and read more about it here.

GUIDED BY VOICES – “UNFUN GLITZ”

Guided by Voices‘ are gearing up to release Sweating the Plague in a few weeks — it’s the band’s 29th album and third this year. Robert Pollard’s well of anthemic, ultra-catchy rock songs has not run dry, as evidenced by “Unfun Glitz.”

GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA – DARKNESS FALL ON THE EDGE OF TIME (ALBUM STREAM)

Texas collective Golden Dawn Arkestra release their new album, Darkness Falls on the Edge of Time, this Friday. The album is the group’s widest-reaching album yet, pulling in elements of French pop, post-punk, krautrock, tropicalia and more into their jazzy, funky, cosmic sound.

GANG OF FOUR – “TOREADOR MINOTAUR”

Gang of Four released new album Happy Now earlier this year which found Andy Gill injecting the band’s signature, angular sound with modern electronics and production. The band, which includes current vocalist John “Gaoler” Sterry, have taken the album’s opening track, “Toreador,” and reworked it, scruffing up the shiny production just a bit. Now titled “Toreador Minotaur,” the song sounds more like something ready for a fight.

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