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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…

BEAK> – “WE CAN GO”

Beak>, the band that includes Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller (Robert Plant Sensational Space Shifters) and Will Young (Moon Gangs), have a new EP on the way titled Life Goes On that’ll be out June 21 via Invada/Temporary Residence. You may have already heard the title track, and here’s another new one that the band call “the most normal thing we’ve ever written.” Which is still not that normal.

ROSALÍA – “AUTE CUTURE”

Rosalía’s new single is another collaboration with El Guincho, and is accompanied by a cinematic video directed by Bradley & Pablo. About the song, she says, “AUTE CUTURE is the title: written incorrectly but with a sense of humor and strength. I wrote this song before going out to tour El Mal Querer and I have taken the time necessary so the song would come out with the best video to accompany it. Filled with claps, nail art, and a Tarantino vibe. Enjoy it and hopefully it’ll make you dance and laugh like it does me.”

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KATE TEMPEST – “HOLY ELIXIR”

“‘Holy Elixir’ was written as a kind of incantation. A psychedelic trip back to the beginning and deep into the present,” says Kate Tempest of the moody, slow-burn single from her upcoming album, The Book Of Traps and Lessons. “It happens at a crucial point within the body of the album. It’s the penultimate moment. Taken out of that context, it stands on its own here.” The rapper, spoken word artist and author worked with Rick Rubin, in addition to longtime collaborator Dan Carey, on the album which is out June 14.

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KATIE DEY – SOLIPSISTERS (ALBUM STREAM)

Melbourne, Australia’s Katie Dey shared her first solo album in three years, solipsisters, out now via Run for Cover. Speaking to The FADER about the album, Katie said she listened to “a lot of Kate Bush. Probably Mitski, probably Prince,” and played Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, while working on it. “Originally, the album was supposed to be this dialogue between soul and body, or between different parts of myself: my heart and my brain,” she told FADER. “It ended up not making any sense, so I abandoned that, but a lot of the lyrics still are about this conversation. There’s not many references to other human beings. There’s a lot of ‘you’ and ‘me’ and ‘we’, but it’s really all just about me, because I was so totally alone while I was writing these songs. You end up talking to yourself a lot if you’re isolated. The last line on the album is ‘Moving closer to a place for us to live.’ I don’t think I have found anywhere to live. I’m still just moving.”

PURPLE PILGRIMS – “TWO WORLDS APART”

New Zealand duo Purple Pilgrims, made up of sisters Valentine and Clementine Nixon, will release new album Perfumed Earth on August 9 via Flying Nun. The Nixons describe their sounds as “ancient imagery expressed through a modern lens – folks songs played on synthesized instruments” and that sums up “Two Worlds Apart” which is pretty cosmic.

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PROPAGANDHI – “LAUGHING STOCK”

Canadian political punks Propagandhi released their last album, Victory Lap, in 2017, and “Laughing Stock” was from the same sessions. It appeared on a 2017 flexi disc with some preorders of the album, and on a tour only release, but now it’s available on streaming services for the first time.

PENELOPE ISLES – “LEIPZIG”

UK band Penelope Isles are back with another dose of widescreen indie rock from their upcoming debut album. Jack and Lily Wolter talk about the video: “We filmed the video in Berlin, Munich, Hannover, Diest and Luxembourg whilst on tour in Europe last year. We would constantly be on the lookout for perfect spots along the way and would keep our jeans and white t shirts folded up in a pile in the van ready to go. It’s funny that we actually forgot to shoot anything whilst in Leipzig! Although the shot of of J Sow playing drums in the woods looks very picturesque, we were actually all surrounded by German truck driver’s roadside turds! We had a laugh making the video and were all very impressed by Becky’s moves on the bridge in Munich! Germany is one of our favourite places to tour and it feels lovely to have these places within our music video.”

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TRAIL OF LIES – “FEARLESS,” “STRONG WILLED”

Syracuse, NY’s Trail of Lies follow their 2018 album W.A.R. with this new 7″, via Triple B Records.

MARK RONSON – “FIND U AGAIN” (FEAT. CAMILA CABELLO)

Mark Ronson’s new single with Camila Cabello is based on a melody Kevin Parker sang him “a couple of years ago,” as he told Zane Lowe in a Beats 1 interview. It “clung to me,” he continued, and “then we’re just… until Camila came along and wrote those verses.”

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ALBERT HAMMOND JR. – “MORE TO LIFE”

The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. shared a new solo song “More to Life.” Its accompanying video, which stars Jason Ritter, includes parts of a late-90’s student film Albert directed, edited again by his wife, Justyna Hammond Jr.

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KIM PETRAS – “DO ME”

Rising pop artist Kim Petras captions her latest single, “Do Me,” with the message, “to all my fello hoes out there … please STANd for ur national anthem.”

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JULIA SHAPIRO (CHASTITY BELT) – “SHAPE”

Chastity Belt’s Julia Shapiro will release her new solo album Perfect Version which is out June 14. The dreamy, etherial guitars in “Shape” match well with the video’s Far West landscapes.

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FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – “CRIME PAYS” (FEAT. YASIIN BEY & BLACK THOUGHT)

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib announced their anticipated joint album (and follow-up to 2014’s collaborative Pinata), Bandana. It’s due out June 28 via Keep Cool/RCA Records & Madlib Invazion/ESGN and boasts a roster of special guests, including Pusha T, Killer Mike, Yasiin Bey, and Black Thought. New single “Crime Pays” (which follows the album’s title track and “Flat Tummy Tea” features Yasiin and Black Thought, and comes with a video directed by Nick Walker that’s a take on the 70’s Blaxploitation Western.

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BILL CALLAHAN – SHEPHERD IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING (SIDE 2)

Last week, Bill Callahan shared the first side of his upcoming 20-song double album, and he’s now just shared Side 2 with five more songs: “747,” “Watch Me Get Married,” “Young Icarus,” “Released” and “What Comes After Certainty.” Listen to those below.

BURIAL – “CLAUSTRO”

UK electronic producer Burial announced a new 12″ single, which we wrote more about here.

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ADAM GREEN – “FREEZE MY LOVE”

Adam Green calls his new single “a road-trip song where your Corvette is a JPG filled with flesh cruising towards a blockchain horizon.”

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DARKTHRONE – “DUKE OF GLOAT”

Norwegian black metal vet Darkthrone release their seventeenth album, Old Star on Friday (5/31) via Peaceville. Ahead of that they’ve shared one more single, “Duke of Gloat.” “‘Duke Of Gloat’ was the first I wrote for this album,” Ted “Nocturno Culto” Skjellum says. “I like my metal black, with a dose of heavy. Now with Old Star coming your way let me wish you all a sore neck!”

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SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE – ’45’ (ALBUM STREAM)

“To be honest, I could probably have written twice as many songs such is the wealth of scarcely believable material surrounding the Trump administration,” says Field Music’s David Brewis of his new School of Language album which is entirely about Donald Trump. “It’s like King Lear populated by the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – “TUCSON TRAIN”

Bruce Springsteen‘s new solo album, Western Stars is out in two weeks, and he’s just shared a third song. We’re getting a good picture of the album by this point and its title and cover art are very apt: tales of the modern American West set with a little twang and a lot of strings.

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REDD KROSS – “BEYOND THE DOOR”

Redd Kross say their new record reflects their “total commitment to having the best fucking time we can have while we’re all still here.” This is the title track.

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TOGETHER PANGEA – “DISPASSIONATE”

SoCal garage punks’ title track to their new Dispassionate EP was inspired in part by The Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Way.”

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KILLS BIRDS – “OW”

Los Angeles band Kills Birds will release their debut album on August 28 via KRO Records, the label run by Justin Raisen, Lawrence Rothman and Yves Rothman. The band worked with producer Raisen (Kim Gordon/Angel Olsen/Yves Tumor) and new single “OW” marries atmospheric verses (shades of Life Without Buildings) with a raging rock chorus.

LOWER DENS – “YOUNG REPUBLICANS”

Baltimore’s Lower Dens are back with their first album since 2015, and its lead single, “Young Republicans,” which we wrote more about here.

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