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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…

ALT-J – “LAST YEAR (ft. GOLDLINK) (TERRACE MARTIN VERSION)

alt-J’s upcoming REDUXER (an album of reimagined songs from 2017’s RELAXER with hip hop guests) comes out September 28 via Canvasback/Atlantic, and following the Pusha T/Twin Shadow rework and the Danny Brown/Alchemist/Trooko rework, they’ve now got a new version of “Last Year” by frequent Kendrick Lamar producer Terrace Martin featuring vocals by DC rapper GoldLink. It’s a totally different beast than the original, and worth hearing if you’re a fan of any of the artists involved.

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J.I.D – “151 RUM”

Atlanta rapper J.I.D is working on his sophomore album, which is due at some point via J Cole’s Dreamville label and Interscope, and while we wait for that, he dropped a new song, “151 Rum.” Over airy, laid-back production by Christo and Nice Rec, J.I.D shows off a fast-paced flow that will probably keep those Kendrick Lamar comparisons coming (and not in a bad way).

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CONNAN MOCKASIN – “CHARLOTTE’S THONG”

Australian eccentric talent Connan Mockasin shares the second single from his upcoming album Jassbusters (which is the soundtrack to a five-part film called Bostyn ‘n Dobsyn). The languid, jammy nine-minute track exudes soft rock vibes.

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JOHN CARPENTER – “THE SHAPE RETURNS” (HALLOWEEN 2018 SOUNDTRACK)

John Carpenter is back part of the Halloween franchise he created for the first time in over 30 years. While he’s not directing, he is creative consultant and, excitingly, scoring the new film (which was directed by All The Real Girls/Pineapple Express‘ David Gordon Green). (“The Shape,” by the way, was how Carpenter referred to Michael Myers in the original’s closing credits.) So here’s the updated take on the classic theme that should send shivers up your spine.

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DRUG CHURCH – “STRONG REFERENCES”

While Patrick Kindlon showed off a softer side on the new Self Defense Family album, the new Drug Church album (titled Cheer, due 11/2 via Pure Noise) is shaping up to be much heavier. They dropped a new single, “Strong References,” which is an awesome dose of headbanging post-hardcore.

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GLACIAL TOMB – “BREATH OF PESTILENCE”

You may know guitarist/vocalist Ben Hutcherson from the great doom band Khemmis, but he’s also got a new project called Glacial Tomb which is something entirely different. Glacial Tomb pull from various strains of extreme metal (black, death, etc) for a spastic, constantly shifting, often complex sound that’s a thrill to listen to. Their self-titled album comes out October 26 via Gilead Media, and you can hear “Breath of Pestilence” from it now (via Revolver).

CHAD VANGAALEN – “STUTTERING LIGHT”

The new Rick and Morty soundtrack is coming out September 28 via Sub Pop/Adult Swim, and today a new song from it came out by longtime Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen. The vibe of the song (and animated video by Liah Honeycutt) feels very suited for Rick and Morty, but the song is very in much in Chad VanGaalen’s distinct style too. The Giant Heads would like what he’s got.

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RHETT MILLER – “TOTAL DISASTER”

The Old 97’s frontman’s new solo album was made with producer Sam Cohen who, along with his band, play on the record too. Read more about it HERE.

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PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – “WHITE STAR LINER”

UK group Public Service Broadcasting, who mix rock and dance music with samples from newsreels and educational films, set their sights on The Titanic for their new EP, White Star Liner. Says the group’s J. Willgoose, Esq, “I thought it was an interesting challenge to tell the story of the ship’s construction as part of Belfast’s proud industrial history, the spirit of optimism of the pre-war age that she represented, and then an abstract and, I hope, respectful depiction of both the sinking of the ship (represented by the repeated Morse code distress call, C – Q – D) and the discovery of the wreck in 1985.” PSB play aboard a different ship — NYC’s Intrepid — on Thursday.

GRAHAM VAN PELT – “VANISHING POINT”

Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress, Think About Life) releases his first album under his own name on October 19 and has just shared its second single. “Vanishing Point” is in the same vein as Kelly Lee Owens’ chilled-out house.

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MARK KNOPFLER – “GOOD ON YOU SON”

While Dire Straits are touring without him (as Dire Straits Legacy), that band’s onetime frontman and guitarist Mark Knopfler is back with a new solo album, Down The Road Wherever, on November 16. Check out the first single, which definitely still has that Knopfler/Straits style.

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HELENA DELAND – “LEAN ON YOU”

Montreal’s Helena Deland is releasing From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. III & IV on October 19 via Luminelle, and she’s following its second single, “Rise,” with a third, the slow burning, hazy jam “Lean on You.” Helena described the song to CBC Music as being about “having a crush that you’re kind of resisting because you don’t want to surrender mental space to this.”

SON LUX – YESTERDAY’S WAKE (EP STREAM)

Son Lux released Brighter Wounds earlier this year, and they’re following it with a new EP. Band founder Ryan Lott says, “the Yesterday’s Wake EP traces echoes of Brighter Wounds themes while introducing two brand new songs infused with the album’s DNA. We hear the lyrics from ‘Young’ in the refrain of ‘Delivery’ and for the first time the phrase ‘Brighter Wound’ in the final moments of ‘Yesterday’s Wake.’ Together these four songs complete the full album collection.”

CHARLY BLISS – “HEAVEN”

After releasing their debut album Guppy in 2017, Charly Bliss have returned with a new song, “Heaven.” Eva Hendricks calls it “our first love song,” but otherwise it fits right in with the band’s Guppy material, pairing hooky alt-rock guitar with Eva’s distinctive vocals.

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THE DODOS – “SW3″

The Dodos gave us a first taste of their first album since 2015, Certainty Waves, with first single “Forum”. Now they’re followed it with a second, “SW3.” Sped along with breakneck drumming, “SW3″ is bursting with layers of sound that meet in sometimes unexpected ways.

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PICTUREPLANE – DEGENERATE (ALBUM STREAM)

Travis Egedy has returned with his sixth album as Pictureplane, Degenerate. “Dedicated to my friends Colin Ward and Gustav Åhr and the victims of the Ghost Ship Fire,” he says, “this one is for all the freaks, outsiders, artists, degenerates and social deviants. The street trash, the renegades, the goth poets, the revolutionaries , The fringe dwellers and the lunatics, the radical ravers and the basement philosophers.” Wicca Phrase Springs Eternal appears on the song “Sex Trigger,” and it’s the first release on Pictureplane’s own Alien Body Music.

CRIPPLE BASTARDS – “NON COINVOLTO” & “LA MEMORIA DEL DOLORE”

Italian grindcore vets Cripple Bastards turn 30 this year, and they’re releasing their seventh album La Fine Cresce da Dentro (which translates to “The End Is Growing From Within”) on November 9 via Relapse. They just released two songs from it, and both prove this band still rips as hard as they ever did.

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DEAN BLUNT – “SOUL ON FIRE” (ft. A$AP ROCKY & MICA LEVI)

Elusive producer Dean Blunt returned with a new 15-minute projkect, Soul On Fire, which features two of his past collaborators: A$AP Rocky (whose Testing he contributed to) and Mica Levi (who he made the Inna opera with).

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POWERS PLEASANT – “PULL UP” (REMIX FT. JOEY BADA$$, Flatbush Zombies, THE UNDERACHIEVERS)

Pro Era’s Powers Pleasant dropped the Beastcoast Remix of his debut single “Pull Up,” which features an all-star cast of guests from the Beastcoast movement. It’s a psychedelic, alienlike banger that’s very worth hearing. He also revealed that his EP is coming soon on Commission Music and features Denzel Curry, IDK, G Perico, and more.

ALL GET OUT – “SELF REPAIR”

All Get Out’s new album No Bouquet comes out November 2 via Equal Vision, and they just shared new single “Self Repair,” which is a pop-punky dose of alternative rock that kinda has some hints of Green Album-era Weezer.

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ERIC DOLPHY – “MANDRAKE” (ALTERNATE TAKE)

Some of the late free jazz legend Eric Dolphy’s music is being put together for the three-disc Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions, due out November 23 via Resonance Records. It includes some previously unreleased material, including this alternate take on “Mandrake,” which came out in a slightly different form on 1963’s Iron Man. Listen below and read more about it here.

THE NATVRAL (KIP FROM PAINS) – “KNOW ME MORE” FT. JESS WEISS

Kip Berman takes a break from The Pains at Being Pure at Heart for an EP of simple folk pop under the name The Natvral. This track features Jess Weiss of Fear of men and you can read more about it HERE.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “CORNFLAKE GIRL” (TORI AMOS COVER)

For their new Spotify Session, Florence + The Machine took on one of Tori Amos’s best known, signature songs. Read more about it HERE.

DEAD CAN DANCE – “THE MOUNTAIN”

Dead Can Dance explore the Greek god Dionysus on their first album in six years. Read more about it HERE.

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