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27 New Songs Out Today

Marissa Nadler

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…

MARISSA NADLER – “POISON” (ft. JOHN CALE) & “IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH THE SUMMER”

Marissa Nadler has released a two-song single featuring two songs that she recorded during the sessions for For My Crimes (one of our favorite albums of 2018). “Poison” features The Velvet Underground’s John Cale, and talking about that one, Marissa says: “Sometimes it’s best not to know in advance; that’s what I continually remind myself about how this duet with legendary songwriter John Cale came together. Had I known that Justin [Raisen] and Lawrence [Rothman] would arrange for Cale to sing ‘Poison’ with me before I wrote or recorded it, I cannot be certain I wouldn’t have become frozen with hesitations and second-guessing. How do you even start to go about writing a duet with a member of the Velvet Underground? Surely I might have nervously changed the lyric that accidentally namechecks a title of a Velvet Underground song (‘Run Run Run’), at the very least. For me, Cale is one of the most influential rock musicians, remaining admirably hard to pin down. His appearance on this song was a complete surprise to me, but the instant I heard it I knew that this was the way the song was meant to be heard.” The single is out on KRO Records, the new label from Justin Raisen, Lawrence Rothman and Yves Rothman, and both songs should instantly appeal to anyone who liked For My Crimes.

WEEZER – “HIGH AS A KITE” & “LIVING IN L.A.”

Weezer have shared two more songs from the upcoming Black Album, which comes out next week. “High As A Kite” is the most appealing song released from the album so far. It’s a laid-back, ’60s-inspired ballad with a video that pays homage to/parodies Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood, which is a very ’90s Weezer thing to do and which matches the song’s nostalgic tone. On the other hand, “Living In L.A.” is closer to the polished pop of the pervious Black Album singles.

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HAND HABITS – PLACEHOLDER (ALBUM STREAM)

Meg Duffy will release Placeholder, her second album as Hand Habits, next week on Saddle Creek. The secret weapon as guitar-slinger in Kevin Morby and Mega Bog’s bands for years, Placeholder really lets Duffy’s many talents shine. Listen via NPR and check out three songs below.

LIL PUMP – “BE LIKE ME” (ft. LIL WAYNE)

Lil Pump’s album Harverd Dropout comes out this week, and ahead of its release, Pump shared another new single. “Everybody wanna be like me,” Pump repeats ad nauseam, and then he brings in veteran “Lil” rapper Lil Wayne, who almost maybe sorta says Pump wants to be like him (“y’all my mini-mes”), but ultimately he co-signs Pump.

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WORMWITCH – “DISCIPLE OF THE SERPENT STAR”

Canada’s Wormwitch, who recently announced a tour with Uada, will follow their great 2017 debut album Strike Mortal Soil with sophomore album Heaven That Dwells Within on April 5 via Prosthetic. The first single is “Disciple of the Serpent Star,” and like their debut, it finds the middle ground between black metal and D-beat/crust punk, and it’s a ripper.

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SPIRAL STAIRS – “THE FOOL”

While best known for the slacker indie rock of Pavement, Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg shows off a much cheerier side on this new single from his forthcoming album We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized. Scott cites Van Morrison and Nick Lowe as influences this time around and you can definitely hear that here.

TR/ST – “UNBLEACHED”

TR/ST’s is releasing two new albums this year, the two-part The Destroyer, and here’s another track from the first volume which main man Robert Alfons wrote with drummer and frequent collaborator Maya Postepski. “Unbleached” lets in a little more light than some TR/ST singles do, although Alfons described it to FADER as “This was a ode to the sound of the rats running in the roof!

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TEEN – “PRETEND” & GOOD FRUIT ALBUM STREAM

Brooklyn band TEEN will release their fourth album, Good Fruit, next week which finds then further exploring the intersection of arty pop and R&B they so winningly created on 2016’s Love Yes. “A lot of what ties Good Fruit in…is forging new paths for ourselves and letting go of old ways of doing things,” says bandleader Teeny Leibenson. Stream the LP in full via NPR and watch the video for new single “Pretend” below:

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ANXIOUS – “STONY BROOK,” “SEEDS” & “BLOWIN’ IT”

Connecticut’s Anxious just signed to Triple B Records, and they’ll be releasing a new EP on the label this spring. Ahead of that, the put out a three-song promo with “Stony Brook,” “Seeds,” and “Blowin’ It,” and this promo is getting us pretty excited to hear more. Anxious veer towards hardcore’s melodic side and they’ve clearly got a ton of passion in the vocals, but it’s still nice and raw as this kind of thing should be.

TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET – “EVERYTHING TO ME”

Wyoming punks Teenage Bottlerocket have shared a second single off their upcoming album Stay Rad! (due 3/15 via Fat Wreck Chords), and this one’s a bit slower than the punchy pop punk of the lead single, but still with a nostalgic, sugary sweet melody.

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MIKE DONOVAN (SIC ALPS / PEACERS) – “DIGITAL DAN”

Mike Donovan, formerly of Sic Alps and currently of Peacers, will release new solo album Exurbian Quonset on May 24 via Drag City. The press release calls these songs “bubblebum ditties” but “Digital Dan” is more like something you find stuck to the bottom of your shoe, with Donovan’s reliable, instantly recognizable scuzzy style at the forefront.

GIGGS – “187”

UK rapper (and Drake collaborator) Giggs is releasing his new album BIG BAD this Friday (featuring Jadakiss, Lil Yachty, French Montana, Swizz Beatz, and more), and he just dropped its new single “187.” As far as UK rap goes, “187” has got a pretty strong American trap influence, and it’s cool to hear these two worlds collide.

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SAM COHEN – “SOMETHING’S GOT A HOLD ON ME”

Sam Cohen collaborated with Danger Mouse on the Resistance Radio album that formed a quasi soundtrack to Amazon’s alternate-history drama The Man in High Caste. They’re working together again on Sam’s new solo album, The Future’s Still Ringing In My Ears, which is out May 17 via Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records. Get a taste with first single, the ’60s-pop sounding “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.”

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SIMPLE CREATURES (MARK HOPPUS & ALEX GASKARTH) – “STRANGE LOVE”

Mark Hoppus’ new project Simple Creatures (with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth) recently released their debut single “Drug,” and now they’ve returned with second single “Strange Love.” Like “Drug,” “Strange Love” sees these pop punk musicians going in a festival-ready alt-pop direction. They also revealed that their debut EP is called Strange Love and due March 29 via BMG.

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EZRA FURMAN – “GOOD BOOK” (MELANIE COVER)

Ezra Furman knows his way around a cover, having released an EP of them back in 2015 which was just released a Rough Trade exclusive with Perpetual Motion People. That EP, Songs by Others, gets an official release this week and here’s his version of “Good Book” by ’70s star Melanie (best known for “Brand New Key.”

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UV RAYS – “BOYS”

Brooklyn band UV Rays will release a new EP next week and here’s one of poppiest rock songs on the record… that seems more saccharine until you really listen to ironic lyrics. Folks in NYC can catch UV Rays celebrating the EP’s release on 3/2 at Union Pool.

WIKI – “CHEAT CODE”

“Cheat Code” is Wiki’s third single of the past few months, and he’s promising even more new music coming soon. We wrote more about it here.

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HAYDEN THORPE (WILD BEASTS) – “DIVINER”

Wild Beasts are no more, but co-frontman Hayden Thorpe officially kicked off his solo career with the new single “Diviner,” which we wrote more about here.

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STEVE MOORE – “YOUR SENTRIES WILL BE MET WITH FORCE”

Zombi’s Steve Moore is releasing a new solo album that he made with Tunisian protest singer Emel Mathlouthi, harpist Mary Lattimore, and percussionist Jeff Gretz, and we wrote more about its lead single here.

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RADICAL FACE – “HARD OF HEARING”

Long-running indie pop musician Radical Face is releasing the Therapy EP this April, and we wrote more about lead single “Hard of Hearing” here.

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ELI “PAPERBOY” REED – “BURN ME UP”

Soul revivalist Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s new album 99 Cent Dreams comes out in April, and we wrote more about new single “Burn Me Up” here.

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PURE BATHING CULTURE – “DEVOTION”

Pure Bathing Culture go for Big ’80s Pop on new single “Devotion,” which we wrote more about here.

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GUARDS – “LAST STAND”

Guards, the band featuring onetime Willowz members Richie James Follin and Loren Humphrey, are back with their first album since their 2013 debut, In Guards We Trust. Read more about that here and you can listen to first single now.

Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.

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