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RMR Rascal

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…

RMR – “RASCAL”

So, if you’ve been online at all in the past 48 hours, you’ve probably come across RMR’s “Rascal,” the instantly-viral song/video which is basically a rewrite of Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” but with the sentiment of “Fuck the Police” and comes with a video where RMR is donning a ski mask and Saint Laurent bulletproof vest and surrounded by his boys who are all pointing guns at the camera. It’s kinda hilarious but also kinda menacing and probably destined to become 2020’s weirdest hit song. Just in case you still haven’t come across it, here it is:

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THE FIGHT – “THEIR NEW AESTHETIC”

LIHC up and comers The Fight are releasing their new album Endless Noise on March 18 via Triple B, and the first single is the bust-your-shit-open “Their New Aesthetic.”

BURNA BOY – “ODOGWU”

African Giant Burna Boy continues to be unstoppable, and ahead of his upcoming US tour, he dropped this breezy new single.

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MATT BERNINGER (THE NATIONAL) – “HOLES” (MERCURY REV COVER)

The National’s Matt Berninger covered Mercury Rev’s “Holes,” which opens their classic 1998 album Deserter’s Songs, at the NYC Tibet House benefit on Wednesday and now he’s shared a gorgeous studio version of the song that is being released as a single as part of the 7 Inches for Planned Parenthood series.

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JESSIE WARE – “SPOTLIGHT”

Jessie Ware will release new album What’s Your Pleasure on June 5, and she’s just released the single. “Spotlight” was produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco and is a lush slice of sultry sophisti-pop disco.

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NOEL GALLAGHER – “COME ON OUTSIDE”

“So I’m rummaging down the back of the couch and found this f*cker!!,” says Noel Gallagher of the latest track to be released from the upcoming Blue Moon Rising EP. “Maybe the last great Oasis tune? Maybe not.” Maybe not, but “Come on Outside” is a nice, swaggering rocker in the classic Gallagher style.

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LUCINDA WILLIAMS – “YOU CAN’T RULE ME”

Lucinda Williams is out for blood and standing her ground on the surly country rocker “You Can’t Rule Me” which also tips its hat ever so slightly to The Beatles’ “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.” It’s off her upcoming album Good Souls Better Angels that’s out in April.

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BRIGID MAE POWER – “ON A CITY NIGHT”

Irish singer-songwriter Brigid Mae Power will release her third album Head Above The Water on June 5 via Fire. Working with Alasdair Roberts, her husband Peter Broderick, Brían Mac Gloinn, Stevie Jones, and Hamilton Belk. She’s capable of a myriad of disparate sounds and styles but first single “On a City Night” is a gorgeous country song that’s as wide open as the American West.

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EXISTENCE – “HORROR SPAWNS” & “REALM OF HATE”

Swedish hardcore new-ish-comers Existence dropped a new two-song promo for their upcoming album, and these tracks find them getting a little heavier and thrashier than their previous material. Pretty awesome stuff.

PARTYNEXTDOOR – “SPLIT DECISION”

Drake associate PARTYNEXTDOOR will release his first album in four years, PARTYMOBILE, on March 27 via OVO, and the announcement is accompanied by the release of the very OVO-sounding “Split Decision.”

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SWAE LEE – “SOMEONE SAID”

Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee has dropped a new solo single built around his “someone said” ad-lib on Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode.” (He made it a hot line, and then he made it a hot song.)

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2 CHAINZ – “NO TV”

2 Chainz showed off a more “mature” side on last year’s great Rap or Go To the League, but if you want more of 2 Chainz making no-frills bangers, don’t sleep on this one.

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CLOSE LOBSTERS – POST NEO ANTI: ARTE POVERA IN THE FOREST OF SYMBOLS (LP STREAM)

Scottish indie band Close Lobsters, who appeared on NME’s famed C-86 cassette, have just released their first album in 32 years. Post Neo Anti picks right up where they left off,
full of jangly guitars and big melodies.

CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS – LA VITA NUOVA (EP STREAM)

Christine and the Queens shared a new single, “People, I’ve been sad,” earlier this month, and now she’s revealed that it’s the first song in a new surprise EP, La vita nuova, which is streaming now and due out on vinyl and other physical media in April. Both the EP and the accompanying short film feature Caroline Polachek on the title track.

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THE ACACIA STRAIN – “FEED A PIGEON, BREED A RAT” & “SEEING GOD” (ft. AARON HEARD of JESUS PIECE)

The Acacia Strain are beginning a tour with Rotting Out, Creeping Death, Chamber, and Fuming Mouth tonight (2/28), and ahead of that, they’ve followed December’s don’t-call-it-deathcore album It Comes In Waves with two new bruisers, including one featuring Aaron Head of Jesus Piece.

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HAVOK – “PHANTOM FORCE”

Thrash revivalists Havok are releasing their new album V on May 1 via Century Media, and the first single is “Phantom Force” which sounds like it could be a lost gem from 1986 if not for the very modern production.

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JHENE AIKO – “HAPPINESS OVER EVERYTHING (H.O.E.)” (ft. FUTURE & MIGUEL)

Here’s a hazy, all-star R&B slow jam from Jhene Aiko, Future, and Miguel which will appear on Jhene’s upcoming album Chilombo.

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KENNY O’BRIEN AND THE O’DOULS (AKA KEVIN DEVINE) – “THE WHOLE OF THE MOON” (THE WATERBOYS COVER)

As promised, Kevin Devine’s upcoming Celtic EP as Kenny O’Brien and The O’Douls features a Waterboys cover, and that cover is pretty great and it’s out today.

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FIELD AGENT – REFLECTION

South Florida punks Field Agent (not to be confused with the synthy Deafheaven side project of the same name) just released their debut six-song 12″ on Triple B, and it’s a total scorcher that kinda strikes the balance between tough East Coast hardcore and catchy skate punk.

HUNTSMEN – “GOD WILL STOP TRYING”

Huntsmen have shared another awesome, genre-fluid, super ambitious song from their anticipated new album Mandala of Fear (due 3/13 via Prosthetic). Elements of psychedelic folk, doom metal, classic rock, and more populate this seven and a half minute song, and Huntsmen fuse it all together seamlessly.

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MALEVOLENCE – “KEEP YOUR DISTANCE” (ft. BRYAN GARRIS of KNOCKED LOOSE)

When UK metalcore band Malevolence toured with Knocked Loose last year, they wrote and recorded this song with KL frontman Bryan Garrris and Bryan also sang it with them on stage every night, and now the song is officially out and the video comes with footage of Bryan joining the band on stage. It’s a ripper, and it’ll appear on Malevolence’s upcoming The Other Side EP, due April 24 via MLVLTD.

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JOHN VANDERSLICE – “CRACKED PASS WORDS”

John Vanderslice is releasing his twelfth LP, Dollar Hits, on March 20, and he’s shared a new single off of it, the noisey, distorted “cracked pass words,” which was written and produced with previous collaborators Jamie Riotto and Robert Shelton

RESIDENTE – “RENÉ”

Puerto Rican rapper Residente has shared a lengthy, emotional new song called “René”(his real first name), and here’s what he tells Billboard about it:

When I started writing this song two years ago, I was in a hotel in Mexico. I was on top of the building while I had a stadium full of people waiting for me to perform and I didn’t want to go out. Not because I’m an a–hole, but because I was feeling bad. I had never felt like that in my life. I’m always strong. When my best friend was killed, I was the one that spoke at his funeral because everyone else was crying. For some reason, I’m not a crier.

I didn’t want to be there, and so I called my mom because I got scared and she knew I was looking for help. I wanted to jump from the building. I just didn’t want to be there. I called and called her and she answered and started talking to me and calmed me down, and I thought it was a good idea to go perform after I spoke to her. Even though I didn’t even want to sing. Imagine singing songs like “Atrevete Te Te” or any other happy song feeling like that? The next day, I wrote the whole first verse. It was good for me. Now I’m OK, because I was able to understand what was happening and I’ve tried to reconnect with my friends that I grew up with. I had my birthday the other day and they came over. I’m just trying to reconnect with my past.

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J BALVIN – “ROJO”

J Balvin’s new album Colores comes out March 20, and you can read more about third single “Rojo” here.

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LADY GAGA – “STUPID LOVE”

Lady Gaga returns to the loud, synthy pop of her early days on the first single off album six. Read more here.

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VAMPIRE WEEKEND – 3 FATHER OF THE BRIDE BONUS TRACKS

Vampire Weekend have shared three bonus tracks from last year’s great Father of the Bride.

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