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30 New Songs Out Today

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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…

CASS MCCOMBS – “THE GREAT PIXLEY TRAIN ROBBERY”

Cass McCombs has shared a third single off his anticipated new album Tip of the Sphere. It’s called “The Great Pixley Train Robbery” and it’s got a bit more of a hard rock edge than the previous two singles, but in that unique Cass McCombs way.

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MUSTARD & MIGOS – “PURE WATER”

DJ Mustard (who just goes by Mustard now) teamed with Migos for a new song, “Pure Water.” Mustard provides gives the track his trademark bounce, which ends up being a very fitting backdrop for Migos’ trademark hooks.

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RUSTIN MAN – “JUDGEMENT TRAIN”

Rustin Man, aka onetime Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb), will release Drift Code, his first album since his 2002 collaboration with Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, on February 1. It’s the first time he’s written songs for his own voice (which has a weary, Robert Wyatt quality to it), and you can check out bluesy new single “Judgement Train” now. “The Marx Brothers in a musical version of Apocalypse Now,” is how Paul describes the Edwin Burdis-directed video, casting himself as a man playing poker with God on a train. “He is a bit of a cheat and a chancer, confident he can outwit God to win his place in Heaven. As it develops, he realizes it’s not going so well and God has cunningly switched places with the devil. By the end, the guy has been out-played and realizes he actually has a lot in common with the devil. I like to think it has a happy ending!”

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MIKE KROL – “WHAT’S THE RHYTHM”

Mike Krol has a new single out from his upcoming album Power Chords (out 1/25 on Merge). The video for the single was directed by Sam Macon who aimed to boil the clip down to the basics. “A killer song. A great performer. I wanted these elements to come together to create a pure extension of the song itself. We wanted to take things back to a more straightforward and, in all honesty, punk approach.”

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ORVILLE PECK – “DEAD OF NIGHT”

Masked mysterio country crooner Orville Peck has just announced his debut album, Pony, which is out March 22 via Sub Pop. We still don’t know who he is, but you can check out the video for new single “Dead of Night” which was shot in Nevada at the infamous Chicken Ranch brothel (inspiration for the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). Do his eyebrows look familiar to anyone?

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MAKTHAVERSKAN – “DEMANDS”

Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan last released III in 2017, and now they’re releasing a new 7″ of songs from the III sessions. “The songs were recorded during the sessions for our previous album III, but were put on hold for a while since they didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the material,” the band writes on Facebook. “However we liked the songs too much to just discard them completely and decided that they would fit perfectly with each other on a 7” single.” The first of those tracks is “Demands;” it and the second, “Onkel,” come out January 25.

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WILD NOTHING – “BLUE WINGS”

“There were a number of songs that were kicking when I was finishing Indigo and ‘Blue Wings’ was very nearly included,” says Jack Tatum of this new Wild Nothing single. “I had sent the album off to mastering, but the song didn’t sit right with me and I decided, at the last possible moment, to leave it off the album. It’s intentionally a very bittersweet sounding song. I asked Ben Talmi who did the string arrangements on ‘Shadow’ to help out with this very simple dissonant string part I was hearing in my head which is now my favorite element in the track. It’s a song about walking through to the other side of crippling self-doubt with the help of someone you love. It’s a reminder to myself not to let things spiral, hard as it may be at times.”

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TANYA TAGAQ – “SNOWBLIND”

Polaris Prize-winning Inuit throat-singer Tanya Tagaq will release a new EP, titled Toothsayer, which compiles the music she contributed to London’s National Maritime Museum’s “Polar Worlds” exhibition. “I named this Toothsayer because I always liked the term soothsayer, to look into the future and to speak wisely,” says Tagaq. “Teeth represent protection and hunting in nature. We are going to have to get our fists up and our teeth out to carve our way to survival in this world.” There’s nobody else quite like Tanya, as “Snowblind” shows.

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SPELLLING – “UNDER THE SUN”

Bay Area musician Chrystia Cabral releases her second album as Spellling, and first for Sacred Bones, Mazy Fly, on February 22. Following “Haunted Water” is another new single, “Under the Sun,” with a similar slithery electronic vibe.

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THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE – “CANNOT BE SAVED”

Following last year’s very good Something Else, The Brian Jonestown Massacre are back with a new, self-titled album on March 15 via main man Anton Newcombe’s own ‘a’ label. He’s been on a roll recently, and that doesn’t seem to have changed with “Cannot Be Saved” which has a classic BJM riff and is pretty damn groovy.

NOISEM – “EYES PRIED OPEN”

Having recently released “Sin Rash,” the first song with their new lineup (including new vocalist Ben Anft), Noisem have now announced a new album, Cease To Exist, due March 15 via 20 Buck Spin. “Sin Rash” isn’t on the new album, but “Eyes Pried Open” is, a punishing blend of grind and thrash that proves Noisem aren’t letting a little lineup change get in the way of their fury.

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TINY MOVING PARTS – “FOR THE SAKE OF BREVITY” & “FISH BOWL”

Mathy post-hardcore band Tiny Moving Parts are back with a new two-song single. “For The Sake of Brevity” is screamalong, melodramatic, slow-building emo, while “Fish Bowl” is more of a punk rager.

RINA MUSHONGA – “FOR A FOOL”

London-based experimental pop musician Rina Mushonga releases her debut album, In A Galaxy, on February 15 via PIAS. We’ve heard a few of her singles already, which frequently combine African rhythms with Western pop. The latest one, “For A Fool,” is “for all the lovers,” she says.

DARK BLUE – “WATERFORD CRYSTALS”

Philly post-punks Dark Blue (who share members with Ceremony, Paint It Black, and more) are releasing their new album Victory Is Rated on February 23 via 12XU, and they’ve shared lead single “Waterford Crystals,” which puts a modern punk spin on ’80s goth. They also announced a release show for March 1 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.

THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA – “A CAGED BIRD/IMITATIONS OF LIFE” (ft ROOTS MANUVA)

UK electronic duo The Cinematic Orchestra have announced their first album in 12 years, To Believe, due March 15 via Domino/Ninja Tune. The seven-minute lead single “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” is a vibey, atmospheric song featuring Roots Manuva. Moses Sumney sings on the title track. Stay tuned for that one and check out “A Caged Bird” now.

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DAWN – “SAUCE”

DAWN (aka Dawn Richard) has shared another single off her anticipated new album new breed. “sauce” sees her bringing modern hip hop, classic soul, and more into her avant-R&B sound, and it’s another winner.

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EIGHT BELLS – “TORPID DREAMER”

At last year’s Psycho Las Vegas, Portland’s Eight Bells debuted some new songs, and now they’ve released a studio version of one of those songs, “Torpid Dreamer.” They’ve gone through some lineup changes since releasing 2016’s Landless, but they’re still making out-there proggy doom metal with striking, psychedelic clean vocals.

TINY RUINS – “HOLOGRAMS”

New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins were inspired by Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting” and the Netflix series Maniac for the video for “Holograms,” the newest single off their upcoming album Olympic Girls. “For the video, I wanted a sense of longing for this sparkly, colourful other realm, where everyone is connected, in unity,” bandleader Hollie Fullbrook says. “The director Martin Sagadin & I both started out talking about how the song called for a sense of sci-fi, which led us to planets, which led to the idea that we would build planets out of lanterns. This storyline arose where my character is trying to communicate or reach out to another field of existence, via technology. But we felt that the technology could be a bit old and not quite ‘of this time’ – we were inspired by Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting” video, or the TV series Maniac, in the sense that technology is kind of old and defunct, and there’s a timelessness or lack of specificity as to time. The idea of the video, is that I have a vision of this place I am trying to reach…I gather up particular objects that I feel will connect me to this place. But in the end, it’s futile – I try to reach the planet that appears through the wall, with all my technology revved up, and….it collapses in front of me.”

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SIR BABYGIRL – “EVERYONE IS A BAD FRIEND”

Kelsie Hogue, aka Sir Babygirl, is preparing to release her debut album, Crush On Me, on February 15 via Father/Daughter Records. We’ve heard three very fun (and very queer) singles from the album so far, “Heels,” “Flirting With Her,” and “Haunted House.” The fourth, “Everyone Is A Bad Friend,” eases up slightly on the bubblegum gloss of the previous three, but is no less infectious.

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QUELLE CHRIS – “BRAIN OF THE APE”

Gangster Doodles is releasing the Gangster Music Vol. 1 compilation on February 15 with music by Kaytranada, Father, Madlib, Quelle Chris and more, and today Quelle Chris released his contribution, “Brain of the Ape.” “I wanted to make something as animated as GDs artwork,” Chris told The FADER. “From the beat to the bars. The title comes from some dumb shit some dumbass said to Hari Kondabolu on IG that I found funny and decided to flip for those that fancy the idea of evolution. The idea of not giving a shit what people think about you, evolving and still retaining the qualities that define you at your core. Also I just wanted to make something colder than all my peers on the album cause I like a lil friendly competition.”

LOW LIFE – “THE PITTS”

Sydney punks Low Life are releasing their sophomore album, Downer Edn, which comes five years after their debut, on March 15 via Goner Records in North America (and Alter in EU, Cool Death in AU). Lead single “The Pitts” is a fuzz-drenched, claustrophobic, psych-punk ripper.

TRIBE OF PAZUZU – “HEREITICAL UPRISING”

Death metal supergroup Tribe of Pazuzu (Pestilence, Incantation, Cryptopsy, etc) have shared “Heritical Uprising,” the first proper single off their debut EP of the same name. It’s a pure whiplash of blackened death metal, with a classic-thrash-style solo to boot.

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TORO Y MOI – “CARE OF CELL 44″ (THE ZOMBIES COVER)

Ahead of his new album Outer Peace (which drops this Friday), psych-popster Toro y Moi covered a song that hugely helped pave the path for Toro y Moi and other artists of his ilk, The Zombies’ “Care of Cell 44.” He did it for a SiriusXMU session, and it’s a pretty straightforward/faithful cover, but Toro sounds good doing it.

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LITTLE SIMZ – “SELFISH”

After releasing three promising singles in 2018, Little Simz announced her new album and released fourth single “Selfish,” which we wrote more about here.

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KICKER (mem OPERATION IVY, NEUROSIS) – “WANKERS ON THE BUS”

UK-meets-East Bay punk supergroup (members of Operation Ivy, Neurosis, Dystopia, and frontman Pete The Roadie) shared the lead single off their upcoming album Pure Drivel, which we wrote more about here.

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JR SLAYER – “I’LL NEVER LEAVE U” (ft. JENNYLEE)

JR Slayer (Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers, Head Wound City, etc) shared a new single featuring Jennylee of Warpaint, which we wrote more about here.

SOFY MAJOR – “SHINY HAPPY ASSHOLE”

“Shiny Happy Asshole” is the latest from French post-hardcore/noise rock Sofy Major, and we wrote more about it here.

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METHYL ETHEL – “TRIP THE MAINS”

“Trip The Mains” is the latest single off Methyl Ethel’s upcoming album Triage, which we wrote more about here.

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SPENCER KRUG – “RIVER RIVER”

Soencer Krug launched a Patreon and he’ll be releasing one new song a month. The first, “River River,” is out now, and you can get it here for $1.

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

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