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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…

BEYONCE – “BEFORE I LET GO” (FRANKIE BEVERLY & MAZE COVER)

Beyonce’s new 2018 Coachella live album is out now, and it comes with this bonus track, a cover of Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go.” Bey makes it her own, complete with the kind of triumphant horns her music has had since Lemonade and all the powerhouse pipes you’d expect from the Queen.

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CUPCAKKE – “OLD TOWN HOE” (OLD TOWN ROAD REMIX)

Raunchy rapper CupcakKe put her spin on Lil Nas X‘s viral hit (which tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week in a row), and the results are incredible (and NSFW).

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MAVIS STAPLES – “ANYTIME”

Soul legend Mavis Staples releases a new album, the Ben Harper-produced We Get By, on May 10 via ANTI-. New single “Anytime” is a funky track powered by Mavis’ unforgettable voice.

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TYCHO – “EASY”

After three albums on Ghostly International, Tycho (aka electronic producer Scott Hansen) has signed with Mom + Pop / Ninjatune, and will release his new album later this year. While we wait for details to emerge, here’s a new single. “Music can transport us to other realities but can also ground us firmly within ourselves” says Hansen. “After a trilogy of records spent exploring the outer reaches of experience I am focusing inward to reveal a human side to the music.” Make no mistake, it still sounds like Tycho.

FOUR TET – “TEENAGE BIRDSONG”

Need more ethereal chillout electronic music? With time to kill between Coachella weekends, Kieran Hebden has dropped a new Four Tet track. “Teenage Birdsong” is featherlight, soaring on a wave of arpeggiation and warm synth pads.

HEALTH x GHOSTEMANE – “JUDGEMENT NIGHT”

HEALTH have released another of their collaborative singles, and this one’s with metal-tinged rapper/screamer Ghostemane. All of HEALTH’s collabs have been with artists from different genres of music that work well with HEALTH’s, and this one is no exception. It’s an eerie, abrasive song that could’ve worked well during the ’90s industrial boom and sounds great today too.

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KEVIN ABSTRACT – “BABY BOY”

Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract is in the midst of releasing an EP a week. His new one GHETTO baby is expected this Thursday, and it presumably features this song “Baby Boy,” a tender song on Kevin’s R&B side.

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SOB x RBE – FAMILY NOT A GROUP (ALBUM STREAM)

West Coast hip hop group SOB x RBE are as unstoppable and prolific as ever. Last week, they dropped a collab EP with Marshmello just a few days before playing Coachella, and now they surprise-released an album produced entirely by Hit-Boy (who you know from Kanye & Jay-Z’s “N****s in Paris,” Kendrick’s “Backseat Freestyle,” Nicki Minaj & Beyonce’s “Feeling Myself,” and more). If you’ve been keeping up with SOB x RBE, it sounds pretty much how you’d expect it to, not that that’s a bad thing.

KOTA THE FRIEND – “BIRDIE”

Brooklyn rapper Kota The Friend is opening the Freddie Gibbs / Wiki cruise in NYC on 4/20, and as new single “Birdie” (and his other songs) prove, he fits that bill perfectly. The new one is head-nodding, laid-back dose of soulful rap, and it sounds smooth af. His new album FOTO drops May 15 via Fitsbys.

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KEVIN MORBY – “OMG ROCK N’ ROLL”

Kevin Morby’s new album Oh My God is out next week and he’s just released another track from it, which is as close to a title track as it gets. “It’s meant to be playful, despite the morbid subject matter, and sing sonic praise to rock n roll as a religious experience,” says Kevin. “More than anything – it’s about gun violence in America. Sutherland Springs, Vegas, Parkland…the list gets longer each year, filled with more cities, more innocent victims and yet nothings fundamentally changed. It’s a sad, scary and ultimately incredibly frustrating affair. We’ve all made peace with the fact that every time we leave the house we could be senselessly murdered at the hands of someone who should never have been given that power. The song is meant to mirror a public tragedy with its hard pan to the choir almost two minutes in. It’s rolling along, living it’s best life, when suddenly, with a gasp, reality has been turned upside down and all there’s left to do is pray to god you don’t die.”

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FAT WHITE FAMILY – “WHEN I LEAVE”

After giving us the very Python-esque video for “Tastes Good with the Money,” Fat White Family head into darker territory on “When I Leave” which has them involved in some sort of pagan ritual. There are nods to Wicker Man and other movies in this video, directed by Fiona Godivier.

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BIG BEND – “12′ – 15′ (ft. SUSAN ALCORN)

Ohio songwriter/composer Nathan Phillips, aka Big Bend, is releasing his new album Radish on May 10. We recently posted the song “Four” featuring cult ambient musician Laraaji, and here’s “12′ – 15′” featuring veteran composer/improvisor/pedal steel player Susan Alcorn. It’s blissful and minimal, but also with a more wild side thanks to the crackling distortion. Big Bend also has upcoming tour dates.

HELMS ALEE – “BEAT UP”

Helms Alee’s anticipated new album Noctiluca comes out next week via Sargent House, and they’ve just shared a third single from it, “Beat Up.” Previous singles saw Helms Alee going in a less metal direction than usual, but this one is pretty fucking heavy, and still with a psychedelic side.

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SPIRIT ADRIFT – “ANGEL & ABYSS”

Spirit Adrift have hinted that their anticipated new album will branch out from the traditional doom metal they were initially grouped with, and third single “Angel & Abyss” makes that very clear. Each song released from this album so far has been different, but this one is way different. It’s a proggy ballad for the first 2/3 of the song, and then it becomes more of a driving, speedy metal song. It’s cool stuff, and definitely not “doom.”

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AARON WEST & THE ROARING TWENTIES – “JUST SIGN THE PAPERS”

Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties (the side project of The Wonder Years singer Dan Campbell) have shared another single off their upcoming album Routine Maintenance. It’s folky and horn-fueled, and it’s another chapter in the fictional store of Aaron West. “[Aaron’s ex] drug him through a lot of lows in his life,” Campbell explains. “Now, instead of being angry that she no longer has the energy to keep pulling, he appreciates that she ever did.”

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JASON ANDERSON – BACK TO BOSTON (ALBUM STREAM)

As Jason Anderson gears up to release his next proper album, he’s releasing one “lost session” per month in 2019, and April’s is Back to Boston. It’s mostly a folky, acoustic project (except for the eerie, experimental “Happy Halloween”), and it’s great to hear this side of Jason’s songwriting.

TRADE WIND – “CERTAIN FREEDOMS”

Trade Wind, the atmospheric indie/emo band with members of hardcore bandsStick To Your Guns and Stray From The Path, have released another song from their upcoming album Certain Freedoms, the title track. This one kinda sounds like Alchemy Index-era Thrice, and that’s a very cool thing.

NO ROME – “CASHMONEY”

Filipino indie-R&B artist No Rome just joined The 1975 on stage at Coachella for their collaborative song “Narcissist,” and now he has released the new single “Cashmoney” off his upcoming EP Crying In The Prettiest Places (due May 3 via Dirty Hit).

BEN GIBBARD – “ME AND MAGDALENA”

For Record Store Day 2019, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard released a split 7″ single with two previously unreleased songs he’d recorded with the late Richard Swift. Its a-side, “Me and Magdalena,” is a song Ben originally wrote for The Monkees 2016 album Good Times! “All of us who knew and loved Richard Swift are still reeling from the loss,” Ben says. “Thankfully, he left us with a large body of work to remember him by. And while I wish it were under other circumstances, I am beyond proud to share some of the work we did together. He was a brilliant human being the likes of which I have rarely encountered in my career. Rest in Peace, Richard.”

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GANG OF FOUR – “CHANGE THE LOCKS”

Andy Gill may be the only original member of Gang of Four still in the group, but the band continue in much the same way they’ve been going since 1995’s Shrinkwrapped, with electronics playing as big a part as guitars. New album Happy Now may be even more electronic — note the glitchy percussion — but the band’s sociopolitical outlook remains sharp.

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NOTS – “FLOATING HAND”

Tennessee punks NOTS will release their new album in a few weeks and here’s another twisted, synthy ripper which explores the dichotomy between the person and the performer. “The lines between the two are continuously blurred,” says Natalie Hoffmann. “Not a judgement on this fact, since this is part of being a human, but more just a recognizing of it and of how exhausting and confusing it can be.”

PINKISH BLACK – “UNTIL”

Pinkish Black are releasing their fourth album, Concept Unification, on June 14 via Relapse, and lead single “Until” marries sludgy, psychedelic riffage to gothy vocals in a very appealing way.

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FLYING LOTUS – “FIRE IS COMING” (ft. DAVID LYNCH)

Flying Lotus announced a new guest-filled album ft. Solange, Anderson .Paak, David Lynch, George Clinton, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Thundercat, Shabazz Palaces, Little Dragon and Toro y Moi. You can hear the song with Lynch now and read more here.

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KURT VILE – “NO EXPECTATIONS” (ROLLING STONES COVER) & “LOADING ZONES” (ACOUSTIC)

Kurt Vile released a new Spotify Singles session, including an acoustic version of his 2018 single “Loading Zones” and a great cover of The Rolling Stones’ jangly Beggars Banquet cut “No Expectations.” We wrote more about them (and his upcoming tour) here.

SAD PLANETS – “JUST LANDED” (ft. J MASCIS)

Sad Planets, the collaboration of Patrick Carney (Black Keys) and John Petkovic (Cobra Verde, Guided by Voices, etc) has shared a new song with lea guitar by Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis (who’s also Petkovic’s bandmate in Sweet Apple), and we wrote more about it here.

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MADONNA – “MEDELLIN”

Madonna has officially announced her new album, which will be out in June, and shared lead single “Medellín.” You can read more about the album here.

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FURY – “MONO NO AWARE”

“Mono No Aware” is the third single off Orange County hardcore band Fury’s anticipated new album, and we wrote more about it here.

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PINK AVALANCHE – III (ALBUM STREAM)

Pink Avalanche’s new album is knotty post-hardcore for fans of Slint and Unwound, and we wrote more about it here.

AMON AMARTH – “CRACK THE SKY”

Swedish death metal vets Amon Amarth unleashed another single off their upcoming album Berserker, due May 3 via Metal Blade.

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TACOCAT – “THE JOKE OF LIFE”

Seattle’s Tacocat release their fourth album, and first for Sub Pop, This Mess is a Place, on May 3. New single “The Joke of Life” brings retro vibes with its garage sound and sunny backing vocals.

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BROKEN BABY – “MEAT WEEK”

LA duo Broken Baby make jagged punk rock and follow up last year’s self-titled album with this new single and video that sounds and looks like it could’ve come straight from 1981.

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