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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…

CLITERATI – “LATINX TAKEN”

Oregon hardcore band Cliterati are releasing their new album Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies on August 30 via Tankcrimes, and new single “Latinx Taken” is out now. As you might have guessed from the band name and the song name, it’s very political and very of the moment. It’s also a ripper. Vocalist Ami Lawless says, “My mom would have been considered illegal/undocumented. I’ll never understand this reference to other human beings. A good portion of this country was once Mexico and now people whose ancestors walked and worked this land are not welcome here… and those in power will use us for whatever they can. No one is illegal.”

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UNDERWORLD – DRIFT EPISODE 4 “SPACE”

Underworld are on a Star Trek like project they’re calling DRIFT, a year-long mission to seek out new sounds and collaborations, not just in music but in video and art as well. The fourth episode of DRIFT is called “SPACE” and is made up of six tracks, including “Border Country” and more. Their description: “Techno as bright and brilliant as midday sunlight, it’s wild detuned bass and discomfiting vocals. It’s the boom-boom of digital dub and it’s gorgeously evocative ambient music. It’s music for fields, music for tents and for headphones; music to lose yourself in and to.”

CHASTITY BELT – “ANN’S JAM”

Seattle’s Chastity Belt recently announced a tour, and now there’s an album to go with it. Their self-titled fourth album will be out September 20 via Hardly Art. They co-produced it with Melina Duterte (who you might know better as Jay Som) and features them dusting off “old songs, and trying new things on top of it.” The first single is “Ann’s Jam” which is laid back even for them. (In a good way.) Check out the video:

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WHY? – “NARCISSISTIC LAMENTATION,” “KREVIN,” “THE CRIPPLED PHYSICIAN” & “USTEKINUMAB.”

WHY? have released another “movement from their upcoming album AOKOHIO. This suite, lavish with pizzicato strings, is hallucinatory. They have not shared the visual accompaniment to these — all of which features actress Tatiana Maslany — but you can listen below.

ANNA MEREDITH – “PARAMOUR”

Experimental British musician and composer Anna Mereidth has announced FIBS, her second studio album and the follow-up to her 2016 debut Varmints, due out October 25 via Meredith’s own Black Prince Fury label in the US and Moshi Moshi in the UK. Anna describes the title as referring to “lies—but nice friendly lies, little stories and constructions and daydreams and narratives that you make for yourself or you tell yourself.” First single “Paramour” is a majestic romp with a very cool video, directed by Ewan Jones Morris, taken from the perspective of a toy train.

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THE MOUNTAIN GOATS – “SENTRIES IN THE AMBUSH” & “DIVIDED SKY LANE”

The Mountain Goats released In League With Dragons in April, and they’ve shared a bonus 7″ with two bare-bones new songs that were “surely going to get orphaned,” John Darnielle says, “since I almost never bring along anything from a previous year’s work into the next one. I liked them too well to just let them shuffle off into oblivion, so here they are. ‘Divided Sky Lane’ was written and recorded in the back lounge of a bus parked at Merriweather Post Pavilion during the tour where we opened for Jason Isbell — I think it might have been the first night of the tour. ‘Sentries in the Ambush’ is one of the songs from the Riversend song cycle that eventually turns into In League With Dragons — this one’s pretty explicitly sword-and-sorcery and is about a high-casualties land-based attack on the usually peaceful Riversend community. The song after it in the sequence was going to be called ‘Seaside Wolves’ and involved the summoning of mystical warriors from either underneath the sea or in caves by it, but before the matter could get settled I had started thinking about Doc Gooden again, which resulted in an entirely different song, which is not our subject here. Enjoy!”

JERMEY IVEY – “DIAMONDS BACK TO COAL”

As mentioned, Jeremy Ivey used to be in the now-defunct band Buffalo Clover, which was fronted by Margo Price (who Jeremy is married to), and he is now releasing his debut solo album, which was produced by Margo. The album now has a title and release date (The Dream and the Dreamer, due September 13 via ANTI-) and a new single. “Diamonds Back To Coal” is an enjoyable dose of alt-country that Margo Price fans will probably like, and it’s also got a music video. “The only objective here was to film some ridiculous scenarios and make them seem ordinary,” Jeremy says. “The modern newsreel that we see on our feeds daily is beyond insane, it’s surreal. This video reflects that.”

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ANGELICA GARCIA – “IT DON’T HINDER ME”

Richmond, VA-based singer and songwriter Angelica Garcia traces her roots back to Mexico and El Salvador, but she found a musical family in Richmond, and signed to the locally based, Matthew E. White co-founded Spacebomb Records for her new single “It Don’t Hinder Me.” It’s a genre-defying track led by the force of Angelica’s voice, and she says it’s “a song about being proud of where I come from. I went to a magnet school that united different sectors of Los Angeles county, everything from Pasadena to West LA to El Monte & more inland. The school mixed kids from different backgrounds. Back then I often saw myself as not being cool like the kids of screenwriters and stars. This song rebukes the idea that you have to come from glamour or money to be cool. My ‘beautiful’ & ‘cool’ version of LA is the immigrant household of my grandparents.”

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DVSN – “MISS ME?” & “IN BETWEEN”

Drake-affiliated R&B duo dsvn are back with two new songs. Of “In Between,” the duo says it “speaks for the grey area between two people who still haven’t figured out the best ways to communicate their feelings. Sometimes we need to remove all the barriers, even the ones we may have never noticed.” Of “Miss Me?,” they say, “We all have that one person we can’t get off our mind, but we get scared to ask if they feel the same way. This song helps with that hard to ask question; ‘Do You Miss Me?’”

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NERIJA – “LAST STRAW”

London jazz collective Nérija — aka Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass) — are releasing their new album Blume on August 2 via Domino. It was produced by Kwes (Solange, Kelela, etc) and it pulls influence from hip hop, Afrobeat, soul, and more. The latest single is the psychedelic “Last Straw,” following lead single “Riverfest.”

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WRECK AND REFERENCE – “WHAT GOES IN AND COMES OUT”

Boundary-pushing, genre-defying heavy duo Wreck and Reference will release their fourth album Absolute Still Life on July 19 via The Flenser, and new single “What Goes In and Comes Out” is streaming now. It’s as creepy and unsettling as you’d hope for from this band.

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TERROR – “NO ROAD TOO LONG”

Yesterday, we posted a Year of the Knife song from the five-way Pure Noise Records tour split, and here’s a new bone-crusher by Terror from that same split.

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KATE DAVIS – “CLOUD”

Sharon Van Etten-collaborator Kate Davis is releasing a new album, Trophy, on November 8 via Solitaire Recordings. Speaking to Yahoo about second single “Cloud,” she says, “I watched the opening credits for Big Little Lies when the show first came out and instead of diving into the episode, paused the show and wrote ‘Cloud’ in a 20 minute frenzy/out of body experience.”

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SEBASTIAN – “BEOGRAD”

Long-running French producer and Ed Banger alum SebastiAn is releasing his second-ever full-length album (and first in eight years), Thirst, on October 25 via Ed Banger/Because Music. Along with the album announcement, he released its third single “Beograd” (following the previously released “Run For Me” and the title track), and he says “I wrote the track while I was at Belgrade for a few days. I was inspired by the idea of making a festive clubbing track, somehow empowered by the Slavic intensity.”

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MARIA USBECK – “NOSTALGIA”

Onetime Selebrities frontwoman Maria Usbeck will release her second solo album, Evejeciendo, on August 16 via Cascine. Like her first, Caroline Polachek produced, and is full of verdant, idiosyncratic synthpop. “Nostalgia is about the moment when you slowly start realizing that you miss everything that was around you at a certain point in life,” says Maria of this new single from the LP. “The music, the people, all of it. Feeling more and more out of touch with what’s currently popular.” She’s also just announced a NYC release show at The Sultan Room at Turk’s Inn on September 4.

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MAL BLUM – “SEE ME”

New York’s Mal Blum releases their new album Pity Boy on Friday (7/12) via Don Giovanni Records, and they’ve shared the rousing, affecting “See Me” ahead of that. According to Mal, the accompanying video, directed by Carly Usdin and Drew Gregory and shot at Autostraddle‘s A-camp, is based on the concept, “school picture day where trans ppl feel seen and affirmed.”

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SAM EVIAN – “RIGHT DOWN THE LINE” (GERRY RAFFERTY COVER)

Gerry Raferty is best know for the sax-tastic “Baker Street” but the other hit single off the album, “Right Down the Line,” has gotten a lot of traction in indie circles recently. Aldous Harding has been covering it on tour and here’s another version courtesy Sam Evian. “At the end of the You, Forever recording session, we had a little room left at the end of the tape reel so we decided to do a cover,” Sam says. “‘Right Down the Line’ is one of my favorite songs and I covered it because I wanted to learn how to sing all those harmonies on the chorus.” They nail those harmonies.

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VIOLENT FEMMES – “I’M NOTHING”

Alt rock vets Violent Femmes have offered up something from their 10th album, Hotel Last Resort, which is out at the end of the month. “‘I’m Nothing’ explores the modern conundrum of people needing to attach labels to other human beings,” bassist Brian Ritchie says of this new version of their song which first appeared on 1994’s New Times. “We refute that in human terms and also with our music.”

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CAMPFIRES – “I’LL GO HOME”

Jeff Walls is back with his fifth album as Campfires, titled Fare Trax, which is out August 30. This is his first in six years and in the interim had a daughter and lived life. He sounds relaxed on “I’ll Go Home,” which is light and breezy, floating on strummed acoustic guitars and harmonies.

YOUNG GUV – “ROLL WITH ME”

Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook makes melodic indie rock under his Young Guv pseudonym and will release his new album, GUV 1 on August 2. “Roll With Me” is harmony laden pop that you could imagine Nada Surf making.

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DIZZY – “HEAVY”

Canada’s Dizzy are preparing a new EP, Twist, for release later this summer. Following its title track, they’ve shared the alt-pop track “Heavy,” which vocalist Katie Munshaw told The Line of Best Fit “is a song about feeling sad for long periods of time and being afraid to tell others what you’re going through in fear of hurting or worrying them. I wrote it after a span of touring where we’d been away from home for a long time. I think touring is publicly made out to be exciting but often times, for me at least, it can feel monotonous and lonely, and can incite a lot of self-doubt.”

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – ALL GOD’S MONEY (WILCO YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT TRIBUTE)

The podcast Better Yet has curated a tribute to Wilco’s much-loved Hotel Yankee Foxtrott that they’re calling all of god’s money, which features different artists covering all the songs from the album. Artists include Mikey Erg, Adult Mom, Bethlehem Steel and Meat Wave and you can stream the whole thing now:

SAMPA THE GREAT – “OMG”

Zambian-born rapper Sampa The Great announced her debut album for Ninja Tune and shared the great new single “OMG” and its video, which you can read more about here.

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THE SIDEKICKS – “ODE TO JERRY”

The Sidekicks released a new non-album single ahead of their upcoming tour, and you can read more about it here.

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QUEEN OF JEANS – “GET LOST”

Queen of Jeans will release their new Will Yip-produced album on Topshelf in August, and you can read more about lead single “Get Lost” here.

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OBITUARY – “A DYING WORLD”

Florida death metal vets Obituary are gearing up for a stacked tour with Abbath, Midnight, and Devil Master this fall, and they just released their first new song in two years. Read more here.

SINGLE MOTHERS – “METROPOLIS”

As they prepare for a tour, Canadian punks Single Mothers returned with a new single. Read more here.

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ZONAL (GODFLESH, THE BUG) – “CAGE VERSION” & “NO VERSION”

Zonal, the current collaborative proejct of Justin Broadrick (Godflesh) and Kevin Martin (The Bug) — who previously collaborated under the name Techno Animal — have signed to Relapse Records and will release a new full-length album on the label this fall. Title and exact release date are still TBA, but two new non-album songs are out now and you can read more about them here.

THE MESSTHETICS – “BETTER WINGS”

The Messthetics, the instrumental trio made up of Fugazi’s rhythm section (Brendan Canty and Joe Lally) and experimental/jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog, will release their second album, Anthropocosmic Nest, on September 6 via Dischord. Check out the propulsive, soaring, opening track, “Better Wings.”

JENNY HVAL – “ASHES TO ASHES”

Jenny Hval shared the first single from her new album The Practice of Love, which we wrote more about here.

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BEN GIBBARD – “KEEP YOURSELF WARM” (FRIGHTENED RABBIT COVER)

The Frightened Rabbit tribute album Tiny Changes: A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight comes out this Friday (7/12), and one more cover came out ahead of the album release.

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BEYONCE – “SPIRIT”

Not only is Beyonce voicing Nala in the new Lion King remake and doing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” with Childish Gambino for the soundtrack, she’s also the executive producer for a companion album, The Lion King: The Gift. She just released “Spirit” from that album, and you can read more about it here.

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GRUFF RHYS – “PANG!”

Gruff Rhys is back with new solo album Pang! on September 13 via Rough Trade. The record is a little different for the Super Furry Animals frontman — it’s a collaboration with South African electronic artist Muzi who Gruff met on Damon Albarn’s traveling world music collective Africa Express.  Here’s the title track:

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PENELOPE ISLES – “CUT YOUR HAIR”

UK band Penelope Isles release their debut album, Until the Tide Creeps In, this Friday and they’ve just shared one last taste before delivering the whole thing. “Cut Your Hair,” which isn’t a Pavement cover if you were wondering, is the band in a nutshell: dreamy, soaring and muscular.

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