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Muse Simulation Theory

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…

MUSE – “THE DARK SIDE”

UK trio Muse always swing for the fences. While new single “The Dark Side,” a slinky, glammy sythnpop number, isn’t the most bombastic thing they’ve ever done, the CGI video for the song makes up for it. Frontman Matt Bellamy drives an Italian sports car through a neon apocalypse, swerving around (and sometimes through) supermassive zombies — all while in out space? Don’t ask, it’s a Muse video. It’s also the new single from Muse’s upcoming Simulation Theory LP which sports a similarly over-the-top dayglo nightmare cover art, designed by Stranger Things poster artist Kyle Lambert (as seen above).

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BLISS SIGNAL – “SURGE”

Metal musician turned electronic musician James Kelly (of Altar of Plagues, then WIFE) teamed with UK DJ/producer Mumdance for a new collaborative project Bliss Signal, which combines a love of metal and a love of electronic music. They’re following their debut EP Drift with their self-titled debut album on September 28 via True Panther/Profound Lore, and lead single “Surge” finds the middle ground between IDM, industrial, and black metal.

YOWLER – “ANGEL”

Yowler (aka All Dogs singer and Saintseneca/Radiator Hospital collaborator Maryn Jones) has shared a second single from her upcoming album Black Dog In My Path (due 10/12 via Double Double Whammy). Lead single “WTFK” was poppier than we were used to hearing from Yowler (but still in a lo-fi way), but the folkier “Angel” is a little closer to the songs on her debut, and it’s a very pretty song.

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KWEKU COLLINS – “ET”

Kweku Collins dropped a second new single, and unlike the trap-ish “Cisco and Kassidy,” new song “ET” sees Kweku singing (with lots of auto-tune) over acoustic guitar. His hip hop roots aren’t totally absent, but you could safely call this “bedroom folk.” Kweku is also touring (including Made In America this weekend). All dates/tickets here.

VIAGRA BOYS – “JUST LIKE YOU” + “Up All Night” + “Special Helmet”

Swedish garage punks Viagra Boys, who you may remember from the enjoyably dumb “Sports,” return with another song off their forthcoming Street Worms LP. “Just Like You” is a much more serious song that throbs along in an almost “Billie Jean” kind of way as frontman Sebastian Murphy seethes venom. You can also listen to the songs two b-sides which fall into the more ’00-era definition of Swedish garage (Hives, Caesars).

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MUNCIE GIRLS – “CLINIC”

Exeter, UK trio Muncie Girls release their sophomore album, Fixed Ideals on Friday (8/31), and they’ve shared a fourth and final single, “Clinic,” just ahead of its release. “This song is half about how important it is to get your mental health checked and ring the DAS, but it’s also about how long it all takes and how unbelievably underfunded it is,” frontwoman Lande Hekt says.

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THE PRIMALS – “PITY CITY”

The Primals are a new band from Darkest Hour frontman John Henry, former Dead To Fall bassist Chad Fjerstad, and The Explosion drummer Andrew Black, but their John Reis-produced debut LP (due 9/7 via Southern Lord) sounds more like ’90s Foo Fighters or Torche, and they’ve got a show coming up with garage rock legends The Sonics. Read more here.

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NENEH CHERRY – “SHOT GUN SHACK”

Neneh Cherry elicits some serious mid-’90s trip hop vibes on this new single from her forthcoming Four Tet produced LP, Broken Politics. Learn more here.

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PAUL SIMON – IN THE BLUE LIGHT (ALBUM STREAM)

Paul Simon’s latest record In The Blue Light might be his final one, and it entirely consists of re-recordings of past material, more specifically songs Paul thought “were almost right, or were odd enough as to be overlooked the first time around.” The album’s collaborators include orchestral ensemble yMusic and The National’s Bryce Dessner, and the record provides a new, fresh perspective on some older cuts from Paul’s catalog. Stream it in full at NPR.

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