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new songs: Marissa Nadler, Dodos, Wild Nothing, Mick Jenkins, more

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Marissa Nadler (photo by Ebru Yildiz)

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…

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MARISSA NADLER – “BLUE VAPOR”

After releasing the excellent title track off her new album For My Crimes (due 9/28 via Sacred Bones), dark singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler is back with a second single, “Blue Vapor.” This one features harmonies by Kirstin Kontrol (aka Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls) and Patty Schemel (Hole, Upset) on drums, and it comes with a video directed by Thomas McMahan.

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THE DODOS – “FORUM”

After covering American Football, releasing a new song for a charity comp, performing their beloved Visiter in full for its 10th anniversary, and making time for singer Meric Long to release a solo album as FAN, The Dodos are finally ready to follow 2015’s Individ with a new album. Certainty Waves comes out October 12 via Polyvinyl, and the first taste is the busy-sounding new single “Forum.”

WILD NOTHING – “SHALLOW WATER”

Wild Nothing have shared another track of their forthcoming album, Indigo, which is out August 31 via Captured Tracks. From the sound of these singles, it’s a little more of a return to the moody, ’80s vibe of their first two LPs, and “Shallow Water” is a lovely bit of widescreen pop.

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MICK JENKINS – “BRUCE BANNER”

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins is gearing up to release his sophomore album, and while most details (like title and release date) are still TBA, he did release a new single which may appear on the album, “Bruce Banner.” It’s an ominous, atmospheric track, and it makes the idea of a new Mick Jenkins album sound very promising.

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ERIC BACHMANN – “JADED LOVER, SHADY DRIFTER”

Archers of Loaf are apparently planning new music, but while info on that is still pretty up in the air, much more definite news is that frontman Eric Bachmann’s new solo album No Recover comes out September 7 via Merge. After recently releasing the title track, Eric is now back with second single “Jaded Lover,” Shady Drifter.” Like the title track, it’s a delicate, folky song that’s much different from the ’70s rock leanings of his last solo album.

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SLEAFORD MODS – STICK IN A FIVE AND GO

Wonderfully profane duo Sleaford Mods are back with a new self-titled EP on September 14 via Rough Trade. Frontman Jason Williamson says, “The lead tracks are mostly full of violent tendencies that only transpire through imagination. People are powerless under the political monster and the intense anger and frustration morphs into illusions of attacking each other through the bravado of social media, depression and paranoia.” Check out the first single, “Stick in a Five and Go.”

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SPIRITUALIZED – “HERE IT COMES (THE ROAD) LET’S GO”

Spiritualized are set to release their first LP in six years, And Nothing Hurt , this September, and this new track follows the dreamy space rock found on previous singles “A Perfect Miracle” and “I’m Your Man.” Throughout the track, Jason Pierce’s hushed vocals rest upon a layer of sweeping horns and low, rumbling synthesizers, which evoke the mood of driving down an open road, like the song’s lyrics suggest. The track also begins with the sound of a car tuner, which further enhances this road trip imagery. The song is pretty enveloping, and it serves as yet another exciting teaser towards the upcoming record.

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ANNA CALVI – “HUNTER”

Anna Calvi’s new album, Hunter, will be out August 31 and following first single “Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy,” she’s shared the LP’s title track. It’s more of a gothy anthemic ballad, with a little Twin Peaks theme bass in there, too.

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TIM HECKER – “THIS LIFE”

Tim Hecker has become notorious for being one of the most haunting electronic composers around, and this new single, taken from his upcoming record Konoyo (out September 28 via Kranky), only proves this further. The track begins with several dissonant, siren-like synthesizers, which eventually build into an overwhelming wall of drone, and like many of Hecker’s past recordings, its harsh, unique beauty is unparalleled by many.

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – “F.U.B.A.R.”

Crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies recently announced their new album STill Cyco Punk After All These Years (due 9/7), which is a re-recording of frontman Mike “Cyco Miko” Muir’s 1996 solo debut album Lost My Brain! (Once Again). They since released the first taste of it, “F.U.B.A.R.”

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GØGGS – PRE STRIKE SWEEP

Garage punk supergroup power trio GØGGS (Ty Segall, Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult, and Ty’s Fuzz bandmate Charles Moothart), will release their second album, titled Pre Strike Sweep, on September 28 via In the Red. “Pre Strike Sweep’ is a song about undergoing a drastic change and creating your own reality,” says Shaw of the album’s title track. “It’s a song about trust, destruction, and rebirth. Sometimes you got to blow everything up and start from a new beginning.” It does sound like blowing everything up.

KATIE ALICE GREER – FREAKY 57 EP & “DANGER AHEAD” SINGLE

As you may know, Priests singer Katie Alice Greer also sometimes releases solo material. She recently returned with the six-song EP Freaky 57, which she describes as “just some weird recordings I’ve been sitting on,” and which features sampled vocal programming by Merchandise’s Carson Cox. She’s also got a new single, “Danger Ahead,” backed by a cover of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Turn To Stone.”

MOSES SUMNEY – “RANK & FILE”

The impossible-to-pin-down Moses Sumney is following his great 2017 debut album Aromanticism with a new three-song EP, Make Out in My Car: Chameleon Suite, this Friday (8/10) via Jagjaguwar. Moses said the EP “was ignited by the first and last time I attended a protest. It was in the fall of 2014, after a grand jury decided not to charge the offending officer in the Mike Brown murder.” The first taste is “Rank & File,” which matches the mood of the unrest that Moses described, and is clearly coming from a different place than the songs on Aromanticism.

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EMMA RUTH RUNDLE – “DARKHORSE”

Emma Ruth Rundle dropped the second single from her upcoming album On Dark Horses, “Darkhorse,” and it’s another example of her ability to write dark, soaring, and atmospheric rock songs that really grab your attention and hold it. The album comes out September 14 via Sargent House.

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MIGUEL – “PYTHON”

Miguel has been touring behind his late 2017 album War & Leisure, and he’s already back with new music. He released the funky, psychedelic “Python” and he’s hinting that even more music is on the way.

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ADVANCE BASE – “DOLORES & KIMBERLY”
Owen Ashworth’s upcoming album as Advance Base, Animal Companionship, explores the relationships between pets and their owners. Second single “Dolores & Kimberly” moves away from that theme, though – Owen told the FADER it’s ” a fictional story about a person who, for unknown reasons, has abandoned their family and moved to a different state to start a new life with a person they met on the internet.” He names Joe Meek, Bruce Springsteen, and Patsy Cline as inspirations for the pedal steel-soaked music.

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AVA LUNA – “CENTERLINE”
Funky Brooklynites Ava Luna return with Moon 2 in September, and they’ve followed first single “Deli Run” with “Centerline,” which features all three of the band’s lead singers, Carlos Hernandez, Becca Kauffman, and Felicia Douglass, on vocals.

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DILLY DALLY – “SOBER MOTEL”
Dilly Dally celebrate sobriety on the second song from their upcoming sophomore album, Heaven, which is due out September 14 on Dine Alone Records. About the song, singer Katie Monks said, “in a larger sense, alcohol is so romanticized within our culture. Knowing that it can send so many people into a downward spiral, I wanted to step forward and do the opposite of that, and present people with a different image.” The grungy track follows first single “I Feel Free”.

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TINY RUINS – “HOW MUCH”
Auckland, New Zealand musician Hollie Fullbrook’s Tiny Ruins project has expanded, since its 2009 inception, from Hollie’s solo project to a three piece band. They’re preparing to release their third album on Ba Da Bing (North America), Milk! Records (Australia), and Marathon Artists (UK/Europe), and they’ve shared the first single, “How Much,” along with a video directed by Charlotte Evans.

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HIGH ON FIRE – “ELECTRIC MESSIAH”

Lead single off High on Fire’s just-announced new album. More info HERE.

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LA DISPUTE – “THE CASTLE BUILDERS” (10TH ANNIVERSARY VERSION)

La Dispute are releasing a noticeably revamped version of their debut for its 10th anniversary and this is the first taste. More info HERE.

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APHEX TWIN – “T69 COLLAPSE”

Richard D James will release a new Aphex Twin EP, titled Collapse, and the first single finds him still, wonderfully, on Planet Glitch.

WOOLEN MEN – “AMATEUR”

The Portland trio Woolen Men release new album Post in September and it’s post-everything, at least from a philosophical standpoint. “Amateur” explores the Post themes over a Feelies-esque extended jam.

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ADRIANNE LENKER – “CRADLE”

Big Thief singer/songwriter Adrianne Lenker worked with Luke Temple over just a week for this new record — check out the spare first single.

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