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…
RICO NASTY – “SANDY”
Rico Nasty continues to be on a roll. After releasing one of the best albums of 2018 she put out the very fun “Roof” single last month and now she dropped another new single, “Sandy.” It’s produced by frequent producer Kenny Beats, it comes with a Zack Fox-directed video, and it’s more proof that Rico can’t be stopped.
BLUEFACE – “THOTIANA” (REMIX FT. CARDI B)
Just after releasing her new song with Bruno Mars, Cardi B hopped on a new remix of “Thotiana” by the fast-rising Blueface. The song’s hook was already undeniable, but Cardi’s tough-as-nails guest verse takes “Thotiana” to a new level.
JAY SOM – “SIMPLE”
Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte), who will be touring with Mitski this year, is working on the follow-up to 2017’s Everybody Works, and has shared this new song via the Adult Swim Singles series. Draped with gorgeous strings, this dreamy single has us wanting to hear more.
PERTURBATOR – “EXCESS”
Perturbator, who’s touring with GosT soon, also has a new as-yet-untitled album in the works and he released its lead single, “Excess.” It’s a bit closer to the industrial/synthpop of Perturbator’s HEALTH collaboration than the horror score-inspired synthwave he’s most known for, and it’s good stuff.
CERES – “ME & YOU”
Melbourne’s Ceres are releasing their new album We Are A Team (which was produced by Tom Bromley of Los Campesinos!) on April 26, and lead single “Me & You” is out now. Fans of early Motion City Soundtrack should check this one out.
FEELS – “POST EARTH”
Los Angeles punks Feels will release their new album Post Earth this Friday and have just shared title track, which starts off as a gentle ballad before they stomp on the distortion pedals. “’Post Earth’ is the fictional concept that there is a future for humanity after the Earth has been rendered uninhabitable by arrogant profiteers, who believe that human engineering can create a suitable environment to sustain fulfilling life elsewhere,” says singer/guitarist Laena Geronimo. “There is no such thing. The song is addressed to those billionaire 1%-ers as their fate unfolds: as they leave their trash behind and take a rocket ship to their new home on Mars, only to arrive and face catastrophic horror. ‘DON’T YOU KNOW? THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE.’”
MURRAY A. LIGHTBURN – “FAN FICTION (BALLAD OF A GENIUS)”
The Dears frontman Murray A. Lightburn releases a new solo album, Hear Me Out, on February 22 via Dangerbird, and he’s shared another new single. “This album is about grown-up stuff,” he says. “Having kids, having to sustain careers and sustain relationships, finding that thing that keeps you together in the midst of other circumstances that could tear you apart. The reason why the album’s called Hear Me Out, is it’s not only about expressing yourself, but listening too. Being able to communicate in a relationship is utterly crucial, if you’re gonna survive anything.”
POZI – “WATCHING YOU SUFFER”
UK trio POZI have announced their debut album, titled PZ1, which will be out April 5 via Prah Recordings. The new single from the album is “Watching You Suffer,” a taut post-punk inspired song that deals with the lack of care surrounding mental health. The band’s material puts social issues at the forefront — see also their fantastic, haunting debut single “KCTOM” — but the band stress they are not preaching. “Our songs mostly have an observational standpoint,” says drummer/singer Toby Burroughs, “just reflecting some current social and political situations. I don’t think they have a direct impact, but maybe ask a few questions.”
VITAL IDLES – “BREAK A”
Need more post-punk inspired indie rock? Glasgow’s Vital Idles follow up last year’s Left Hand with a new four-track, 7″ EP that’s out March 8 via Upset the Rhythm. Opening cut “Break A” begins with a slinky bassline and scratchy guitar, putting it in the same territory as early-’80s The Fall or The Slits.
ERIC COPELAND (BLACK DICE) – “HEADS” (RAMZi REMIX)
Black Dice’s Eric Copeland has just released the RAMZi remix of his song “Heads,” which is from last year’s Trogg Modal Vol. 1. Where the original fits in with Copeland’s “Freakbeat 4/4” idea of dance music, RAMZi takes it into woozy, melting territory. There’s also new video for “Heads,” which was directed by Eric Timothy Carlson and Aaron Anderson and you can watch here. Trogg Modal Vol. 2 is due out this year.
WEATHERBOX – “HOOD UP IN THE SUNSHINE”
Weatherbox are back from hiatus with plans to play their first NYC show in three years and they’ve been debuting new songs that they recorded for a Half Way Home Session this past January. First out was “Smelly,” and now they’ve unleashed “Hood Up In The Sunshine” from the same session. It sounds like classic Weatherbox (mathy, punky indie rock), and it’s as instantly satisfying as some of the band’s best songs.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.