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…
LEIKELI47 - "GIRL BLUNT"
If you watched the new episode of Insecure last night, you may have noticed the premiere of "Girl Blunt," the latest song by genre-defying, mask-wearing rapper Leikeli47. (Not the first time her music was featured on the show.) It's the kind of eccentric, subdued banger that Leikeli has excelled at a handful of times in the past, and it's got a hook that you'll be singing along to by your second listen. Also -- spoiler -- Lawrence is back!
FUCKED UP - "HOUSE OF KEYS"
Boundary-pushing hardcore band Fucked Up dropped another single off their anticipated new album Dose Your Dreams. This one marries a bouncy synth to FU's usual driving punk, and there are a couple atonal passages thrown in there too. It's not much like any other Fucked Up song that we've heard from this album or otherwise, and it's good stuff.
THRICE - "THE DARK"
Thrice's new album Palms comes out this Friday (9/14) and ahead of the release they dropped another song from it, "The Dark." As discussed in our recent interview with Thrice, this one features backing vocals by literally over one thousand people, who recorded their parts on smartphones or computers and sent them to Thrice. It works out very well, and makes for some really pretty harmonies.
STEADY HANDS (mem MODERN BASEBALL) - "INDIFFERENT BELUSHI"
If you've seen Modern Baseball live, you probably remember the parts of their set when drummer Sean Huber leaves his kit and sings the third verse on "Your Graduation." It's clear from that song alone that he's a natural frontman, and that's probably partially because he has doubled as the frontman of Steady Hands. Now that MoBo are on hiatus, Sean is releasing the first proper Steady Hands full-length, Truth In Comedy, on October 19 via Lame-O. The first single is "Indifferent Belushi," which is not too far removed from Modern Baseball's music and should have no trouble appealing to fans of that band.
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS - "HEART AND MIND"
Courtney Marie Andrews follows her March album May Your Kindness Remain with a new single, "Heart and Mind." Written, she says, "in November , only two days or so after the election," in ten minutes at a Love's Truck Stop, Courtney's voice rings like a torch over this rootsy, heartbreaking ballad. "For the first time in my womanhood, I felt powerless, because the man who was supposed to rule our country made some very shocking and hurtful comments about women," Courtney writes about the song. "It reminded me of all the times I, or someone close to me, had been harassed, sexually abused, cat-called, or body shamed."
LALA LALA - "DOVE"
Lala Lala's sophomore album, and first for Hardly Art, The Lamb, comes out at the end of the month, and she's shared a third single, "Dove," off of it. "’Dove’ is very plainly about the death of someone I loved a lot and the guilt I had and still have afterwards," songwriter Lillie West says about the song.
VILLAGERS - "AGAIN"
Villagers release The Art of Pretending To Swim next week, and they've shared the third single, "Again," in anticipation. It's a melancholy track with some electronic sounds added to the band's usual sonic pallet of folk.
AUDIOBOOKS - "DANCE YOUR LIFE AWAY"
Audiobooks, aka the London-based duo of producer/mixer David Wrench — who’s worked with everyone from Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s Euros Childs to Caribou, and FKA Twigs — and fine arts student Evangeline Ling, will release their debut album, titled Now! (in a minute), is out November 2 via Heavenly. "Dance Your Life Away," the new single from the album, is upbeat and, yes, danceable, but more than a little weird and intense (thanks in part to LIng's hyper vocal style). The video, featuring dancer and choreographer Catarina Carvalho, mirrors the song's energy perfectly
KURT VILE - "BASSACKWARDS"
Kurt Vile finally announced his first album in three years and released a second single, the nine-minute "Bassackwards," which we wrote more about here.
HOW TO DRESS WELL - "NONKILLING 6 | HUNGER"
How To Dress Well announced a new album, The Anteroom, and shared the second single, which we wrote more about here.
THE SOUNDCARRIERS - REJECTED THEME TO LODGE 49
UK modern neo-psych band The Soundcarriers were coaxed out of retirement by the music supervisor of AMC series Lodge 49 who asked them to have a go at writing the theme song. It didn't end up getting used, but It's very cool nonetheless (and has since been reworked as a new single). Read more about that here.
PART TIME - "SO FAR AWAY"
Known as a "bedroom artist," David Loca went into an actual studio to record his new Part Time album, due out in October. He's still playing in an '80s sandbox, as the very catchy "So Far Away" shows. Read more about it HERE.
NIGHT BIRDS - "ONWARD TO OBSCURITY"
Night Birds teamed with Jerry A of Poison Idea for the latest single off their upcoming mini LP, which we wrote more about here.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the 'New Songs' archive.