19 New Songs Out Today
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…
FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB - "FLAT TUMMY TEA"
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib proved to be a perfect pair on 2014's great Pinata, and they've been teasing another collaborative album called Bandana. Now it's finally, officially announced, and they've shared lead single "Flat Tummy Tea." Like on Pinata, they really bring out the best in each other on this song. Gibbs' rhymes are even sharper than they were on the couple great projects he put out last year, and Madlib's production is as futuristic as ever.
SAD PLANETS (PATRICK CARNEY & JOHN PETKOVIC) - "NOT OF THIS WORLD"
Sad Planets is the new duo of Patrick Carney (Black Keys) and John Petkovic (Death of Samantha) whose debut LP will be out April 19 via Tee Pee Records. The album, which also features J. Mascis, is called Akron, Ohio and the two bonded over music that came out of the area. "When Patrick asked if I wanted to come to Akron to jam with him in the studio," says Petkovic, "I saw it as a chance to work with a longtime friend, but also an opportunity to reconnect with Akron in a very different way." First single is "Not of This World" which owes more than a little to out-there '60s garage psych.
PRIESTS - "GOOD TIME CHARLIE"
DC band Priests have shared the second single from their forthcoming The Seduction of Kansas. "Good Time Charlie" is about as pop as Priests get, and they describe it as "a little bit like the Gilligan’s Island Theme song, but for a Hollywood tale of Charlie Wilson." For more on that, watch the song's lyric video:
DOJA CAT - "TIA TAMERA" (ft. RICO NASTY)
Doja Cat, who is more than just the "bitch, i'm a cow!" meme, has a new single out featuring the great Rico Nasty. Doja Cat sounds great on this and isn't messing around at all, and Rico's verse is a true show-stopper.
HETHER FORTUNE - "SISTER"
Wax Idols leader (before they went on indefinite hiatus) Hether Fortune's new solo single sounds like something from PJ Harvey's howling guitar goddess days.
HELMS ALEE - "INTERACHNID"
Helms Alee's new album Noctiluca comes out April 26 via Sargent House, and they've shared the lead single "Interachnid," which still has hints of the band's usual sludge metal sound but goes in more psychedelic and more melodic directions than ever. It was produced by Sam Bell (who's worked with Bloc Party, R.E.M., Minus the Bear, and others), who helps them achieve a cleaner sound than usual, and the new approach suits them very well.
MUNYA - "BENJAMIN"
Montreal artist Munya will release her new Blue Pine EP in a couple weeks and she's just shared new track "Benjamin." In true Montreal fashion, the song mixes English and French and is a pretty irresistible bit of synthy dreampop.
JESS CORNELIUS - "NO DIFFERENCE"
Singer-songwriter Jess Cornelius, who used to be part of Australian group Teeth & Tongue, has just released her debut solo single, "No Difference." A nice piece of anthemic guitar pop, the song's video focuses on eyes and has Jess singing from the bathtub. "We wanted to introduce the water element because of its cleansing/rebirthing properties, but water is also destructive, and the image of someone wearing a white suit in a full bathtub implies someone slightly unhinged,” says Jess.
SAY SUE ME - "AT THE END OF THE ROAD"
The message of surf-inspired South Korean indie-rock quartet Say Sue Me's new single, "At The End Of The Road," is in its accompanying video that shows a polluted beach. "When I feel like I've lost my way or everything is difficult, I remind myself of someone who comforts me with existence itself," frontwoman Sumi Choi writes. "I think that the sea is like that and it seems like a generous person who only gives it all. It gives us life, gives us a place to rest and play, and gives everything it has, but it seems like we only know how to dirty and ruin it."
RUSSIAN BATHS - "SLENDERMAN"
Brooklyn band Russian Baths make dark, propulsive rock that pulls equally from the worlds of postpunk and ethereal shoegaze. A good example of that is "Slenderman" that is both pretty and sinister, as is its computer-animated video. Folks in NYC can catch them at the New Colossus festival.
SLOWTHAI - "PEACE OF MIND"
UK rapper slowthai is preparing to release his debut album Nothing Great About Britain this year via Method Records/True Panther, and he shared the new single "Peace of Mind," which sees him spitting over dark, stuttering production that's a great fit for his attitude-fueled style.
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS - "LONG WAY HOME"
Durand Jones & The Indication release new album American Love Call next week via On Dead Oceans/Colemine Records and here's another taste of its classic-sounding soul that carries with it a social message. "Aaron [Frazer] was playing something on guitar and I felt like it really went with something I was writing in my journal, a reflection on my experience with the justice system in America,” says Jones. “Aaron liked what I had and added his own perspective to it, about refugees, immigrants and the systemic obstacles they face on arrival. I can’t help but think of the brothers and sisters in America’s prison system whose lives are ruined over minor convictions. How some of my friends at home now navigate their young adult lives as felons, and all the barriers— social, political and economic— that come along with that. I also think of how we are not walking these trials alone. And if you’re willing to give a hand to help something, it usually comes back around when you need it. We have to show up for each other.”
STEPHEN MALKMUS - "RUSHING THE ACID FRAT"
While much of S.M.'s new album, Groove Denied, has him playing around with synthesizers and drum machines, this is more of guitar number in kind of a “Wild Thing” kind of way. Learn more here.
NILÜFER YANYA - "TEARS"
UK artist Nilüfer Yanya‘s debut album, Miss Universe, is out March 22 on ATO and she’s just shared very catchy new single “Tears” that mixes synthpop and R&B with an almost mid-’00s indie guitar sound. She's on tour with Sharon Van Etten currently.
TEENAGE FANCLUB - "EVERYTHING'S FALLING APART"
Here's the first new Teenage Fanclub song since founding member Gerard Love left the band -- it features the current touring lineup that includes Gorky's Zygotic Mynci's Euros Childs. More about that here.
INTER ARMA - "STILLNESS"
"Stillness" is the second song released from Inter Arma's anticipated fourth album Sulphur English, and it sees them exploring their softer side. We wrote more about it here.
ALEX LAHEY - "DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF"
Alex Lahey announced her sophomore album The Best of Luck Club and shared the lead single "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself," which we wrote more about here.
OTOBOKE BEAVER - "DON'T LIGHT MY FIRE"
Japanese punks Otoboke Beaver's new album ITEKOMA HITS comes out in April and we wrote more about its raging new single "Don't Light My Fire" here.
BOUNDARIES - MY BODY IN BLOOM (EP STREAM)
Connecticut metallic hardcore band Boundaries' new EP My Body In Bloom is now streaming in full and we wrote more about it here.
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