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…
MATT BERNINGER, JULIEN BAKER, STEPHAN ALTMAN – “ALL I WANT”
Matt Berninger of The National and film composer Stephan Altman contributed “All I Want” to the soundtrack of the documentary American Chaos, and then they conceived of a second version, with Julien Baker joining on vocals. They performed the collaboration in LA earlier this month, and now the studio version is out as well; it’s the first part of Volume 2 of the 7″ For Planned Parenthood charity vinyl series. The B side of the single is a spoken word piece from Hanif Abdurraqib, and you can purchase it (as well as volume 1 of the series) here.
THE GROWLERS – “WHO LOVES THE SCUM”
California’s The Growlers just released new single “Who Love’s the Scum?” that’s out today on blue vinyl. While the title tips its hat to The Velvet Underground (“not everyone”), this is a Growlers track, garagey and poppy, through and through.
HÆLOS’ “BURIED IN THE SAND” (LINDSTRØM & PRINS THOMAS REMIX)
UK band HÆLOS returned this year with new single “Buried in the Sand” — their first new music since their 2016 album, Full Circle. That song has now been remixed by Norwegian dance greats Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas who retrofit a new beat, boost the atmosphere, and extend the chassis, remodeling the song into a sleeker beast.
ARIANA GRANDE – “IMAGINE”
Ariana Grande’s 2018 album Sweetener has been showing up on lots of year end top album lists, and even though it hasn’t even been out for six months yet, she’s already releasing even more new music. “Thank U, Next” spawned memes, both from the song itself and its viral, Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and 13 Going On 30-referencing video. Now she’s shared “Imagine,” a song she says will “balance the energy between thank u, next and seven rings [her next single] nicely as those are super self assured / commanding and this one is more vulnerable / unsure.”
VINCE STAPLES – “HOME”
The soundtrack for the new animated Spider-Man movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is out and, among other things, it features the new Vince Staples song “Home.” It’s a lot more bombastic than what Vince is normally known for, but it definitely sounds perfect for a superhero movie.
ALICE GLASS – “I TRUSTED YOU”
There’s a new Adult Swim compilation out today called Fever Dreams, and among the 15 songs is this new glitchy art pop song from Alice Glass, “I Trusted You.” The compilation also features Com Truise, GosT, Carpenter Brut, Marie Davidson, S U R V I V E, and more. Stream the whole thing here.
KID KOALA – “ALLOTROPIC”
Kid Koala is releasing a second volume of his Music To Draw To series that, as the title suggests, is a soundtrack that doesn’t get in the way of your creativity. Much of the record features Trixie Whitley but this is one of the ambient instrumentals.
BAD BUNNY – “SOLO DE MI”
Latin trap star Bad Bunny had a great year that included appearances on two of the year’s biggest hits (Cardi B’s “I Like It” and the “Te Boté” remix with Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, and Ozuna), and while he’s gearing up to release his debut album, he just dropped this new single “Solo De Mi.” It sees him sing-rapping over slowed-down Latin rhythms and a chilled-out atmosphere, and it’s good stuff.
PRINCESS NOKIA – “ANOMALY,” “EARTH IS MY PLAYGROUND” & “VERSACE HOTTIE”
Princess Nokia, who’s most of the most promising new-ish rappers around, has reissued her debut 2014 full-length Metallic Butterfly via her current label (Rough Trade Records), and the album has been remastered and now comes with three bonus tracks, the atmospheric “Anomaly,” the dance-pop of “Earth Is My Playground,” and the dance-rap of “Versace Hottie.”
BIG K.R.I.T. – “4 THA THREE,” “1 OH OH” & “ENERGY”
Following THRICE X and DOUBLE DOWN, Big K.R.I.T. has released a third batch of new songs, TRIFECTA, which comes with the rowdy, bassy “4 Tha Three,” the soulful “1 Oh Oh,” and the electronic ballad “Energy.”
SABA – “WHERE IT’S AT”
Chicago rapper Saba continues his weekly, post-Care For Me singles series with “Where It’s At.” This one sees Saba switching between super catchy sung hooks and mind-racing raps over swelling synths and rickety percussion. As far as his recent singles go, this is one of the most instantly satisfying.
T-PAIN – “THAT’S YO MONEY”
T-Pain, who just announced a tour, has also now released a new song. Though T-Pain has become an arguably even more exciting performer since his NPR Tiny Desk Concert showed off his knack for warm, belted soul songs, “That’s Yo Money” has him back in the auto-tune territory he scored hits with in the mid-2000s.
OVERKILL – “LAST MAN STANDING”
NJ thrash vets Overkill are releasing their 19th album (and first with Shadows Fall’s Jason Bittner on drums), The Wings of War, on February 22 via Nuclear Blast. They’ve shared new single “Last Man Standing,” which is exactly the kind of thrash whiplash you’d expect from Overkill. All these years later, they still do this kinda thing super well.
THE DECEMBERISTS – “I WILL NOT SAY YOUR NAME”
The Decemberists’ new EP of I’ll Be Your Girl outtakes, Traveling On, is out today (stream it and read our review). The whole thing is great but “I Will Not Say Your Name” is a real gem. It’s a nearly-seven-minute dose of psychedelic, slowcore-ish folk rock in the vein of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy or Songs:Ohia by way of Neil Young’s On the Beach. There’s a lot of this kind of stuff out there, but nobody sings like Colin Meloy, and hearing his uniquely appealing voice over this type of appealing music is a serious treat.
WARISH – “FIGHT”
Warish is a new band fronted by Riley Hawk (Tony’s son), and their first single “Fight” is a killer blend of stoner rock and garage punk. We wrote more about it here.
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