21 New Songs Out Today
So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of 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…
MEGAN THEE STALLION - "B.I.T.C.H."
Megan Thee Stallion has been very busy this year already, but today she released her first proper single of 2020, "B.I.T.C.H.," which is the first taste of her upcoming album Suga. It shows off a more laid-back side of Megan than you may be used to, and she's got a real knack for this kinda thing too. The other stuff we know about Suga so far is that Kehlani and SZA are featured on it, and that Juicy J is producing. Stay tuned for more.
DAVID BOWIE - "STAY '97"
The David Bowie archives have been opened and six songs are are being put out as a digital EP, Is It Any Wonder? Here's another track from that, a version of Station to Station's "Stay," reworked in 1997 with his Earthling tour bandmates Mark Plati and Reeves Gabrels (also of Tin Machine). It's a radically different, but very mid-'90s take. More tracks from Is It Any Wonder? are due over the next three weeks.
CHROMATICS - "TOY"
Chromatics follow up last year's terrific Closer to Grey with this new single that's a little more forceful, beatwise, than anything on that album but pulses along in a very Chromatics way, nonetheless. For those who like it more gentle, the "film version" takes out the drum machines, and there's an instrumental version too.
ELEPHANT STONE - "WE CRY FOR HARMONIA"
Montreal's Elephant Stone are back with Hollow on February 14 and this new single is the jangly and sweetly psychedelic. "We Cry for Harmonia" also comes with a lovely animated video from Mike Turzanski. "I wanted to make a series of animations that would take you through the music," says Mike. "The song itself is like riding a smooth wave through time. I wanted to make sure the visual elements had a similar feel to bring you through to the other side."
TO LANGUISH - SOWN
Late last fall, Swedish screamo duo To Languish self-released their debut album Sown, which features guest appearances by members of Petrol Girls, Drei Affen, and Kodos. Today, it was digitally reissued by Middle-Man Records who are also giving it a vinyl release in the US. If you haven't heard it yet, it's a real gem, as musically adventurous as it is lyrically powerful (with songs that tackle LGBT issues, sexism, and other meaningful topics). Check it out:
GLEAN - 2020 DEMO
San Diego's Glean dropped this new five-song demo on the trusty New Morality Zine label (Life's Question, Rule Them All, etc), and it's got a hardcore-goes-Dinosaur Jr thing going on that fans of Floral Green era Title Fight or other newer bands like Anxious probably wanna check out.
SNARLS - "MARBLES"
Columbus, Ohio's Snarls, who are touring with Citizen and Fury soon, will release their new album Burst on March 6 via Take This To Heart Records, and the first single is "Marbles," a very catchy dose of crunchy, emo-tinged alt-rock.
HEXVESSEL - "DEMIAN"
Finland's very accurately self-proclaimed "psychedelic forest folk rock" band Hexvessel will release their new album Kindred on March 20 via Svart Records, and the first single is "Demian." This band has always had a way of tapping directly into '60s folk and psych rock and making it sound fresh and inventive, and this song is no different.
WORST PARTY EVER - "WHAT ABOUT YOU?"
Florida folky emo trio Worst Part Ever are releasing their new EP here, online on February 14 via No Sleep. It's their first for the label, and going by the sounds of lead single "what about you?", they're embracing bigger-sounding production and more studio flourishes than ever before.
WHITE STONES (mem OPETH) - "WORMS"
White Stones, a new band led by Opeth bassist Martin Mendez, are releasing their debut album Kuarahy on March 13 via Nuclear Blast, and the first single is "Worms," a pretty out-there track that's part death metal, part avant-prog, and part riffy grooves.
ORTHY - FABLE LIVING (LP STREAM)
Austin artist Orthy, aka Ian Orth, has just released Fable Living, his first album in five years. He wrote, performed and recorded the album himself, but it was mastered by in-demand engineer Bob Weston (of Shellac and Mission of Burma). Fans of effervescent, disco-y synthpop take note.
LIÉ - "DROWNING IN PISS"
Vancouver dark punk trio lié will release their fourth album, You Want it Real, next month and here's a new single from it, an angsty ripper titled "Drowning in Piss" which singer/guitarist Ash Luk describes as "the embodiment of a bad trip." The video is a little more lighthearted, very very weird and definitely worth watching.
THE TURNING ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Floria Sigismondi's new adaptation of The Turn Of The Screw, The Turning, is out today, and so is its soundtrack, which has a stacked list of contributors. We already heard songs from Courtney Love, Soccer Mommy, Empress Of, and Mitski, and the rest of the soundtrack features Warpaint, girl in red, Cherry Glazerr, Vagabon, Kali Uchis, Alison Mosshart, and more.
REASON - "SHOW STOP"
TDE spitter Reason is back with a typically great new single, and this one features ad-libbing by his labelmate Kendrick Lamar.
YBN NAHMIR - "TALKIN"
The usually-more-pop-friendly YBN Nahmir goes hard on this one.
CÉU - "CORPOCONTINENTE"
Brazilian singer/songwriter Céu's fifth album APKÁ! came out in 2019, and she's shared a new video of one of its singles, "Corpocontinente."
HIGHER POWER - "IN THE MEANTIME"
Higher Power's great new hardcore/shoegaze/grunge-blending album 27 Miles Underwater is out today (read our review), and one of its especially great songs that wasn't released as a single is the acoustic guitar-fueled "In The Meantime," which is neither a Helmet or Spacehog cover, but sounds like the middle ground between “Jane Says” and “Disarm.”
BRIAN ENO & ROGER ENO - "CELESTE"
Brothers Brian Eno and Roger Eno are both ambient music icons and have collaborated over the years (David Lynch’s Dune soundtrack, the landmark Apollo with Daniel Lanois), but they’ve never made an album as a duo, until now. Fifteen years in the making, Mixing Colours is out in March.
CASPIAN - "NOSTALGIST" (ft. PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH'S KYLE DURFEY)
Caspian's new album On Circles is out today, and that means so is the song featuring Pianos Become the Teeth frontman Kyle Durfey. You can read our review of the album here and read more about this dream collab of a song here.
LOCAL H - "TURN THE BOW"
’90s-era alt-rockers Local H are true lifers, as they’ll remind you with their first new album in five years, LIFERS, due April 10 via AntiFragile Music. It was recorded by the legendary Steve Albini and it features appearances by fellow ’90s alt-rocker Juliana Hatfield and ’90s alt-rock lover John McCauley of Deer Tick. You can read more about the album and lead single "Turn the Bow" here.
THE SADIES / KING KHAN - SPLIT 7"
The Sadies have a new 7″ out today which is a split with fellow Canadian King Khan. It’s a high concept record where King Khan and The Sadies each recount, Rashomon style, the same debaucherous, hallucinogens-enhanced night.
MOUNT SHARP - "ORDINARY"
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