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…
CURSIVE – “IT’S GONNA HURT”
Cursive have shared the third and final pre-release single off their upcoming album Vitriola (due next week), which is their first with original drummer Clint Schnase and longtime co-producer Mike Mogis since 2006’s Happy Hollow, and their first with cello since 2003’s The Ugly Organ. Like the previous two, “It’s Gonna Hurt” finds a happy medium between classic Cursive and their more recent material, and it’s another promising taste of this LP.
EMPRESS OF – “LOVE FOR ME”
Empress Of shared another song off her anticipated sophomore album Us (due 10/19 via Terrible Records). This one was co-produced by DJDS (who she’s worked with before), and it’s another example of how good both of these artists are at making off-kilter electronic pop.
ROBYN – “HONEY”
Robyn released the title track off her first album in eight years, and we wrote more about it here.
JUICY J – “NEIGHBOR” (ft. TRAVIS SCOTT)
Juicy J teams back up with “No English” collaborator Travis Scott for his latest single, “Neighbor.” “I love Travis’ energy. He’s like a family member. It’s always love in the studio,” he told XXL. “When I did my tour he used to open up for me. When I seen his energy, I was like ‘That dude right there, I want to work with him.’ And he jumped on the tour with me. He had the crowd going crazy and he only had a few songs out. But I seen his energy.”
BADBADNOTGOOD & LITTLE DRAGON – “TRIED”
BADBADNOTGOOD have shared a previously unheard collaboration with the great Swedish pop group Little Dragon that stemmed from the sessions that gave us 2016’s IV. Yukimi Nagano’s always-likeable voice works so naturally with BBNG’s atmospheric backing — this is no tossed off outtake, it’s a perfectly matched collaboration that’s gone unheard for too long.
MICK JENKINS – “ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM”
While we await Mick Jenkins’ TBA new album, he’s shared a third new single following “What Am I To Do” and “Bruce Banner.” The two previous singles were pretty different from each other, and this one is too. It’s a psychedelic song, with Mick taking his delivery into “abstract rap” territory over a beat that sounds like early 2010s future garage/post-dubstep. It’s cool, out-there stuff.
LILY ALLEN – “MAD WORLD” (TEARS FOR FEARS COVER)
Lily Allen released her first album in four years, No Shame, back in June. It’s her darkest, most personal album yet, and that mood carries over in her choice of cover for her new Spotify Session. Along with a new version of No Shame track “Family Man,” the session includes a very faithful cover of the Gary Jules’ Donnie Darko soundtrack interpretation of Tears for Fears’ 1982 song “Mad World.” Lily goes on tour in support of No Shame starting in October, including NYC (tickets).
PUBLIC PRACTICE – “FOUNDATION”
Public Practice’s “Foundation” made its first appearance on a Warf Cat Record Store Day compilation and now here it is, spruced up, on their debut EP which is due out October 26. You may find yourself thinking of Talking Heads on this one, before it goes off into its own groove.
MOLLY BURCH – “CANDY”
Molly Burch’s smoky, old school country coo is in excellent form on “Candy,” the new single from her forthcoming album First Flower which is out October 5 on Captured Tracks. Musically, the song doesn’t stay stuck in the late ’50s, with a blossoming chorus that feels timeless.
RICHARD ASHCROFT – “BORN TO BE STRANGERS”
Onetime The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft will release his new album, Natural Rebel on October 19. Get an early taste with strutting single “Born to Be Strangers” that is from the same dirty streets as Rolling Stones circa “Miss You.” No falsetto, sadly.
DAVID HUCKFELT – “STRANGE ANGELS” (FT. AMELIA MEATH)
David Huckfelt of The Pines will release his solo debut in early 2019. Details on that are scant but he’s just shared new single “Strange Angels” which has a foreboding folk-rock atmosphere and backing vocals from Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso / Mountain Man). Hey True Detective, need a Season 3 theme song?
SAVES THE DAY – “KEROUAC & CASSADY”
Saves the Day have shared another song off the upcoming 9 (due 10/26 via Equal Vision). Like lead single “Rendezvous,” “Kerouac & Cassady” is more on the pop punk side than Saves the Day have been in a while, but this one’s also got a hard rock vibe coming through. It’s a little like Maladroit-era Weezer.
AZURE RAY – “PALINDROME”
Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor of dream-pop duo Azure Ray have each been busy with their own projects, but they reunited to record their first new material in six years. Their new EP Waves comes out October 26 via Flower Moon Records, and they’ve shared its first track, the pretty, string-laden “Palindrome.” “These songs are both a yearning and nostalgia for the Azure Ray of the past,” they write, “and new perspectives on how and why we make music – with 18 years of love, life, and loss in between. It’s a record we’ve been aching to write – without even knowing it – just like the first one almost 2 decades ago.”
GABBY’S WORLD – “WINTER, WITHDRAW”
Gabby’s World (fka Ó, eskimeaux) are releasing a new album, Beast on Beast, in November, and following first single “Rear View” they’ve shared a second, the album’s opening track, “Winter, Withdraw.” Gabrielle Smith told FADER, “‘Winter, Withdraw’ is about that urge to withdraw into a private shell after a traumatic experience in public view, but then finding that the private place you’ve carved out for yourself as a refuge is no longer a comfortable hiding place either. It’s about how publicness can corrupt even the most private aspects of ourselves that we try to keep locked away from the judgment of the outside world.”
KELELA – “WAITIN” (KAYTRANADA REMIX)
Kelela shared the first single off her upcoming remix album, TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES, “LMK_WHAT’S REALLY GOOD” featuring an all star cast of guest rappers, and now she’s shared a new version of “Waitin,” reworked by Kaytranada.
YOUNG JESUS – “SAGANISM VS BUDDHISM”
We premiered the new single off Young Jesus’ upcoming album for Saddle Creek, alongside a Q&A with the band. Read more here.
MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE – I See What I Became (ALBUM STREAM)
Mirrors for Psychic Warfare is the industrial duo of Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Buried At Sea member/prolific metal producer Sanford Parker, and they’re now streaming their new album I See What I Became in full ahead of this Friday’s release. Scott Kelly told Decibel, “Still abstract and still unsettled but the groove is present throughout this record, approach with an open mind and we think this will move you.” Listen here.
DEERHOOF – “MIDNIGHT THE STARS AND YOU” (FROM THE SHINING)
The wizards in Deerhoof are releasing a new 7″ where they play music from Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film The Shining. Read more about that HERE.
HATER – “THINGS TO KEEP UP WITH”
There is a melancholy undercurrent to Hater’s music and that dark lining in their silver cloud comes through strongly on “Things to Keep Up With,” featuring a moody bassline that takes center stage while Caroline Landahl’s fragile vocals teeter on the verge of breaking. Read about their new LP HERE.
THOU / RAGANA – SPLIT 12″
Thou continues their very prolific year with a new split with Ragana, which we wrote more about here.
KYLE DIXON & MICHAEL STEIN – “AURORAS”
S U R V I V E’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein have scored a new “VR experience” called Spheres which is narrated by Patti Smith, Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown, and Jessica Chastain. It’s out there, man. Learn more HERE.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.