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…
DENZEL CURRY - "BULLS ON PARADE" (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE COVER)
Florida rapper Denzel Curry has shown off some rock influence and performed at rock festivals in the past, but he goes full rock for this cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls On Parade," which he recorded with a live band for triple j's Like A Version series. As it turns out, Denzel is pretty fucking great at this kinda thing, and -- like Zack De La Rocha -- he's got no trouble blending a rap delivery with a hardcore punk bark. He also works in the "Donald Trump" part of his own "Sirens," which of course works perfectly with a RATM song. If rap rock and nu metal insist on coming back, more involvement from Denzel Curry please.
CARDI B & BRUNO MARS - "PLEASE ME"
Cardi B and Bruno Mars follow "Finesse" with the new collab "Please Me," which is more of an R&B slow jam than the last time they teamed up. Cardi always excels at this kinda thing, and Bruno's hook on this one is pretty tough to deny. It's good stuff.
TOM PETTY - "FOR REAL"
New Tom Petty collection The Best of Everything is out March 1 is not your average greatest hits comp, including tracks from across different labels, solo and with the Heartbreakers, not to mention his band Mudcrutch and never-released songs like this one that dates from around 2000 that plays like a song-length encapsulation of Petty's career.
KERA - "BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD" (ft. DEVENDRA BANHART)
LA-based musician KERA shared a new single benefiting Trans Lifeline, "BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD." "'BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD' is the urgency to live unapologetically," KERA says. "A paradox between the helplessness in today’s political status quo and the need to support one another. This song is written with the intention of offering encouragement, community, and resilience to all who listen."
PIROSHKA - "VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED"
Former Lush singer Miki Berenyi lets folks know that her new group, Piroshka, that includes members of Elastica, Moose and Modern English is not a supergroup. She actually wears a t-shirt at gigs that says "NOT A FUCKING SUPERGROUP." Yet there are times on the band's debut LP, Brickbat, like this jazzy number, where you can hear the influence of all four members. It sounds pretty super to us.
BILGE PUMP - WE LOVE YOU (ALBUM STREAM)
Veterans of Leeds DIY scene, UK band Bilge Pump are back with their first album in 10 years. There are big rock riff, PiL style postpunk dub basslines and textured grooves that wouldn't have been out of place on a Robert Wyatt record.
BLACK THOUGHT - "NOIR" (PROD. ADRIAN YOUNGE)
Adrian Younge continues his Black History Month edition of Amazon's "Produced By" series with a new song he produced for The Roots' Black Thought, who released two very good solo EPs last year (one produced by 9th Wonder, one produced by Salaam Remi). Like on those EPs, Thought sounds killer here, and Younge's cinematic production is like nothing Thought rapped over last year. Can Adrian do Black Thought's next solo EP?
SALAAM REMI - "FIND MY LOVE" (ft. AMY WINEHOUSE & NAS)
Speaking of Salaam Remi, he's releasing the Do It For the Culture 2 compilation this year, and he released this new song from it which features vocals by the late Amy Winehouse and new verses from Nas. Remi provides slow, laid-back production, and Nas sounds right at home over it.
SPOTLIGHTS - "THE AGE OF DECAY"
Brooklyn's Spotlights are releasing new album Love & Decay on April 26 via Ipecac, and today they debuted the lead single, "The Age of Decay." As you'd expect from this band (who are now officially a trio with touring drummer Chris Enriquez becoming a full-time member), "The Age of Decay" finds the balance between pretty, melodic shoegaze and heavy sludge metal, and Spotlights pull it off like pros.
LUCKI - "ALL IN" (PROD. EARL SWEATSHIRT)
Chicago rapper Lucki just released his new Freewave 3 mixtape, which features the song "All In" that was produced by Earl Sweatshirt. As you'd expect from Earl, the beat is off-kilter and psychedelic, and Lucki navigates it well.
NIPSEY HUSSLE - "RACKS IN THE MIDDLE" (ft. RODDY RICCH & HIT-BOY)
Nipsey Hussle released one of the best rap albums of last year, then followed it in December with the "Perfect Timing" single, and now he's got another new single out. "Racks In The Middle" features Roddy Ricch and producer Hit-Boy (Kanye & Jay-Z's "N***** In Paris," Kendrick's "Backseat Freestyle," etc), and it's a slower song that sees Nipsey celebrating his Grammy nom and sounding great as ever.
DEXTER STORY - "GOLD" (ft. SUDAN ARCHIVES)
LA producer/multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story has worked with Madlib, Kamasi Washington, and others, and he's releasing the new album Bahir on March 15 via Soundway Records. It includes new single "Gold," which features vocals and violin from the great, rising artist Sudan Archives. Together, Dexter and Sudan Archives offer up a very appealing dose of psychedelic, string-laden funk.
GOOD FUCK - "PHYSICS"
Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls, etc) and Jenny Pulse have shared another song from their Good Fuck project, "Physics." It's as weird, noisy, and abrasive as the other stuff we've heard from them, and it comes with a video filmed by Silver Jews frontman David Berman on his phone.
HOMESHAKE - HELIUM (ALBUM STREAM)
Homeshake, the band led by Mac DeMarco associate Peter Segar, just released their fourth album, full of woozy synthesizers, popping bass and blissed out melodies.
QUEEN KEY - "RATCHETT"
Chicago rapper Queen Key is following her debut album Eat My Pussy this year with Eat My Pussy Again (natch), and she just unleashed the lead single "Ratchett," which is one of the most immediate bangers she's dropped yet.
PIVOT GANG - "JASON STATHM, PT. 2"
Saba released one of the best rap albums of last year, along with a handful of non-album singles, and now he's reuniting with Pivot Gang to release their first new album since 2013's JIMMY mixtape. The first single is "Jason Statham, Pt. 2," which is a lot more celebratory sounding than most of Saba's last album and making the new Pivot Gang project look very promising.
TRADE WIND - "NO KING BUT ME"
Trade Wind have members of hardcore bands Stick To Your Guns and Stray From The Path, but unlike those bands, Trade Wind make melodic, emo-ish indie rock that brings to mind the atmospheric side of Jimmy Eat World's Clarity or early/mid 2000s era Appleseed Cast. Their new album Certain Freedoms comes out April 26 via Other People Records, and you can hear lead single "No King But Me" now.
PYE CORNER AUDIO - "THE SEVENTH LABYRINTH"
British musician Martin Jenkins knows his way around vintage electronics and really knows what to do with them. For nearly a decade he’s been releasing music as Pye Corner Audio, often via UK label Ghost Box that specializes in music that’s indebted to Italian horror soundtracks, spaced-out prog and baroque psych. There’s a little bit of all those styles in Pye Corner Audio, not to mention John Carpenter scores and early-’90s techno, and he does this kind of stuff better than almost anyone. This is the centerpiece to PCA's new album Hollow Earth.
ANEMONE - "ENDLESS DRIVE"
Anemone's Chloé Soldevila describes their music as “the feeling of driving endlessly on a sunny day with a lover, the feeling of dancing and forgetting about everything while feeling high on life.” This song, from Anemone's just-released debut LP, is that description in literal form.
MADLIB & OH NO - "BIG WHIPS
Gangster Doodles' Gangster Music Vol. 1 compilation was pushed back to a March 1 release date, and today a new song from it came out, a collaboration from likeminded artists and real-life brothers Madlib and Oh No. "Big Whips" has a hypnotic, head-nodding, soulful beat, and Oh No sounds great over it.
KEMPT (JAMES FROM ASOBI SEKSU) - "COMMUNE"
Kempt the new group from Asobi Seksu’s James Hanna and MC Wolfe (Dance for the Dying) and, following last year's debut EP, they've just released this new single that James calls "unapologetic dance pop fused with reverb drenched dream pop guitars. Commune is Judd Nelson walking out of detention listing to Slowdive headphones."
MORE PAIN - "HAMMERING TENDERNESS"
More Pain is a new collaboration from Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Dead Cross) and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), who are also both in Head Wound City together, and their debut single "Hammering Tenderness" is a 27-second blast of grindy hardcore. We wrote more about it here.
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