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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: First World Problem
After the wild success of their third album Multi-Love, New Zealand/American Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released a new track: "First World Problem." The song (whose cover art is by Henrietta Harris) is everything we've come to expect from UMO—boppy...
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Braids: Joni
Montreal-based three-piece Braids is making some of the most intricate electronic pop we've heard: take "Joni" where Raphaelle Standell-Preston's voice snaps and stretches, yelps and exhales—setting the pace for the ricochets of synth and drum hits...
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High Water: Changed The Locks (Lucinda Williams Cover)
Folk rocker Lucinda Williams' bridge-free 1988 song "Changed the Locks" is so bad-ass and to the point that there's not much room for other artists to cover it with justice (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once tried). High Water (aka Will Epstein...
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Garbage: Empty
That feeling when a song and its music video is everything you hoped from a band you've long loved. In the new video for their single "Empty," Garbage reunites with Sam Bayer who directed the band's first three videos, including "Only Happy When It...
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Speedy Ortiz: Emma O
Speedy Ortiz's four-track EP Foiled Again—considered a postscript to last year's album Foil Deer—is set for release next Friday (3 June). They released the grainy, anime-referencing "Death Note" earlier this month and now share another, the much more...
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Danny L Harle (feat. Caroline Polachek): Ashes of Love
PC Music ambassador Danny L Harle's collaboration with Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, "Ashes of Love," brings out both of their unique strengths: melodies that unfold like a labyrinth, reinforced by Eurovision-level HD production and Dance Dance Revolution...
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The Lines: Single Engine Duster
There's plenty of intrigue surrounding The Lines' recently released album hull down, of which "Single Engine Duster" is the lead single. The Lines are not a new band. They released a few albums in the late '70s and early '80s, and once shared a stage...
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BADBADNOTGOOD: Time Moves Slow (feat. Sam Herring)
The enterprising, beat-loving jazz musicians of BADBADNOTGOOD announce their next LP, describing it as "an exploration in post-genre virtuosity." The simply titled IV comes out this July: tracks feature prolific fire producer Kaytranada (who just released...
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Sampha: Timmy's Prayer
London R&B singer and producer Sampha emerges from a long period of rest after his 2013 EP Dual—with collabs with SBTRKT, Drake, Jessie Ware, Lil Silva and even Kanye scattered along the way—with the heartfelt new song, "Timmy's Prayer" (it samples...
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Baby Alpaca: Can't Find My Way
Off of dream-pop band Baby Alpaca's album Under Water, "Can't Find My Way" makes for another sweet, soulful single—especially when complemented with the shifting, surreal visuals of their latest music video. Frontman Chris Kittrell strolls across an...
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Bois: Asleep with Songs of Longing
Nomadic singer-songwriter Bois cathartically releases Asleep with Songs of Longing, an album written and recorded in New Orleans and Miami. Opening with "Beauty," a howling saxophone rips into the conscience and sets the mood for the pensive nature...
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Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne + 2 Chainz: No Problem
Hip-hop darling Chance the Rapper has just premiered his new song "No Problem" (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show and it's everything we were hoping to come of his highly anticipated Coloring Book/em> mixtape. Full...
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ABRA: Come 4 Me
In a video directed by Tyler Mitchell, Atlanta-based ABRA's "Come 4 Me" gets a luminous, colorful, sexy makeover. The track might clock in at just over one minute long, but there's plenty conveyed in that time. The experimental R&B-meets-electronic...
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Fischerspooner: Everything is Just Alright
If the star of Nicopanda's SS16 campaign film looks a little familiar, it's because Josh Killacky was the dancer and choreographer of that viral hoverboard dance cover to Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" Now wearing the genderless, punk-and-ballerina...
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Isao Tomita: Arabesque No. 1
84-year-old composer and synth soothsayer Isao Tomita passed away this weekend in Tokyo. He introduced the near-infinite possibilities of a relatively new invention, the Moog modular synthesizer to Japan—approaching the instrument like an orchestra...
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James Blake: My Willing Heart
Pulling a Beyoncé? James Blake takes cue from his collaborator (having worked on two songs on Lemonade) and surprise drops The Colour in Anything. The 17-track album comes out of Blake, interestingly, opening himself up to collaboration as well. He...
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Janet Jackson: Dammn Baby
Truly one of the best in the world, Janet Jackson has been blessing us with music since the early '80s and isn't showing any signs she's slowing down (despite apparently halting the second leg of the "Unbreakable" world tour to start a family). Today...
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Radiohead: Burn the Witch
A puppet man tours a picturesque village, full of other seemingly benign puppet people—but something strange is afoot. Soundtracking this miniature movie (an homage to the 1973 cult film "The Wicker Man," except perhaps for its ending) is the new Radiohead...
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Princess Nokia: Tomboy
In the music video for "Tomboy," Princess Nokia (the raw, progressive sound project fronted by New York native and one-time Calvin Klein model Destiny Frasqueri) shouts "My little titties and my fat belly!" over and over while slurping up cereal next...
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Weaves: One More
In their newly released video for lead single "One More," Toronto "bent pop" rock four-piece Weaves' frontwoman Jasmyn Burke trounces through a desert landscape in a neon pink robe. There's a sense of organized chaos, bursts of gold (pom-poms) and...
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Laura Groves: Gamma Ray Blue (Cleaners From Venus Cover)
London-based songwriter Laura Groves previously released an album on XL under the moniker Blue Roses. Under her real name, however, Groves transitions from acoustic instruments like piano and guitar to a more electronic set-up, and her voice glows...
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Holy Fuck: Tom Tom
Six years after Latin was released, Holy Fuck is back and not a moment too soon. The Toronto-based quartet released the lead single from their upcoming album Congrats a couple months ago and now the song, "Tom Tom," has a high production video to match...
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D'Angelo feat. Princess: Sometimes It Snows in April
D'Angelo was joined by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum (aka Princess, a Prince cover band) last night to perform a tremendously moving version of Prince's "Sometimes it Snows in April." The song, from the legend's 1986 album Parade (perhaps most...
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Future Punx: How To Dance
Brooklyn-based act Future Punx—one of our faves at CMJ a few years ago—will embark on a two-week American tour later this May. Their debut album This is Post-Wave (released last August and streaming in full on Spotify, Bandcamp and more) is filled...
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Stormzy: Scary
New from prince of grime Stormzy—who still has yet to release a full-length album—is "Scary," an audiovisual message of intimidation for those who doubt his success. "But don't get gassed cause you got the headline / You only got it cause I declined...
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