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Stream Soul Glo’s New EP DisNigga Vol. 2Soul Glo, the great, chaotic hardcore punk band from Philly, have released their new EP Disnigga Vol. 2. While the first volume, released in February, was a stylistic shotgun blast featuring industrial rap and the surprisingly melodic “Screamo Del Barrio,” the new installment is three tracks of all-out righteous fury. Stream it below.
Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst CommentsI can’t believe we’re already halfway through June. It seems like only yesterday Daft Punk broke up. It’s getting hot, and the cicadas are here, but the good news is we’re out of 1988 in The Number Ones. 1988 sucked for #1s. If you don’t like The Number Ones you’re not gonna like this week’s best comments, but make sure to read the highest-rated one; it may change your view of Bret Michaels.1
Ted Leo's 'The Tyranny Of Distance' Turns 20At a certain point, a band becomes an archetype. Take it from a guy whose college rock band busied itself ripping off as many of our favorite indie acts as possible. We had our Pixies song, our Belle & Sebastian song, our Strokes song, and several Pavement songs, among other obvious “homages.” This wasn’t always conscious or intentional, but these groups all loom large over entire subgenres, and they loomed large over us too. And although I cannot say for sure whether Ted Leo ever inspired a wave of copycat bands, he made such an impact on us that we went ahead and ripped him off too.
Hear Rostam's Covers Of The Clash & Lucinda Williams From His Deluxe Edition Of 'Changephobia'Rostam’s Changephobia era continues today with the release of the album’s deluxe digital version, featuring covers of two classic songs. The singer/songwriter/producer has put his spin on “Fruits Of My Labor” from Lucinda Williams’ World Without Tears and the Clash’s London Calling closer “Train In Vain. On the Clash cover in particular you can hear the playing of saxophonist Henry Solomon, whose contributions to Rostam’s own music and his recent productions for Haim has been significant. (That’s him standing behind Rostam in the photo above.) Check out both covers below.
Soccer Mommy – “Kissing In The Rain”Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, a soundtrack accompaniment to the comic book Dark Nights: Death Metal, is out today. It features new tracks from the likes of HEALTH (with Deftones’ Chino Moreno), Denzel Curry, Mastodon, and Chelsea Wolfe — all of which have already been shared — plus fresh ones from IDLES, Show Me The Body, Manchester Orchestra, and more.
Isaiah Rashad - "Headshots (4r Da Locals)"Last month, Chattanooga rapper Isaiah Rashad revealed that he had a new album on the way called The House Is Burning, the follow-up to his 2016 debut The Sun’s Tirade. The album, which is expected out before the end of the month, was preceded by lead single “Lay Wit Ya,” which featured Duke Deuce, and today Rashad has shared another new song from it, “Headshots (4r Da Locals).” Check it out below.
Twin Shadow – “Sugarcane” & “Lonestar”Twin Shadow is releasing his latest album, the eponymous Twin Shadow, next month. We’ve heard three singles from it — “Johnny & Jonnie,” “Alemania,” and “Get Closer” — and today George Lewis Jr. is sharing two more. They’re called “Sugarcane” and “Lonestar” and both are groovy and tropical, part of the album’s attempt by Lewis to sonically embrace his Dominican background. Listen to both below.
Jennifer Hudson Shares Aretha Franklin Biopic Original Song Co-Written By Carole KingI smell an Oscar nominee! Jennifer Hudson, who is portraying Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic Respect, has recorded a new original song for the film called “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home).” It’ll be the movie’s only new song. It’s co-written by Carole King, which is of course significant because King was one of the songwriting geniuses behind one of Franklin’s most enduring hits, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” King wrote this new song with Jamie Hartman; it was produced by will.i.am.
Slothrust - "Once More For The Ocean"Since the start of this year, Slothrust have been unveiling singles, including “Cranium” and “Strange Astrology.” With the latter release, they announced their new album Parallel Timeline that’s set to arrive this fall. Today the newest, and maybe the catchiest, single, “Once More For The Ocean,” is out. It’s an indie rock anthem with an intense guitar solo and a lot of infectious frustration.
Band To Watch: Home Is WhereHome Is Where have done the homework assignment. The Palm Coast, Florida four-piece’s music is composed of self-deprecating wails, crashing guitar riffs, and a flicker of lyrical hope that almost feels naive — in other words, the perfect foundation for classic emo catharsis. Their debut album, I Became Birds — soon to see limited edition vinyl release via Knifepunch and Father/Daughter — plays like In The Aeroplane Over The Sea for a new generation of emo fans. Singer Brandon MacDonald, drummer Josiah Gardella, guitarist Trace George, and bassist Connor O’Brien are bonafide music geeks who take pride in studying their predecessors, and it shows in the pitch-perfect decisions of their songs. But more than anything else, Home Is Where are just trying to make their home state proud as the latest in a long (yet often overlooked) lineage of Florida emo bands.
Stream Polo G’s Excellent New Album Hall Of FameA couple of months ago, Polo G’s single “Rapstar” debuted at #1, a clear sign that the young Chicago rapper had ascended to dominant status. This was unexpected. On his first two albums, 2019’s Die A Legend and 2020’s The GOAT, Polo displayed a deep, heavy-hearted sense of gravitas. Polo could sound hard, and he could rap alongside other stars, but he made the most sense when he was doing his own form of solitary blues. It can’t be easy to keep making music like that when you’re a part of rap’s A-list. But at least on first listen, Polo has figured out a way to walk that line with his third album Hall Of Fame. He’s figured it out.
Declaime & Madlib – “All Over The World” (Feat. MED)Legendary hip-hop producer Madlib and Dudley Perkins, the underground rapper who also records under the name Declaime, have a lot of history together. They grew up across the street from each other, and the two artists have collaborated many times over the years, going all the way back to Declaime’s Madlib-produced 1999 debut Illmindmuzik. Today, they’re delving into that history with the announcement of In The Beginning (Vol. 1), a new album compiling a number of their previously unreleased collaborative tracks and rarities from the mid-’90s.
Kevin Devine - "Lakes On The Moon"For one of last year’s Bandcamp Fridays, Kevin Devine put out a three-track EP called No One’s Waiting Up For Me Tonight, which was recorded remotely during lockdown. It’s been unavailable for a bit, but today Devine has announced its getting a proper release later this month with two more tracks. “These five songs are about the freedom, and the opportunity for growth, that comes with the capacity to be in fealty to reality, to not deny that which is, or not try to bend that which is to your preference or will, but to just accept and respond,” Devine said in a statement. Today, he’s sharing a new song called “Lakes On The Moon,” a sighing and painfully pretty spectral folk song about forgiveness. Listen below.