ListenUp: Kid Cudi: The Rage

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Okkervil River: Don’t Move Back To LA

Another clever, compelling work dedicated to thoughts of moving west, “Don’t Move Back To LA” offers Okkervil River’s laundry list of reasons to stay east—or anywhere else. Will Sheff’s lyricism—cast out through his recognizable gravelly vocals—toes…

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Empress Of: Trust Me Baby

Three years since her debut album Me, Empress Of (aka singer/songwriter, Lorely Rodriguez) has released two new songs: “In Dreams” and “Trust Me Baby”—both written, produced, engineered and performed by Rodriguez. The latter (co-produced by LA’s Cole…

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Confidence Man: Don’t You Know I’m In A Band

With “Don’t You Know I’m In A Band,” Melbourne-based band Confidence Man offers a slice of dance-floor wit. The video, directed by Schall & Schnabel, features all four members traipsing through magazine spreads—posing, dancing and triggering some hearty…

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The Staple Singers: I’ll Take You There

Yvonne Staples of soul trio The Staple Singers has died at 80 years old. Yvonne replaced her brother in the band after he was drafted into the army, making the group three sisters with their father on guitar. The song “I’ll Take You There” was a Billboard…

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Drake: Nice For What

Drake’s new track (featuring Big Freedia and Letitia Wright on the bridge) “Nice For What” is a sheer celebration of women—specifically independent women—despite heavily sampling Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” which is about distrust of a lover. (Hill’s…

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Dr. Dog: Heart Killer

Dr. Dog returns with “Heart Killer,” taking their signature vocals and guitar-driven grooves to a new level. A true demonstration of their musical talents, the song was recorded to a 16-track analogue tape during production, as were the other tunes…

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Eels: Bone Dry

Playfully macabre and unsurprisingly catchy, “Bone Dry” hails from the Eels’ first new album since 2014, The Destruction, out now. With its release came the aforementioned track’s captivating stop-motion animation music video. Directed by Sofia Astrom…

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SOPHIE: Faceshopping

LA-based SOPHIE (multi-talented producer, singer, songwriter and DJ) has been releasing diverse new tracks over the past few months—from the sweet “It’s Okay to Cry” to the manic, sexy “Ponyboy.” Today the glitchy, abrasive banger “Faceshopping” gets…

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The Horrors: Water Drop

Drawn from the recording sessions that would ultimately lead to last year’s V, “Water Drop” is one of two powerful, throbbing deep cuts just released by The Horrors. The track was originally the latter half of one lengthy song and now makes for the…

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Melody’s Echo Chamber: Breathe In, Breathe Out

French musician Melody Prochet (aka Melody’s Echo Chamber) will release her second album—her first new music in six years—this summer, and “Breathe In, Breathe Out” is the third track she’s shared from it. Prochet’s pretty vocals trace over the scuzzy…

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Beach House: Dark Spring

The opening track (and third release from) Beach House’s forthcoming album 7, “Dark Spring” arrives with a stark black-and-white video directed by Zia Anger, who refers to the work as “an anomaly in process.” The band also says the track deals with…

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