Searches for hope in a blue sky of nebulous clouds
With the entire world bitterly torn in the midst of conflicts (and threats of conflicts) with a wanton regard for humanity and games of brinkmanship (but the good news is that net neutrality may be protected, so there's that)—we humbly present some of the latest buzz that you might have missed in between the headlines. Big news as Tim Presley and Ty Segall announced the new White Fence album Joy available July 20 from Drag City & shared the throwback modern mystic track "Good Boy" ; Death Grips delivered the menacing mania of "Black Paint"; Kanye West shared a preview of works in progress; Chromatics delivered the single & visual for the illuminating "Black Walls" with news that the highly anticipated album Dear Tommy will arrive this fall; Jay Rock delivered the champion style of "Win", co-written by Kendrick Lamar; Kevin Gates released the Chained to the City single that includes the new cuts "Change Lanes", "Vouch" & "Let It Sing"; Bay Area's Culture Abuse shared a listen to the single of electric natural harmony with "Bee Kind to the Bugs" from their upcoming new album Bay Dream available June 15 via Epitaph; Styles P graced the world with the rooftop hanging Benji Filmz video for the evening owning single "Heat of the Night" featured off the new album G Host; En Attendant Ana presented the world with the Gaspard Rolland, Matthieu Boulet & Léo Deville performance visual for the visceral anthem "The Violence Inside" from the album Lost and Found courtesy of Montagne Sacrée, Buddy Records and available worldwide June 29 via Trouble in Mind Records; posthumous Lil Peep track "4 Gold Chains" ft. Clams Casino emerges; Ryan Smith & the quintet bdrmm delivered a listen to the dreamy sleep walking & spirited single "The Way I Want"; The Rare Occasions delivered a dose of electric gravity with their single "Physics" featured off the upcoming album Into the Shadows available May 25; BUHU dazzled us with a listen to the doors of perception knocking single "All Eye" featured off the debut album Tenets available September 5 via FMF Records; Josh Pan delivered the electric jam "Wait For Me"; TWYN arrived on the scene with the sensational single "You Say" ft. Austin Paul available now via La Reserve; Mitski presented a look at the Zia Anger-directed video for "Geyser" with the announcement of the new album Be The Cowboy available August 17 via Dead Oceans; Arctic Monkeys delivered a look at the Ben Chappell & Aaron Brown video for "Four Out of Five";
Lykke Li delivered a look at the warm Clara Cullen video for "utopia"; DJDS announced the new album Big Wave More Fire available May 18 through Loma Vista & delivered an atmospheric listen to "I Heard" ft. The-Dream & Vory; LA's Silent Revival delivered their radical rocker "Just One Voice" ahead of their tour with Night Riots; Suuns shared a look at the Lorraine Price video of idle youth for the doors of perception track "Look No Further" off their Secretly Canadian album Felt as they prepare to head out on tour; Brighton duo Paper Hawk offered a look at the nature embracing Six Bells Production visual for the meditative "Trails" off the Folklore Sessions EP The Tide; Melody's Echo Chamber delivered the psych-sky-sailing mirage "Desert Horse"; KOYO announced an upcoming Download Festival performance and more with a listen to the new space-torpedo single "Jettisoned"; Dead Ceremony delivered the electro expressions of unbridled emotion on "All This Noise"; Houndmouth delivered a look at the snazzy Matt Fulks lyric video for their equally snazzy new track "This Party"; The Nude Party shared the wax-centric visual for the twanged-out gem "Records" from their self-titled debut album (produced by the Black Lips' own Oakley Munson) available July 6 via New West Records along with June tour dates with Sunflower Bean; MOURN delivered the sound and look at the most ecstatic holiday escape imaginable via the visuals for "Fun at the Geysers" off their upcoming album Sorpresa Familia available June 15 via Captured Tracks with news of an upcoming summer stateside tour; Brooklyn's POLLENS entertained us with their innovative new single of percussive pronouncements "$$$_PSA" amid US/QB tour dates; De’Anza shared the conscious awakening rhythm shuffle of "War" from the upcoming concept EP Cosmic Dream available June 29; Soft Science is readying their dream weapon of ethereal enlightenment Maps for release June 1 via Test Pattern Records; Don Q delivered a look at the high rolling, big baller status visual from Nerdy Rebel for "Words of Wisdom" ft. Pusha T off the album Don Talk via High Bridge The Label/Atlantic Records; Massage (ft. former The Pains of Being Pure at Heart member Alex Naidus) delivered the dream pop laden wonder "Lydia" off the upcoming album Oh Boy available July 27; Bay Area cult funk pop legend Prophet returned with the Stones Throw Records album Wanna Be Your Man & delivered a look at the video for "Insanity" ft. Dam-Funk & Mndsgn; Sons of an Illustrious Father delivered the new electric single "E.G." off the upcoming album Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla available June 1; Neko Case delivered a listen to "Curse of the I-5 Corridor" off the forthcoming album Hell-On available June 1 via ANTI-; Them Are Us Too announced the new album Amends available June 29 through Dais, the first after Cash Askew's passing in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire, sharing the heavy-hearted "Grey Water"; Reuben and the Dark's own Reuben Bullock invites you to join along on a skateboard trip to Barcelona in the video for “Dreaming” from the album Arms of a Dream courtesy of Arts & Crafts; Sam Evian offered a listen to the organic warmth of "Country" along with a viewing of the Darlene co-directed visual for the title track featured off the upcoming You, Forever album available June 1 from Saddle Creek;
The Coathangers rocked the world with a listen & viewing of the Sam Odom directed live video for "Hurricane" from the upcoming release LIVE available June 1 via Suicide Squeeze; Lawrence brought a glimmer of hope with the single "Try" off their upcoming album Living Room; currently touring with Dirty Projectors, Buzzy Lee presented a glamorous & solemn look at the Stefan Weinberger video for "Walk Away" off the Future Classic debut EP Facepaint; J. Cole opened up in an interview with Angie Martinez; LA's Row expressed the desires and feelings for "Something More" from their upcoming EP; TJ Mizell delivered the latest summer anthem with "Seasons" ft. A$AP Ferg, JNTHN STEIN & SEBASTIAN MIKAEL; Restorations announced summer performances and the upcoming new Tiny Engines album LP5000 arriving this September; Brooklyn based rising star Nikki McLeod shared the powerful & vibrant single single "Deep Cry" featured off the forthcoming Quarrel EP available October 30 (to honor their mother's birthday); Nedelle Torrisi delivered a look at the lavish visual for "Rich Kids World" from Natalie Fält & produced by Women and Film featured off the album Only For You available May 18 via Frenchkiss Records; Dave Grohl along with daughter Violet Grohl covered Adele's "When We Were Young"; "Hoping for Palaestine" benefit concert June 4 to feature The Libertines, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, etc; Camp Flog Gnaw buzz; Northside Festival buzz; The Great Escape festival buzz; Prince symphonic concert series announced titled "4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince"; the upcoming massive Beastie Boys Book will be available October 30 through Spiegel & Grau; biopic on Wiley is in the making; Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody trailer dropped; Rita Ora & Cardi B responded to the criticism of their collaborative track "Girls"; Cardi B & Offset sued by someone who wanted an autograph; T.I. busted for disorderly conduct; Phil Elverum is selling the first drum machine in history; the ridiculous "Laurel" v. "Yanny" debate; and we celebrate the life & works of legends Glenn Branca & author Tom Wolfe; and pop music has apparently become sadder.
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