With the holidays upon us and 2018 winding down, we continue to contend with the state of political stalemates, doing everything we can to help Indonesia in the wake of a tsunami; and marvel at the indefatigable spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Week in Pop presents just a quick peek at some of the buzz we’re following (and will continue to update). Big news as we heard the announcement that Tom Krell, oka How To Dress Well along with Driftless Recordings' Joel Ford and Patrick McDermott launched the new label Helpful Music; phem dropped the emotive and passionate pop of “Jump”; Everyone is Dirty delivered some of that holiday glow with the bright seasonal nostalgia reflections with "This December (A Christmas Song)"; Daddy dropped the sweet, smooth and soft touch sounds of what it's like when the world begins to wildly spin out from beneath you on "Losing My Control"; Tee Grizzley delivered the documentary Off Parole; Ess Ford, aka Skyler Ford from Snuff Redux, dropped the anticipated album 206; Vök shared the performance visuals for the single about dusks and dawns "Night & Day" and spread the love with the slick new single "Spend the Love"; Girlpool delivered a look at the DIY visual for "Where You Sink" by the group's own Harmony Tividad from the upcoming album What Chaos is Imaginary available February 1 via ANTI-; TEEN announced the new album Good Fruit arriving March 1 via Carpark and delivered the visual for "Only Water"; Joel Taylor delivered the anthem of rebirth and immediacy in a heart-strummed hymn that strikes straight from the organic topography of the heartland titled "Moments Notice" along with the powerful visual that illustrates how domestic violence and disputes disrupts the harmony of family and humanity as a whole; Escort brought the big pop brightness with the body-shaker "Josephine"; HERO delivered intimate and expressive performance pop visual from Johannes Greve Muskat for "Dirty Work"; Color Palatte shared some shine for bleak times with the single "Dark Days", following up the searing beams of light "Sunburn" and and the dreamy cadences of "Chelsea"; Girl Crush delivered the pop sounds that drown out the static with "Radio Silence"; Future Generations provided audiences a little taste of the great outdoors with vintage sitcom flair via the visuals for "Landscape"; Saga Back delivered the evocative observations and expressions of "There You Go... Again"; New York based band Big Spirit brought the larger than life feels and thrills with the mammoth new single "Barbarians”; The Lovely Sparrows shared a look at the Derek Van Gieson-animated visual of inspirations and insights for "A Light" featured off their first album in seven years, Shake the Shadow via Abandoned Love Records; Bogan Via returned with the pop of perception, exhilaration and liberation on "Videos" off the new album Tough to Kill; Mark McGowan delivered the earnest and penned-from-the-heart hymns of affection and intuition with the Speakeasy EP;
Gabriel Birnbaum of Wilder Maker delivered the debut solo single of life and world progression reflections with "Stack the Miles"; Ohtis shared a listen to the 7" single "Runnin" b/w "Settling"; Lydian Collective brought the world a look at their performance visual for their electric pop fusion of "High 555"; Balto delivered the blistering and blasting new jam "Black Snake Mojave Blues"; The Dip delivered some winter seasonal cheer with the brass imbued single "Santa's Got a Sweet Tooth"; Vesper Wood, Christina Wood of Kaleida, delivered the meditative thought stream swimming single "The Wall"; Hana Vu covered the iconic Fleetwood Mac jam "Gypsy" with added haunted flair and fascination; Princess Nokia dropped the remastered and expanded Metallic Butterfly; EXES and JOME dropped the wistful and wondrous new single "One Day"; Domo Genesis dropped the EP Facade Records; Sports delivered the snazzy and shining new single "Don't Tell Me"; Holy Wow dropped the performance pop visual for the spaced-out single "Nebulas"; mxmtoon delivered the organic and intriguing plum blossom EP; Illiterate Light delivered the frank anthem about fairness and the lack thereof with "Nuthin's Fair"; Sofa City Sweetheart delivered the desert mariachi visual for the strumming and strolling power pop single "Stop Thinking" shot and directed by Karma McCartney and Juan Antonio Lopez; Marquee Mayfield shared the spellbinding scientific-styled visuals for the jazzy and joyful single "Spellbound"; Rnie delivered the transcendent and beguiling album Citrus via Broken Circles; L'FREAQ delivered the fancy visual for the sublime and sinewy "New Skin"; in case you missed it, peep Fielded's Alex Mallis beach-bound visual for the lit single of empowerment "Light It Up" off the Deathbomb Arc album Drip Drip; SOBxRBE Sneakk delivered the bossy cruising visual for "Spray" ft. Tyga, YG; SOB X RBE's Yhung T.O. dropped the solo joint Trust Issues; Merely, aka Kristina Florell—YEAR0001's latest signing, presented the enchanted forest visual for the mesmerizing "Crazy Heart"; Ruth Acuff delivered the harp and heart-tinged single "Peace"; Sigrid announced the debut album Sucker Punch arriving March 1 and delivered a listen to the acoustic title track; Calva Louise delivered the competitive and eccentric Bartholomew Jones visual for "Tug Of War"; Every Kid Knows delivered the bright and bold new single "Spinning Jenny"; Margot delivered the earnest and ethereal single "Coffee Stained Scars"; behold the majestic ruins that are explored in the visual for Zoe Boekbinder's "Shadow"; Jaguar Grace delivered the bombastic expressions of amour with "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"; Sophie Strauss shared the intimate and endearing visual for "Sweetboy"; Iowa's Holy White Hounds unleashed the power-chord/rip-chord fest of Say It With Your Mouth;
TISHMAL, aka Rachel Brockbank, delivered the single "Heavy" that tackles issues of gravity, weights and ethereal measures; Chromatics delivered a look at the holiday-styled visual for their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire"; Mother Feather delivered the squared circle square off visual from Marc McAndrews for the anthemic "Red Hot Metal" off the album Constellation Baby; Utkarsh Ambudkar delivered the flashy new jam "Kane"; Cautious Clay delivered the big time track of reasoning and rationales with "REASONS" ft. Hudson Mohawke & Tobias Jesso Jr; Kyle Crane delivered the nostalgic home visual for "Nicole” ft. Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses; Madame Gandhi delivered the desert rolling visual for the bad ass single "Bad Habits"; Tiny Ruins offered a look at the winter wandering "Olympic Girls" visual; Young Readers delivered the echoing earthy warmth of "Silent Night"; NOV3L delivered the angular shoulder-shaking action of their new singles "To Whom It May Concern" and "Natural" from their Flemish Eye NOVEL EP; San Francisco's own moonweather delivered something to keep us warm from the winter elements with "Until Later"; Claire George signed to Cascine with a listen to the single "Where Do You Go?" followed by remixes supplied by Yumi Zouma and Sun Angels; Two Dragons and a Cheetah delivered the tightly wound tension breaker single "Wind Me Up"; Summer Heart delivered the evocative and mesmerizing electronically expressive textures of "Touch"; Vic Mensa delivered a listen to the Hooligans EP; Portland cult duo bed. just released their hotly anticipated debut album Replay; Harlem delivered a listen to their first album Free Drugs ahead of their upcoming Oh Boy album arriving February 14; T-Pain delivered the new jam "That's Yo Money" off the upcoming album 1UP; M.I.A. delivered the visual for "Reload" that was penned by Elastic leader Justine Frischmann; Matmos announced the new album Plastic Anniversary arriving March 15 via Thrill Jockey; Cass McCombs offered a listen to the song "Estrella"; Lambchop announced the new album This (is what I wanted to tell you) available March 22 through City Slang/Merge sharing a listen to the sentimental and personal single "The December-ish You"; NFL Cartel Bo video for "Hoova" ft. Maxo Kream caused a ruckus; Tegan and Sera announced the memoir High School; Tom DeLonge's "Strange Times" to become a television series; Ariana Grande followed up "thank u, next" with the ethereal and rhythms and blues of "imagine"; The Specials dropped the new single "Vote For Me"; David Lynch delivered the visual Ant Head; and we remember the Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley and jazz icon Nancy Wilson.
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