Purity Ring

Purity Ring, the duo from Montreal, gave us a new song on the 5th anniversary of their debut album Shrines.

“Asido” is the commemorative song.

“Asido”

Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus’s 5th album, Okovi, is set for a September release.

Her music is hard to define as she combines various genres with electronic underpinnings to create compelling songs as heard here with “Soak”.

“Soak”

Perera Elsewhere

Perera Elsewhere is the stage name of Sasha Perera.

Her 2nd album, All of This, features the intriguingly experimental “Something’s Up”, a perfect introduction to this London-born Berlin-based singer.

“Something’s Up”

Broken Social Scene

Hug of Thunder is the new album from the Canadian musical collective Broken Social Scene.

Feist provides the vocals on the title track.

“Hug of Thunder”

Beth Ditto

Back from my travels for a few days.

Beth Ditto describes herself as a “fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas”.

Her debut album Fake Sugar just came out.

This woman can sing! Listen to the track “Fire”.

“Fire”

Captain SKA

Music still has the power to inspire political change.

Captain SKA, the English musical collective, updated their song “Liar, Liar”. It became a hit in Britain and influenced the defeat of the Conservative Party’s Teresa May.

Awaiting our American counterpart…

“Liar Liar GE2017”

Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius is the name that Mike Hadreas has adopted.

This Seattle native’s 4th album No Shape features the song “Slip Away”.

I’m also particularly fond of the “Wreath”.

“Slip Away”

“Wreath”

Rancid

My boys Rancid rock our world once again with Trouble Maker, their 9th.

Still going strong since 1991, listen here to 2 new songs.

“Ghost of a Chance”

“Bovver Rock and Roll”

Chastity Belt

These 4 women from Walla Walla, Washington call themselves Chastity Belt.

Their 3rd album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, is due in a few days.

Listen to how the band has matured in the song “Different Now”.

Tara MacLean

The truly wonderful Tara MacLean has been on hiatus for 9 years creating a family.

Recently she recorded an album honouring Atlantic Canadian singer/writers available June 28th.

Atlantic Blue consists of 14 songs including “Snowbird” written by notable songwriter Gene MacLellan.

“Snowbird”

Dorothy

Dorothy is a relatively new hard rock band from Los Angeles.

With a driving backbeat reminiscent of Jeff Beck, lead singer Dorothy Martin roars on their latest song “Down to the Bottom”.

“Down to the Bottom”

Grizzly Bear

The Brooklyn-based quartet Grizzly Bear took a break after 2012’s Shields’ album.

Pleased that in August we will have Painted Ruins, their 5th.

“Mourning Sound” is an early morsel from the album.

“Mourning Sound”

LCD Soundsystem

In 2011 James Murphy announced that he was retiring LCD Soundsystem.

The film Shut Up and Play the Hits even chronicled the last and final concert at Madison Square Garden.

However, he and his traveling band performed at Coachella in 2016.

And we now have two new songs “Call the Police” and “American Dream” from a yet unnamed forthcoming album.

“Call the Police”

“American Dream”

The National

It’s always a pleasure to receive new music from The National.

I never tire of Matt Berninger’s baritone.

The album, Sleep Well the Beast, will not be ready until September.

But we do have the song “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”.

“The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”

Haim

L.A. sister band Haim release their sophomore album, Something to Tell You, in July.

“Want You Back” and “Right Now” are early singles.

“Want You Back”

“Right Now”

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