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”


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”

The War on Drugs

The last The War on Drugs album came out in 2014.

But we now have a new exquisite song from the band.

“Thinking of a Place” is a luxuriant opus.


Katie Crutchfield is Waxahatchee.

Named after a creek in Alabama, her home state, Waxahatchee’s latest album will be called Out in the Storm.

“Silver” is the new single.



New music the French band Phoenix.

The band now takes 4 years between albums and shortly we will have Ti Amo.

“J-Boy” is the love song that leads the way.


Saint Etienne

Home Countries will be the title of the new Saint Etienne album due in early June.

Their first in 5 years, the song “Heather” validates the wait.


Body Count

Body Count’s new album, Bloodlust, is timelier than ever.

This L.A. heavy metal band fronted by Ice-T caused a stir in 1992 with their song “Cop Killer”.

New songs like “Black Hoodie” and “No Lives Matter” are just as profound.

How little has changed since the formation of this band last century.

“Black Hoodie”

“No Lives Matter”

Diet Cig

The punk rock duo Diet Cig hail from New Paltz, New York.

Alex Luciano the guitarist and vocalist, Noah Bowman the drummer.

Their debut, Swear I’m Good At This, includes a birthday song entitled “Barf Day”.


Arca’s third album is self-titled.

The name itself means “ceremonial container”, an old Spanish word.

Sung in his native language, “Piel” is the first song.


Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer are Generationals.

This duo out of New Orleans have a few albums under their belt.

“Turning the Screw” is a new song.


Feist’s new album is entitled Pleasure.

The long play includes the song “Century”, a bleak view of the future.

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp adds a haunting narrative toward the end.


J. Marco

J. Marco is a singer/songwriter out of Nashville via Boston.

His debut album Myth features the galvanic “The Void”.

“The Void”

San Fermin

San Fermin is composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s brainchild.

Belong is this roving ensembles’ 3rd album which includes the song “Bride”.


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