Blur

The Magic Whip is the first Blur music since 2003.

Damon Albarn remains one of our finest songwriters, as heard on

“There Are Too Many of Us” from the new album.

Blur

Marina and the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds is actually the solo act of Welsh singer Marina Lambrini Diamandis.

Her just released 3rd album is called FROOT.

“Savages” is one of the album tracks that caught my attention.

Marina and the Diamonds

Pale Blue

Mike Simonetti, musician, producer and record company, has a new solo project Pale Blue.

Enlisting the vocal talents of Elizabeth Wight (of the band Silver Hands), he gives us the gorgeous song “The Past We Leave Behind”.

Pale Blue

Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens returns to folk roots on his new album Carrie & Lowell.

Named after his mother and stepfather, he explores his troubled relationship with his family, particularly with his mother.

“Should Have Known Better” is a poignant first song from the album.

Sufjan Stevens

Tame Impala

Tame Impala, the rock band from Perth, Australia, rose to prominence outside of their native country with the album Lonerism.

Currents is forthcoming with the lead single “Cause I’m a Man”.

Tame Impala

Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi’s latest is entitled What For?

This talented Chillwave artist leads with the song “Empty Nesters”.

Toro Y Moi

The National

The National, one of the premier indie bands of the last decade, created the ambience for the documentary Mistaken for Strangers, a film that chronicled the brother of lead singer Matt Berninger, following the band on tour.

The film is now available for rental and download and the new song “Sunshine on My Back” is included.

The National

Jamie xx

Jamie xx, one-third of the band the xx, will be releasing his debut solo album in June.

Last year he gave us the double-sided single “She”/“Sleep Sound”.

Another song to be included on the album In Colour is “Loud Places” featuring the vocals of the xx singer Romy Madley Croft.

Jamie xx

Dan Deacon

We last heard from electronic composer Dan Deacon in 2012 with his album about America.

On his new one, Glass Riffer, he manipulates sound to such an extent that on the song “Feel the Lightning” the female voice is actually Deacon himself.

Dan Deacon

Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt base themselves in Seattle.

4 women who rock as heard on their 2nd album Time To Go Home.

“Trapped” is one of my favorites.

Chastity Belt

JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF the Brotherhood were briefly on Warner Brothers Records with “creative control” but are now back on their family label Infinity Cat Recordings.

Their new album Wasted on the Dream features the song “Black Cherry Pie” on which the brothers cleverly solicited the flute-playing of the great Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

JEFF the Brotherhood

The Prettiots

The Prettiots, a New York female trio, consisting of ukulele, bass and drums, charm us with a most adorable song.

Enjoy “Boys (I Dated in High School)”.

The Prettiots

Warpaint

Warpaint is one of the more elusive bands of the past decade.

This female quartet continues to explore and experiment with the rock sound.

This year they will release a variety of songs.

The first: “Now Way Out Redux”.

Warpaint

Jacco Gardner

Jacco Gardner is a young Dutch multi-instrumentalist.

On his 2nd album Hypnophobia he plays all of the instruments save the drums.

Hear hints of his 60s influences in the single “Find Yourself”.

Jacco Gardner

Gang of Four

Gang of Four, punk brethren from the 70s, have been off and on through the years with various and a sundry players.

Andy Gill is currently the only original member on the new album What Happens Next.

“Broken Talk” features Alison Mosshart of The Kills and Dead Weather on vocals.

Gang of Four

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