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”

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.


Waxahatchee

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.

“Silver”

Phoenix

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.

“J-Boy”

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.

“Heather”

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

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.

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