Poliça and stargaze

Poliça, the Minnesota quintet, have banded together with stargaze, the Berlin-based orchestra collective, for their 4th album, Music for the Long Emergency.

Exploring love in times of political turmoil, listen here to the gentle beauty of “Agree”.

“Agree”

pronoun

She goes by the name “pronoun“.

Boston native Alyse Vellturo once attended Berklee but now lives in Brooklyn.

“run” is from her stellar EP There’s No One New Around You.

“run”

Twin Shadow

We’ve waited 3 long years for music from the soulful synthpop Twin Shadow.

The album Caer is forthcoming.

Included is the song “Saturdays” with assistance from his friends HAIM.

“Saturdays (featuring HAIM)”

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes, former lead singer of the band Supergrass, gives us his 3rd solo album, World’s Strongest Man, in May.

“Deep Pockets” rocks!

“Deep Pockets”

Belly

We have waited over 20 years for a new Belly music.

The brainchild of the formidable Tanya Donelly, she responsible for 3 seminal Alternative rock bands (Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly) the album Dove is expected on May.

“Shiny One” is a preview.

“Shiny One”

The Damned

The Damned was the first punk rock band in the UK to release a single; and it was the first one that I played in 1977.

The band was also one of my first interviews at my tiny college station. Truly dreadful. Punks to punks.

The Damned has been through various transformations over the years with Dave Vanian, the lead vocalist, the only constant.

Captain Sensible from the original band has rejoined the current lineup.

Evil Spirits due in the spring features the anthemic “Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow”.

Courtney Barnett

One of the most important artists to emerge in recent years is Courtney Barnett.

Tell Me How You Really Feel will be the title of this Australian’s 3rd album due in the spring.

As a precursor we have the song “Nameless, Faceless” with Kim Deal of The Breeders on backing vocals.

“Nameless, Faceless”

Beach House

We last heard from Beach House 3 years ago.

This Baltimore duo released a new song on Valentine’s Day.

“Lemon Glow”, a Beach House love song.

“Lemon Glow”

Iceage

Iceage, the Danish punk rock band, just gave us a new song.

Their first contribution in 4 years.

Listen here to the intense “Catch It”.

“Catch It’

U.S. Girls

U.S. Girls is the nom de plume of Meghan Remy.

In a Poem Unlimited will be the 6th album from this American/Canadian musician.

The song “Rosebud”, a beauty.

“Rosebud”

MGMT

Hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since MGMT rocked our world with Oracular Spectacular.

Fortunately since then they pushed the limits of their creativity, and we never know where they are going to lead us.

Little Dark Age is their 4th due shortly.

“When You Die” and “Hand It Over” are both on the album.

“When You Die”

“Hand It Over”

tUnE-yArDs

New England native tUnE-yArDs’ new album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, dropped this week.

Her 4th explores whiteness in the face of social injustice.

“Heart Attack” is the current featured song.

The Decemberists

Portland, Oregon’s The Decemberists are one of the best American bands extant.

Our last posting featured their take on a new song from the musical Hamilton.

Now the band has just announced a new album, I’ll be Your Girl, with the song “Severed.”

“Severed”

P.S. shades of the band 999, if you get my reference.

Hamildrops

Last year (actually December 2016) Lin-Manuel Miranda released the album The Hamilton Mixtape, the songs from his play Hamilton performed by various artists.

This past December he began a new concept. New content from his musical will be released as one song a month under the moniker Hamildrops.

The first of these is “Ben Franklin’s Song” performed by The Decemberists.

“Ben Franklin’s Song”

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is a musician’s musician.

Credited with revitalizing the Laurel Canyon music scene, he has played with countless artists from Jackson Browne to Erykah Badu, Conor Oberst to Father John Misty.

Rare Birds is his 6th solo album and I love the song “Over the Midnight”.

“Over the Midnight”

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