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From French psych-pop and Danish hip-hop to enchanting covers and collaborations Ana Roxanne: Suite pour l’invisible From LA-based ambient musician Ana Roxanne’s upcoming Because of a Flower (out 13 November) comes the lush and languid “Suite pour l’invisible.” With sparse and delicate vocals, the tranquil tune is the first from the album, which centers on “gender identity, beauty and cruelty.” Themes and sounds informed by …
Tags: Music, Design, La, Music Videos, Rap, Soul, Hip-hop, Erykah Badu, French, Piano, Ambient, Philip Glass, Listenup, Collaborations, New Music, Stormzy


Beyoncé Releases New Song “Black Parade” in Honor of Juneteenth

Surprise! Beyoncé just dropped a new song in honor of Juneteenth called “Black Parade.” In addition to the track, Beyoncé also unveiled the “Black Parade Route”—an online directory putting a huge spotlight on Black-owned artists and businesses through her BeyGOOD charity. “Happy Juneteenth Weekend! I hope we continue to share joy and celebrate each other, even in the midst of struggle. Please continue to remember our beauty, strength and power,” Beyoncé wrote on Instagram. “Being Black is your a...
Tags: Music, Celebs, Beyonce, Pop Culture, Jazz, Black, New Music, National Urban League, Instagram Being Black


Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy wrote a new song to raise money for the fight against COVID-19

Mavis Staples (most famously of the Staples Singers) and Jeff Tweedy (most famously of Jeff Tweedy of Wilco) have a new song out — the latest in their decade-long collaboration together. Staples explained the origins of the song in a press release: The song speaks to what we’re going through now—everyone is in this together, whether you like it or not. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what race or sex you are, where you live... it can still touch you. It’s hit so many people in our ...
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Wilco, Staples, Chicago, New Music, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Tweedy, Honky Tonk, COVID


"Metropolis Kid" will make you dance like Superboy

Metropolis Kid by Model Decoy I've known Doron Monk Flake and Ari Sadowitz since high school, and it's been an honor to watch their musical prowess grow and grow and grow. Their current project, Model Decoy, pumps out Prince-like post-punk jams, full of sick rock riffs and soaring jazzy vocals that bring gravitas to clever lyrics that are mostly about their favorite nerdy comic books and movies. Their newest single, "Metropolis Kid," is a perfect example of this. It makes you want to tap your ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Comic Books, Superman, Rock And Roll, New Music, Indie Rock, Ari Sadowitz, Lex Luthor, Superboy, Kon El, Songs About Comic Books, Doron Monk Flake, Roland High Life


Slodown: CRAZY OUTSIDE

Singapore-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Slodown verbalizes exactly what countless people are feeling in his new song “CRAZY OUTSIDE.” The downtempo tune may sound a little melancholy or forlorn at first, but the lyrics soon prove to be positive and include messages of gratitude and encouragement. The languid, piano-led song incorporates crackles reminiscent of old vinyl or staticky radio, which adds to its nostalgic tinge.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Singapore, Culture, Brooklyn, Rb, Listenup, New Music, Slodown


M. Ward: Unreal City

Filmed on the streets of Paris, the Beatrice Pegard-directed video for M. Ward’s latest track, “Unreal City,” brings the spirit of New Wave filmmaking into the present day. Clémence Poésy stars as the adventuring, everyday heroine and her movements bring the beautiful of the song to life. “Unreal City” appears in advance of M. Ward’s forthcoming album, Migration Stories, recorded within Arcade Fire’s Montreal studios.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Paris, Indie, Montreal, Listenup, New Music, Indie Pop, Ward, M Ward, New Wave, Beatrice Pegard, Unreal City, New Wave Filmmaking


Premiere: “Mind High” By DOV

Textured, tantalizing R&B melodies from the Brooklyn-based, Tel Aviv-born alt-pop producer and multi-instrumentalist To access, understand or simply cope with the influence of anxiety on one’s mind, DOV (aka Dov Eagle) found that various substances lead to a quieting of the noise that makes it all so oppressive. This may be the surface subject matter of the queer pop artist and producer’s latest track, “Mind …
Tags: Music, Design, Tel Aviv, Pop, Culture, Brooklyn, New Music, Dov, Premieres, Tesha, Queer Artists, Dov Eagle


Lunar Vacation: Unlucky

Atlanta-based, four-piece “pool rock” band Lunar Vacation returns with “Unlucky,” a beautiful, self-reflective single. It’s Lunar Vacation’s first release since 2018’s Artificial Flavors EP and features production from Daniel Gleason of Grouplove. Lead singer Grace Repasky sails upon the song’s relaxed melody and anchors honesty to the lyricism.
Tags: Music, Design, Atlanta, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Daniel Gleason, Lunar Vacation, Pool Rock, Grace Repasky


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Spanish-language funk, jazz with Nigerian rhythms, hypnotic nu-disco and more new music this week Jessie Ware: Spotlight Lush, hypnotic, dramatic, and drenched in disco, Jessie Ware’s “Spotlight” is everything one could ask for in a club-ready tune. From her upcoming fourth LP What’s Your Pleasure? (the follow up to 2017’s Glasshouse), the song was co-written with Danny Parker, Shungudzo Kuyimba and Arctic Monkeys producer James …
Tags: Design, Disco, Music Videos, Pop, Hip-hop, House, Jazz, Jessie Ware, Rb, Spanish, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Austra, Afrobeat, Alternative hip-hop


Chicano Batman: Color my life

The first single off the band’s forthcoming studio album, Invisible People (out 1 May), Chicano Batman’s “Color my life” lulls listeners with a hazy groove and toys with Tropicaliá influences, as well as funk and soul. A bassline sets the pace and synths, drums, guitar, and other tones chime in as the song bops along. “Are you a lucid dream? / That’s what it seems / …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Soul, Culture, Rb, Linkaboutit, Funk, New Music, Chicano Batman, Rhythm, Color my life


Briston Maroney: The Garden

The latest from Nashville’s Briston Maroney, “The Garden” moves along with earnest wisdom and an eager hook. It falls within the young artist’s Miracle single series, and follows up his recent—and acclaimed—Indiana EP. Producer John Congelton worked with Maroney on the track, marking the first collaboration with the singer/songwriter/guitarist.
Tags: Music, Design, Indiana, Culture, Nashville, Listenup, New Music, John Congleton, Maroney, Briston Maroney, Briston Maroney The Garden, John Congelton


Lianne La Havas: Bittersweet

Lianne La Havas returns with “Bittersweet,” her first release of new material in five years. The soulful track acts as a reminder of La Havas’ powerful vocal capabilities, intoxicating songwriting and the underlying emotional pull of their harmonious mission. It’s a first taste of the British singer/songwriter’s forthcoming studio effort and will likely leave fans hoping for more.
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Lianne La Havas


Orville Peck: Queen of the Rodeo

Using two tracks—”Queen of the Rodeo” and a brief rendition of “Roses Are Falling”—off his 2019 debut album, Pony, Orville Peck weaves together a tale of rodeo woes conveyed by a cast of drag performers and cowboys. A few dramatic bull rides are set to the former, and a bit of western pageantry is backed by the latter. Peck (known for his deep vocals, fringed mask …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Western, Country, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Peck, Pony, Orville Peck, Queen of the Rodeo, Roses Are Falling, Pony Orville Peck


Sufjan Stevens + Lowell Brams: The Runaround

Drawn from Sufjan Stevens’ forthcoming instrumental/new-age/ambient album, Aporia—made in collaboration with his stepfather and Asthmatic Kitty record label co-owner, Lowell Brams—”The Runaround” veers sharply from the artist’s more bombastic works (as well as his quietly devastating ones). Though Stevens’ (modified) voice appears toward the track’s end, the focus here is on the melody and its electronic power. Equally mesmerizing, the music video from abutta492 (aka …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Sufjan Stevens, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Stevens, Lowell Brams, Asthmatic Kitty, Sufjan Stevens Lowell Brams


Noga Erez feat. Reo Cragun + ROUSSO: Views

Tel Aviv-based musician Noga Erez may be speaking about her own industry when she drops the lines “People buy views / I know it’s old news / but I got bad news / for everybody” in her latest single, “VIEWS,” but the sentiment applies to self-promotion everywhere. Featuring LA hip-hop artist Reo Cragun, and frequent Erez collaborator ROUSSO, the track confronts over-saturation and does so …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Tel Aviv, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Rousso, Noga Erez, Reo Cragun


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Surf-rock, dance-pop, and funk-inflected tunes, as well as a few of our other favorite tracks this week U.S. Girls: 4 American Dollars A playful tune about the perils of living in our money-driven society, “4 American Dollars” by U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) features poignant lyrics about the inner workings of our economy and Remy’s bank balance: “In this world where they say: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ …
Tags: Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Indie, Rb, French, Listenup, The Weeknd, Electronic, Funk, New Music, Remy, U.S. Girls, Meghan Remy, Surf Rock


Yves Tumor: Gospel For A New Century

Tennessee-raised pop-electronic artist Yves Tumor (aka Sean Bowie) announced his follow-up to the 2018 EP, Safe In The Hands Of Love, in the form of 3 April’s Heaven To A Tortured Mind. The project’s first single, “Gospel For A New Century,” harkens back to looming funk releases from experimental groups like Parliament-Funkadelic, but pulls in elements reminiscent of eclectic acts ranging from Prince to TV On …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Culture, Tennessee, Listenup, Electronic, New Music, Parliament Funkadelic, Yves Tumor, Sean Bowie, Hands of Love, Gospel For A New Century


ONR feat. Carina Jade: Sober

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and self-taught producer ONR (pronounced “honor”) channels sonic energy from the ’80s in his latest track, “Sober,” which features guest vocals from Carina Jade. It’s ONR’s debut release on Warner Records and a first glimpse at his forthcoming Must Stop EP (out 15 May). Directed by Omar Al-Zidjali, the music video for the Scottish artist bleeds color and form in a bedroom …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, ONR, Warner Records, Carina Jade, Omar Al Zidjali


The Voodoo Children: Caroline

An indie rock composition centered on the subject of support in times of emotional tumult, Nashville-based The Voodoo Children’s “Caroline” churns and stirs and chugs along. Steered by musician and artist JT Daly, the music collective’s debut EP, Instant Nostalgia, will release sometime later this year. If this lead single is any indicator, one can expect more thoughtful, moody tunes from the band and its …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Nashville, Listenup, New Music, Daly, Caroline, JT Daly, The Voodoo Children


Papooz: Figs and Gorgonzola

French dance-pop duo Papooz (composed of rhythm guitarist Armand Penicaut and vocalist/lead guitarist Ulysse Cottin) returns with “Figs and Gorgonzola,” a laid back and charming tale of love. The comfortably catchy single follows up the group’s well-received 2019 album release, Night Sketches. Papooz will embark upon a North American tour starting 18 February in Brooklyn.
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Listenup, New Music, French music, Papooz, Armand Penicaut, Ulysse Cottin


U.S. Girls: 4 American Dollars

A playful tune about the perils of living in our money-driven society, “4 American Dollars” by U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) features poignant lyrics about the inner workings of our economy and Remy’s bank balance: “In this world where they say: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ / Moving numbers from account to account / Keeping secrets in an offshore fount / My money is quick to count / I …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Pop, Soul, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Pop Music, Remy, U.S. Girls, Meghan Remy


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Country-inflected pop, chopped-up Beyonce samples, carnivalesque chaos and more music from this week King Princess: Ohio After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official recording and music video for the fan-favorite track. Both the song and visuals begin with quiet intimacy, and the latter introduces Straus wearing her theatrical Cheap Queen look. As with …
Tags: Music, Design, Beyonce, Disco, Music Videos, Garage Rock, Country, Pop, The Strokes, Ohio, Grimes, Synths, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Julian Casablancas


Tame Impala: Is It True

From Tame Impala’s newest album, The Slow Rush, “Is It True” spotlights the band’s affection for funk-inspired bass lines and percussion. Strutting and sultry, the track’s instrumental sets the scene for frontman Kevin Parker’s love song: “We started talkin’ ’bout devotion / The kind that goes on eternally / And I tell her I’m in love with her / But, how can I know that I’ll …
Tags: Music, Design, Tame Impala, Dance, Culture, Bass, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Kevin Parker, Psych, Psych-Pop, Psychedelic Funk


Grimes: Delete Forever

Written the night Lil Peep passed away, “Delete Forever” is pretty and airy, despite tackling the topic of opioid addiction. From Grimes’ fifth album Miss Anthropocene, the tune begins with acoustic guitar (reminiscent of “Wonderwall” by Oasis) before the beat kicks in around the 50-second mark. With country-inflected violin and banjo, the song has a different sound from the Canadian musician’s recent releases, but her …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Country, Culture, Grimes, Oasis, Acoustic Guitar, Listenup, New Music, Synthpop


Caleb Landry Jones: Flag Day / The Mother Stone

From actor and musician Caleb Landry Jones’ debut album, The Mother Stone (out 1 May on Sacred Bones), lead single “Flag Day / The Mother Stone” and its accompanying music video guide audiences down a psychedelic, cinematic rabbit hole. The seven-minute song sprawls outward with colorful, carnivalesque energy. Landry Jones recorded the track, and others from the album, using his personal collection of Casios and …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, New Music, Landry Jones, Caleb Landry Jones, Psych, Listen Up


Stream: WOST, ‘Presidente’

Two years ago, Kelvin Ruiz was selling the tracks he posted on Soundcloud to other artists for $7 a pop so he could afford a $200 laptop. The Venezuelan, who makes electronic music under the name WOST, was 16 years old at the time. His work came to the attention of Los Angeles-based Waxploitation Records, which back in the day nurtured artists such as Gnarls Barkley and Danger Mouse. Waxploitation signed WOST, convinced him to keep his music for himself and got him a new laptop. Now 18, WOST tod...
Tags: Music, Featured, Los Angeles, Bronx, Latest Music, New Music, Gnarls Barkley, Toma, Waxploitation Records, Waxploitation, Ginette Claudette, WOST, Kelvin Ruiz, Danger Mouse Waxploitation, Waxploitation Presidente


Against All Logic: Fantasy

Using his performance alias Against All Logic, Nicolas Jaar releases a new album, 2017 – 2019, composed of industrial drums, sound effects and pop samples—plus plenty of Jaar’s signature distortions. A standout single and the album’s opening track, “Fantasy” employs all of the aforementioned but ups the ante by sampling Beyoncé’s 2003 collaboration with Sean Paul “Baby Boy” for its hook, as well as filtered …
Tags: Music, Design, Beyonce, Culture, Industrial, Techno, Listenup, New Music, Nicolas Jaar, Jaar, DownBeat, Nico Jaar, Sean Paul Baby Boy


Stream: The Strokes, ‘At the Door’

Fresh off their wild performance at a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders at the University of New Hampshire on Monday night, the Strokes have announced that their new album, “The New Abnormal,” will be out April 10. It’s their sixth album and first in seven years, made at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu with the legendary Rick Rubin and featuring cover art of the painting “Bird on Money” by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Their new song “At the Door” is a mellow fellow, maybe too much for its own good, with Julia...
Tags: Music, The Strokes, Bernie Sanders, Malibu, Latest Music, New Music, Julian Casablancas, Fabrizio Moretti, Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, University of New Hampshire, Rick Rubin, Jean Michel Basquiat, Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr, Shangri La Studios


King Princess: Ohio

After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official recording and music video for the fan-favorite track. Both the song and visuals begin with quiet intimacy, and the latter introduces Straus wearing her theatrical Cheap Queen look. As with the song, the video soon explodes into an anthemic garage-rock performance, cut from captivating live renditions. …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Culture, Ohio, Listenup, New Music, Straus, King Princess, Mikaela Straus, Cheap Queen


Ras: Boogie

Sparse at first but ever-growing, Berlin-based disco trio Ras’ newest single, “Boogie,” is a bop that references Mediterranean club music, poolside pop, disco and funk. Members Dekel Adin, Eden Leshem and Guy Gefen hail from rural Israel, but after recording their self-titled debut album in Berlin, the trio stuck around and worked to contrast the city’s energetic, industrial house music with laidback beats and vintage-sounding …
Tags: Music, Design, Disco, Berlin, Israel, Pop, Culture, Dance music, Mediterranean, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Ras, Boogie, Rhythmic, Dekel Adin Eden Leshem



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