New Music Friday – May 22, 2020


Like many of you, I am longing for the day when I can be outside or in a venue listening to live music again. The energy and excitement, the community and camaraderie – I dearly miss it all. And hearing all this new music from so many great acts just makes me want to hear the songs played live all the more urgently.

Until those days are here again, I’ll find a place to sit back, take in these new tunes and imagine seeing the artist blasting the songs out on a stage. I have never seen the Airborne Toxic Event play live, and it would feel fitting to see them play at Hollywood Park, the title of their new album and singer Mikel Jollett’s new memoir that the album accompanies. You’d probably want to hear the new 1975 while sitting on the grass with a group of friends. Or maybe hearing Jeff Rosenstock play his new album in a sweaty club, or Dagny‘s new bangers in a club. The new Roo Panes EP is definitely meant more for outdoor festivals and dusk.

I’ve seen my boys Pacific Radio play a number of times now (they never get old), and now they have a new track out to include in their future setlist. The new Idles track would certainly get a mosh pit going, while Phoebe Bridgers‘ new song would bring a respectful hush over the crowd as they absorb her thoughtful tune. The new Bouncing Souls would have fists in the air, and the new Neon Trees would have hipsters shaking it under strobe lights.

Take in these and more new tunes from the likes of Kaki King, Northcote, Third Eye Blind, Green Day, Grace Potter, Sia, Snoop Dogg, Colin Hay and a whole lot more. Find them all in our New Music Friday Playlist for this week!

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