I write today from New York, where I am still somewhat jet-lagged despite my best efforts. The traveling has made it slightly more difficult to get to all the submissions that have come in this week, but there’s still plenty of music here for you to feast on.
Most of today’s worthy releases are more folk and indie-leaning, so will maybe be good accompaniment for those looking for a relaxing drive out to Coachella. Albums by the likes of Tallest Man on Earth, Fruit Bats, Brian Dunne and Feist showcase excellent songwriting and dreamy melodies that will be nice in the desert sun. For those of you who have to drive back to Los Angeles late on Sunday night for work in the morning, you can blast Metallica‘s new album to keep you awake on the trip home.
If Metallica isn’t enough to keep your eyes open, high-energy new tracks from Hot Mulligan, The Linda Lindas, Teenage Wrist, Broadwing, Kurt Baker and the legendary Dead Milkmen should keep your buzzed. Once you’re finally home, you can relax a bit with the latest from Ben Folds, The National (feat forever it-girl Phoebe Bridgers) and our recent World Watch artist Keturah.
There’s a new jam from Speedy Ortiz to get hyped for, some MC Lars to nerd out to, and Ghost covering Genesis is just something surprising. Kaiser Chiefs haven’t been around for a minute, but they’re back with a new jam, and they’re joined by the always-chill Trevor Hall. And then there’s a new track from the legend Bob Dylan, and from South African legend Peter One. Nuff said. Other returning champions this week are superviolet, Confusionaires, Pete Francis, Heart Attack Man, Dave Hause, Groupthink and pinkshift.
Artists getting their first crack at our list this week are Sweet Gloom, Rebecca Lappa, Devon Allman & Donovon Frankenreiter, Fox Revett, Kooz, Carver Commodore, Jetta Juriansz, The Arcadian Wild, Denison Witmer, Sorry Mom, Bailen, Tilly Louise and Emily Monsen.
Follow our New Music Friday Playlist on Spotify or Apple Music to start listening to all of this goodness and more!