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#241: Protomartyr, “Ultimate Success Today”

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We have been waiting for this one for months. After some delays, Protomartyr’s fifth album is finally out now. Our favorite contemporary post-punk band is back and it brings a bunch of guitar-heavy tracks along. Because it’s the summer and that’s how we roll when it’s warm outside. Plus: new tracks by Crack Cloud, SilverbacksMetz, Zombi, BullyTiña, Asher Gamedze, Ambrose AkinmusireYin YinFuture IslandsGenevieve ArtadiKacy HillWye OakSamantha CrainWidowspeakShe Keeps BeesSylvie SimmonsMary LattimoreCat ClydeBill CallahanGillian WelchBuck MeekAstral SwansDavid RamirezDogwood TalesThe Texas GentlemenEl Michels Affair, and Dojo Cuts.

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#235: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, “Sideways to New Italy”

Is there anything more typical of music publications in the 21st century than waiting for an indie rock band to fail miserably with the release their second record? Don’t let them tell you “Sideways to New Italy” is lacking something important. The new Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever album has all the melodies and hooks you need to survive this festival-less summer so you can pretend everything’s fine. We’re adding a fourth sentence to this paragraph because it seems like it’s mandatory to reference the Go-Betweens and/or the Feelies every single time we talk about this band.

Plus: new tracks by Run The JewelsDJ LycoxPop Dell’ArteNo Age, Lithics, OhmmeDougie PooleWhiskey Wolves of the WestSwampmeat Family BandCrystal ShipsssHelvetiaMuzzThe ClienteleLA PriestBecca MancariSarah LouiseBrigid Mae PowerThe World of DustSamantha CrainCamille DeleanModern NatureMt. JoyJoan Shelley, and Torres.

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#220: Sarah Harmer, “Are You Gone”

It’s been ten years since Sarah Harmer last released a record. The Canadian singer-songwriter spent the last decade advocating for environmental rights, but she’s now back on track with an album that feels like a successor of her 2000 breakthrough, “You Were Here”. Folk-rock folks, please gather around here. Plus: new tracks by Willie NelsonSamantha CrainJay SomAda LeaKatie Von SchleicherLilly HiattTrace MountainsReal EstateSpinning CoinKing Tuff, Six Organs of Admittance, Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree, CalifoneOiseaux-TempêteAgnes ObelKatie GatelyJessy LanzaGrimes, Beatrice Dillon, Yves Tumor, Bib, No AgeGuided By Voices, and Josh Ritter.

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#215: Bill Fay, “Countless Branches”

20 days into the new year and we’re already in love with one of the most beautiful albums 2020 will have to offer. Bill Fay’s third album since breaking a decades-long absence is not only a spotless collection of new songs by the veteran singer-songwriter. The deluxe version is where the true gems are: full band versions of some of the best tracks off the album, plus two bonus tracks and a new arrangement of an old favorite. Fortunately you don’t need to buy a fancy Japanese version of it or stand in line for a RSD release. It’s all on Spotify, just like all these new tracks by The Innocence Mission, Nadia Reid, Aoife Nessa Frances, Samantha Crain, Madison Cunningham, Possessed by Paul James/Official, James Steinle, Margo Price, Soccer Mommy, TORRES, Nap Eyes, David Dondero, The Panhandlers, John Moreland, Hawktail, Thundercat, John Carroll Kirby, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Swamp Dogg ft. John Prine, Alabaster dePlume, and LINA_ RAÜL Refree.

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#88: Migos, “Culture”

And now for something completely different, we have Migos as our highlight of the week.