>>With so much music that was released today and throughout the week, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine what to listen to. But we managed to string up a list of some of the best new releases to make things easier for you.
Green Day — 'Father of All...'
In the age of Trump, you’d think Green Day would craft another 'American Idiot' like they accomplished during the Bush II-era. Instead they did the opposite and recorded a completely carefree dance-record with punchy and energetic tunes. 'Father of All...' clocks in as Green Day’s shortest album, packed with rhythm-centric and hand-clap-driven tunes that sound like the music Green Day would’ve made if they blended in with the post-punk revival movement in the 2000’s, but with the spirit of ‘90s punk and classic glam rock.
Paramore’s Hayley Williams released the first part for her upcoming debut solo album 'Petals For Armor,' with an EP featuring her previous singles “Simmer” and “Leave It Alone” plus three new ones. The new singles make the upcoming album even more promising with the singles being more personal and experimental compared to her work in Paramore. So far, each song has been distinct from one another—from the bouncy and dark disco grooves on “Creepin’,” the more delicate “Sudden Desire,” and the more overtly quick and poppy “Cinnamon,” which was also accompanied by a music video directed by Warren Fu that you can watch above.
Wasted Shirt (Ty Segall & Brian Chippendale) — “All is Lost”
Last month, Ty Segall and Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale announced a new project called Wasted Shirt along with the wild lead single “Double the Dream” for their upcoming album 'Fungus II,' out Feb. 28. They just shared the new single “All is Lost,” a three-minute chaotic slap of shrieks, wild drumming and fierce, distorted guitars; basically everything you would expect from the collaboration.
The Format — 'Live at the Mayan Theatre: Dog Problems/Encore'
Unexpectedly, Nate Ruess and Sam Means have officially reunited as The Format. In case you don’t remember, The Format were an indie power pop duo from the 2000’s that eventually developed a cult-following over the years, as Ruess went on to form the pop act fun. in 2008. The reunion comes after a surprise pop-up show in Phoenix earlier this week, which was then followed up with the announcement of their first tour in 13 years. Along with this, their 2007 concert film 'Live at the Mayan Theatre' just hit streaming services for the first time with two different versions including the concert and the encore.
Stream the new live album here and be sure to stream the encore recording here.
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams — “The Unlimited”
Every five years it seems like Sufjan Stevens puts out a great album. From 2005’s extravagant and classically ambitious 'Illinois' to 2010’s explorative and electronically-fueled 'The Age of Adz,' it looks like the versatile and pop-minded adventurist is planning something big for 2020. Stevens just shared the new song “The Unlimited,” a short moody and gauzy ambient and New-Age inspired song that’s part of an upcoming 21-track collaborative album titled 'Aporia,' out March 27, via Asthmatic Kitty Records. Stevens worked on the new album with his stepfather and business partner Lowell Brams and apparently the pair have been crafting the songs for several years now.
Sharon Van Etten is back with her first single since last year’s fearless and aspiring 'Remind Me Tomorrow.' The new single “Beaten Down” is simple and stripped down, but it’s beautifully dark and airy with a shadowy vocal harmony and thrilling chorus that pairs well with the song’s themes with love, patience and empathy.
The young British enigma Archy Marshall, aka King Krule, announced last month his upcoming album 'Man Alive!,' that comes out in a couple weeks, and shared the dark jazzy first single “(Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On.” Now he’s back with the second single “Alone, Omen 3,” a melancholic, but heartening track that delves deeper into his unusual music underworld.
Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien shows off his falsetto on his latest single “Shangri La,” the opening track for his upcoming debut solo album 'Earth,' out April 17 via Capitol Records. “Shangri La” is a bit long for a dreamy dance single, but it’s punchy and the rhythm section is reminiscent of something Radiohead would’ve recorded in the late-2000’s. The new single follows the epic “Brasil,” released back in December, which will also be featured on the upcoming album. However last fall’s ambient instrumental “Santa Teresa,” appears to have been cut since it doesn’t quite fit the direction of the latter two.
After releasing one of the best albums of last year with their debut LP 'Schlagenheim,' Black Midi are certainly on top as one of the more unique bands to come out of the London music scene in recent years. Now following up their hilarious Ed Sheeran diss track, the band is emptying out what remains of their debut album with the new single “Sweater.” It’s an 11-and-a-half minute free-flowing epic that is reportedly the final track they recorded during the sessions of their debut album alongside producer Dan Carey.
After releasing their sensational debut EP 'No.1' and wounding up opening up for Parquet Courts last year, the rising and energetic Montreal garage rock outfit are back with the lead single for their upcoming debut album 'Welcome To Bobby’s Motel,' out April 10, via Partisan Records. The new single “Texas Drums Pt I & II” is a grooving, artsy and chaotically complex post-punk number as it features an amazing amount of sharp hooks and frantic rhythms that lie somewhere between Devo and Talking Heads.