10 songs you need in your life this week

10 songs you need in your life this week
Tracks we love right now, in no particular order.

By Salvatore Maicki, Shaad D'Souza, Jordan Darville, David Renshaw, Sajae Elder

September 30, 2021

Pictured L-R: Coco and Clair Clair, Sega Bodega, YoungBoy Never Broke Again

Each week, The FADER staff rounds up the songs we can’t get enough of. Here they are, in no particular order.

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“from paris, with love” — quinn

Dubstep sounds like the future again on the explosive second track from teenaged experimental pop producer Quinn. Beyond wildly cathartic drops from synthesizers usually reserved to announce the arrival of angels, the song at its heart is a meditation on that special toxic someone. It’s a cauldron of resentment, occasionally boiling over and sending its volatile contents spewing into the flames — JD

“I Can’t Take It Back” — YoungBoy Never Broke Again

YoungBoy has a lot, and wants more. He has a kind of hunger that a lot of other rappers do — for pristine jewelry, enough money to keep his grandkids wealthy, and the right kind of car for his lifestyle. What sets YoungBoy apart with songs like “I Can’t Take It Back” is how he positions these desires next to his capacity for deep reflection. His flaws, trauma, and a chance at love are the topics YoungBoy sing-raps on with an intense, sincere passion. Material possessions make for flashy rap bars, but YoungBoy has a keen grip on what he really needs to make him a better person. — JD

“TBTF” — Coco & Clair Clair

Although it’s as hard-edged and shit-talking as every other Coco & Clair Clair song, “TBTF” — which makes reference to Chloë Sevigny, twerking, and doing Hinder at karaoke, if anyone had those on their Coco & Clair Clair bingo card — features a more pensive mood than past C&CC singles, making it as perfect for the 3am Uber home as it is for pregaming. — SD

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“Jerry” — HighSchool

“Jerry” is HighSchool’s most straightforward pop song so far, replete with “ah-ah-ah”s and romantic disavowals; it’s earnest but winkingly chintzy, an aesthetic conflict mirrored in the song’s back-and-forth lyrics, which pivot from empathetic (“You’re too young, you’re too blind”) to resolutely closed-off (“Made up my mind, you broke my heart.”) — SD

“Fitt” (with Amaarae) — Dua Saleh

You might be familiar with Dua Saleh if you’ve been watching the latest season of Netflix’s Sex Education, where they played the role of newcomer Cal. Saleh was intriguing long before they started attending class with Britain’s oldest-looking students though, as new song “Fitt” shows. Built around a shuffling beat and plenty of handclaps, the track opens up for Saleh and Ghanaian-American star in waiting Amaarae to do their thing. It’s a refreshingly light and addictive sound from Saleh, whose position in the spotlight suits them. — DR

“Bottle Episode” — Mandy, Indiana

Mandy, Indiana may hail from Manchester, England but that’s the only thing that’s not straight to the point about new song “Bottle Episode.” Combining elements of industrial, post-punk, dub and techno in a way that unmistakably echoes Yeezus (specifically “Black Skinhead”), the song builds and builds into something bigger than its individual elements. Valentine Caulfield’s vocals, delivered in French, add to the disorientating effect of it all. Turn this one up loud. — DR

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“Over” — Lucky Daye

Over a chopped-up sample of Musiq Soulchild’s 2002 single “Halfcrazy,” Daye’s latest has just as much pleading energy; with the singer asking himself: “If you’re so toxic to me, what am I fiendin?” After dropping a slew of recent collaborations, from VanJess to BJ The Chicago Kid, the single is likely to appear on Daye’s still-in-the-works sophomore album, according to VIBE. — SE

“Blue Sunshine” — JONES

The breezy cut from London-based JONES is a soulful trip-hop callback, pairing her wistful vocals with puttering live percussion and a merky guitar loop. Described by JONES as “laid back soul,” her latest EP of the same name, packed with ideas about love, family, and identity, serves as a musical journal written during “the tension of the first lockdown.” — SE

“Angel On My Shoulder” — Sega Bodega

Dredged up from the synapses between our present reality and the afterlife, the latest offering from Sega Bodega’s sophomore album Romeo aims to consecrate phantom connections with people we’ll never meet. It’s a dense and gnarled transmission, flecked with the glimmering assurance that support exists across the astral plane. — SM

“Born 100 Times” — Empath

Empath are back! The Philly quartet deliver a bit of pummeling pop on their first single since 2019, a headspinner called “Born 100 Times.” “Is this the power you thought you had?” Catherine Elicson shrieks atop the writhing chaos of her bandmates. “You want it? You got it, oh yeah.” As we vault out of summer and toward chillier days, Empath’s music stands up like armor to the uncertainty. — SM

Ian Sweet shares new song “f*ckthat,” announces 2022 tour

Ian Sweet shares new song “f*ckthat,” announces 2022 tour
The tour kicks off next February.

By Sajae Elder

September 29, 2021

Jillian Medford, performing under the name Ian Sweet, has shared the visuals for her latest single, “f*ckthat.” Serving as the official follow-up to her 2020 album, Show Me How You Disappear, the clip plays out like a frantic, all-night phone call Medford would rather not be on.

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“My phone causes me a lot of anxiety! I really only like to use it to take videos and pictures of my dog,” Medford said of the song. “This song is about not wanting to answer calls anymore and wishing I could just throw it out the window and disassociate from its evil/stress-inducing technology.”

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In addition to the clip, the singer also announced her North American tour kicking off next February. Watch the video above and see the full tour dates below.

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Ian Sweet tour dates

02/01 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar #
02/03 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge #
02/04 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge #
02/05 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar #
02/06 – Nashville, TN – High Watt #
02/08 – Washington, D.C. – Songbyrd #
02/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s #
02/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right #
02/12 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
02/13 – Montreal, Quebec – Bar Le Ritz #
02/14 – Toronto, Ontario – Drake #
02/16 – Milwaukee, WI – Colectivo #
02/17 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village #
02/18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry #
02/21 – Seattle, WA – Barboza #
02/22 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge #
02/24 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
03/02 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo

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Kanye West removes KayCyy and Chris Brown from Donda

Kanye West updates Donda, removes guests
Kaycyy and Chris Brown are out, more bass is in.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 28, 2021

Jean-Baptiste Lacroix / AFP

As is his wont, Kanye West has updated his latest album a matter of weeks after it was initially released. As Hypebeast reports, a Reddit user by the name of PyroDZN has noted distinct changes between the version of Donda currently on streaming services and the one released, the most notable being the removal of KayCyy’s chorus on “Keep My Spirit Alive” and Chris Brown‘s hook on “New Again”. Finding the new version has proven to be something of a chore: both versions seem to currently exist on streaming services; when I tried to listen to the changes on my Spotify, I could only hear the old tracks, and only found the new tracks by going directly to the album page, embedded below. In addition to the removal of KayCyy and Brown, there appear to be minor cosmetic changes to the rest of the record — new mixes on “God Breathed”, “Come To Life” and “Jail pt. 2”, and more bass on “Junya”. On Twitter, KayCyy seemingly responded to the changes, before deleting his tweets: “If u heard me u heard me … if u didn’t … […] My spirit living regardless.” Listen to the whole thing below.

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Arca announces charity concert film, shares new song

Arca announces charity concert film, shares new song
“Incendio” debuts the same day as the producer’s new show, filmed in Ibiza.

By Jordan Darville

September 27, 2021

Arca. Photo by HART + LËSHKINA.

 

Experimental producer Arca has announced a concert film and shared a new song called “Incendio,” as Pitchfork points out.

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The film, which takes place in an Ibiza venue, will premiere today at 3 PM EST on Dice.FM. Directing the film is Weirdcore, the digital artist behind visuals for Aphex Twin, Charli XCX, M.I.A., and many more. Tickets cost €3 ($3.50) with an option to pay more with proceeds benefitting the trans and non-binary shelter Casa Rifugio Marcella.

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The concert is a part of Club to Club festival’s “C0C, The Festival As A Performance.” Arca’s set will include guest appearances from Total Freedom and Physical Therapy as well as a remix of Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry.” Below, listen to “Incendio” and watch a trailer for the concert.

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R. Kelly found guilty of sex trafficking, racketeering

R. Kelly found guilty of sex trafficking, racketeering
The singer faces decades in prison.

By Jordan Darville

September 27, 2021

R. Kelly. Photo by Antonio Perez – Pool via Getty Image

 

R. Kelly has been found guilty of federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges by the Eastern District of New York, according to the New York Times. He will be sentenced on May 4, 2022, the Chicago Tribune‘s Jason Meisner reports, and faces decades in prison.

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Kelly faced nine charges: one count of racketeering and eight violations of a sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of a minor across state lines for criminal sexual activity. He pled not guilty upon his indictment in July 2019. The trial began in August with jury deliberations starting on Friday, September 24. In all, 45 witnesses took the stand for the prosecution over the course of the trial.

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More trials await R. Kelly in other states. He will be tried on sexual misconduct charges in Illinois and Minnesota, as well as separate federal child pornography charges in Illinois. Kelly has pled not guilty to all charges.

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Watch the trailer for Netflix’s revealing new Kanye West doco

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s revealing new Kanye West doco
JEEN-YUHS, a 20-years-in-the-making doco about Kanye West, is dropping next year.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 26, 2021

Netflix has released the first preview of JEEN-YUHS, its 20-years-in-the-making documentary series about Kanye West. In the preview, West and Mos Def rap an impassioned acapella version of “Two Words”, their classic collaboration from West’s debut album The College Dropout. Shot over two decades by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, the creators of West’s “Through The Wire” video, JEEN-YUHS was supposedly bought by Netflix for $30 million, although that figure is contested. Although West allowed Simmons and Ozah access to film, the rapper himself is not creatively involved with the project, meaning that the film has a level of editorial independence often unprecedented for celebrity documentaries. Watch the clip of JEEN-YUHS, set to be released some time in 2022, above.

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Report: Grimes and Elon Musk break up after three years together

Report: Grimes and Elon Musk break up after three years together
The pair have a 16-month-old son together.

By Sajae Elder

September 24, 2021

Elon Musk and Grimes. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images.

 

Singer Grimes and SpaceX founder Elon Musk have ended their relationship after three years and one child together, according to Page Six. Musk told the publication they remain close and continue to parent their 1-year-old son X Æ A-Xii Musk, but that traveling for work is what ultimately lead to the relationship’s demise.

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“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently, and are on great terms,” he said.“It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in L.A. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”

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The couple started their relationship in 2018, reportedly after bonding over jokes about artificial intelligence, and welcomed a son in May 2020.

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SZA shares “The Anonymous Ones” music video

SZA shares “The Anonymous Ones” music video
The song appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Dear Evan Hansen.

By Jordan Darville

September 23, 2021

Until recently, the only things I knew about Dear Evan Hansen were that it’s a film adaptation of a musical, and the male lead is supposed to be a teenager but really does not look like one. All that changed a couple of weeks ago when SZA shared a brand new song called “The Anonymous Ones” created for the film’s soundtrack. Sonically speaking, the song returns to SZA’s psych-folk-soul sound, while its themes are basically SZA’s take on “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. The track’s music video, directed by Colin Tilley, continues that vibe. SZA plays a lonely busker who is all by herself in a city filled with people and ads for a certain movie musical. Watch it above

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SahBabii shares “Bread Head,” announces new project

SahBabii shares “Bread Head,” announces new project
Do It For Demon is out in October.

By Jordan Darville

September 23, 2021

No list of new generation rappers who deserve more flowers would be complete without including SahBabii. The Atlanta artist emerged in 2016 as one of the city’s many Young Thug-influenced rappers, but he quickly carved out his own lane with lyrics alternately grim and grin-inducing and an ear for gorgeous beats that made him sound like the black sheep of heaven who causes a ruckus while floating on a cloud.

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Last year’s project Barnacles was unfairly slept on, but SahBabii isn’t putting a couple of years between projects anymore — this October he’ll drop a new tape called Do It For Demon, a project named in honor of a deceased friend. Its first single is “Bread Head,” a call to battle with a gorgeous, trap-meets-RPG-soundtrack instrumental by DP Beats. One of SahBabii’s assets is that his voice sounds naturally soothing even when he’s offering convincing threats of violence and documenting their effects on him. “Like a hurricane hit, whole bunch of bodies all up in my dome.” Whew. Have a listen above.

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J. Cole raps over Drake’s “Pipe Down” on new song “Heaven’s EP”

J. Cole raps over Drake’s “Pipe Down” on new song “Heaven’s EP”
Check out Cole’s new video.

By David Renshaw

September 22, 2021

The trend for rapping over Drake beats continues. Whether it was the multiple “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” riffs or Freddie Gibbs flexing over Certified Lover Boy-opener “Champagne Poetry,” there has been no short supply of turning to Drake for inspiration in 2021. Now J. Cole is getting in on the act with his song “Heaven’s EP.” The track features Cole rapping over CLB song “Pipe Down” and comes with a video in which the Dreamville artist showcases his millionaire lifestyle; private jets and flashy hotel rooms aplenty.

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Earlier this year J. Cole released new studio album The Off-Season. The album features 21 Savage and Morray collaboration “My Life.”

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Wiki and Navy Blue share video for new song “Can’t Do This Alone”

Wiki and Navy Blue share video for new song “Can’t Do This Alone”
Half God, Wiki’s new album, drops October 1.

By Jordan Darville

September 22, 2021

The new music we’ve heard from Wiki‘s upcoming album Half God has been slow-burning old soul rap music with a special fire: instead of being motivated by a hunger to be the best rapper, Wiki treats his music as an investment into his own self-discovery. That vibe continues “Can’t Do This Alone,” Wiki’s new song with Navy Blue, the rapper and producer handling the beats behind Half God. Life is pouring out of the music metaphorically as well as literally — the sheer chemistry makes the song feel like a big grin, and both rappers rhyme about their respective births. The intimacy carries over in the song’s music video, where both rappers walk the streets of New York City, meeting fans and eating pizza together. It’s just really nice. Check it out above.

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Listen to midwxst’s new EP Back In Action

Listen to midwxst’s new EP Back In Action
It’s the alt-rapper’s second EP of the year.

By Jordan Darville

September 22, 2021

midwxst. Photo by Zamar Velez.

 

Indiana rapper midwxst is an artist that emerged as part of the digicore wave and channeled that hype into a major label deal. After sharing his SUMMER03 EP in March, midwxst returns with a new eight-track release called Back In Action, a cocktail of street-ready bluster and raw emotion. Features include ericdoa, BabySantana, and KA$HDAMI, who appears in the music video for their collaboration “LA.” Find that below, along with a stream of Back In Action as well midwxst’s upcoming tour dates.

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midwxst tour dates

10/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
10/9 – Philadelphia, PA – Overcast N Friends
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
10/30-31 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern w/ Glaive & Ericdoa
11/12-14 – Las Vegas, NV – Day N Vegas

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illuminati hotties announce 2022 tour

illuminati hotties announce 2022 tour
The punk group will share their new album Let Me Do One More on October 1.

By Jordan Darville

September 21, 2021

Sarah Tudzin a.k.a. illuminati hotties. Photo by Courtney Coles

 

We’re getting close to October 1, the date when Sarah Tudzin will share Let Me Do One More, her second studio album as illuminati hotties. The punk group are currently four for four on the singles released from the upcoming project, with “Pool Hopping” landing on our Best Rock Songs list and “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA” currently playing through my speakers at a neighbor-irritating volume level. Next year, illuminati hotties fans in North America will get the chance to hear these songs — and more! — in concert. Fenne Lilly will play all of the shows and Pom Pom Squad and Katy Kirby will play select dates. Check them out below.

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illuminati hotties tour dates

2/8/22 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriet’s (IH only)
2/9/22 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room (IH only)
2/11/22 – San Francisco – The Chapel*
2/12/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Highland Park Ebell*
2/13/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon*
2/14/22 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole*
2/16/22 – Austin, TX – Antone’s*
2/17/22 – Fort Worth, TX – Tulips*
2/18/22 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge*
2/19/22 – Nashville, TN – The Blue Room at Third Man Records*
2/20/22 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Purgatory*
2/21/22 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall*
2/22/22 – Washington, DC – Black Cat*
2/24/22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
2/25/22 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair^
2/26/22 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church^
2/27/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit^
2/28/22 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar^
3/2/22 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern^
3/3/22 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch^
3/4/22 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall^
3/5/22 – Milwaukee, WI -The Back Room at Colectivo^
3/6/22 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry^
3/10/22 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret^
3/11/22 – Seattle, WA – Neumos^
3/12/22 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios^

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All dates with Fenne Lilly
*w/ Katy Kirby
^w/ Pom Pom Squad

Watch Lil Nas X cover Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”

Watch Lil Nas X cover Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”
The cover was performed at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

By Jordan Darville

September 21, 2021

Lil Nas X is returning to his roots — country music — for a cover of Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene,” performed for the BBC at Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The “Old Town Road” rapper, who just dropped his debut album Montero, performed his cover with a full band and flowers adorning just about every surface there is. If you’ve seen any of his music videos, you know that Lil Nas has a flair for the visual. Check out the cover above, and listen to Montero here.

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Kurtis Wells finds hope at the end of tunnel on “Abyss”

Kurtis Wells finds hope at the end of tunnel on “Abyss”
The Trinidad-born, Germany-based artist’s new song is an emotional rollercoaster.

By David Renshaw

September 17, 2021

Berlin-based artist Kurtis Wells is looking to switch things up in life on “Abyss,” his playful and pained new singe. “I think I need a change. Too much of the same things,” he sings over spacey synths. “I’m going insane.” It’s a dark song wrapped in a bright wrapper, a catchy melody and slick electric guitars masking the exposed emotions in the middle.

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Born in Trinidad, and having spent time pursuing music in Atlanta, New York and LA, Wells has spent his time recently in Berlin, isolated and focused on his solo career. “Abyss” follows his debut single “A Song About The Sun,” released earlier this year.

Speaking to The FADER about Abyss, Wells said: “In my darkest moments, while drowning in an abyss of emotional bankruptcy, reflecting on the universal truth reminded me that the difference between success and failure is one more time.”

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Injury Reserve share new album By the Time I Get to Phoenix

Injury Reserve share new album By the Time I Get to Phoenix
The duo will embark on an extensive tour later this year.

By Jordan Darville

September 15, 2021

Injury Reserve. Photo by Nick Herbert & Parker Corey

 

Last year, Arizona hip-hop group Injury Reserve was working on new music when Jordan “Stepa” Groggs, one of the founding members, died suddenly. The tragic loss of their bandmate caused the surviving members of Injury Reserve to revisit the material with fresh ears, and today they’ve shared the resulting album: By the Time I Get to Phoenix. The tracklist contains the lead single “Knees,” one of our favorite songs the week of its release. Listen to the full project below, followed by Injury Reserve’s upcoming North America/UK/EU tour dates spanning through fall 2021 to winter 2022.

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Injury Reserve tour dates

10/8 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall ^
10/10 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian ^
10/11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom ^
10/12 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom *
10/13 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage *
10/16 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft *
11/3 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720 *
11/4 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish *
11/7 – Seattle, WA – Neumos *
11/8 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
12/29 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
1/31 – Brighton, England – Chalk
2/1 – Manchester, England – Academy 3
2/2 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy
2/3 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Summerhall
2/4 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
2/5 – Birmingham, England – O2 Institute 2
2/9 – London, England – Heaven
2/10 – Bristol, England – Trinity
2/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique-Rotunde
2/14 – Paris, France – Le Pop Up
2/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
2/17 – Cologne, Germany – Yuca
2/21 – Berlin, Germany – Frannz
2/22 – Warsaw, Poland – Hybrydy
2/24 – Prague, Czech Republic – Underdogs Ballroom

^ with Zeroh
* with Slauson Malone

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Snail Mail announces new album Valentine, shares title track

Snail Mail announces new album Valentine, shares title track
The project drops on November 5 via Matador.

By Jordan Darville

September 15, 2021

Snail Mail. Photo by Tina Tyrell.

 

Three years after dropping her much-adored debut album Lush, Snail Mail has announced her new LP Valentine, out on October 5. The project’s title track, out today, is a sunburst of unrequited love with one very scream-worthy hook that will find a special place in the heart of anyone with a soft spot for anthemic alt-rock. Josh Coll directs the music video, streaming below, and turns in a tale of aristocratic affection with buckets worth of blood. Stream that below, followed by the dates of Snail Mail’s massive world tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 17 at 10 AM local time.

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Snail Mail tour dates

11/27 – Richmond, VA – The National *
11/28 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre *
11/30 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theater *
12/01 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor *
12/03 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn *
12/04 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine *
12/05 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall *
12/07 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall *
12/8 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
12/10 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant *
12/11 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre *
12/12 – Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre *
12/13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre *
12/15 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre *
12/16 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place *
12/17 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall *
12/18 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *
12/19 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa *
12/21 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore *
2/18 – Manchester, England – Manchester Academy 2
2/20 – Glasgow, Scotland – QMU
2/22 – Bristol, England – SWX
2/23 – London, England – O2 Forum Kentish Town
2/25 – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
2/26 – Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne
2/27 – Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv
2/28 – Milan, Italy – Magnolia
3/2 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen F
3/3 – Munich, Germany – Ampere
3/4 – Dresden, Germany – Groovestation
3/6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
3/7 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Oceanen
3/8 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
3/10 – Stockholm, Sweden – Slaktkyrkan
3/12 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater
3/13 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
3/14 – Brussels, Germany – AB Ballroom
3/15 – Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
3/16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord
4/5 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
4/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
4/7 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre #
4/8 – Boston, MA – Royale #
4/9 – Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda #
4/11 – Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre #
4/12 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre #
4/14 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre #
4/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue #
4/16 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall #
4/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater #
4/20 – Seattle, WA Moore Theatre ^
4/21 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre ^
4/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^
4/23 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^
4/24 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater ^
4/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium ^
4/28 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park ^
4/29 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile ^
4/30 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf ^
5/2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater ^
5/3 – Dallas, TX – The Factory Studio ^
5/5 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage ^
5/6 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel ^
5/7 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle ^
5/8 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville ^

* with Spencer & Hotline TNT
#with Joy Again
^with The Goon Sax

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Tonstartssbandht return with “What Has Happened,” announce new album

Tonstartssbandht return with “What Has Happened,” announce new album
The experimental rock duo’s new project Petunia is out on October 22.

By Jordan Darville

September 15, 2021

Tahn-starts-bandit. Even down to the skip-song rhythm of the band name, Tonstartssbandht have never had trouble finding their own beat and marching to it. 18 albums in, the brother duo of Edwin and Andy White has traversed genres with rugged, psychedelic style and impressive consistency. On October 22, Tonstartssbandht will return with their 19th album Petunia, out via Mexican Summer, and today The FADER is premiering the music video lead single “What Has Happened.”

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Fans of the last Tonstartssbandht album Sorcerer will find a lot to love in the new song, a shimmering and melancholic composition where guitar lines undulate across gently groovy drums and vocals as fluffy and heavy as storm clouds. “This tune is about time traveling at home when you’re blue,” the band said in a statement. “Home is where you will find pain, joy, and everything in between. Orlando is our home.”

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In the music video, the White brothers go on an 8mm-filmed walk/skate through picturesque Florida landscapes. “We shot a couple hundred feet of Super 8 in the hot Orlando sun,” director Case Mahan said. “That nocturnal bird that showed up midday gave us permission to film a heavy subject on a beautiful afternoon. Not premeditated, everything seemed to fall into place much like the band’s performances that are sometimes seemingly improvised.”

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Thumbnail photo by Andy White

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dvr questions everything on new song “Lowlife”

dvr questions everything on new song “Lowlife”
Kenny Beats produced the Scottish artist’s brand new single.

By David Renshaw

September 15, 2021

dvr is Dillon van Rensburg, a seventeen-year-old songwriter and producer who was discovered via Discord. Specifically it was producer Kenny Beats’ server on that platform that van Rensburg was sharing his music so it makes sense that the pair would connect on “Lowlife,” the teenager’s debut single on new label XL Recordings.

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Mixing scruffy guitars with cavernous drums, “Lowlife” is a slacker anthem for those of us cursed with self-doubt and a tendency towards introspection. It’s not even that van Rensburg is alone, as he states “Got the girl but I’m still a loner.” Regardless, he can’t help but wonder “am I really what you want?”

Stumbling through his emotions as he moves forward in life, “Lowlife” is a relatable tale of uncertainty and self-destruction tied up in a scratchy indie pop tune. It comes accompanied by a video involving a lot of cardboard cut-outs and an unlikely breakfast eating champion. Check that out above.

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Speaking about the track, van Rensburg told The FADER: “Made this like a year ago was originally gonna release it with just me but this young producer called Kenny hmu asking to work on it. I was hesitant but agreed, always good to give smaller producers some exposure.”

Kenny Beats, meanwhile, added: “From the first time I heard Dillon’s music, I knew there was something different about his perspective. Honored to be a part of the start of his career.”

Thumbnail image courtesy of Aliyah Otchere.

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Kehlani announces forthcoming album Blue Water Road

Kehlani announces forthcoming album Blue Water Road
The singer shared the announcement along with a short trailer.

By Sajae Elder

September 14, 2021

BLUE WATER ROAD

the album.
coming this winter.

welcome to my world. https://t.co/asaJu9je5I pic.twitter.com/9b9BLplWON

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 14, 2021

Kehlani has announced the upcoming release of her third album, Blue Water Road, set to drop later this year. Sharing a cinematic, nearly minute-long trailer alongside the announcement, the clip finds the singer wounded and limping down the road with a bandaged knee. A dragonfly lands in her hands before bursting into flames and growing into a towering, dark figure.

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The album will serve as the follow-up to the singer’s sophomore album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, which dropped back in May 2020, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. “Coming out of the rubble of It Was Good Until It Wasnt and into the light, on to the road. let’s have fun,” the singer tweeted after sharing the new trailer.

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Most recently, Kehnlani has appeared on a number of collaborations, including Lil Durk’s “Love You Too,” “Ur Best Friend” with Kiana Ledé, and “I Like Dat” alongside T-Pain.

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Watch the trailer above.

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Okay Kaya announces upcoming mixtape The Incompatible Okay Kaya, shares new song

Okay Kaya announces upcoming mixtape The Incompatible Okay Kaya, shares new song
The mixtape is out on October 22.

By Sajae Elder

September 13, 2021

Berlin-based, Norwegian-American artist Kaya Wilkins, performing as Okay Kaya, has announced her upcoming project, The Incompatible Okay Kaya, set to drop this fall via Jagjaguwar. In addition to the announcement, the singer shared the project’s first single, a delicate and lilting cover of the gospel standard “If I Can Help Somebody.”

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Last year, Kaya shared her acclaimed sophomore albumWatch the Liquid Pour Itself, which went on to win a Spellemann Award, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys, for Best Indie/Alternative Music. Later that year, she also shared its companion album, Surviving Is The New Living. The Incompatible Okay Kaya drops on October 22.

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Listen to “If I Can Help Somebody” above, and see the mixtape’s tracklist below.

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The Incompatible Okay Kaya tracklist:

1. If I Can Help Somebody
2. Zero Interaction Ramen Bar
3. Calendar Girl
4. Book of Love
5. Dance Like U
6. Into My Arms
7. Psychward
8. Fake It
9. Without Her

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Syd shares new song “Right Track” featuring Smino

Syd shares new song “Right Track” featuring Smino
She’ll take the stage for a show with Los Angeles Philharmonic on September 22.

By Jordan Darville

September 10, 2021

Syd, a founding member of the R&B collective The Internet, has been on a roll with her solo releases this year. First, there was “Missing Out,” a synth-driven ballad that lopes at a shellshocked pace as the disintegration of a relationship gets a rundown; that was followed by “Fast Car,” a lusty electro-pop tune in the vein of Miguel. The streak continues with her latest song “Right Track,” featuring St. Louis rapper and cult favorite Smino. The love is still going on strong on the new track, floating along on sweet and sunny acoustic guitar loops. Stream it above, and if you’re in Los Angeles this month, Syd is throwing a special one-off concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on September 22. So, you know, go to that.

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King Krule shares You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down film

King Krule shares You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down film
The visuals come a day before the release of the live album of the same name.

By Jordan Darville

September 09, 2021

Tomorrow, King Krule will share his live album You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down. The sets were recorded at the beginning of a European tour just before the coronavirus pandemic sent everything into lockdown. You can see some of that concert footage in a new film, named after the live album, out today, as Pitchfork points out. The clip starts off with some VHS footage of Krule under a tree and transitions into the previously released footage of a performance of “Stoned Again” from last year’s Man Alive!.

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Jamie Spears requests end of Britney Spears’ conservatorship

Jamie Spears requests end of Britney Spears’ conservatorship
Jamie Spears has filed a petition to end Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 07, 2021

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Variety has reported, and Pitchfork points out, that Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ father and controversial co-conservator of her estate, has filed a petition with probate judge Brenda Penny requesting the end of his daughter’s conservatorship, which has seen her finance, day-to-day life, and healthcare decisions controlled for her, largely by him, over the past decade-plus. “Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship,” Jamie Spears’ attorney Vivian Thoreen wrote, explaining the petition. “She wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding. As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” This petition arrives after the announcement that Spears had filed to be removed as the conservator of Britney’s estate and be replaced with a new conservator, and, if approved by the court, could mean that Britney may be allowed to regain control of her own life again.

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Britney’s conservatorship has come under scrutiny over the past year, with a New York Times documentary and the “FreeBritney” movement shining light on the unusual and unprecedented conditions of the legal arrangement. In June, Britney spoke about the conservatorship for the first time, telling the court that she felt “enslaved” by the conditions of her conservatorship, which has dictated the terms of her reproductive health against her will.

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Moonchild Sanelly is up for a challenge on “Undumpable”

Moonchild Sanelly is up for a challenge on “Undumpable”
The track is produced by Débruit of Congolese collective KOKOKO!.

By Sajae Elder

September 03, 2021

South Africa’s Moonchild Sanelly shared her latest video, “Undumpable,” a thumping ode to refusing to let things go. Produced by her Transgressive Records label mate Débruit of Congolese collective KOKOKO!, the track finds Sanelly defiantly demanding her would-be ex stick around to mend a strained relationship. “I won’t let you dump me / Oh bitch / You’re gonna fix this,” she chants over pulsing production.

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“’Undumpable’ is a jam about a relationship where the couples’ tempers are frayed in lockdown, in a super intense atmosphere,” Sanelly explained via email. “They’re fighting but they each feel like they’ve invested too much to be easily dumped.”

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In the Hanru van Zyl-directed clip, cars spin artfully across the road, a Soweto tradition that began as a way to pay respect at funerals that has evolved into its own complex subculture. “The car spinning scene means a lot to me. It means liberation, freedom, and fire. It represents the wild fun streets of Soweto,” she explained. “Knowing there are more women spinning cars now, having a woman spinner was crucial for the video. I love her energy and her sport.”

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Watch the video above.

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Cryptic Drake billboards tease features from Young Thug, Jay-Z, more on Certified Lover Boy

Cryptic Drake billboards tease features from Young Thug, Jay-Z, more on Certified Lover Boy
Drake season is well and truly upon us.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 01, 2021

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Drake season is well and truly upon us: earlier this week, the Toronto rapper revealed the hilarious cover art for his forthcoming record Certified Lover Boy, shortly after announcing the record would drop this Friday, September 3; now, billboards have been erected in Atlanta, Chicago, California and New York teasing the features on the album. As Pitchfork points out, California’s shouts out Ty Dolla $ign and Giveon; Atlanta’s billboard references Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage and and Lil Baby; Chicago’s mentions “Laugh Now Cry Later” featured artist Lil Durk; and, most cryptically, New York’s billboard says that “the GOAT” features on the record, suggesting that Jay-Z will feature on the album. View all four billboards below.

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— TIDAL (@TIDAL) September 2, 2021

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Portrayal of Guilt announce new album, share tour dates

Portrayal of Guilt announce new album, share tour dates
Christfucker is out November 5, and you can hear its lead single “Possession” now.

By Jordan Darville

September 01, 2021

Portrayal of Guilt. Photo by Addrian Jafaritabar.

 

Earlier this year, Texas’s Portrayal of Guilt shared a devastating collision of black metal and hardcore in their album We Are Always Alone. They’re back for more with Christfucker, a new album out November 5 on Run For Cover Records.

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Today, you can hear the project’s lead single “Possession,” a track that throws a layer of steaming black pitch over the band’s expansive, nearly operatic sound. “We think of it partially in the sense of scoring a horror movie,” guitarist/vocalist Matt King said of the new album. “We wanted to create an atmosphere of anxiety and fear.”

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Listen to “Possession” below, followed by dates for Portrayal of Guilt’s upcoming 2021 tour with bands like Code Orange, Chat Pile, and Sheer Mag (come to Canada, plz). This month, Portrayal of Guilt shared a new song called “Touched By An Angel” on a split 7″ with Oklahoma City’s Chat Pile.

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Portrayal Of Guilt 2021 tour dates

10/14 – Baton Rouge, LA – Mid City Ballroom
10/15 – Little Rock, AR – Vino’s #
10/16 – Memphis, TN – B-Side #
10/17 – Nashville, TN – DRKMTTR
10/18 – Asheville, NC – Static Age Records
10/19 – Richmond, VA – The Camel !
10/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus ~
10/21 – Boston, MA – Cambridge Elks Lodge ~
10/22 – Berlin, CT – Berlin VFW ~
10/23 – Washington, D.C. – DC9 ~
10/24 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook ~
10/25 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
10/26 – Atlanta, GA – 529 ~
10/27 – Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records ~
10/28 – Houston, TX – Red Dwarf ~
10/29 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Events Center *
10/30 – Austin, TX – Elysium (Levitation) ~
10/31 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister ~
11/01 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar ~
11/02 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon ~
11/03 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop ~
11/04 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios ~
11/05 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project ~
11/06 – Boise, ID – Neurolux ~
11/07 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court ~
11/08 – Denver, CO – HQ ~
11/09 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown ^
11/10 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle ~
11/11 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class ~
11/12 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA ~
11/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Roboto Project %
11/16 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups %
11/17 – St Louis, MO – The Sinkhole ^
11/18 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street #
11/19 – Dallas, TX – Double Wide #

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# w/ Chat Pile
* w/ Code Orange, Uniform
! w/ Sheer Mag, Soul Glo
^ w/ Bummer
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Watch Little Simz’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Watch Little Simz’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
The U.K. rapper will share her album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert this Friday.

By Jordan Darville

August 31, 2021

London’s Little Simz is the latest guest on the NPR series Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. The four-song set is pulled from her highly anticipated fourth studio album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert — no, that doesn’t include “Venom,” the 2019 track that gave Simz a flare of viral success this year, but the new tracks more than capitalize on that momentum. The set opens with the Songs You Need-playlisted “Introvert,” and heads into “I Love You, I Hate You,” “Point and Kill” (featuring Nigerian singer Obongjayar) and “Woman,” all performed with a full band. It’s a lovely set of songs that don’t evade some really messy feelings, which makes us look forward to this Friday’s release of Sometimes I Might Be Introvert even more.

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Lady Gaga shares Dawn Of Chromatica remix album release date, tracklist

Lady Gaga shares Dawn Of Chromatica remix album release date, tracklist
Charli XCX, A.G. Cook, Rina Sawayama, Doss, Arca, and more all share new versions for the project, out on September 3.

By Jordan Darville

August 30, 2021

Lady Gaga. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue.

 

Lady Gaga has been preparing a full-length remix album based on 2020 project Chromatica, and on Monday she announced that it will be released this Friday (September 3). The pop megastar shared the announcement on Twitter along with the cover art and tracklist — Charli XCX, A.G. Cook, Rina Sawayama, Doss, Arca, LSDXOXO, Bree Runway, Dorian Electra, and many more all contribute new versions of songs to the collection.

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DAWN OF CHROMATICA ⚔️💚💗
THE REMIX ALBUM
SEPTEMBER 3
PRE-SAVE NOWhttps://t.co/z6kfSOTt5H pic.twitter.com/EfEefQdLBc

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 30, 2021

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— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 30, 2021

Most recently, Gaga made waves with an appearance in the House of Gucci trailer, playing Patrizia Reggiani.

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Caribou shares new song/video “You Can Do It”

Caribou shares new song/video “You Can Do It”
A brand new track is released on the eve of a North American tour.

By Jordan Darville

August 24, 2021

Dan Snaith returned to his Caribou alias last year with Suddenly, an album of euphoric club jams released in a year when there were no sweaty, shoulder-to-shoulder spaces to properly enjoy them in. That will change later this year when Caribou will embark on a big North American tour (see dates below). If you’re attending one or more of the shows, there’s a chance you may hear Caribou’s new one-off single “You Can Do It,” out today. It’s an efficient, almost literal distillation of Suddenly‘s mood with the titular mantra repeated over and over across boundless fields of euphoric synths. Adding to the vibes is the cast of dogs in the song’s music video who chase after frisbees with adorable determination. Throw the song into your workout playlist, then check out Caribou’s tour dates below.

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Caribou 2021/2022 tour dates

9/25 – Dover, DE – Firefly Festival.
11/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre.
11/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union.
11/17 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater.
11/18 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater.
11/19 – Chicago, IL – Riviera.
11/20 – London, ON – London Music Hall.
11/21 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre.
11/22 – Montreal, QC – M Telus.
11/23 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall.
11/24 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall.
11/25 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall.
11/26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre.
11/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel.
11/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (early).
11/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (late).
11/29 – Boston, MA – Royale.
11/30 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club.
12/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer.
2/10 – Houston, TX – White Oaks (Downstairs).
2/11 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater.
2/12 – Austin, TX – Stubbs.
2/14 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren.
2/16 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater.
2/18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom.
2/19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom.
2/20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox, SoDo.
2/21 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater.

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