Watch Lucy Dacus’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Watch Lucy Dacus’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Four songs from her new album Home Video were performed at her childhood school.

By Jordan Darville

July 15, 2021

Lucy Dacus‘s third album Home Video, released in June, deals deeply with memories and their present-day ramifications. “I think that in some ways,” Dacus said on a recent episode of The FADER Interview, “making art that is based on the past is sacrificing a memory and giving it over to a new form. You’re giving it new life, but you’re remaking it.” It’s appropriate, then, that Dacus’s episode of NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert takes place at her old stomping grounds of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia. It’s probably one of the most emotionally loaded setpieces for Tiny Desk in recent memory, with Dacus performing the Home Video songs “Brando,” “VBS,” “Going Going Gone,” and the much-adored “Thumbs.” Watch above.

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The 11 projects you should stream now

The 11 projects you should stream now
New albums from Tyler, The Creator, Doja Cat, Lucy Dacus, and more.

By Jordan Darville

June 25, 2021

Tyler, The Creator. Photo by Luis ‘Panch’ Perez.

 

Tyler, The Creator, Call Me If You Get Lost

The long-awaited follow-up to Igor, Tyler’s Grammy-winning 2019 project, is here. Call Me If You Get Lost was preceded by the song “LUMBERJACK,” a small portion of “WUSYANAME,” and a number of teasers. Inspired by DJ Drama’s legendary Gangsta Grillz mixtapes, Call Me If You Get Lost features Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and more.

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Doja Cat, Planet Her

A few years after going viral with a cow-themed joke song, Doja Cat is one of pop music’s biggest stars, and now she has a planet of her own. The new album features the smash hit “Kiss Me More,” plus features from Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, J.I.D., and more.

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Lucy Dacus, Home Video

The third album from Virginia singer-songwriter (and one-third of boygenius) Lucy Dacus sports more of her transcendent indie rock. “I don’t necessarily think that I’m supposed to understand the songs just because I made them,” Dacus says in a press statement, “I feel like there’s this person who has been in me my whole life and I’m doing my best to represent them.”

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SAULT, Nine

No R&B group left their mark on 2020 quite like SAULT. The secretive collective shared the projects Untitled (Black Is) and Untitled (Rise), the former of which was our second favorite project of the year. The new project Nine may only be available for streaming and purchase for 99 days, judging from a timeline on the band’s website.

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SPELLLING, The Turning Wheel

We loved “Little Deer,” the immutable lead single from Oakland avant-pop artist Spellling. Her new project is entirely self-produced and enlists the talents of 31 different musicians.

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Faye Webster, I Know I’m Funny haha

Atlanta artist and one-time Awful Records affiliate Faye Webster shares her fourth full length album and second LP for Secretly Canadian. “It really was just a more hopeful project from what I feel I was making in the past,” Webster said when she spoke to The FADER for our weekly podcast The FADER Interview.

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Squirrel Flower, Planet (i)

GEN F alumn Squirrel Flower follows up 2020’s I Was Born Swimming. The indie-folk artist’s new project includes “Hurt A Fly,” a single playlisted in our weekly Songs You Need list.

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L’Rain, Fatigue

The new project from N.Y.C.-based experimental artist L’Rain creates her own progressive vision of soul music with boundless interlocking harmonies and an ear for sample-based sound collage.

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BFB Da Packman, Fat N****s Need Love Too

After striking viral gold with “Free Joe Exotic,” Houston’s BFB Da Packman returns with a full-length project of more hard and hilarious raps. Features include Sada Baby, Wiz Khalifa, Coi Leray, Benny The Butcher, Payroll Giovanni, Zack Fox, and Lil Yachty.

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Eli Keszler, Icons

Written during the pandemic’s ceaseless lockdown, the new album from Brooklyn-based composer Eli Keszler eschews easy listening on his new project. The most accessible entry point is the single “The Accident,” a jazzy standout from the week it was released.

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Lightning Bug, A Color of the Sky

Lightning Bug were almost certainly kaput after sharing their 2019 album October Song, but thankfully, a rush of inspiration has resulted in a new full-length from the swoony pop group. “For A Color of the Sky,” Lightning Bug’s songwriter Audrey Kang told The FADER, “I knew exactly what I wanted. I just knew.”

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