Big Thief: Not

Lead by vocalist Adrianne Lenker’s desperate calls, Big Thief’s “Not” fuses folk-influence and scorching guitar solos to form a track that’s both cohesive and beautifully chaotic. At the halfway mark, Lenker’s grasping for air and a massive instrumental track haunts the background—then a three-minute-long guitar solo bursts in. It continues until the track’s end, when it all but whimpers away. The band’s second album of …

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Kanye and Bon Iver dance with Francis and the Lights, SOFI TUKKER's tropical jam plus more new bangers this week

Francis and the Lights feat. Kanye West and Bon Iver: Friends It’s ever the joyful day when Francis and the Lights releases a new track. Recently, frontman Francis Farewell Starlite guested on Chance the Rapper’s “Summertime Friends.” Turns out, Chance’s song actually samples Starlite’s “Friends”—which the band just released, with the help of co-producers Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Sky Ferreira), Benny Blanco, …

The Lemon Twigs: These Words

Teen brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario (19 and 17, respectively) are writing music that channels decades of experience and listening. “These Words” has a beautiful symphonic chorus—with some requisite honky tonk piano improv—channeling the uplifting nature of The Monkees and the elaborate instrumentation of ELO. Calling themselves The Lemon Twigs, they’ve just signed with 4AD (Grimes, Purity Ring, Deerhunter, The National, etc) and we’re looking …