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Playful J-pop, a disco-driven track about anxiety and more new music this week

Spencer Tweedy: Everyday Apostle Three years after his debut EP, Chicago’s Spencer Tweedy has released Sleep Is My God. This new four-track EP segues from one pithy folk-rock track to another. It’s cohesive, artful and begins with “Everyday Apostle,” our pick from the release. There are traces of Elliott Smith here but altogether it’s refreshingly Tweedy. Cage the Elephant + Beck: Night Running Ahead of Beck …

CHAI: Curly Adventure

A jubilant and uplifting tune by Japanese four-piece CHAI, “Curly Adventure” was released a couple of weeks ago and now has a delightful animated video to match. Directed by Sean Solomon, the video is just as pleasant and playful as the song itself—a glorious track in which J-pop meets indie and rock. The song is about freedom and changing mindsets, with a lyric loosely translating …

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New tunes by Jack White, Nadine, Karen O featuring Michael Kiwanuka and more

Karen O feat. Michael Kiwanuka: YO! MY SAINT Written by the inimitable Karen O, “YO! MY SAINT” is a tune made for a KENZO short film that celebrates their spring/summer 2018 collection. Featuring vocals by English soul musician/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, it’s a slow-burning and haunting track that ebbs and flows in a beautifully melodramatic manner until it fades into a lush, gentle lullaby. Jack White: …