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A posthumous single from Mac Miller, a live performance by Mykki Blanco, magnetic folk-pop melodies and more new music this week

Albon: Big Sur Theme The warm, folk-pop melody of LA-based singer-songwriter Albon’s “Big Sur Theme” evokes sun rays on the mountainous strip of Californian coast. Albon (aka Alexander B Lappin) wrote the song on a trip through the area and took inspiration from the orcas in the water beside. Woodwind instruments join strings and light percussion to build the beautiful soundscape, ribboned together by Lappin’s …

Wolf Parade: Julia Take Your Man Home

A third teaser from Wolf Parade’s forthcoming Thin Mind album, “Julia Take Your Man Home” gains sonic momentum with each passing note, as synths and percussion meaningfully collide. All the while, Wolf Parade vocalist (and musician) Spencer Krug tells a tale of toxic masculinity and its impact. Despite the gravity and theatricality of the track’s narrative, it’s also just a solid rock track.


A psychedelic party with PNAU, Matthew Dear joins forces with Tegan and Sara, new music by Wolf Parade and more

Matthew Dear feat. Tegan and Sara: Bad Ones The seamless creative process behind “Bad Ones”—wherein Matthew Dear discovered a loop that he thought would be a great fit for Tegan and Sara, and they returned a verse and chorus within a day—beams brightly through the track. There’s a beautiful ease to this electro-pop tune. Matthew Dear wears many hats in the music world—from artist to …