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Lord Huron | photo by Anthony Wilson, courtesy of the artist

This week’s crop of new releases features introductions, re-inventions and just about everything in between. Longtime XPN favorites Lord Huron continue their descent into dusty noir-rock with Long Lost. Built around the apocryphal entity “Mr. Tubbs Tarbell,” a persona that could be characterized as Wolfman Jack’s Black Lodge doppelgänger. Boston trio Lula Wiles showcase their sharp songwriting and deft harmonies on Shame and Sedition. Wink is the Sub Pop debut for Tokyo-based neon-pop combo CHAI, and it’s an uncompromisingly lively listen. Local faves Low Cut Connie offer up Tough Cookies: The Best of The Quarantine Broadcasts; nearly two dozen covers culled from over a year’s worth of livestream performances. Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar‘s Afrique Victime is a thrilling document of his captivating technique. Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde gets a jump on the festivities surrounding Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday with the release of Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan. Counting Crows return after a seven year break with Butter Miracle Suite One, the first installment in an expected EP series. Philly’s Mannequin Pussy, riding high from their involvement with the new HBO miniseries Mare of Easttown, let loose with their EP Perfect, the band’s first as a trio. Finally, Louisiana soul veteran Robert Finley teams up with Dan Auerbach for Sharecropper’s Son, his second collaboration with the Black Keys guitarist. PRESS PLAY on these new releases (and lots, lots more) below…

Lord HuronLong Lost
WE LOVE: “Not Dead Yet” “Long Lost” “Mine Forever”

Lula WilesShame and Sedition
WE LOVE: “In Dreams” “Television”

CHAI Wink
WE LOVE: “PING PONG!” “Nobody Knows We Are Fun”

Low Cut ConnieTough Cookies: The Best of The Quarantine Broadcasts
WE LOVE: “Video Games” “Let Me Roll It”

Mdou MoctarAfrique Victime
WE LOVE: “Afrique Victime” “Tala Tannam”

Chrissie HyndeStanding in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan
WE LOVE: “Standing in the Doorway” “Love Minus Zero / No Limit”

Counting CrowsButter Miracle Suite One EP
WE LOVE: “Elevator Boots”

Mannequin PussyPerfect EP
WE LOVE: “Control” “Perfect”

Robert FinleySharecropper’s Son
WE LOVE: “Souled Out on You” “Sharecropper’s Son”

Oliver WoodAlways Smilin’
WE LOVE: “Fine Line” “Face of Reason”

EXTENDED PLAYS… (even more new things out this week)

Allison RussellOutside Child, No JoyCan My Daughter See Me From Heaven EP, The Record CompanySide Project EP, BLK JKSAbantu / Before Humans, Gary NumanIntruder, Lily KonigsbergThe Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now, Reigning SoundA Little More Time with Reigning Sound, Paula ColeAmerican Quilt, HAERTS Dream Nation, Fancey Someone, Luke Reynolds and Adrian UtleyNo End in Sight EP, John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas BandLeftover Feelings, Audrey NunaA Liquid Breakfast, Lambchop Showtunes, The Tragically HipSaskadelphia, Sunny JainPhoenix Rise, Trapper SchoeppMay Day, Earth Girl Helen Brown Center for Planetary Intelligence BandEarth EP, Erika de CasierSensational, Ducks Ltd.Get Bleak EP, Alex CubaMendó, FACS Present Tense, Travis LinvilleI’m Still Here, Gruff RhysSeeking New Gods, Lydia AinsworthSparkles & Debris, The Reverend Shawn AmosThe Cause of it All, Sara BareillesAmidst the Chaos: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Micky DolenzDolenz Sings Nesmith

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