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Got any music-related plans for the weekend? As if the excitement of XPNFest wasn’t enough to get you going, this week’s batch of new records ought to do the trick. One of this year’s Artists to Watch, Stephen Sanchez, makes his full-length debut with the stylish and stylized Angel Face. Another ATW (from just last month, in fact), Philly’s own Slaughter Beach, Dog, return with Crying, Laughing, Waving, Smiling, their sturdy and inviting fifth album. Ohio songwriter Lydia Loveless faces down personal and professional strife with grace and wit on Nothing’s Gonna Stand in My Way Again. Recent Free at Noon guestBrent Cobb delivers a rollicking and hopeful set on Southern Star, inspired by a return to his Georgia hometown.

Japanese party-starters CHAI celebrate women who buck convention on their ebullient self-titled fourth album. Though he admits he spent the album’s recording sessions “constantly listening to the Grateful Dead,” Devendra Banhart offers slick, futuristic folk-pop on his 11th LP, Flying Wig. Acting as a counterpart to his BADKID mixtape from 2018, Bakar’s sophomore album Halo dishes out personal meditations atop stark, minimalist arrangements. Former Arcade Fire member Will Butler shares the spotlight with his longtime backing combo Sister Squares on a self-titled set of captivating art-rock anthems.

PRESS PLAY on these new releases below. Listen for spotlights on new records like these (and more) every Friday on the XPN Morning Show and Indie Rock Hit Parade.

Stephen SanchezAngel Face
CHECK OUT: “Evangeline” “Be More”

Slaughter Beach, DogCrying, Laughing, Waving, Smiling
CHECK OUT: “Strange Weather” “Float Away”

Lydia LovelessNothing’s Gonna Stand in My Way Again
CHECK OUT: “Toothache” “Sex and Money”

Brent CobbSouthern Star
CHECK OUT: “Southern Star” “Patina”

CHAICHAI
CHECK OUT: “We the Female!” “NEO KAWAII K?”

Devendra BanhartFlying Wig
CHECK OUT: “Twin” “Nun”

BakarHalo
CHECK OUT: “Alive!” “Right Here, For Now”

Will Butler + Sister SquaresWill Butler + Sister Squares
CHECK OUT: “Long Grass” “Stop Talking”

FUTHER LISTENING:
A Certain Ratio2023 EP, Adam MelchorFruitland EP, Al MenneFreak Accident, Another MichaelWishes to Fulfill, ArkellsLaundry Pile, The BreedersLast Splash (30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition), Briston MaroneyUltrapure, Buddy Miller & Julie MillerIn the Throes, Carrie UnderwoodDenim & Rhinestones (Deluxe Edition), Cinema HeartsI Want You EP, Das KooliesDK.01, DioThe Studio Albums 1996-2004, Dominique Fils-AiméOur Roots Run Deep, Flat WormsWitness Marks, GrailsAnches En Maat, Grrrl GangSpunky!, Jason MrazWe Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. We Deluxe Edition., Jenny Owens YoungAvalanche, JP SaxeA Grey Area, Kelly Clarksonchemistry (Deluxe Edition), Kevin DrewAging, Kylie MinogueTension, Laurel HaloAtlas, Loraine JamesGentle Confrontation, Mykki BlancoPostcards from Italia EP, Paul RodgersMidnight Rose, PeteyUSA, The ReplacementsTim: Let it Bleed Edition, Samantha UrbaniShowing Up, Single Bullet Theoryc. ’79, Soccer MommyKaraoke Night EP, Susan TedeschiJust Won’t Burn (25th Anniversary Edition), Teenage FanclubNothing Lasts Forever, yeulesoftscars, Yoke LoreToward a Never Ending New Beginning, zzzaharaTender, Various Artists – More Than a Whisper: Celebrating The Music of Nanci Griffith

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