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Like your plastic pumpkin filled with miniature confections that you’ve been steadily dipping into since the first of the month, you won’t want to wait another moment to dive into this week’s batch of new releases. Soulful Texas rockers Black Pumas make their long-awaited return with their psychedelic, crystalline second album Chronicles of a Diamond. Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince prowl and purr their way through God Games; it’s The Kills’ first new release in seven years. Turntable icon DJ Shadow dives deep into his boundless sound library and forgoes guest vocalists on the return-to-form Action Adventure. Just in time for Halloween (and Simon LeBon’s birthday), Duran Duran howl at the moon and cover a few spooky classics on Danse Macabre.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard offer two versions of their synthesizer based 25th album, The Silver Cord: the standard edition clocks in at just under 30 minutes while the extended mixes add on an extra hour of electronic Gizzardry. On Jenny from Thebes, John Darnielle returns to the story and setting of the Mountain Goats’ beloved 2002 album All Hail West Texas for an inviting sequel that features appearances by Matt Nathanson, The Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine, and Alicia Bognanno of Bully. Louisiana bluesman Robert Finley continues his fruitful collaboration with Dan Auerbach on the swampy Black Bayou. Angie McMahon’s Light, Dark, Light Again chronicles a challenging, but ultimately resilient time in the Australian singer-songwriter’s life.

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.

Black PumasChronicles of a Diamond
CHECK OUT: “More Than a Love Song” “Angel”

The KillsGod Games
CHECK OUT: “103” “New York”

DJ ShadowAction Adventure
CHECK OUT: “You Played Me” “Ozone Scraper”

Duran DuranDanse Macabre
CHECK OUT: “Black Moonlight” “Psycho Killer (feat. Victoria De Angelis)”

King Gizzard and the Lizard WizardThe Silver Cord
CHECK OUT: “Theia” “The Silver Cord”

the Mountain GoatsJenny from Thebes
CHECK OUT: “Clean Slate” “Fresh Tattoo”

Robert FinleyBlack Bayou
CHECK OUT: “Sneakin’ Around” “You Got it (and I Need it)”

Angie McMahonLight, Dark, Light Again
CHECK OUT: “Letting Go” “Exploding”

FURTHER LISTENING:
Barbra StreisandEVERGREENS: Celebrating Six Decades on Columbia Records / YENTL (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), Billy BraggThe Roaring Forty 1983-2023, Bruce HornsbySpirit Trail (25th Anniversary Edition), Circus DevilsSqueeze the Needle, The Gaslight AnthemHistory Books, James BluntWho We Used to Be, Jessi ColterEdge of Forever, José GonzálezVeneer (20th Anniversary Edition), Julia PrattTwo to Tango EP, Linda RonstadtA Merry Little Christmas (Reissue), Loyal LobosLOBA Vol. I EP, The ManakoorasChristmas with the Manakooras EP, Mayer HawthorneFor All Time, Mötley CrüeYear of the Devil, NirvanaIn Utero (30th Anniversary Edition), Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkBauhaus Staircase, PAWSPAWS, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs PigsLive In New York, PrinceDiamonds and Pearls (Deluxe Edition), Robin TrowerJoyful Sky, RocketVersions of You EP, Samara JoyA Joyful Holiday EP, The SerfsHalf Eaten By Dogs, Shabazz PalacesRobbed in Rareness, Sheer MagA Distant Call (Reissue) / Compilation I, II, & III (Reissue) / Need to Feel Your Love (Reissue), SuperchunkMisfits & Mistakes: Singles, B-Sides & Strays 2007–2023, Taylor Swift1989 (Taylor’s Version), The Third Mind2, V V BrownAm I British Yet?, Wild NothingHold, Various Artists – The Joyful Noise Halloween Party Vol. 1

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