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It goes without saying that this week’s biggest new music story is the release of “Now and Then,” the long-rumored (and long-bootlegged) final Beatles song. The standalone track is out now, and will formally arrive as part of a revamped edition of the Fab Four’s career-spanning ‘red’ and ‘blue’ albums, 1962-1966 and 1967-1970, both of which will be released next week.

Elsewhere, The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst, Siouxsie & the Banshees’ Budgie, and producer Jacknife Lee join forces on the guest-studded Los Angeles, which features vocal contributions from LCD Sounsystem’s James Murphy, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, and others. For their second album of the year, shadow-shrouded post-punks bar italia continue their exploration of the indie rock’s darkest corners on The Twits. For their first album in over 20 years, Dan Wilson and Semisonic recruit Jason Isbell and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James for the glimmering Little Bit of Sun. LA artist IAN SWEET retreated to the New York Catskills to record her fourth album, SUCKER, and its pop-informed sound is expertly crafted.

Coming off the ambitious, multi-part New Age Norms, Cold War Kids’ self-titled tenth album is a soul-inspired return to form. Guitarist Marnie Stern never really left the spotlight after her last album (she spent the last decade as a cornerstone of the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers); her dizzying technique still mystifies on The Comeback Kid. As co-founder of Sooper Records, Chicago’s Sen Morimoto is at the center of a bustling creative scene; his genre-hopping second album, Diagnosis, is dreamy while remaining grounded. Boston rockers Drop Nineteens make a surprising return with Hard Light, arriving 30 years after their initial run which saw early gigs with Radiohead and The Cranberries as openers.

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.

Lol Tolhurst x Budgie x Jacknife LeeLos Angeles
CHECK OUT: “Los Angeles (feat. James Murphy)” “Ghosted at Home (feat. Bobby Gillespie)”

bar italiaThe Twits
CHECK OUT: “my little tony” “Jelsy”

SemisonicLittle Bit of Sun
CHECK OUT: “The Rope” “Little Bit of Sun”

IAN SWEETSucker
CHECK OUT: “Your Spit” “Smoking Again”

Cold War KidsCold War Kids
CHECK OUT: “Run Away with Me” “Double Life”

Marnie SternThe Comeback Kid
CHECK OUT: “Plain Speak” “Believing is Seeing”

Sen MorimotoDiagnosis
CHECK OUT: “If the Answer isn’t Love” “Bad State”

Drop NineteensHard Light
CHECK OUT: “Scapa Flow” “A Hitch”

FURTHER LISTENING:
ActressLXXXVIII, Animal HospitalShelf Life, The BamboosThis is How You Do It, Belle and SebastianThe Boy with the Arab Strap (25th Anniversary Edition), The BlastersMandatory: The Best of the Blasters, Bob Marley and The WailersCatch a Fire (50th Anniversary Edition), CherBelieve (Deluxe Edition), ChicagoChicago Greatest Christmas Hits, Chick Corea Elektric BandThe Future is Now, Christine McVieChristine McVie (Reissue) / In the Meantime (Reissue), Como Las MoviesComo Las Singles, EarthEarth 2 Special Low Frequency Version (30th Anniversary Edition), Empty CountryEmpty Country II, Frank ZappaOver-Nite Sensation (50th Anniversary Edition), Gregory PorterChristmas Wish, Jaime WyattFeel Good, Jean-Michel JarreOXYMOREWORKS, Jimmy BuffettEqual Strain on All Parts, JockstrapI<3UQTINVU, Johnny MarrSpirit Power: The Best of Johnny Marr, Kevin DrewAging, King CreosoteI DES, Laura VeirsPhone Orphans, Light BeamsWild Life, Liza AnneUtopian, Luxury SkinIt’s All Over, MatmosReturn to Archive, Michael Franti & SpearheadBig Big Love, Micky DolenzDolenz Sings R.E.M. EP, MotörheadAnother Perfect Day (40th Anniversary Edition), Neil YoungTime Fades Away 50, New Kids on the BlockThe Block Revisited, OasisThe Masterplan (Reissue), Phil AlvinSung Stories (Reissue), Pretty Girls Make GravesThe New Romance (20th Anniversary Edition), Skyway ManFlight of the Long Distance Healer, Snail MailValentine Demos EP, Spiritual CrampSpiritual Cramp, The StrutsPretty Vicious, Sublime with RomeTangerine Skies EP, Swampmeat Family BandPolish Your Old Halo, Teddy PendergrassThis Christmas (I’d Rather Have Love) (Reissue), Tkay MaidzaSweet Justice, The Tragically HipPhantom Power (25th Anniversary Edition), U.S. GirlsLIVES, Van MorrisonAccentuate the Positive, Zooey CelesteRestless Thoughts, Various Artists – Heavenly Cream: An Acoustic Tribute to Cream

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