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You’ll want to put your eclipse-viewing glasses on early because your new release playlist is about to go supernova. On Only God Was Above Us, their first album in five years, Vampire Weekend drift into hazy corners of art-pop and come up with some of their strongest material to date. The Black Keys continue their hot streak with Ohio Players; the duo’s 12th LP boasts production from Dan the Automator and songwriting collabs with Beck and Noel Gallagher. Globetrotting trio Khruangbin’s A La Sala is the easygoing, dub-inflected counterpart to 2020’s rhythm-forward Mordechai. Philly-rooted Lizzy McAlpine took a live-in-studio approach to her third album, Older, resulting in an intimate and inviting listen.

The songs on Revelator find Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck navigating uncertainty with grace and lyrical wit. Now into their fourth decade as a band, Old 97’s remain plenty raucous on American Primitive; the Texas quartet’s 13th album features guest appearances from R.E.M./The Minus 5 members Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. Powerhouse Australian vocalist Grace Cummings decamped to Los Angeles with producer Jonathan Wilson to weave rich sonic layers into Ramona, her third solo release. We Belong is the first studio album since 2019 from Sinkane; the Sudanese-American artist used that time to hone a socially-conscious sound that’s ready for the dancefloor.

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

Vampire WeekendOnly God Was Above Us
CHECK OUT: “Capricorn” “Mary Boone”

The Black KeysOhio Players
CHECK OUT: “Beautiful People (Stay High)” “This is Nowhere”

KhruangbinA La Sala
CHECK OUT: “A Love International” “Pon Pón”

Lizzy McAlpineOlder
CHECK OUT: “Older” “I Guess”

PhosphorescentRevelator
CHECK OUT: “Revelator” “Impossible House”

Old 97’sAmerican Primitive
CHECK OUT: “Where the Road Goes” “Magic”

Grace CummingsRamona
CHECK OUT: “On and On” “Common Man”

SinkaneWe Belong
CHECK OUT: “Everything is Everything” “How Sweet is Your Love”

FURTHER LISTENING:
AKTHESAVIOR & sagunu r not alone, BnnyOne Million Love Songs, Caleb Landry JonesHey Gary, Hey Dawn, Carl PalmerFanfare for the Common Man, Cedric BurnsideHill Country Love, Cock SparrerHand on Heart, Cuffed UpAll You Got, Dana GavanskiLate Slap, Einstürzende NeubautenRampen (apm: alien pop music), EunuchsHarbour Century, Fabiana PalladinoFabiana Palladino, FlungAll Heartbeat, GarbageBleed Like Me (Reissue), GustafPackage Pt. 2, Jane PennySurfacing EP, José James1978, Katie PruittMantras, The KVBTremors, Lillie Westif i were a real man i would be able to break the neck of a suffering bird, Lo MoonI Wish You Way More Than Luck, Marcus KingMood Swings, Matt KoziolLast of the Old Dogs, MaxbandMaxband on Ice, Modest MouseGood News for People Who Love Bad News (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition), Mount KimbieThe Sunset Violent, The Pernice BrothersWho Will You Believe, Puzzled PantherPuzzled Panther EP, Still CornersDream Talk, Slack Key OhanaHawaiian Cowboy, Tori KellyTORI., X AmbassadorsTownie, VesselWrapped in Cellophane, WoodsFive More Flowers EP, Various Artists – Imaginational Anthem Vol. XIII: Songs of Bruce Cockburn

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