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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Freshly picked for our New Music bin: Phish, St. Vincent, Dear Rouge, Local Natives, Blue October

Phish: Evolve

Sounding surprisingly like alt-rock hit-makers instead of improvisational jammers, the quartet refines one of its relatively recent songs into a tight four minutes as the title track of its 16th studio album, due in July. Guitarist-lead singer Trey Anastasio released a version in 2020 on his solo album Lonely Trip, and the song started turning up in the band's live shows the following year.

St. Vincent: Big Time Nothing

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On the new album All Born Screaming, Annie Clark "packs such a wallop with [the] songs that it feels like she's sharing something deeply personal with her listeners even if they're not overtly autobiographical," writes AllMusic. The reviewer hears shades of Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, and Portishead on the LP - and we always hear echoes of Laurie Anderson's 80s experimentation in St. Vincent's music.

Dear Rouge: Too Close to the Heat

The band describes this single from its upcoming album, Lonesome High, as their “sexiest track to date.” The LP, due in September, was written and recorded in under a year as the band popped in and out of the studio between tour dates.

Blue October: Everything We Lost In The Fire

The Houston band will release its 13th album later this year. About the new single, frontman Justin Furstenfeld says: “The heaviest times of our lives is when we have to make difficult decisions. Change can be a beautiful part of life if you celebrate it. This is me celebrating change in the loudest way possible.”

Local Natives: Throw It In The Fire

OK it's just coincidence that we have three incendiary titles in our New Music bin this week, with Dear Rouge singing about Heat, Blue October on Fire and these guys with more Fire. We previously featured the early single April, and now pick this track from the just-released But I'll Wait For You, a sequel of sorts to last year's Time Will Wait For No One.

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