Green Day is back and they definitely don’t plan on mellowing out anytime soon. The punk trio shared the second single off their new album, Revolution Radio, and it’s exactly the rousing number you need to kick off a great weekend. That’s not the only good news. Clipping performed live on Corden, Lady Gaga shared her collaborative single with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, M.I.A.’s excellent “final album” is streaming in full, and Royksopp return with a jiggly electronic song that will give you all the good vibes.
In under a month, Green Day will return with a comeback album to save all comeback albums. Well, at least the ones released in 2016. The punk trio showed they could still own the sound when they shared lead single “Bang Bang” off their upcoming LP Revolution Radio. Now, they return with the next song, the title-track from the album, and it shows they don’t plan on letting us down any time soon. A lyric video accompanies the single, which can be watched above. It’s the first time the band self-produced an album since 2000’s Warning. It looks like that’s what they needed to do to revitalize their old sound after all. [Consequence of Sound]
A few years ago, clipping. wasn’t a household name. Today, the rap trio still isn’t quite at that level of fame, but they have gotten a slew of new followers thanks to Daveed Diggs. The rapper spends his time doubling as an actor known by stagenames Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, and as he proved stepping onto The Late Late Show with James Corden, he’s still a fantastic performer on the stage. Watch clipping.’s performance of “A Better Place” above and smile knowing Diggs won a Tony Award just last month for his (literally) musical work. [Pitchfork]
Little monsters are screaming again. Lady Gaga returned last night with her first new single in three years, “Perfect Illusion.” The song sees Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, Mark Ronson, and Grimes collaborator Bloodpop behind the board helping with production, which may seem a little odd. Turns out there’s bigger names joining her for the rest of the album, too. Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Florence Welch, Beck, and Father John Misty will appear on the new album, too. Prep yourselves. We’ve got a good feeling she’s entering her rock phase. [Consequence of Sound]
Several weeks ago, M.I.A. went on the radio to say that her next album may very well be her last. Now it’s finally streaming and you can decide if you believe her that this is maybe goodbye. The album, called AIM, is a follow-up to 2013’s Matangi and sees the pop rapper doing what she does best. Tracks like “Borders” and “Go Off” get political, while “Bird Song” and “Freedun” (featuring Zayn Malik of One Direction) take a dance-ier route. Stream the whole thing over at Apple Music now, or order a physical copy to bring it along with you wherever you go. [Pitchfork]
Norway is full of interesting things, for better or for worse. Some of their classics are hard to do without. One of those includes electropop duo Royksopp. Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland create the type of difficult work that they make seem easy, namely churning out dance songs that are just as soothing to listen to in the comfort of your bed as they are groovy enough to wiggle to on a dance floor. Their new single, “Never Ever,” sees singer Susanne Sundfor bringing powerful vocals to the board for an ’80s soulful track. If you need any reason to dance this weekend, their disco-like hit is it. Stream it above. [Rolling Stone]
Enjoy the weekend! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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