Last we heard from Gorillaz, they were working on new music. Now it seems they’re bringing more guests into the studio and it’s time to get even more hyped. After we spill the beans, stick around for a Prince cover by Haim, Brand New’s dark new single, Kathleen Hanna’s cover of Bruce Springsteen, BadBadNotGood’s collab with the Future Islands frontman, and a full EP stream of brand new Wolf Parade material.
Remember when Gorillaz let it slip that they’re working on new material? Well now the alt-rock, semi-rap group had another detail slip: they’re recording with Vic Mensa. The Chicago rapper was captured in the studio on Remi Kabaka’s Instagram. Why does that matter? He’s the voice of Gorillaz’s fictional band member Russel Hobbs. Originally he tagged Mensa in the pic but then removed it, fueling rumors that this was supposed to be kept on the down low. If anything’s changed in the years following Gorillaz’s hiatus, it’s that the power of internet stalking has gotten way stronger. Thank goodness for that! [Consequence of Sound]
Everyone’s favorite trio of rock sisters Haim has yet to announce when their sophomore LP will drop. Instead, they’re busy doing great covers. The Los Angeles group picked up Prince‘s “I Would Die 4 U” on their tour kick off in Santa Ana, CA and blew it out of the water. Give it a listen above and keep waiting for proper news about their highly-anticipated upcoming release. [Pitchfork]
Pop punk wouldn’t know how to get seriously dark in the 2000s without Brand New. The Long Island act has maintained a steady following over the past 15 years, even if it’s been seven years since their last album. This week saw the release of “I Am A Nightmare”, the band’s newest single after “Mene” last year. This doesn’t mean a new album is on the way, but the album art for the single certainly makes it seem like a new one is coming. Prepare yourself for stringy guitars and pop-punk basics filtered through clean production. This one’s for fans of their earlier material, the noisy gutter of their later work seemingly ditched in favor of something simpler. [Nerdist]
Towards the end of last year, a few film festivals got to screen Maggie’s Plan, a film about a single woman struggling to become a mother as well as a structured adult. The whole film is a bit complicated and jam-packed, but its star-studded cast (Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Julianna Moore, etc.) keeps you entertained. If they question viewers’ attention spans, though, they invited Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna to join in on the fun, allowing her to cover Bruce Springsteen‘s “Dancing In The Dark” during one scene. Today, that cover is finally released so you can enjoy it free from the movie’s context. [Rolling Stone]
It can be difficult to get “into” jazz if the complex structure and never-ending solos put you off. For pop and hip-hop lovers who could never seem to find the right in, there’s always BadBadNotGood, the Canadian jazz trio that keeps things ultra modern. Their new album, IV, comes out July 8 and sees the expected lineup of guest acts joining them continue to grow: Colin Stetson, Mick Jenkins, Kaytranada, and Sam Herring of Future Islands. The Toronto group debuted “Time Moves Slow” to celebrate the album announcement and with it comes an easy entry into the genre. Thanks, guys! [Consequence of Sound]
One of Canada’s biggest indie rock groups, Wolf Parade, have maintained a big cult following after all these years. The group promised new material would come almost six year after their last record, and at last, it’s finally here. Check out their new release, EP 4, a four-track effort filled with jagged rock and bizarre melodies. It may be new, but it sounds like the old band we’ve loved for years. Give it a spin above. [Consequence of Sound]
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Image: Gorillaz’/Jamie Hewlett