Jenny Lewis couldn’t keep her angelic voice quiet if she tried; and thank goodness for that. The singer-songwriter has created more albums over the years than most musicians get the chance to, in part because she contributes to so many projects. Now she has one more in the works, NAF (which stands for Nice As F*ck). If you’re looking for fewer swears, read on for the return of supergroup Middle Brother, David Bowie’s mesmerizing lyric video, Deakin of Animal Collective’s debut solo album, details about A$AP Ferg’s crazy stacked new album, and a video accompanying Schoolboy Q’s groovy new rap song.
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Nice girls can swear, too. Jenny Lewis has a new supergroup in the works and their name, NAF, is the bold acronym for Nice As F*ck. The band, which sees the Rilo Kiley frontwoman joined by Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and The Like’s Tennessee Thomas, made their debut at a Bernie Sanders benefit show this past Sunday night in New York City. It looks like the trio is set to open for M. Ward later this year, too. Swing by to see if you can hear what they’re all about live. [Consequence of Sound]
Five years ago, a supergroup by the name of Middle Brother brought Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, and John McCauley of Deer Tick together to whip up some good old fashioned folk rock. The trio released an album, toured, and then went back to their respective groups. Now, they’re back together. Newport Folk Festival announced that the three will reunite to celebrate their anniversary. As such, they’re set to play the festival on Sunday, July 24th. It will be a welcome return given their last show ever was on that very same stage — and you can hear the full recording of that set above. [Consequence of Sound]
David Bowie is too full of life to sleep even from the grace. The legend shared a posthumous lyric video for “I Can’t Give Everything Away.” The Blackstar cut gets a positive video thanks to the creative iconography and typeface of artist Jonathan Barnbrook, the same man responsible for the album’s artwork. The video begins in black and white and eventually explodes into a world full of color, bringing things to life. It’s the type of symbolic, lofty, artful work that Bowie was a champion at making. For now, we get one final new bit of that genius to devour. [Nerdist]
Way back in 2009, Animal Collective member Deakin started a Kickstarter project to release his own solo album. There have been pauses, updates, lack of updates, and apologies on his end in the seven years that followed. Today, out of nowhere yet also not, he’s shared that release. The six-track solo debut is called Sleep Cycle and can be purchased over at Bandcamp. Check out the lead single, “Just Am,” above as well. [Consequence of Sound]
Always Strive and Prosper will be out on April 22. Finally, A$AP Ferg has detailed what we can expect of his album. In addition to the songs we’ve heard that feature Schoolboy Q, Future, and Big Sean, he also has collaborations with Skrillex, Missy Elliott, Chuck D, Rick Ross, and more on the album. Best of all, his mom (“Mama Ferg”) is credited on the album, too. All 18 songs on the record will be worth the wait when it’s finally here in a little over two weeks. [Pitchfork]
Schoolboy Q is back and he’s heated. The Black Hippy crew rapper just shared a gritty single called “Groovy Tony” that snakes around with an eerie bassline, punctuated by female falsettos and vocal flips. It’s a welcome return to the rhymes that made 2014’s Oxymoron so addictive. Keep your ears alert. There may or may not be a ray gun sample hidden in there. [Rolling Stone]
That’s it for today, but we’ll see you back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!
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