Thursday Music News

  • The rollout of new Arcade Fire begins! And it truly couldn’t happen at a better time. Stream the single “I Give You Power” below, which features guest vocals from legendary vocalist and civil rights activist Mavis Staples. The track is a Tidal exclusive (a company Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are part-owners of). All proceeds will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. Via a tweet, the band message, “It’s never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other.” Perfectly put. [ Pitchfork]

  • Animated group Gorillaz have also chosen a perfect weekend to unveil new music. Stream the single “Hallelujah Money” below, featuring guest vocals from Mercury Prize-winning artist Benjamin Clementine. It’s our first taste of the band’s new LP, in stores later this year. Via a press release, bassist Murdoc shares, “In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to. Me. That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.” [ Under the Radar]

  • And Ty Segall shares new music today, although his track doesn’t seem as overtly political as the others. Stream the single “Break A Guitar” below, from his forthcoming self-titled LP. Ty Segall the album hits stores on January 27th via Drag City, and Ty Segall the person hits Neumos on Thursday, March 2nd. [ Consequence of Sound]

  • And if all these “sneak peeks” are driving you crazy, you’ll be glad to hear Japandroids are streaming their entire dang album now, via NPR Music. Listen to their latest, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, below. The Vancouver duo are heading south to to the Neptune Theatre on Saturday, March 18th. [ Spin]

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