Wednesday Music News

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  • Two bands that probably sit close to each other on your record shelf: The Shins performed a session for Spotify where they covered The Smiths 1986 single “Panic.” Listen below. James Mercer and friends also performed their own track “Name For You” off their latest full-length, Heartworms, out now on Columbia Records. Listen below. The Shins are also playing a few shows with another album shelf mate, Spoon, playing California, Arizona, and Colorado in October. [ Pitchfork ]


  • Her track “Silver” was just the KEXP Song of the Day this past Monday, and now we’ve got a new single to share from Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield). Stream the track “No Curse” below, which debuted on the “Shaking Through” documentary series. Crutchfield explains the song was written after the most recent presidential inauguration, adding “It’s so important to make art and be visible as an artist. In moments of political turmoil, you should bring your skills to the table in a way that affects change or benefits people.” Watch a “making of” feature of the song below. This song won’t appear on it, but her forthcoming full-length Out in the Storm will be out July 14th on Merge Records. [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • Cloud Nothings share a clip for the track “Enter Entirely,” a single off their latest LP Life Without Sound. The video, directed by John Elliot, was shot on Super 8mm film, giving it an especially dreamy feel. Watch below. Life Without Sound is out now via Carpark (US) and Wichita (UK). [ Stereogum ]

  • As we mentioned last week, French band Phoenix are on the verge of releasing their sixth LP, Ti Amo, out June 9th via Glassnote. Last night, they stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to share the single “J-Boy.” In a press release, they describe the new release as “an album about simple pure emotions: love, desire, lust and innocence, it’s also a record about our European, Latin roots, a fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke-boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroiani, fearless desire and Antique marble statues.” Watch below, and keep track of all these late-night musical highlights with KEXP’s TV Eye. [ Under the Radar ]

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