Our favorite indie picks of the week.
If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
We're here to make your music discovery a little bit easier. Popdust's weekly column Indie Roundup finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.
Doves, The Universal Want
The Universal Want marks Doves's first album after a decade-long hiatus. The Manchester trio's latest record proves their time off has served them incredibly well; The Universal Want is a grandiose, sprawling study in Doves' shapeshifting breed of rock, borrowing elements from each era of the band's storied career, dating all the way back to their underground rave days. Songs like the soaring "Broken Eyes," "Prisoners," and "Cathedrals of the Mind" showcase the group's knack for stadium-sized pop hooks, though the album as a whole still maintains a charming sense of humility and sincerity.
For fans of R.E.M., Embrace, and Oasis.
Everything Everything, Re-Animator
Another Manchester band Everything Everything return this week with their fifth album, Re-Animator. While the band made themselves known for their frenetic art-pop in the past, Re-Animator takes a mellower approach, streamlining their sound into subtler, electronica-tinged guitar pop. But tracks like the woozy, waltzing "Planets" prove the cult-favorite Brits haven't lost any of their melodic chops. The swelling ballad "In Birdsong" might be one of the slowest songs in Everything Everything's discography, but Re-Animator proves the band haven't lost their momentum.
For fans of Foals and the Killers.
Brothertiger, Paradise Lost
Brothertiger is the solo project of New York-based musician John Jagos. His new album Paradise Lost breathes new life into the swirling synth-pop of the '80s, updated with the contemporary sheen of modern-day electro-pop. Following the release of his Tears for Fears cover album in 2017, Jagos's sound toes the line between past and present. Paradise Lost expands on the ambience of Brothertiger's previous work, wavering between tropical house on tracks like "Found" and ethereal chillwave on "Checking Out."
For fans of Washed Out, Small Black, and Neon Indian.
Susanna, Baudelaire & Piano
Norweigan musician Susanna Wallumrød, perhaps best known as simply Susanna, has built an impressive resume collaborating with renowned musicians like Bonnie "Prince" Billy and giving an eerie twist to popular songs by the likes of AC/DC and Leonard Cohen. Her latest record, Baudelaire & Piano, is a striking set of originals inspired by the work of French poet Charles Baudelaire. Backed only by a piano, Susanna's voice shines here, with her smooth voice resonating in the upper registers with ease. The spare arrangement of the piano gives way to clarity of her lyrics, which in themselves feel particularly poetic: "You came like the blade of a dagger / To my heart that was humbled and sad / As bold as a pack of wild demons / Dressed up for a pageant, and mad," go the opening lines of "The Vampire."
For fans of Jenny Hval, Julia Holter, and Laurel Halo.
Conway the Machine, From King to A GOD
From King to A GOD might only be Conway the Machine's debut album, but he's already primed to become one of the most exciting hip-hop figures in the coming decade. After surviving a near-fatal shooting in 2012 that left part of his face paralyzed, Conway says he spent a period of his life hesitant to return to his teenage dream of rapping professionally. But instead of letting his trauma derail his life and goals henceforth, Conway found strength in the darkness. From King to A GOD is a testament to his undeniable tenacity, recalling the demeanor of '90s hip-hop greats.
For fans of the Notorious B.I.G., Sean Price, and Beanie Sigel.
There's an entire genre of YouTube videos that consists of nothing but news bloopers, and they're equal parts hilarious and panic-inducing.
"Right after the break, we're going to interview Erik Weihenmayer, who climbed the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, but he's gay—I mean, he's gay, excuse me, he's blind."
Back in the early 2000's a young news anchor in New Mexico had a slip of the tongue on live TV that has enterred the annals of news blooper history.
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Cynthia Izaguirre had just gotten done reporting on a separate story discussing activism for gay rights, and was setting up a segment with the first blind man to climb Mount Everest, and her thoughts got twisted on the way to her mouth, resulting in a 14-second clip that would live on in infamy.
Now that Banksy's "Flower Thrower" trademark has been revoked, anyone can profit off his work.
This week anonymous street artist Banksy officially lost the European trademark to his "Flower Thrower" mural.
The guerrilla graffiti artist had engaged in a prolonged legal battle with the small greeting card company Full Colour Black—which was selling products featuring the image of a Palestinian man throwing a bouquet of flowers. But now a panel at the European Union Intellectual Property Office has announced their decision to revoke the artist's trademark on the grounds that he could not definitively prove himself to be the mural's creator.