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Indie Roundup: Our Five Favorite Releases This Week

Here's what to listen to this week.

If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.

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.

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Music Reviews

Review: Brockhampton Play to Their Strengths in New Album, "ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE"

Brockhampton blend different sounds, moods and themes into something that emerges as revelatory and reflective of the complexity of emotion

Brockhampton

There has been a lot of awful quarantine content. Like, a lot.

From the early days of the celebrity "Imagine" video to quarantine albums that should have stayed in the vault (sorry, Nick Jonas; we're looking at you), it's been a tumultuous year and music has followed suit.

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Taylor Swift fans rejoice.

Once again, T-Swift has returned with (semi) new music. The release of Fearless (Taylor's Version), along with a deluxe edition of Demi Lovato's latest album, will no doubt cause pop fans to quake in their boots. For those not in the mood to sob or experience nostalgic epiphanies, there were also a handful of great releases today from lesser-known artists.

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Culture News

Hip-Hop Trailblazer DMX Dies at 50

The rapper was on life support after suffering a heart attack.

Earl Simmons, the pioneering hardcore rapper better known as DMX, died Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 50 years old.

"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days," the rapper's family said in a statement. "Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized."

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With traditional in-person concerts on pause until further notice, music fans are scrambling to get their dose of live music.

Thankfully, Netflix boasts an impressive roster of not only musicals, but music documentaries that are just as educational as they are enthralling. Whether your tastes veer towards classic rock legends or modern-day hip-hop ringleaders, there's a documentary for you hidden in the depths of Netflix's catalog.

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Music Features

Massive Attack's "Blue Lines" Hits Very Differently in 2021

As the album celebrates its 28th birthday today, it takes on a whole new meaning amidst a pandemic.

Massive Attack

In 1988, before Massive Attack even existed, a reporter went to meet a vivacious rap and DJ collective known then as the Wild Bunch, five of whom would soon create Massive Attack.

The braggadocious group described themselves as "originators" and said they had invented a new genre called "minimalist lover's Hip-Hop." "Put that in your magazine. Let's get some f**king respect around here," said one.

The genre would eventually become Trip-Hop, but to revisit Massive Attack's 1991 debut Blue Lines in 2021 is to bask solely in its scaling paranoia. When revisited under the guise of 2021 anxieties, love seems to be more of a fleeting theme on Blue Lines. "Don't need another lover, just need, I'm insecure," 3D stutters on "Daydreaming." A gluey guitar riff and dragging scatter of drums slink behind Horace Andy as he pines for unattainable monogamy on "One Love," purposefully contradicting Bob Marley's communal sense of the word that had become commonplace.

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