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Indie Roundup: Five New Albums to Stream Now

Here's what to listen to this week.

Trevor Naud

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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Trapland Pat

Rap fans have many reasons to rejoice this morning.

Young Thug and his Young Stoner Life collective returned today with Slime Language 2, a collaborative project that has the largest guest roster of 2021 so far. Drake, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Nav, and Meek Mill are but a few of the two dozen heavy hitters appearing across the record. For music fans uninterested in Hip-Hop, London Grammar also returned today with a great new record. So did The Offspring, if you're a fratty middle-aged man who's into that sort of thing.

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When it comes to music, it's as if I have a boomer's soul.

Despite falling neatly in the middle of the millennial generation, I was raised on Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, and the Everly Brothers–which is to say, I understand nothing. Why is Billie EIlish so sad? What does Lizzo dream about? Who said Ed Sheeran was allowed to have a career? What's "DaBaby?" And then there's Harry Styles.

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Jacquees

Happy birthday, Jacquees!

The self-proclaimed "King of R&B" turns 27 today, and celebrated the occasion in style a few nights ago with close friends and family. The R&B crooner has put out a steady stream of music for years now, but those who only know him for his singles are missing out on a massive catalog of fantastic contemporary R&B music. Here are some of the young singer's best deep cuts that only the true fans know.

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An Introduction to Twee Pop in 8 Essential Albums

From Beat Happening to Belle & Sebastian, we look at eight albums that came to define an underground subgenre.

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There's indie music. There's pop music. And then, there's indie pop.

Before indie pop was used as a descriptor for left-leaning pop acts like HAIM, Gus Dapperton, and King Princess, the subgenre embodied a very different ethos. Originally stemming from the British post-punk movement of the 1970s, the indie pop scene that followed appealed to young music geeks who appreciated DIY methods, a playful attitude, and good, old-fashioned songs about crushes.

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The 11 Most Nauseating Metal Breakdowns

These epic breakdowns are not for the faint of heart...

Mastodon

Extreme music has always been about breakdowns.

Sure, plenty of great metal exists without them, but we all remember what state of mind we were in after we heard Pantera's "Domination" for the first time, or how nothing was the same after Metallica's "Sad but True" took over the airwaves. Metal's biggest breakdowns have stirred visceral reactions within us and have given us all neck pain from violently headbanging.

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