New Music Releases: Kendrick Lamar, John Mayer, Halsey, and More Release New Tunes

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A wise woman once said, “It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta get down on Friday” and with good reason. Friday is the day we celebrate and rest, or just get it all started. It’s also when new music is released, and that makes it our favorite day of the week! Scroll down to see just some our favorite new releases.

New Singles

Gorillaz“Let Me Out”

Gorillaz are back and what better way to reinforce this with this genre-bending tune? Rapper Pusha T lends the rhymes and songstress Mavis Staples gives the soul to this unique track, off of the band’s upcoming album Humanz. It’s short and direct, but definitely something to get your weekend vibes started. “You best be ready for it”, so take a listen below!

MINKA, “Josephine”

Philly’s own MINKA has a new song and you should definitely take a listen. Fast-paced and totally danceable with just the right amount of synth and guitar riffs, “Josephine” is almost like the ghost of Let’s Dance-era David Bowie and George Michael had a baby with a ton of facial hair. The song is off of their upcoming LP Born In The Viper Room (out May 26). Check them out at The MINKA Carnival on April 15 at the Foundry (upstairs at the Fillmore Philadelphia) with tickets here.

Halsey, “Now Or Never”

In anticipation of her forthcoming album, Halsey released a Hunger Games-meets-Romeo + Juliet type video last week for her new track “Now Or Never.” Harking to her huge collab with the Chainsmokers, the song is a bit more dance and a bit more down-tempo and less raw (so far) than her breakout Badlandsbut it is only a first taste. Take a listen below!

New Albums and EPs

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

If there was ever a more explicit way to describe this highly-anticipated album and do it justice, you need not look further than the title of Kendrick Lamar’s new LP. Slick rhymes and catchy beats, this album is one for the books. Everybody bow down to the King. Get it here.

Sea OffsWhat’s the Point?

Dreamy and lightly folk, the Sea Offs bring the mellow to their brand new EP. With delicate vocals and melodic instrumentation, the State College band brings an original class and softness to the table. Catch them at the Barbary with Shelf Life on May 14, with tickets here, and their EP here.

John Mayer, The Search for Everything

If you caught this crooner at Wells Fargo last week, then you must be way ahead of the game! After dropping this album in “waves”, eight of the twelve songs you might already know. Your search has ended for new music from John Mayer, and you can buy it in full here.

Poor Devils, Idaho EP

And now for something completely different! Poor Devils pulls out all the stops in a genre-bending, garage rock experience, with surf, blues, and a ton of spirit. Check out the track, “I’m A Tired Man (But I Won’t Cry About It)” below. You can buy it here.

Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions, Ladies and Gentleman: Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions

Barenaked Ladies returns with an original collaborative album New York a cappella group The Persuasions. From the first sounds of it, get ready for a new music experience. You can get it here.

OddkidoutFull Circle EP

Oddkidout’s latest EP Full Circle is a mature, polished effort, and a powerful homage to Philadelphia’s neosoul sound. With the help of London-based artist 1403, the Philly native delivers a succinct, six-song powerhouse that has more soul and artistic integrity than many big-act LP’s to date. You can get it here.

Which new release is your fave? Comment below!

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