New Music Releases: Chuck Berry, Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy, Haim, and More Release New Tunes

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At long last, the end of the week is here. You know what that means, don’t you? From old favorites to new loves, we have our picks for this New Music Friday all in one place. See below what we think you should be listening to.

New Singles To Jam To

Chuck Berry featuring Gary Clark, Jr., “Wonderful Woman”

You thought you heard the last of ol’ Chuck Berry, huh? On Wednesday, The New Yorker premiered a new track off of the legend’s posthumous, upcoming album Chuck and we couldn’t be more excited. The song features the stylings of Chuck’s family band (daughter, son, and grandson), and blues musician Gary Clark Jr. on guitar and is rollicking as ever a Berry song could be. Listen below!

HAIM, “Right Now”

If a trailing line of “that’s how it’s f**king done” at the end of a video was any indication of what came before, this would certainly be the case. The newest track in four years from the Haim sisters is a bare-bones, pleading track detailing of frustration of the ineffacy of a lover. This song is from a band that is no longer just honing and experimenting their signature sound; they are owning it, and we can’t wait for Something To Tell You (out July 7). Take a listen below!

Phoenix, “J-Boy”

Just in time for their upcoming US tour (including one Philly stop), Phoenix’s newest track off has us fired up. Featuring their signature synth and vocal combo, the Frenchmen still have a place in our hearts and for their upcoming album Ti Amo. Listen below!

Fall Out Boy, “Young and Menace”

If you were expecting your early 2000’s emo days to be realized in 2017, you came to the wrong song. Fall Out Boy’s first track off their upcoming album MANIA (out September 15th) is a multilayered, ~manic~ track that combines progressive house with rock in such a way that leaves you questioning whether to be concerned or awestruck (which is probably the point). Love it or hate it, the track highlights lead singer Patrick Stump’s falsetto and shows that the band is armed and full of surprises. Watch and listen below!

New Albums to Love

Mary J. Blige, Strength of a Woman

Boys and girls, settle down. The R&B diva Mary J. Blige has a new album and it’s ready for your listening pleasure. Blige isn’t reinventing the wheel– she’s just reminding you how she does it and does it well. You can experience this for yourself here.

Feist, Pleasure

On her fifth studio album, Feist strips all the way down. The Canadian songstress echews radio hits and synths in favor of minimal orchestration and songwriting. If you are looking to fall in love with Feist’s talent as a vocalist and songwriter, this is the album for you. Get it here.

David E. Williams, Hospice Chorale

Looking for something experimental and off the beaten path? Look no further than the seventh solo album by Philly artist David E. Williams. On his latest release, Williams revisits his past in lyrical nihilism and musical minimalism in what is fittingly described as “gallows caberet.” You need to listen to this and you can support him directly by getting it here.

BNQT, Volume I

Have you ever wondered what combining members of your five favorite alt-indie bands would actually sound like? That’s exactly what so-called, “indie supergroup” bandleader Eric Pulido (of Midlake) had in mind when he began the band four years ago. BNQT is made up of Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Fran Healy of Travis, and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy whose complimentarily disparate voices mesh together in a feast for the senses on Volume I. Get it here.

Gorillaz, Humanz

Gorillaz are back and bringing it in the form of its fifth studio album. The Damon Albarn brainchild project is at once both gloomy and danceable and definitely worth the listen. It’s best if experienced as if reading a book or as a soundtrack of a dystopian video game. You can get it here.

What will you choose on this New Music Friday? Tell us in the comments below!

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