By now, most people know The War on Drugs is the name of a band as well as controversial policy position. Their new album comes out in August, it's called A Deeper Understanding. Here's a new single from it -- called "Hold On."
One For The Road
French band Phoenix have been making ear-friendly international pop since they first met as teenagers in the Paris suburb of Versaille. Their new album comes out in a couple of weeks. Here's a track called - "Ti Amo."
Alternative hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces have a new album, "Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star," that is coming out in July. Here's a track from it called, "Shine a Light."
James Elkington is an Englishman living in Chicago and he's releasing his debut solo album, "Wintres Woma," on June 30. Here's his latest single, it's called "Wading the Vapors."
The dreamy U.K. band Slowdive announced their first album in 22 years. Here's the first single, called, "Sugar For the Pill."
Shugo Tokumaru is an experimental musician and he has a new album coming out this April. It's called "Toss." Here's a track from it called "Lita-Ruta."
Mark Kozelek was the songwriter behind '90s indie band Red House Painters. Since then he's released a bunch of albums under his own name and under the moniker Sun Kil Moon. That project's new album is called "Common As Light and Love Are Valleys Red With Blood." The songs are almost like diary entries. Click here to listen to a single off the album called, "I Love Portugal."
Tinariwen are a group of blues-playing Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band had to flee their homeland due to political unrest and have recorded their last two albums at a studio in Joshua Tree California. The latest one is called "Elwan." It just came out. Here's a track from it called "Assawt."
Never shy about addressing current events, a couple weeks back indie-music giants Arcade Fire released a new song called "I Give You Power." It features rhythm and blues great Mavis Staples.
Back in 1997, the late great singer-songwriter Eliot Smith put out an album of sad, hushed songs called "Either/Or." In a few months, it gets reissued in honor of its 20th anniversary, and it features outtakes like this one called, "I Figured You Out."