What's New 2-5-21

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RCA

Medicine at Midnight, the new album from Foo Fighters, packs nine new songs into a tight-ass 37 minutes. This collection (their 10th full length) shows the usually more rock-focused group return with an expanded sound, incorporating pop, R&B and more, including the smoldering new single, “Shame Shame.” Produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters. *Available on limited edition blue vinyl.*

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Loma Vista

A Beautiful Revolution finds Common returning to his hip-hop roots. A full length continuous listening experience, it features two interludes and seven new songs that Common refers to as movement music; “music to uplift, heal, and inspire listeners dealing with racial and social injustices. It’s recognition. It’s elevation. It’s music to go with a movement. To help channel pain and outrage into something productive, inspirational and good.”

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New West Records

With his off-center charm and restless creative dazzle, Tasjan makes music with conviction that has its roots in rock's murky past, armed with an arsenal of songs that spill over with humor, intelligence, irony, and at times prophecy. Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! is 11 of those songs. This is not anxious music for anxious times, but rather music as an antidote for anxious times. It is the sound of the future arriving.

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Sub Pop

It’s tempting to think that you have all the answers, screaming your gospel every day with certainty and anger. Life isn’t quite like that though, and the debut album from London four-piece TV Priest instead embraces the beautiful and terrifying unknowns that exist personally, politically, and culturally. Posing as many questions as it answers, Uppers is a thunderous opening statement that continues the UK’s recent resurgence of grubby, furious post-punk music. It says something very different though – something completely its own.

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Nonesuch

The Staves’ first album in five years is an accumulation of everything that life has thrown at them in that time. It’s a decade since The Staves self-released their first EP and a lot has happened since then. Their third album Good Woman was written and recorded amid major upheaval, heartbreak and bereavement. The new-found boldness, loudness and lyrical directness on this record are indicative of lives forced to become a serious concern.

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XO/Republic

Two days before his half-time performance at this year’s Super Bowl, The Weeknd will release a highlight reel of his own. The career-spanning The Highlights includes five songs each from 2020’s After Hours and 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness, three Starboy tracks, two House of Balloons cuts, one My Dear Melancholy song, and two songs that were not on Weeknd projects (Black Panther’s “Pray for Me” and Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder”).

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