Independent music has grown to include so much. It’s not just music that comes out on independent labels, but that caters to an aesthetic that deviates from the norm and follows its own bizarre heart. It can take the form of rock, pop or folk music. In a way, that says as much about the people who are drawn to it as it does the people who make it.
Every week Uproxx brings together the best new independent music from the past seven days. This week we had a (sort of) new album from punk legends Descendents, the return of Darkside and new tracks from Porches and Illuminati Hotties. Check out the rest of the best new indie music below.
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Descendants – 9th & Walnut
The new album from legendary punk band Descendents isn’t exactly new. In fact, it’s actually older than any Descendents release, with songs written during the band’s first practice in the late 1970s. It took over 40 years for the songs to gain attention. they deserve, and 9th & Walnut Finally introduces fans to what the group considers their lost album. “Sounds cheesy,” drummer Stevenson admitted to me in a recent interview. “I’m always suspicious when movies have a prequel. I have the impression that they made it up. I feel like it wasn’t really meant to be like that. Hope people don’t think of us like that Star wars one to three. But like most descendants, 9th & Walnut brings a sense of unabashed seriousness that allows this exercise of preservation to fit in perfectly with the rest of the band’s long catalog. All in all, the album offers a feat that most other bands would struggle to accomplish, let alone a band that has been performing together for almost 40 years.
Dark side – Spiral
Almost a decade after their first meeting, Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington are back for more music under the nickname Darkside. Spiral Certainly meets the expectation, making it a welcome new entry in the Darkside catalog, but one that doesn’t stray too far from what fans have come to know and love since 2013. Psychic.
Jhariah – A beginner’s guide to faking your own death PE
It only takes a few minutes to A more comprehensive guide to faking your own death, the new EP from Bronx-based singer-songwriter Jhariah to make you realize the project is going to be quite unlike anything you’ve heard before. Boasting massive theatrical production and arrangements including strings, brass, keys, and more, the EP is a master class in musical excess that finds each piece building a world for itself before quickly demolishing it. and move on to the next one.
Big Red Machine – “Phoenix” (ft. Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell)
With the new album How long do you think it will last? Expected next month, Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon have already started to introduce some of the exceptional special guests they have assembled for the project. The latest sampling comes in the form of “Phoenix”, which features appearances by Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell. The burgeoning new track is “what I always imagined the Big Red Machine would look like,” Dessner revealed in a statement.
Porches – “Ok”
Porches – aka New York singer-songwriter Aaron Maine – is nothing if not prolific. Barely a year after the release of his last album Ricky Music, Maine is back with a brand new effort, her fifth studio album titled Soft hold all day!. The new LP is previewed by “Okay,” which is “an upbeat tune with an opening guitar line that frankly reminds me a lot of Akron / Family’s“ Running, Returning ”,” writes Rachel Brodsky for Uproxx.
Illuminati Hotties – “Uvvp” (ft. Buck Meek)
With a brand new Illuminati Hotties album slated for release this fall, Sarah Tudzin has regularly released new music to create anticipation. “Uvvp” is the latest offering from Let me do one more, which Rachel Brodsky calls Uproxx “a beachy, warm-weather single,” featuring an awesome guest from Big Thief guitarist (and gifted solo artist!) Buck Meek.
The Linda Lindas – “Oh! “
You might remember The Linda Lindas from their viral performance of “Racist, Sexist Boy” at the LA Public Library earlier this year. Now the quartet is back with “Oh! ”, A brand new track which is what Rachel Brodsky calls Uproxx“ a banger without limits, all tight distorted guitars and singable lyrics reminiscent of Bikini Kill ”.
Avery Springer – “A Bored Man with a Knife”
Retirement Party leader Avery Springer has released a series of solo music over the past year, with mostly sparse arrangements to allow his impressive lyrical flow to take center stage. On “Bored Man With A Knife”, however, Springer teamed up with producer Ryan Hemsworth (Quarter-Life Crisis) to experiment with some electronic elements and vocal modulation. The resulting track sets the Chicago singer-songwriter off on a whole new road, but with plenty of track and room for exciting growth.
Indigo De Souza – “Hold on”
After recently reissuing their 2018 debut with Saddle Creek, Indigo De Souza is now preparing to release a brand new album in partnership with the famous independent label. “Hold U” is the second sampling of the next LP, Whatever form you take, which Caitlin White calls Uproxx “a song about space for loved ones to express themselves.”
Calicoco – “Heal me”
Calicoco’s new song “Heal Me” is built on a cacophony of offbeat riffs that immediately give off a feeling of discomfort, before Giana Caliolo shouts “give me a labotomy!” The single is the first preview of Calicoco’s upcoming second album Under, which is expected in September.
Some of the artists covered here are artists from Warner Music. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.