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Le Ren Contemplates Relationships on ‘Leftovers’

I’ve spent a lot of time listening to Le Ren (Lauren Spear)’s Leftovers while knitting a blanket for my childhood friend’s baby. The more I listened to the Montreal-based singer-songwriter’s debut LP, the more my knitting-filled listening sessions felt like kismet. Because on Leftovers, Spear touches on friendship, love, and motherhood — the very qualities helping to fuel my blanket making.
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New Mix: Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Shamir, more

I have so many new songs from old favorites on this week's All Songs Considered, including the return of Mitski. After releasing her 2018 album Be The Cowboy, she began to feel the stresses of the music industry and the commodification of her work. So, she just stopped. On today's show, Mitski talks about her decision to start recording again and how it led to her new song, "Working for the Knife."
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Governors Ball 2021

Following an eventful Day 1 return to action at its new home of Citi Field in Queens, Governors Ball returned for a Day 2 that featured a mix of some of the best rising stars of indie rock and as well as mainstays in the world of hip hop and pop.
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Indies Only for October 9, 2021

After a crazy weekend of sports, hopefully you had a chance to relax and enjoy three hours of nothing but unsigned and independent music!. This week we got a ton of new tracks from bands like IDLES, The Last Gang, Man of Astro-Man?, Alex Orange Drink, Eels, Near Beer, Jaguar Jonze, The Used, and more!

New Release: Big Thief – Change

Big Thief have unveiled ‘Change’, another gorgeous track in their catalogue, and announce a spring North American tour. Following three stunning singles – ‘Little Things’, ‘Sparrow’, and ‘Certainty’, ‘Change’ is intimate and evocative, and places the listener right alongside the band. Dreamy, eerie harmonies find warmth in the simple romance of Adrianne Lenker’s lyrics; their innocent hope looking to find a simple moment of peace in chaotic times.

Worth the wait: Waxahatchee brings ‘Saint Cloud’ to Pappy & Harriet’s

“We didn’t get to tour it in a timely manner, so we’re making up for lost time,” Waxahatchee front woman Katie Crutchfield said with a warm smile to the sold-out crowd at Pappy & Harriet’s Saturday, September 25. In March of 2020, Crutchfield released her fifth studio album Saint Cloud to glowing critical reception, but was forced to postpone her tour as venues across the world shuttered for the pandemic. Nearly a year and a half later, her live show was worth the wait.

True Love

There’s an unnamable edge to memory, an agitating pleasure in reviving the thorniest parts of our past. To remember what’s painful, or banal, is to protect against the slog of the present, the mundanity of growing up. It’s within this blurry psychological terrain that indie-pop duo Hovvdy thrive. Will Taylor and Charlie Martin sing longingly of what’s lost and what remains, of the small moments that can epitomize a life: driving alongside your significant other in silence, watching YouTube videos in bed, playing catch with your friends in the front yard. This may sound like typical indie-rock adolescent fetishizing, but the candid reflexivity in Hovvdy’s songwriting and instrumentation guards against oversentimentality. They’re not stuck in the past; they’re moving forward, craning their necks back to see what’s been left behind.

All The Best New Indie Music From This Week

Indie music has grown to include so much. It’s not just music that is released on independent labels, but speaks to an aesthetic that deviates from the norm and follows its own weirdo heart. It can come in the form of rock music, pop, or folk. In a sense, it says as much about the people that are drawn to it as it does about the people that make it.

See Aaron Dessner Perform Big Red Machine’s ‘The Ghost of Cincinnati’ on ‘Fallon’

The National’s Aaron Dessner appeared on Friday’s Tonight Show to perform his collaborative side project Big Red Machine’s “The Ghost of Cincinnati.” The performance was in sharp contrast to Big Red Machine’s last late-night appearance in September, when Dessner brought a battalion of musicians — including Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, the National’s Scott Devendorf, Anais Mitchell and about a half-dozen more — to deliver “New Auburn” on The Late Show. This time around, it was just Dessner and his acoustic guitar. “The Ghost of Cincinnati” features on Big Red Machine’s latest LP How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?, which arrived in August. While Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon are co-founders of the group, the LP features an all-star cast of collaborators, including Taylor Swift (“Renegade“), Sharon Van Etten, Mitchell, Fleet Foxes,  My Brightest Diamond, Lisa Hannigan, This Is My Kit, and members of the National, Big Thief and more. “That’s what makes it special,” Dessner — who worked on Swift’s sister LPs Folklore and Evermore — previously said of the album in a statement. “With everyone that’s on this record, there’s an openness, a creative generosity, and an emotional quality that connects it all together.”

Our favorite songs of the week (playlist)

Between our daily coverage, our Notable Releases and Indie Basement columns, and our monthly punk and rap roundups, we post tons of new music all the time here on BrooklynVegan. In an effort to keep track of all the new music we’re excited about, we’ve been posting a new playlist each week with many of the songs we love that were (mostly) released that week.

5 Albums I Can’t Live Without: John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants

Excited about Tierra Whack, Wet Leg, Sax Kari, Soccer Mommy, Holly Golightly, Big Thief, Os Mutantes. My current music collection has a lot of Old music from New Orleans. And a little bit of Hard bop. Don’t judge me for Anything. Preferred format None really. I listen to music, as...

Hovvdy’s Latest Record, ‘True Love,’ is Unabashedly Positive

“I think a lot about the very early days when we met. We were both drumming in different bands I think we were in a similar place, sort of tiptoeing into songwriting, with very modest ambitions,” Charlie Martin of the pop duo Hovvdy says. “But we were both so inspired and in meeting each other I think we realized we could lean on each other. Together we had all the pieces we needed to start a project, and it kind of immediately clicked into something that felt special and really fun. So it’s been a really sweet journey.”

Big Thief plot double LP for 2022, hear new single Change

Big Thief have released a new song, Change, ahead of a 20-song double album set to be released in 2022. The new song comes alongside the same hand-drawn animated visualiser as their last two non-album singles, Little Things and Certainty. You can hear the new song below, and stream or purchase it through your platform of choice here.
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Indie Rockers Big Thief To Play Agora in April 2022

Indie rockers Big Thief just released Big Thief — Live at the Bunker Studio, as well as video footage of all the songs. The bulk of these recordings are culled from 2019’s Two Hands and U.F.O.F. The group also just released the somber new single, "Change." In the wake of...