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New Music Friday

Every Friday brings new music releases that you can listen to immediately on your computer or mobile device (via hoopla). Here are highlights from the albums that were released on Friday, July 24. See the regularly updated list here:

  • Woman by Jill Scott
    Adult Contemporary R&B. So varied that it resembles a compilation, the singer and songwriter's fifth album nonetheless contains several of the year's best R&B cuts.

Listen to the Newest Music Now

New music is now released every Friday. Here are the top albums that hit the street on July 17, 2015, that you can listen to right now (through our relationship with hoopla) as reviewed by :

Angels And Alcohol by Alan Jackson
Contemporary Country. A satisfyingly familiar collection of straight-ahead country from the old pro.

Golden Age by Woodkid

Woodkid’s Yoann Lemoine's sad, rich vocals are oh so soothing against a backdrop of dramatic orchestral storming. The swelling strings and crashing drums cultivate an atmosphere of urgency but not haste, and all at once his songs give a sense of deep adventure, nostalgia and longing.  A track that I can’t stop listening to is “Conquest of Spaces”. Equally as worthwhile is “Run boy run”, I love you”, and “Iron”. Something not to be missed while discovering the wizardry of Woodkid is the aesthetic of Woodkid’s music videos that complement the dramatic, cinematic essence of this album.

Listen now to music released June 30

Here are the top picks from the last week in June, as appraised by the editors at (who also wrote the mini-reviews below). All links will take you to the relevant page on hoopla where you can listen to the music right now.

New music to listen to now

So much excellent new music coming out every week! Here are the top picks from the last couple weeks (June 16 and 23 to be precise), as appraised by the editors at (who also wrote the mini-reviews below). All links will take you to the relevant page on hoopla where you can listen to the music right now. Enjoy!

New on Tuesday, June 23:

Fantasy Empire by Lightning Bolt

My go-to gym soundtrack since its arrival this April, the new album by the formidable Providence duo is 48 minutes of lightning-quick (apologies) chaos that could put a pulse in an ice cream sundae.  Despite the album's breakneck speed, Lightning Bolt continue to distinguish themselves as being that rare species of artist who make their inability to decelerate constantly captivating.  Favorite tracks include, "The Metal East," "Horsepower," and "King of My World."

Ornette Coleman (1930-2015)

Yesterday morning, Thursday, June 11, a truly original soul ended his tenure on this mortal plane. Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He is credited with liberating "jazz from conventional harmony, tonality, structure and expectation".

Top music releases from the last two weeks

Every Tuesday new music is released and you get immediate access to stream it, with no advertising, no waiting, just the music you want to hear. Here are highlights from the past two weeks (released June 2 and 9, 2015). See all the latest here.

  • Drones by Muse
    Alternative Pop/Rock. Arena rock political protest album

Hot Chip

Hot Chip’s albums keep falling into my lap ever since the first time I unexpectedly came across them in high school.  The British electronic group hasn’t changed too much though- if anything, they’ve gotten even more confident in their quirkiness and comfortable in their own skin.  Their newest album Why Make Sense?, released in May, illustrates just how these skilled these blokes are with synthesizers and emotive lyrics with songs like “White Wine and Fried Chicken”, “Huarache Lights” and “Love is the Future”.

Louis 'Thunder Thumbs' Johnson (1955-2015)

Best known for his bass lines in his group, The Brothers Johnson, and his later work with Michael Jackson (especially "Billie Jean" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough") and one of my personal favorites, "Get the Funk ouf ma Face"; Louis Johnson died last Thursday at the age of 60. His ideas have been recycled for a ton of hip-hop tracks, but you owe it to yourself to pay tribute to the original. Stream some today.

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