The Friday Refrain: Your Weekly New Music Digest

Fridayyyy!!! It's Fridayyyy!!!

Sorry, don't know where that came from. I think I'm overcompensating for the fact that I'm actually tired and very allergy affected today. Also, I'm listening to pretty chill music, hang on I need to switch that.

Okay I'm back. Let's hit up the new arrivals of today. It's a pretty big day and I'm going to start with my love's favorites. we've got rockers Queen of the Stone Age back with Villains; Iron & Wine returns with Beast Epic; and indie rockers The Mynabirds released Be Here Now. Gypsy Punk Gogol Bordello's new one is titled Seekers and Finders. Let's get a little deep here with Ema and Exile in the Outer Ring and The War On Drugs with A Deeper Understanding. Brian McKnight has a new album after many years, Genesis. Rapper collective A$AP Mob released Cozy Tapes 2: Too Cozy. The Oh Sees (aka OCS, The Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees) are revived on Orc. Our eponymous albums of the week are Fifth Harmony and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Pop Country trio The Cadillac Three, whose last album entertained me thoroughly, are back with Legacy. And finally let's round it out with Together Pangea's Bulls and Roosters, and indie rocker favorite of mine.

Last week's List of Goodies!

So there was this little talked about thing last week, solar eclipse across the U.S., and so in honor of it here is my list of

Solar Eclipse/Lunar/Sky-related Album Titles

  • Gang of Youths, Go Farther in Lightness
  • The Duke Spirit, Sky Is Mine
  • Wildwood Kin, Turning Tides
  • Jamila Woods, HEAVN
  • Man Duo, Orbit
  • Ghostpoet, Dark Days & Canapes
  • Shelby Lynn & Allison Moore, Not Dark Yet
  • Zhu, stardustexhalemarrakechdreams

Pretty awesome, right? Yep. And let's do one more quick one for fun


  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Sketches of Brunswick East (I know this is the first on the list, but I promise I didn't make up this list just to mention King Gizzard)
  • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Groovin' in the Greaseland
  • Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins
  • Mosquitos, Mexican Dust
  • BIRDS, Everything All At Once

Well that was fun. I hope you have with that too. Also, I picked the songs quick and I apologize if there's anything offensive in the playlist. Hopefully there's something that piques your interest, maybe it'll be that Jamila Woods song or maybe the Andrew Scott track. You never know, until next time - Happy Listening!