Hello new music lovers. Welcome to NEXT. We have a simple goal: Find you a NEXT, new favorite song. #NextFavoriteSong

On NEXT this week. Hedge. Maybe it’s just what some of us needed to get out of our own heads and forget what’s happening out there in the world. Even if it’s just for a moment. Just dance. Beabadoobee with a warm and fuzzy, deeply nostalgic, and ultra-cathartic, all at once song. Bea says: “This song has end-of-a-90s movie vibes, like you’re driving down a highway. It is pretty much me being angry at society, or people around me who I just don’t think know me and don’t care. I don’t want you to feel fucking sorry for me. I just want you to understand what I’ve been through. I never expected to be making the first video from my album during a pandemic! I was so lucky to be locked down with the bedroom guys, it feels like it turned out as one of the most personal, real videos I’ve made. I’m so excited to share it!” 

Lewis Del Mar “This album is, nearly word for word, our account of gluing the vase back together, cracks visible,” says Lewis Del Mar.The duo, childhood friends Danny Miller and Max Harwood, recorded AUGUST over two years, beginning in a Rockaway Beach bungalow they converted into a studio. Recording started in the summer of 2017 as they grappled with an altered sense of normalcy after their first major tour and the release of their debut album. Party Muscles – Citywaking 4-piece retro AF garage rock whirlwind from Philly.

Joan Jett has released her interpretation of the T. Rex hit “Jeepster,” from the star-studded Hal Willner-produced collection Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex, out September 4 on BMG.  Jett delivers a stunning tribute to her teenage idol, harkening back to her formative years on the Sunset Strip absorbing everything Bolan and T. Rex had to offer. Blackout Balter is a Nashville-based quintet. Blackout Balter explodes into their debut album with a rush of punk and alternative rock energies, ready to seize the moment and arrest the senses. An unapologetic assertion of love, struggle, and leaving,

KaiL Baxley. “This is my gritty midtown Los Angeles record,” says Baxley of the new album. “It’s intentional, raw and honest.” Supergrass have marked the 25th anniversary of their hit single ‘Alright’ with the release of a new rarities EP.
The ‘Alright / Time 25’ digital EP features live performances from T In The Park and Glastonbury, as well as two studio B-sides from the ‘Alright’ era. Metallica and San Francisco Symphony. The three-hour performances showcased the interplay between Metallica’s thundering riffs and the nearly 80-piece Symphony’s sweeping strings

Liz Brasher. Sometimes a piano and a confident voice are all a song needs to get its message across. Liz Brasher’s new release, “Sad Girl Status,” is just that; Brasher’s acclaimed half-Dominican, half-Italian, and soulfully southern voice upheld by her own piano accompaniment. Out now, “Sad Girl Status” is Brasher’s emotional follow up to her 2019 debut record, Painted Image. “Sad Girl Status was really born out of what I felt was a low point in my career, and subsequently my life, towards the end of last year,” Pete Yorn says “The World” is a simple meditation on the fact that you gotta take the good with the bad. This world is filled with so much beauty and so much pain and things that work out perfectly and horrors that seem to make no sense at all.” 

Land Of Talk. The song’s fuzzy and warm and steadfast, Powell’s voice a shiver on top of stealthily anthemic strums that recall her past as a Broken Social Scene collaborator.” Montreal-based Land of Talk where the cheery, propulsive wall of guitar fuzz belies the song’s anguished lyrics, singer/guitarist Elizabeth Powell says: The music itself is the very sound of people connecting – lush and layered with swirling synths and dreamy guitar noise, driving drums – I envision us all sweatily, joyfully performing together on stage. Lyrically though this song has revealed itself to be about loneliness. How we get sidelined by/stuck in it, and the wish-hope-struggle to reach out and connect with others. The chorus promise ‘I’ll be there night after night’ is at once comforting and threatening. Is it a loved-one talking or the loneliness itself?” 

Prince, well the Prince estate released a previously unheard recording from Prince’s legendary vault that will be featured on the expanded reissue of Prince’s iconic Sign O’ The Times out September 25. “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 Version)” was recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Studio A on May 23, 1979, and engineered by Bob Mockler. It is the oldest recording in the Super Deluxe Edition collection, dating back to sessions for Prince’s self-titled 1979 album. Its basic elements are minimal: live drums and claps, bass, guitar, synth, and nine layers of Prince’s voice. The Waterboys give us great musicianship and well crafted lyrics. I dare you not to air drum along to this track. It’s loud brash folk rock at its finest, proving once again that The Waterboys are one of the few bands that just make simply brilliant music.

Chicano Batman continue their retro-tinged resistance funk. Billy Nomates “‘No’ was a word that I didn’t learn to use until a year ago. By not using it, I didn’t really have a lifestyle that I liked,” she tells NME over Zoom. “From the minute I started saying ‘no’ to stuff, doors started opening. It sounds really negative, but to me it was a really positive find. ‘No, I don’t want to do that’: there’s a power to it. If you learn to say ‘no’, it gets somebody’s attention. In a world of yes men, I’ll be a no woman, thanks.”

It was tough before Covid 19. Now more than ever we need to support these bands. Even something as simple as buying an album, or a ticket to a show (when live music comes back or if they are hosting online events), or a tee shirt. And if you can buy directly from them. Even better. Thank you.

Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish). Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.

WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.

You can listen to NEXT on the radio. Listen to NEXT on Ocean 98 in Maryland Sunday nights at 10. Or Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada

Artist and Song Title:

  • Hedge – The Cure
  • Beabadoobee – Care
  • Lewis Del Mar – The Ceiling
  • Party Muscles – Citywaking
  • Joan Jett – Jeepster (Cover)
  • Blackout Balter – Wild One
  • KaiL Baxley – Feelin’ About You
  • Supergrass – Just Dropped In (To See What My Condition Was In) (Cover)
  • Metallica and San Francisco Symphony – Nothing Else Matters (Live)
  • Liz Brasher – Sad Girl Status
  • Pete Yorn – The World
  • Land Of Talk – Footnotes
  • Prince – I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Demo)
  • The Waterboys – The Soul Singer
  • Chicano Batman – I Know It
  • Billy Nomates – No

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