Best New Indie: 9 Songs You Need To Discover This Week

Required Weekly Listening from Sloan, Shakey Graves and more

New music Friday is here, and with it a whole bunch of great new music.

After months of teasing, new albums arrived today from MGMT, Dashboard Confessional, Franz Ferdinand and Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated Black Panther soundtrack. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Partner’s boisterous Stiegl Hidden Studio Session. On the lighter side, Vance Joy stopped by the Collective Arts Black Box to perform his brand new single “Saturday Sun.”

Now for the main event, here are our favourite new tracks of the week:


James Bay – “Wild Love”

British crooner James Bay has marked his return with “Wild Love” this week. Bay previously breakthrough with his debut album Chaos and the Calm back in 2015.

Sloan – “The Day Will Be Mine”

Canadian indie rock veterans Sloan have unveiled details on their forthcoming 12th studio album. Sloan 12 will arrive on April 6, via Murderecords/Universal Music Canada. The band shared the first single from the upcoming record, “The Day Will Be Mine,” today.


Reuben And The Dark – “Hurricane”

Folk-rock project Reuben and the Dark shared a passionate new song this week titled “Hurricane”. The artist recently announced a string of Canadian tour dates, including a show at The Drake Underground this March.

Brian Borcherdt – “Backwoods Ritual”

While Brian Borcherdt is probably best known for his work as a member of manic dance music outfit Holy Fuck, he’s quietly been crafting melodic indie rock in various bands and as a solo artist since the 1990s. Borcherdt first introduced us to Dusted in 2012 with the release of Total Dust, now he’s set to unveil the project’s sophomore effort, Blackout Summer, on April 6 via Royal Mountain Records. Listen to his new song “Backwoods Ritual” above.


OUGHT – “Desire”

Montreal indie-rockers Ought are prepping the release of their forthcoming record With Room Inside The World February 16th. The band shared a new single “Desire,” that’s best described by bassist Ben Stidworthy as “Sade meets Bruce Springsteen,” and features a 70 piece vocal choir. Listen above!


TITUS ANDRONICUS – “Above The Bodega (Local Business)”

Titus Andronicus shared a second new single from their upcoming album A Productive Cough, “Above The Bodega (Local Business)” this week. The song is written about the deli-grocery store frontman Patrick Stickles lives above in New York City.

Shakey Graves – “Kids These Days”

Shakey Graves recently announced a North American tour with a Toronto date in the mix. This week the blues-folk artist shared a two-song EP, The Sleep, that features the above song “Kids These Days”.

COIN – “Growing Pains”

Nashville rock gruop COIN shared “Growing Pains” this week in, produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fall Out Boy).

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Middle America”

The last we heard from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks was 2014’s Wig Out at Jagbags. This week, the band has shared its first new music in four years with the release of the single “Middle America.” It appears a record is on the way, as Malkmus and Co. also unveiled extensive North American summer touring plans.