Your First Listen: 9 songs you need to discover this week

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It’s time for Your First Listen, where we show you songs you need to discover this week!

This Indie88 feature is presented with Bay Bloor Radio.

Each week we feature five remarkable songs that you need to hear on Your First Listen on air. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs every day in Indie88 beginning at 10 a.m.

Online, we expand the list with a couple more tunes. This week, we’ve gotten some amazing fresh cuts from Jack White, Blink-182, lovelytheband, Tearing Up, and more.

Check out nine songs you need to discover this week below.

Jack White – “A Tip From You To Me”

Jack White expresses his more of his elegant acoustic side on “A Tip From You To Me,” the latest single from his 2022 record Entering Heaven Alive.

Blink-182 – “Edging”

At last, Blink-182’s most-celebrated lineup has returned. The pop-punk trio have shared their first new music with vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge in a decade with the release of “Edging.”

The new tune arrives on the heels of news that DeLonge had rejoined the band for a new record and world tour. DeLonge last performed with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker back in 2015.

lovelytheband – “Sail Away”

Los Angeles alt-pop outfit lovelytheband have delivered a taste of what’s to come on their third album with the single “Sail Away.” The catchy song features some undeniably hooky whistling.

Arctic Monkeys – “Body Paint”

The latest from Arctic Monkeys is a piano-led track which captures the English outfit continuing to evolve further away from their AM sound.

Pony Girl – “King of the Country Club”

Ottawa/Hull-based art-pop collective Pony Girl released their new record Enny One Wil Love You this past week via Paper Bag Records. The band confront privilege with the single “King of the Country Club.”

“‘King of the Country Club’ confronts privilege through a surreal golf nightmare,” the band explained in a release. “Our friend and songwriter, Gianna Lauren, once dreamed she had to whack someone in the throat with a golf club, which inspired us to think about relationships to power. Pascal’s auto-tuned snark is as insincere as these social hierarchies.”

Ripe – “Noise In The Forest”

Funk-rockers Ripe have followed-up their previously released cut “Settling” with a feel-good track titled “Noise In The Forest.”

“I remember the initial catalyst for this song being a conversation in the room about the capacity for anger,” vocalist Robbie Wulfsohn said in a release. “If memory serves, after a particularly great House of Blues Boston show in February 2020, I was sharing a story about when I was younger and my anger went from 0-10 in a way that was shocking to remember.  I remember that tour feeling particularly wonderful and I think I wanted to use that good mood to take a loving look at anger.  Where that led me was a love letter to the band, the community, and the symbiotic relationship that we have.”


BoyWithUke ft. Oliver Tree – “Sick Of U”

BoyWithUke is piling up streaming numbers with his latest release “Sick of U,” a collaboration with musician Oliver Tree. It’s the first new music from BoyWithUke since his debut record Serotonin Dreams.

“Working with Oliver was a lot of fun,” the artist said in a release. “He’s a really goofy, yet very professional person, and I admire the contrast of his personalities.”

Hayden – “East Coast”

Hayden has shared his first new music since 2015’s Hey Love, with the arrival of a brand new single titled “East Coast.” The track was written, produced, and mixed by Hayden.

“I was inspired to write this song after covering a Leonard Cohen song called ‘Avalanche’ for the promotion of the film Death Of A Ladies Man,” Hayden said in a release.

Tearing Up – “Monarch”

Tearing Up is a project from Graham Caldwell, the creative force who was previously behind Billy Moon. Tearing Up is set to release three records over the next year-plus, with the aptly named EP Billy Is Dead arriving last week. Check out the single “Monarch.”

“This song makes me think of being in Greece, specifically Mykonos where all the buildings are painted white to reflect the heat of the sun,” Caldwell said in a release. “I spent a lot of time on that vacation just going for long walks through the streets of all the different places. I would just go somewhere and keep walking until I got tired.”




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