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Monogold x ANCHR Magazine: An Exclusive Fall Playlist

Although it's been a hot week in Chicago, Brooklyn based trio Monogold helped us get ready for inevitable Fall weather by composing their own Fall playlist, featuring some of their favorite songs of the season. Give it a listen and check out the band's commentary below!

Black Sabbath - "Children of the Grave" - It has grave in the title. 

The Sundays - "You're Not the Only One I Know" - We've always listened to this record on our fall tours. 

Pixies - "Motorway to Roswell" - It has a sci-fi B movie feel. makes us think of Ed Wood

Sonic Youth - "Hoarfrost" - Sonic youth always seems like a band you should be listening to while wearing a flannel. It's flannel season, baby.

Pretenders - "Don't Get Me Wrong" - CVS. 1993. waiting in line holding your mom's hand buying huge bags of candy. 

Follow Monogold on their social media, and listen to their latest single "Feelers" below! Their new album Babyfood will be out this Friday, 9/29. 

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New Music Friday 9/22

Tons of new tunes out today! Indie pop singer Maggie Rogers released a "parting gift" single before she retreats from touring and the limelight to work on an album, while British rockers The Hunna released their first piece of music since their 2016 debut album. Fellow Brits Wolf Alice and Barns Courtney have released new singles from their upcoming albums, and Banners put out the lead single from his upcoming EP. Speaking of EPs, The Lemon Twigs and Space4Lease both put out their highly anticipated EPs today. On the album front, it's a great day for Chicago because local favorites Knox Fortune and Jude Shuma released their debut albums. Listen to all of that and more below!

Maggie Rogers- "Split Stones"

Wolf Alice- "Heavanward"

Barns Courtney- "Champion"

The Hunna- "Summer"

Lizzo- "Truth Hurts"

Banners- "Firefly"



Joey Sweeny- "Digital Light"

Monogold- "Feelers"

Space4Lease- Drifting EP

The Lemon Twigs- Brothers of Destruction EP

Knox Fortune- Paradise

Hiss Golden Messenger- Hallelujah Anyhow

Jude Shuma- Reflection

METZ- Strange Peace

Moses Sumney- Aromanticism

The Killers- Wonderful Wonderful

New Music Friday 9/15

New Music Friday this week bring new singles from lots of our favorites! To Kill a King released a new original single following a few covers, and Space4lease released their final single from their new EP. MUNA and NAO both put out their first singles following up their latest albums, and Cut Worms has also announced a new EP with a debut single. On the album front, Hippo Campus has a new EP out, while Ariel Pink and Angus & Julia Stone put out full LPs. Get your weekend started by listening to all that and more below!

Cut Worms- "Like Going Down Sideways"

The Lemon Twigs- "Why Didn't You Say That?"

To Kill A King- "Spiritual Dark Age"

Space4Lease- "I Tried Calling"

LÉON- "I Believe In Us"

NAO- "Nostalgia"

MUNA- "In My Way"

The Killers- "Some Kind of Love"

Now, Now- "Yours"

King Krule- "Dum Surfer"

Hippo Campus- "Warm Glow" EP

Angus & Julia Stone- Snow

Ariel Pink- Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

New Music Friday: 9/8

So many new albums out today! The National have their first album out since 2013, and Alvvays put out their sophomore album to follow up their debut in 2014. The Belle Game and Zola Jesus's new albums have a dreamy ethereal vibe, while Nothing But Thieves bring on the jamming with their 15-track album. Lomelda and Joseph also have new records out, just to name a few. Even Twin Peaks: The Return has put out a soundtrack following the series finale on Sunday, which features artists like Sharon Van Etten, Nine Inch Nails, and Eddie Vedder. On the singles front, there's everything from the hyped up, long awaited return of Sam Smith to the debut single from a brand new artist, Anna Leone. Local legends Twin Peaks have also released the next double single of their Sweet '17 Singles series. Beck is back with the catchy track "Up All Night," while Spinning Coin released "Sleepless," the lead single from their upcoming debut album. Aquilo, St. Vincent, and Matt Woods also have stunning new singles. No matter what your music taste is, there's something for everyone this week. Tune into it all below!

Twin Peaks- "Come For Me" and "Fat Chance"

Anna Leone- "My Soul I"

St. Vincent- "Los Angeles"

Spinning Coin- "Sleepless"

Beck- "Up All Night"

The Fluids- "Creatures"

Sam Smith- "Too Good at Goodbyes"

Matt Woods- "Craving" 

Aquilo- "I Could Fight On a Wall"

Nina Nesbitt- "The Best You Had"

Alvvays- Antisocialites

Joseph- Stay Awake

Lomelda- 'Thx' 

The Belle Game- Fear/Nothing


The National - Sleep Well Beast

Wild Cub- Closer    

Zola Jesus- Okov

Anna of the North-Lovers

Nothing But Thieves- Broken Machine

Twin Peaks Soundtrack

New Music Friday 9/1

This week's New Music Friday features a few great albums, like The Babe Rainbow and Daughter's new records...but the focus this week is on all the new singles! Bully has made their long awaited return with "Running" to announce their new album out 10/20. Michigander and Benjamin Francis Leftwhich both released heartfelt, mellow singles today, while Zola Jesus, Frida Sundemo, and Skott's new singles highlight their hypnotizing and ethereal vocals. Aussie singer-songwriters Alex Lahey and Courtney Barnett both have new laid back songs out this week, the latter collaborating with Kurt Vile. ROZES gets the weekend vibes going with her anthemic pop tune "Girls on Boys." For all that and more, tune in below!

Michagander- "Stolen"

Bully- "Running"

Zola Jesus- "Siphon"

Benjamin Francis Leftwich- "Rebellion (Lies)"

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile- "Over Everything"

Alex Lahey- "Lotto in Reverse"

Ten Tonnes-"Cracks Between"

Skott- "Remain"

Galantis & ROZES- "Girls on Boys"

Frank Ocean- "Provider"

Ibeyi & Kamasi Washington- "Deathless"


Holy Wars- "Back to Life"

Nothing But Theives- "Broken Machine"



Rose Gray- Blue EP

Jake Bugg- Hearts That Strain

The Babe Rainbow- The Babe Rainbow

Daughter-Music From Before The Storm

New Music Friday 8/25

Lots of new music out this week; From local favorites to long awaited albums, this week's New Music Friday is all over the spectrum. Chicago's own Lucille Furs and Jude Shuma have both debuted singles from upcoming albums, and new artists BAUM and MK.Gee have both released their second singles. All time ANCHR favorites To Kill a King released a new cover of "Cigarette," and new favorites Space4Lease return with another new track, "If It's True." On the album front, Brand New's surprise album that arrived last week is finally on Spotify this week. Gordi, together PANGEA, Widowspeak and more also have new albums out. Tune in below for all those and more!

Lucille Furs- "Our Lady of Perpetual Frustration"

To Kill a King- "Cigarette" (Marika Hackman Cover)

Space4Lease-"If It's True"

LÉON- "Body"

Jude Shuma- "Lemonade"

BAUM- "Hot Water"

The Killers- "Wonderful Wonderful"


Brother Brother- "Feels Like 1901"

Colouring- Heathen EP

Har Mar Superstar – Personal Boy EP

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

together PANGEA – Bulls and Roosters

Gordi- Reservoir

Widowspeak- Expect The Best

Brand New- Science Fiction

New Music Friday 8/18

Lots going on for this week's New Music Friday! In addition to new singles from Alvvays, Varsity, Gordi, and Farebrother, Bastille have released an Orchestreal version of Green Day's "Basket Case." On the new album front, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have teamed up with Mild High Club for a collaborative album, and our pals Gang of Youths have released their long awaited album. Listen to all that and more below!


Rose Gray- "Ring The Alarm"

Varsity- "Settle Down"


Bastille- "Basket Case" (Green Day Cover)

Julien Baker- "Appointments"

Gordi- "Bitter End"

Blaenavon- Prague '99 EP

Everything Everything- A Fever Dream

Gang of Youths- Go Further in Lightness

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard/Mild High Club- Sketches of Brunswick East

New Music Friday 8/11

Lots of singles out this week from across all corners of the genre-sphere, including releases from JSPH, Space4lease, Skela, Matt Woods, and more! On the album front, The Districts' new record is out today, as well as the long awaited return from Kesha! No matter what kind of song you're in the mood for, this New Music Friday playlist has a little something for everyone. Tune in now! 

Moses Sumney- "Quarrel"

Marlon Williams- "Vampire Again"


Matt Woods- "Nervous"

Skela- "Secret"

Florist- "Glowing Brightly"

The Belle Game- "Low"

Space4lease- "Lately"

The National- "Carin at the Liquor Store"

Daughter- "Burn It Down"

Billie Eilish- "Party Favor"


Sedgewick- "To Fold"

Canyon City- "Midnight Flight"

Thompson Springs- Fond Regards EP

The Districts- Popular Manipulations

Kesha- Rainbow

Matt Pond PA- Still Summer

New Music Friday 7/28

Lots of singles out this week, including a few long-awaited comebacks, as well as some albums guaranteed to be staples of the summer! Singles include the first release from Company of Thieves in 6 years and the first release from BØRNS this year. We're also really digging the new single and video from the NYC band Late Night Episode (check them out if you like Imagine Dragons and Bear Hands). Coast Modern released their debut album, Arcade Fire released the follow up to their 2015 album today, and Joywave are also back with some new content (pun intended). Tune in to all the new music for this week below!

Late Night Episde- "Golden Age"

Billie Eilish- "my boy"

The Killers-"Run For Cover"

Alex Lahey- "Every Day's the Weekend"

joan- "love somebody like you"

LOMELDA- "Out There"

Hembree- "Had It All"

BØRNS- "Faded Heart"

Company of Thieves- "Treasure"

Toyko-"Golden Ones"

Space4Lease- "Drifting"

Joywave- Content

Coast Modern- Coast Modern

Arcade Fire- Everything Now

Manchester Orchestra- A Black Mile to the Surface

New Music Friday 7/21

Tune in below to check out which new music we'll be diving into this weekend. With new singles from Summer Salt and Billie Eilish to albums from Declan McKenna and Chicago's own Skip Church and Today'sHits, there's a little something for everyone in this week's New Music Friday!

Skott- "Mermaid"

Nothing But Thieves- "Sorry"

Smallpools- "Passenger Side"

Billie Eilish-"idontwannabeyouanymore"

Summer Salt- "So Polite" and "Prickly Pear"

The War On Drugs- "Strangest Thing"

Dan Croll- Emerging Adulthood

Declan McKenna- What Do You Think About the Car?

Lana Del Rey- Lust For Life

Skip Church - Out Of Tune, In Touch With The Devil

Today'sHits - Today'sHits

New Music Friday 7/14

New Music Friday is upon us again! Twinsmith's perfect-for-summer album Stay Cool is finally out, along with albums from some of our other favorites like Japanese Breakfast and Sheer Mag. Billie Eilish and The Sometimes Island also have new singles out! Tune in to all the new releases now...

Billie Eilish- "Copycat"

Space4lease- "Must Be Something"

The Sometimes Island-"Bad People"

Luke Rathborne "Don't Call Me Baby" & "I Wish I Was A Bird"

Zola Jesus- "Soak"

Vance Joy- "Lay It On Me"

Waxahatchee- Out in the Storm

Sheer Mag- Need To Feel Your Love

Japanese Breakfast- Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Oh Wonder- Ultralife

Twinsmith- Stay Cool



New Music Friday 7/7

SO much new music out today, including albums from HAIM, Dream Version, and Broken Social Scene. Wolf Alice, Honne, and Urban Cone all have singles out this week as well. Tune in now!

Wolf Alice- "Don't Delete The Kisses"

Urban Cone- "Pumping Up Clouds"

Joywave- "Going To A Place"

LÈON- "Surround Me"

Skela- "Hella"

Future Generations- "One More Problem"


Honne- "Just Dance"


To Kill a King-The Good Old Days (acoustic EP)

Jade Bird- Something American EP

Dream Version- Fight Fair

Broken Social Scene- Hug of Thunder

This Is The Kit- Moonshine Freeze

The Technicolors- Metaphysical


Haim- Something To Tell You

Playlist: Dream Version Exclusive for ANCHR

Tomorrow is the day! Our pals Dream Version are releasing their new album called Fight Fair. To celebrate, the Chicago trio made us an exclusive playlist. Listen to it and check out what they had to say about the songs they selected below!

Thumbnail image courtesy of Dream Version

1.  Yes Sir, No Sir / The Kinks

2.  Yo-Yo / Pylon

3.  Scared Straight / The Long Winters

4.  No Bulbs (single version) / The Fall

5.  Ping Pong Affair / The Slits

6.  The Glittering Prizes / Television Personalities

7.  Goldilocks Zone / Grass Widow

8.  We Are Underused / Pavement

9.  Flower Gardens / Chad VanGaalen

10.  Like A Prayer / Madonna

Songs about various flavors of fear (1,3,9)

Songs about the costs of deferring to authority (1,6)

Songs about continuing to play a game you know is rigged (2,6,8)

Songs that are just cool sonic influences (4,5)

Songs about weird religious themes (7,10)

Make sure you also grab a ticket to see Dream Version this Saturday night at Lincoln Hall for their special album release show. Tickets start at $10 and you can buy there here. 

Can't get enough Dream Version? Check out our interview with them

New Music Friday 6/30

Another batch of our favorite new tunes from this week is here! LANY and Kacy Hill have finally released their long-awaited debut albums, and Sir Sly is back after a long hiatus with their sophomore record. Our pal Blonder has also released a new single following up his debut EP which came out earlier this month. Tune in now...

Billie Eilish- "Watch"

Broken Social Scene- "Stay Happy"

The National- "Guilty Party"

Arcade Fire- "Signs of Life"

Blonder- "Just Because"

Albin Lee Meldau- "Bloodshot"

Sir Sly- Don't You Worry, Honey


LANY- Lany


Kacy Hill- Like A Woman

New Music Friday 6/23

Another great week for new tunes! Check out all the great tunes for this weekend, including VERITE, Mondo Cozmo, Twin Peaks, PANAMA, Kacy Hill, and more!

Mondo Cozmo- "Plastic Soul"

Kacy Hill- "Keep Me Sane"

Kodaline- "Brother"

HAIM- "Little Of Your Love"

Twinsmith-"You & I"

DVSN- "Don't Choose"

Twin Peaks- "Who It's Gonna Be"

The Technicolors- "Imposter!"

VERITE- Somewhere in Between

Panama- Hope For Something EP

New Music Friday 6/16

Here's everything we're listening to this week, from The Killers' comeback to EP releases from our favorites like Yoke Lore and Blonder. Tune in!

The Killers- "The Man"

The Japanese House- "3/3"

Parade Of Lights- "Touch"

Wolf Alice- "Yuk Foo"

Everything Everything- "Can't Do"

Gordi- "Heaven I Know"

Trailer Trash Tracys- "Eden Machine"

Livingmore- "Never Slow Down"

Arcade Fire- "Creature Comfort"

(Sandy) Alex G- "Sportstar" (Porches Remix)

Blonder- $5 EP

Yolk Lore- Good Pain EP

Portugal. The Man- Woodstock

Lorde- Melodrama

New Music Friday 6/9

Here's what we're listening to this week, including long awaited albums from London Grammar and Phoenix. Grizfolk, Rooney, Oh Wonder, and more have released new singles as well. Tune in now!

Rooney- "Second Chances"

Zola Jesus- "Exhumed"

Oh Wonder- "High On Humans"

BANNERS- "Someone To You"

Grizfolk & Jamie N Commons- 

Ibeyi- "Away Away"

Big Thief- Capacity

Phoenix- Ti Amo

Kirin J Callinan- Bravado

London Grammar- Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

Ten Tonnes- Born To Lose EP

Friendship, Relationships, and Memory: Bastille Drop Their Highly Anticipated Video For New Single "Glory"

"Friendship, relationships and memory is the ball park we're aiming for," Bastille's frontman Dan Smith tweeted in early April, revealing his take on the band's brand new video for "Glory," out today. 

Filmed in Texas while Bastille brought their "Wild, Wild World Tour" to America this past Spring, the video for Bastille's fifth single from Wild World evokes a strong sense of nostalgia using the themes that Smith set up. Playing on the lyrics "stories told to me, and stories told to you," the video depicts the common narrative of two people in a relationship, be it platonic or romantic, recalling the same memory from varying perspectives. Starring Smith and May Daniels, the five minute clip begins with Daniels and Smith sharing a drink and reminiscing while they lay on the hood of a car, watching planes fly by above. The story line unfolds in subtitles; As the pair recall partying in a dive bar, stealing a car, and jumping into pools, viewers see these flashbacks of the relationship between Daniels' and Smith's characters from both of their points of view. 

As with most of Bastille's work, Smith's appreciation of film shines through in this music video, from the layered story line down to the camera shots that add such a depth to the song. The music video comes across as more like a trailer for an indie drama, holding more weight than most music videos these days.  Never a band to do things the traditional way, Bastille also teased the video for days before the release, with Smith posting polaroids taken on set, which further evoke a sense of nostalgia and memories. 

Image Courtesy of Bastille

Image Courtesy of Bastille

With every listen of "Glory," I've always been reminded of memories of friendship and late nights, which ties in so closely to the story portrayed in the music video. To Smith's point in his tweet, they have definitely done it justice. Watch the video below.



New Music Friday 6/2

Quite a few albums out today, including debuts from Marika Hackman and Dua Lipa. Tons of new singles from Sir Sly, Livingmore, VÉRITÉ, and more released this week. Tune in now!

Sir Sly "Altar"

VÉRITÉ- "Saint"

Joywave- "Shutdown"

LANY- "13"

Meg Mac- "Maybe It's My First Time"

The Japanese House- "Somebody You Found"

Portugal. The Man- "So Young"


Liam Gallagher-"Wall of Glass"

Livingmore- "Cocoon"

Slow Skies- "Dancing"

Lorde- "Perfect Places"

LO MOON- "This Is It"

Matt Pond PA- "Still Summer"

Anna of the North- "Lovers"

Alt-J- Relaxer

Dua Lipa- Dua Lipa

Halsey- Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

Marika Hackman- I'm Not Your Man

Bleachers- Gone Now

New Music Friday 5/26

Check out what we're listening to this week, including  new albums from Pet Symmetry and James Vincent McMorrow, as well as new singles from Kirin J Callinan and All We Are. 

James Vincent McMorrow- True Care

Pet Symmetry- Vision

All We Are- "Animal"

Coast Modern- "Dive"

Kirin J Callinan- "Down 2 Hang" and "Living Each Day"

Noah Cyrus- "I'm Stuck"

Alt-J- "Adeline"

Bleachers- "I Miss Those Days"

Yolk Lore- "Goodpain"

Active Child- "Cruel World"