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They dropped the “Dixie” part of their name because it evokes nostalgia for the Civil War-era Southern U.S. Now they’re just the Chicks.
They’re just the Chicks who have won a whopping 13 Grammys and are the bestselling female group in the States.
The Chicks’ first new song in 14 years is “Gaslighter”, the title track off their highly anticipated fifth record, out July 17. The video from their latest single, “March March”, is an ode to demonstrators and protests. They’re still not ready to make nice, and we love them for it.
The release of the Canadian troubadour’s ninth album of originals, ’Unfollow The Rules’, was originally scheduled for April but it’s been pushed back until July 10 because the whole world is bananas right now, obvi. If you’re like us, you love to hear Canadians sing in French (we’re nodding at you, Arcade Fire) and Wainwright delivers. He has released ‘Pièce à vivre’, and also the English version, ‘Peaceful Afternoon’. "French is my second language as I grew up in Montreal,” Wainwright said in a statement. “I love singing in French. It is a language that sings in itself. 'A la Claire Fontaine' was one of the first songs I ever learnt as a child in my grandmother's home in the Laurentians. I thought that ‘Peaceful Afternoon' with its cascading melody would work particularly well in French and I am really happy with the result. Renan Luce's translation of the lyrics is quite beautiful and tasteful.”
“I wanted to release this song off my upcoming album as a preview into the world my new album is in!” the U.K. singer said of her new single, "Power", in a statement. “'Power' is about relationships in the 21st century, how they can now be dictated by social media, superficiality and material things. Dating can sometimes start out with lies or embellishments. The girl in the song is disillusioned by love and the cruel, good-looking, self-obsessed people she keeps ending up with.” Originally scheduled for a June 5 release, Goulding's fourth album is due to drop July 17.
If you have ‘July’ in your band name, you should be mandated to release work in said month. We are glad this group of Toronto alt-rockers are complying. ‘Pray For It’ is out July 10. July Talk, having performed as part of Toronto’s Canada Day celebrations, will also play a pair of drive-in concerts in Toronto on August 12 and 13 so practise your car dancing.
The influential Atlanta trap pioneer is back on July 3 with ‘So Icy Summer’, the followup to 2019’s ‘Woptober II’. The Guwop is also a New York Times bestselling author who’s the face of Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2020 advertising campaign. He also guests on Doja Cat’s latest “Like That" single. We're impressed.
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Yes! It’s the “A Grand Don’t Come For Free” guy from those heady days of the ‘00s and he’s back with a mixtape called ‘None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive’. This is that guy’s sixth record, and also that guy’s name is Mike Skinner and he’s British. He worked on this with Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala. This is the Streets’ first release since 2011.
Machine Gun Kelly
The Cleveland rapper/actor is making headlines for his romance with Megan Fox, who recently split from Brian Austin Green, who has been spotted out with Courtney Stodden. But! Did you know that Machine Gun Kelly also has a record out this month? He does! It’s called ‘Tickets to My Downfall’ and it’s expected to drop on July 17, although this pop-punk project has been delayed before. He’s been teasing this project, which he worked on with Travis Barker, for the past year.
The country band from Ohio will release ‘How They Remember You’ on July 31. Remember when they covered eight-time Juno-winning Manitoban Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is A Highway” for the “Cars” movie? Us, too. That was 20 years ago but that’s still how we remember them.
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‘Such Pretty Forks in the Road’ is due July 31! Will it finally come? Only time will tell. The Ottawa megastar has been working on her ninth record since ’17; it was initially scheduled for release back in May. In the meantime, we can undergo a track for the times: “Diagnosis ”.
It’s a 1990s special!
“It Wasn't Me” reggae hitmaker Shaggy is set to drop ‘Hot Shot 2020’ on July 10.
Ronan Keating, he of ‘90s Irish boyband Boyzone and solo hits like “When You Say Nothing At All”, drops ‘Twenty Twenty’ on July 24.
"Iris" ‘90s alt-rockers the Goo Goo Dolls are releasing a deluxe edition of their 2019 record ‘Miracle Pill’ on July 10.
And Brandy of “The Boy Is Mine” fame unveils ‘B7’ on July 31.
Land Of Talk
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This is an indie rock project from singer/guitarist Elizabeth Powell. Land of Talk were knitted together in Montreal back in the mid-‘00s. ’Indistinct Conversations’ is due out July 31. This is the followup to 2017’s ‘Life After Youth’, which we’re still coming to terms with.
This Nashville singer-songwriter is being hailed as country's next star. Her debut solo album, ‘Midwest Farmer's Daughter’ was released on Jack White’s Third Man Records back in 2016. It was followed up by ‘All American Made’ the next year. ‘That's How Rumors Get Started’ was originally scheduled for May but is now due out July 10. It’s her first record on Loma Vista records, where she’s labelmates with Iggy Pop and the Avett Brothers.
Here's a bonus record to make it a baker's dozen. Can you imagine a wooden cave? So cool. So cosy. It sounds like it would be a great spot in which to hunker. Thin Lear called his debut album ‘Wooden Cave’, so naturally, we want to spelunk all over it. "Disillusioned people getting lost in self-destructive or just generally dangerous thinking is a major theme of this album," Matt Longo, also known as Thin Lear, said in a statement. "The narrator in 'Maniacs' is pitching a cult-like community to an alienated, uncherished internet dweller. And you just know it's going to be a rapid descent for this person, that they'll soon be indoctrinated." Thin Lear is Queens-based. When you hear about a Queens-based artist, do you wonder if they’re from the university in Kingston, Ontario, or the New York City borough? We do. In Thin Lear’s case, it’s the New York City one. 'Wooden Cave' was meant to drop on April 24 but it has been delayed until July 24, folks! April's loss is July's gain.