Cat Power - "Ruin"
Chan Marshall's music usually takes a few listens to sneak up on me, even when everybody else instantly knows it's awesome. "Ruin" took two spins to sink in as a major accomplishment, so maybe you'll like it before you even hear it. "Sun," Cat Power's first album of original material in six years, rises Sept. 4 on Matador.
Future - "Itchin'"
Within seconds, we learn that Future's mama isn't messing around; the rest of "Itchin'" reminds us that neither is he. The Atlanta rapper, who just announced a Columbus appearance for next week, included this track on his "Astronaut Status" mixtape.
Strand of Oaks - "Maureen's"
Frequent Columbus visitor Timothy Showalter is better than most beard-folkies in the biz, so you ought to listen to this brilliant new ballad and brush up on his LPs "Leave Ruin" and "Pope Killdragon" before his new one, "Dark Shores," drops this fall. And make it to The Tallest Man On Earth's show August 2 at the Wexner Center early enough to see Strand of Oaks open up.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "I'll Come Back 4 U"
The first installment in this year's Adult Swim Singles Program comes from the charmingly lo-fi Kiwi combo Unknown Mortal Orchestra. See the full schedule, which includes submissions from indie heavy hitters like Wavves, Wye Oak and Flying Lotus, right here.
Nas featuring Rick Ross - "Accident Murderers"
Even though Rozay has shifted from his "always golden" phase into his "sometimes coasting" phase, I am always eager to hear his guest verses. And all the Nas tracks from "Life Is Good" so far have been straight fire. The verdict on "Accident Murderers"? Not on the level of "Nasty" or "The Don," but it still bangs.
Yeasayer - "Longevity"
From the sounds of these early leaks, Yeasayer's new "Fragrant World" is going to be the hotness. "Longevity" is a catchy, minimal number built out of piercing sounds with a lot of space between them. And here I thought those guys would be a flash in the pan! The album drops August 21 via Secretly Canadian.
Purity Ring - "Fireshrine"
Speaking of catchy, minimal and space between the sounds... there's this band, which returns to Columbus on Sept. 17 for a gig at Ace of Cups.
Lorelei - "Hammer Meets Tongs"
Eighteen years after their only album, DC dream-pop trio Lorelei is back with a new album for Slumberland, the label they helped put on the map. "Enterprising Sidewalks" is out Aug. 16.
The New Pornographers - "Think About Me" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
It's been too long since I've heard Carl Newman and company wailing to the heavens, and this Fleetwood Mac cover from the new tribute album "Just Tell Me That You Want Me" is definitely hitting the spot. Now how about a new record on the level of the first three?
Divine Fits - "My Love Is Real"