As our world leaders & too-big-to-fail demagogues exhibit their lackluster grip on reality, Impose’s Week in Pop returns to get folks woke with a few of the new crew of heroes you need to know about. With breaking world exclusives to bring you, we give you the top stories from the artists bringing the biggest buzz with news that Friend Roulette announced the upcoming EP The Matt Sheffer Songbook Vol. 1 (featuring songs written by the group’s friend Matt Sheffer from Austin’s Zettajoule) available June 15 from Pretty Purgatory & they dropped “Joan”; The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announced their fourth album The Echo of Pleasure available July 14 from Kip Berman’s own imprint Painbow & dropped “Anymore”; Courtney Barnett dropped “Hot to Boil an Egg”; Frank Ocean debuted the new A$AP Mob track “RAF” ft. Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Quavo & Lil Uzi Vert; Kaytranada x Chance the Rapper dropped collaboration “They Say”; Jay Som dropped the video for “One More Time Please”; Palehound dropped the Tom Quigley, Michael Escobar, Sara Tesh & more video for “If You Met Her” off the upcoming A Place I’ll Always Go album available June 16 from Polyvinyl; Gold Dime (ft. former Talk Normal members) announced the debut album Nerves available June 2 from Fire Talk Records & dropped “Easy”; Naomi Punk announced the new double LP Yellow available August 4 from Captured Tracks & dropped “Tiger Pipe” & “Chains“; Dent May dropped “Across the Multiverse” ft. Frankie Cosmos from the alum of the same name available August 18 from Carpark Records; Frank Ocean dropped “Biking (solo)”; six new songs reportedly were debuted by Arcade Fire at an intimate Montreal gig; Burial dropped “Subtemple” & “Beachfires”; Liam Payne of One Direction dropped “Strip That Down” ft. Quavo; Local Natives dropped “The Only Heirs” ft. Nico Segal; Lorde dropped deets about Melodrama available June 16; Lana Del Rey dropped “Coachella—Woodstock in My Mind”; Vince Staples announced the new album Big Fish Theory available June 23 from Blacksmith/ARTium/Def Jam & dropped the video for “Big Fish”; Amber Arcades dropped “Wouldn’t Even Know” ft. Bill Ryder-Jones off Cannonball available June 2 from Heavenly Recordings; T-Pain dropped a mixtape of previously unreleased Lil Wayne collaborations titled T-Wayne; No Joy dropped the video for “Hellhole” as their Creep EP has been reissued via Grey Market; Matt Carlson & Jonathan Sielaff announced the new Golden Retriever album Rotations available July 28 from Thrill Jockey & dropped “Sunsight”; Travis Scott dropped “Butterfly Effect“, “Green & Purple” ft. Playboi Carti & “A Man” & performed “goosebumps” 14 times & was also busted for allegedly inciting a riot at an Arkansas gig (and is also selling “Free the Rage” mugshot tees) & then dropped “Free Blac Youngsta” (who turned himself in after being imbricated in the Young Dolph shooting); Botton dropped “Y-A-M-L,” b/w “Roulez Jeunesse” via 2MR; Heliocentrics dropped a listen to their upcoming album A World of Masks; Adult Mom’s Soft Spots is available now from Tiny Engines; Broken Social Scene dropped “Halfway Home” ft. o.g. member Feist; Gucci Mane & Zaytoven live; LA’s DWNTWN announced their debut album Racing Time available July 21 & dropped “Bloodshot Eyes”; Danger Mouse dropped “Chase Me” ft. Run the Jewels & Big Boi; Banks & Steelz (RZA & Interpol’s Paul Banks) dropped “Who Needs the World”; Solange penned a letter to her teenage self; Jordan Peele interviewed Chance the Rapper; Michael Mayer dropped his DJ-Kicks; Big Boi dropped the video for “Mic Jack” ft. Adam Levine from the upcoming album Boomiverse available June 16; Foo Fighters debuted new song “The Sky is a Neighborhood”; Amber Coffman dropped “Nobody Knows”; Lana Del Rey alluded to an upcoming “Lust for Life” video ft. the Weeknd; Beach House announced the compilation B-Sides and Rarities available June 30 from Sub Pop/Bella Union & dropped “Chariot”; The Veldt’s Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur mixtape EP to be given a worldwide release via Schoolkids Records available June 2; Coldcut (founding duo of Ninja Tune) & Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound dropped their collaboration Outside the Echo Chamber today; Chris Price (producer for Linda Perhacs, Emitt Rhodes, etc) dropped his second solo album today Stop Talking via Omnivore Recordings & plays San Francisco’s Hotel Utah June 25; new Liars album announced by Angus Andrew (post Aaron Hemphill departure) & a summer tour; André Allen Anjos, oka RAC, dropped “I Still Wanna Know” ft. Rivers Cuomo & Classixx off of EGO available July 14 from Counter Records with word of fall tour; Mary J. Blige announced “Strength of a Woman Tour” with Lalah Hathaway; Thundercat announced a tour; The xx announced fall North American tour dates; Pixies announced tour with Whitney & the Orwells; Kevin Morby announced a massive world tour; Washed Out announced tour; Paramore announced tour with Best Coast; Kendrick Lamar added tour dates; Katy Perry announced the new album Witness available June 9 & tour dates; Phantogram announced tour along with Tycho & Miike Snow donating a dollar from each ticket to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Lena Dunham cancelled her tour with Waxahatchee citing health reasons; Phoenix dropped “Ti Amo”; Flying Lotus remixed the unbreakable “Twin Peaks” theme & also dropped Thundercat and Brendon Small collaborative outtakes from You’re Dead! released as You’re Dead! THUNDERDETH LOTUS with “North Star3” & “You and Your Friends Are Dead“; Sasquatch! Music Festival dropped their lineup for Memorial Day weekend May 26-28; Alice Bags, Jerry Stahl, screenwriter Guinevere Turner & Adele Bertai launched “Venus Flytrap”; Eric André executive-producing the new show “Mostly 4 Millennials”; “Arrested Development” Season 5 is apparently happening; Alex Cox’s Sid & Nancy is getting the Criterion Collection treatment; Stone Roses’ Ian Brown testified against a creepy former UK TV weatherman/teacher; M.I.A. expressed support for Julian Assange after Sweden dropped their investigation; PWR BTTM denied all recent allegations; Swans announced their final shows; we remember Mazzy Star percussionist Keith Mitchell; amd we lost Chris Cornell & are currently playing “Jesus Christ Pose” on a continuous loop.
With heavy hearts & heads held high; it is our pleasure & privilege to presents intervies, exclusives & insights from Gary’s House, Keith More-Fire, Tee Vee, Bill Baird, Indian Wells, Unkle Bob, Vast Robot Armies, Video Salon, Web of Sunsets, featuring guest selections by Hoop and more—in no particular order.