Catering to the crafts beyond the short-sighted capitalist pale, Impose’s Week in Pop champions the arts & artists that create according to their own visions & volition. Delivering the latest breaking media exclusives, we first present some of the week’s biggest buzz & headlines with news that Portland pop institution Candace announced the new album New Ruins available March 2 plus an upcoming March tour with SXSW dates; Grimes revealed upcoming tour, new material, album, etc; Migos dropped “Superstars” & also dropped “Walk It Talk It” ft. Drake & then dropped the anticipated Culture II; Hinds announced the new album I Don’t Run available April 6 via Mom + Pop; Donald Glover signed to RCA Records with word of forthcoming Childish Gambino material on the way; Vic Mensa dropped the “We Could Be Free” video; Dabrye dropped “Lil Mufukuz” ft. DOOM; Tyler, the Creator talked to Jerrod Carmichael about Flower Boy & released the GOLF le FLEUR* line of shoes & also talked Grammy buzz & more; Remy Ma dropped “Melanin Magic”; Alice Glass dropped the Lindsey Nico Mann & Dan Streit video for “Cease and Desist” produced by Jupiter Keyes (formerly of HEALTH) & Dreamcrusher; Rad Horror dropped “Stay Out”; Lil Wayne dropped “Big Bad Wolf”; A$AP Rocky dropped “☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$” & “Above” & “Money Bags Freestyle (Dean Blunt Meditation)“; Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped the track “American Guilt”; Kali Uchis dropped the Nadia Lee Cohen video for “After the Storm” ft. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins; Kendrick collaborator Bekon dropped Get With The Times; Robert Earl Thomas, of Widowspeak announced the debut solo album Another Age available February 16 on Captured Tracks & dropped the Otium video for “What Am I Gonna Do”; YBN Nahmir dropped the Cole Bennett video for “Bounce Out With That” ft. appearances from Fatboy SSE, PNB Rock & YBN Almighty Jay; James Blake dropped the Alexander Brown video for “If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead”; DJ Koze announced the new album Knock Knock available May 4 via Pampa & dropped “Seeing Aliens” & “Nein König Nein”; Loma dropped “Joy” off their self-titled debut album available February 16 via Sub Pop; Car Seat Headrest dropped a new version of “Cute Thing”; Hop Along announced their upcoming third album Bark Your Head Off, Dog available April 6 from Saddle Creek & dropped “How Simple” & spring tour dates; MIEN (members of The Horrors & The Black Angels) dropped the Elba Berganza Perez video for “Black Bahit”, debut album available in April; LA’s Luke Eisner and Gus Ross are VOILÀ who dropped “Lately” & “Hundredth Second Chance“; Kim Petras dropped the Nicholas Harwood video for “Faded” ft. Lil Aaron; Island dropped “Ride” off the upcoming debut album Feels Like Air available April 6 via Frenchkiss Records; Bruno Major dropped the Louis Bhose video for “Cold Blood”; NOËP dropped “New Heights”; The Wombats dropped the video for “Cheetah Tongue”; Alice Boman dropped the video for “End Of Time” via The Control Group; Charlotte Day Wilson dropped “Nothing New” from the upcoming Stone Woman EP available February 23; Omad Records announced the February 16 reissue of Le Rug’s 2007 album Bleenex, playing tonight in Brooklyn at Sunnyvale; Anohni covered the Cranberries’ “No Need to Argue”; Shaggy & Sting’s collaborative album 44/876 will be available April 20 & they dropped the single “Don’t Make Me Wait”; Lorde & Jack Antonoff covered Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” & also covered Roy Orbison’s “You Got It” plus a Dolores O’ Riordan tribute; Waxahatchee & Kevin Morby covered Jason Molina’s “Farewell Transmission” & “The Dark Don’t Hide It” as a benefit for MusiCares; Pedro the Lion signed to Polyvinyl; Lady Gaga dropped a piano based rendering of “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”; Doe Paoro dropped “Guilty”, touring with The Mynabirds; Adult Mom announced tour dates with Chris Farren in February & Lucy Dacus in March & April; Reptaliens dropped the video for “Ubik” & are currently on tour; The Spook School’s anticipated album Could It Be Different? is available now via Slumberland Records/Alcopop! with news of a tour; Modest Mouse announced tour dates; Kendrick Lamar announced tour; Zenizen announced tour dates; Gillian Welch announced tour dates with collaborator Dave Rawlings; Jay Electronica announced a tour; King Krule announced a tour; Kristin Hersh dropped the video for “Wonderland” made by Hersh’s son Wyatt True with word of a stateside tour; LCD Soundsystem announced more tour dates; Phish announced a tour; Jade Bird announced tour with Colter Wall; Belle & Sebastian announced tour dates; Slayer announced their final tour; Elton John announced farewell tour; Marfa Myths buzz; Austin has declared January 22, Daniel Johnston’s birthday, to be Hi, How Are You? Day; Tyga’s Hajime Sorayama artwork for Kyoto; M.I.A. documentary scored by George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison; Rabit claimed that Drake’s Scary Hours artwork bears a striking similarity to a tour poster of theirs; Lil Uzi Vert responded to Fat Joe referring to him as a “bad version of Lil Wayne”; Erykah Badu’s recent controversial & surreal interview; Jack White banned the use of phones at his shows & dropped “Corporation”; Questlove sued over alleged discrimination; Matt Mondanile penned a lengthy statement regarding allegations of sexual misconduct; Neil Diamond retired from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s; and we remember Mark E. Smith of The Fall & remember the legendary Hugh Masekela.
As our world continues to turn, it is once again our pleasure & privilege to present the following interviews, insights & exclusives from Bret Koontz, Rock Abruham, Shmu, The Sour Notes, Elbows, Flying Hair, Moon Baby, featuring guest selections by The Soft Moon & more—in no particular order.