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11 Best Songs of the Week: bar italia, Marika Hackman, boygenius, The Last Dinner Party, and More

Plus Jamila Woods, Brittany Howard, Spyres, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 13, 2023

Welcome to the 33rd Songs of the Week of 2023. This week Andy Von Pip, Austin Saalman, Caleb Campbell, Marc Abbott, and Scott Dransfield all helped me decide what should make the list. We settled on a Top 11 this week. More

Jamila Woods Shares Video for New Song “Practice” (Feat. Saba)

Water Made Us Due Out This Friday via Jagjaguwar

Oct 10, 2023

Chicago musician and poet Jamila Woods is releasing a new album, Water Made Us, this Friday via Jagjaguwar. Now she has shared its fourth single, “Practice,” via a music video. The song features Saba. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: IAN SWEET, Yumi Zouma, Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Vagabon, and More

Plus Lol Tolhurst x Budgie x Jacknife Lee, Steven Wilson, The Big Moon, Wild Nothing, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 15, 2023

Welcome to the 29th Songs of the Week of 2023. This week’s selections come from artists hailing from across the globe: New Zealand, England, Finland, Israel, and of course America. More

Jamila Woods Shares New Song “Good News”

Water Made Us Due Out October 13 via Jagjaguwar

Sep 13, 2023

Chicago musician and poet Jamila Woods is releasing a new album, Water Made Us, on October 13 via Jagjaguwar. Now she has shared its third single, “Good News.” More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Margaret Glaspy, Sufjan Stevens, Jamila Woods, Wild Nothing, and More

Plus Kevin Drew, Wings of Desire, Modern Nature, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks (Also a Bonus Mix of the Best Songs of the Last Month)

Aug 18, 2023

Welcome to the 25th Songs of the Week of 2023. Songs of the Week was on hiatus for the last month because Wendy and I were on a much needed vacation to England and Iceland. I received several reader emails worried we had killed Songs of the Week, but have no worries, it’s back. As well as a regular Songs of the Week, we have put together an additional Spotify playlist featuring all the songs we also liked while Songs of the Week was taking a break. More

Jamila Woods Shares Video For New Song “Boomerang”

Water Made Us Due Out October 13 via Jagjaguwar

Aug 16, 2023

Chicago musician and poet Jamila Woods is releasing a new album, Water Made Us, on October 13 via Jagjaguwar. Now she has shared its second single, “Boomerang,” via a music video. More

14 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Yard Act, A. Savage, Snõõper, Say Sue Me, and More

Plus Coach Party, Jamila Woods, Metric, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks’ Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 14, 2023

Welcome to the 24th Songs of the Week of 2023. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because of the July 4th holiday falling on a Tuesday, leaving less songs to consider. So, this week’s Songs of the Week is supersized and incorporates tracks from the last two weeks. More

Jul 11, 2023

Chicago musician and poet Jamila Woods has announced a new album Water Made Us, and shared a video for its first single, “Tiny Garden,” which features duendita. More

Oct 06, 2022

Jamila Woods has shared a lyric video for her new single, “Boundaries.” It is Woods’ first new music since the release of 2020’s “Sula (Paperback),” which was #1 on our Songs of the Week list. More

Check Out Photos of Lollapalooza 2022 – IDLES, Wet Leg, Caroline Polachek, and More

Plus Metallica, Pom Pom Squad, MUNA, Tove Lo, King Princess, and Others

Aug 05, 2022

Lollapalooza returned to Chicago’s Grant Park last weekend. More

Bonobo Shares New Single “Tides” (Feat. Jamila Woods)

Fragments Due Out January 14, 2022 via Ninja Tune

Oct 20, 2021

Bonobo (aka Simon Green) has shared a new single, “Tides,” which features Chicago-based artist Jamila Woods. It is the latest release from his forthcoming album, Fragments, which will be out on January 14, 2022 via Ninja Tune. More

Watch Jamila Woods Perform “Sula (Paperback)” Last Night on “Stephen Colbert”

“On a difficult night, we thought we would end with a beautiful song.” – Stephen Colbert

Jan 07, 2021

Last year Jamila Woods shared a new song “Sula (Paperback),” which was inspired by Toni Morrison and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list. Last night she performed the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. More

Jamila Woods Shares Video for New Track “Sula (Hardback)”

New Version of Recent Single “Sula (Paperback)”

Sep 18, 2020

Last month Jamila Woods shared a new song “Sula (Paperback),” which was inspired by Toni Morrison and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list. Now she has shared a new version of the song, “Sula (Hardback),” via a video for the track. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jamila Woods, Tim Heidecker, Bully, Kelly Lee Owens, and More

Plus Cults, Cut Copy, Young Jesus, snny, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 07, 2020

Welcome to the 31st Songs of the Week of 2020. This week Democrats, Republicans, and the Trump Administration couldn’t all agree on a new stimulus package a week after expanded unemployment benefits expired (something Democrats wanted to extend and Republicans didn’t). More

Jamila Woods Releases Toni Morrison-Inspired New Song “Sula (paperback)”

Yesterday Was the One Year Anniversary of the Author’s Death

Aug 06, 2020

Jamila Woods hasn’t made any music since LEGACY! LEGACY!, her acclaimed 2019 sophomore album that honors artists of color with titles such as “BALDWIN,” “BASQUIAT,” and “ZORA.” Today, Woods continues on with this theme but with a slight deviation. Her new track “SULA (paperback),” is also the name of the title and lead character from Toni Morrison’s 1973 novel. More

Album of the Week: Charly Bliss

HÆLOS and Clinic Are Runner-ups (Plus Stream New Albums from Mac DeMarco, Maps, The Get Up Kids, and More)

May 10, 2019

Charly Bliss released a new album, Young Enough, today via Barsuk and it’s our Album of the Week. Find more info on the album below, as well as on two runner-ups that were almost our Album of the Week. Below that are streams of other notable albums released today. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Julia Holter, Matthew E. White, Friendly Fires, and More

Plus Jamila Woods, Neneh Cherry, Thom Yorke, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 19, 2018

An artist whose last song also made it to #1 on that week’s list and an anti-Donald Trump protest song scheduled to be covered by many more artists head this week’s Songs of the Week list. Plus Thom Yorkemakes the list yet again. More



Interviews

Oct 25, 2023

Jamila Woods blinded herself while readying her new album, Water Made Us, for release. Specifically, the Chicago neo-soul singer and poet worked with Birdee, known for ethereal underwater photography, to shoot album artwork that would reflect the album’s title, lyrical motifs, and overall themes about the ebb and flow, tumultuous currents, and ocean depth of love. More


Reviews

Aug 05, 2022

Lollapalooza returned to Chicago’s Grant Park last weekend. More

May 14, 2019

Reclaiming black and brown history through its poets, musicians, intellectuals, and activists, Chicago-based multi-hyphenate Jamila Woodsherself many of these thingsgives props to her inspirational heroes. More