Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases Of The Week


CHVRCHES, Wet, + many more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your new destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week’s round features 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists including CHVRCHES, Wet, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Miracle" - CHVRCHES

Can CHVRCHES do area-sized pop? Bump this through your strongest speakers and you'll see they very much can. "Miracle" is going to slap so hard live with its soaring chorus and the desperation in Lauren Mayberry's "Ask me no questions/ I will tell you no lies" delivery. 

"High Five" - Sigrid

Sigrid's back with another refreshing pop anthem that'll remind you that summer is on its way. 

"Fetiche" - Arca

Here, watch Arca and Carlos Sáez crush flowers in Prada heels for 11-minutes as Arca's latest song, which blends hip-hop with industrial trappings, bumps in the background.

"Best Part" - Daniel Caesar & H.E.R.

Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.'s new visual feel like a warm blanket. Get wrapped up in it above. 

"enemies?" - nobigdyl.

Straight outta Nashville comes nobigdyl. He's got that uplifting flow, preaching doing good over fronting like you're all tough and relishing in your haters.

"Better Not (feat. Wafia)" - Louis The Child

Friends, we have another contender for Song Of The Summer with this one.

"Softens" - Wet

Wet's latest will guide you through those difficult times with ease. 

"Youngblood" - 5 Seconds of Summer

Okay. 5 Seconds of Summer's latest taste of their forthcoming third album of the same name is... great. Like, really, really great. 

"Uncomfortable" - Alexx Mack

Alexx Mack brings her message of empowerment to the front with "Uncomfortable," a sprawling pop song with lyrics that encourage the listener to be bold, be loud, and, more importantly, be themselves. Fuck the people who feel intimidated by your individuality. 

"First Time" - Inspired & the Sleep

L.A. indie-pop duo Inspired & the Sleep's latest boasts all the SoCal vibes necessary for dreamy afternoons that lead to effortlessly chill nights.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



Photos courtesy of American Apparel

The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.