Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases Of The Week


Years & Years, CupcakKe, + so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that's just hit the web, 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 Years & Years, CupcakKe, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Palo Santo - Years & Years

Palo Santo is finally here. This album has spiritualistic melodies and futuristic stories to tell, tapping into a whole new magical pop music genre.

"I Was In A Cult" - teddy<3

Teddy Geiger returns to music with a new moniker and an upbeat new sound. 

"Better" - SG Lewis x Clairo

Still haven't found the song of the summer? This hazy new banger from Clairo and SG Lewis will give you all the poolside feels.

"Doesn't Matter" - Christine and the Queens

Not only were we blessed with news that Christine and the Queens will be releasing a new album in September, but we also got this edgy new earworm as a preview. We guarantee you that, within minutes of pressing play, you'll be in your bathroom trying to recreate all the single's harmonies.

"Try Tho We Might To" - Francis and the Lights

Francis and the Lights' latest is giving us major Bon Iver vibes—meaning this tune is perfect during those cloudy summer days.

"Randy (WWW)" - Justice

Can't make it to any of the Justice concerts this year? This bass-heavy live mix of their hit single, "Randy," will make you feel like you're right there in the crowd with them.

"Tidal Wave" - Portugal. The Man

What's trippier? This wild electro-pop jam courtesy of Portugal. The Man or its colorful new visual? Press play and decide.

"Get Your Shirt" - Underworld & Iggy Pop

After the release of the seven-minute "Get Your Shirt" music video, Underworld and Iggy Pop prove that this song is as trippy as it can be. The dark, electronic song, which has is an homage to "bad decisions" according to the two artists, has infectious beats that make this the dance song of the summer.

"Boo'd Up (feat. T-Pain)" - Ella Mai

One of this year's most viral hits just got the stamp of approval from the king of autotune himself. We stan!

"Hot Pockets: - CupcakKe

This video can only be summed up in two words: CupcakKe snapped. 

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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.