Soundcheck: The 13 Best Music Releases Of The Week


Tegan and Sara, Fischerspooner, Jessie Ware, + 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 12 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Tegan and Sara, Fischerspooner, Jessie Ware, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

The Con X: Covers - Tegan and Sara

It's no secret that Tegan and Sara's The Con launched them into the mainstream music scene 10 years ago, and this new collection of covers by all your favorite artists, including Grimes, Hayley Williams, Cyndi Lauper, and more, is a true reflection its success. Not to mention, all proceeds from this album go directly to the sisters' foundation geared towards fighting for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ+ women and girls―so you're actually helping people by listening to good music. Press play and get transported all the way back to 2007, above. 

"Togetherness" - Fischerspooner feat. Caroline Polachek 

Fischerspooner's latest offering from their new album SIR is, as Casey Spooner says, overtly homosexual. It's an ode to bedroom politics, the highs and the lows. Caroline Polachek works magic around the light production and casts spells throughout the sexually-charged clip. Oh, and Juliana Huxtable makes a cameo that is not to be missed. Where's that cold shower when you need it?

"Apartment" - Bobi

The Prince-meets-George Michael vibes are strong with Bobi. Here's your 2017 no-holds-barred bedroom anthem.

"Elevator" - K.I.D.

Sometimes carnal attraction trumps romance, blinding you to what's really there. K.I.D.'s latest packages both into a rich two-and-a-half minutes that will have you texting your whatever "You up?" in no time. 

"The Body Is A Blade" - Japanese Breakfast

With its airy warmth and soft melody, we have a feeling Michelle Zauner's latest will still hold its place in your playlist when spring rolls around.

"Green Tea (feat. Angelica Bess)" - Giraffage

Giraffage's slick bass line combined with Bess' ethereal vocals make for one delicious cup of green tea. 

"2" - H.E.R.

H.E.R. reminds us that no unfaithful man is worth spilling tears over. 

"Feelings" - Hayley Kiyoko

Kiyoko is never one to shy away from incorporating the art of dance and seduction into her videos, and her latest is no different. Our only complaint? We need more artists like her! 

Lover Like Me EP - Off Bloom

The Danish electro-pop strikes again in this insanely catchy, club-and-car ready EP. Get those dancing shoes out and prepare to party. 

"Cry For Love" - Harry Hudson

Harry Hudson's sultry debut single is finally here, and we're impressed. From its catchy hook to its slow-burning production, it's clear that Hudson will be one to watch. 

Glasshouse - Jessie Ware

Glasshouse is Ware at her most sophisticated and vulnerable. So grab a glass of wine, kick off your shoes, and be sure to have a box of tissues ready―because you're about to embark on an emotional and unforgettable journey. 

"Anywhere" - Rita Ora

Ora's anthemic new single will have you snapping your fingers all day long. 

Drive Slow EP - Kid Froopy

What's better than one Kid Froopy bop? A whole EP chock-full of them! Getting through your morning commute just got catchier. 

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.