Soundcheck: The 13 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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Pale Waves, Noname, and 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 roundup features some of our favorite emerging and established artists, including Pale Waves, Noname, Joji, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

My Mind Makes Noises - Pale Waves
Their debut album is finally here, and it’s everything we’ve hoped for. 

Room 25 - Noname
Two years were a long time to wait for new tunes, but they were oh so worth it. 

"Dancing In The Dark" - Joji
In case you've been living under a rock, Joji is the very serious, very good musical project of George Miller, aka Filthy Frank. Get ready to be obsessed with him, for real. 

"Dysfunctional" - Kay Lei
A super relatable exploration of toxic love from newcomer Kay Lei, now with gorgeous visuals to match. 

"Wrong" - Pronoun
Pronoun recruits her former suit-clad opponents to join her pink-uniformed team in the new visuals for "Wrong." 

"Gone Girl" - Nova Moura
Producer XXYYXX teamed up with Nova Moura for this chill track, addressing a failed relationship quite literally in hopes that it will reach an ex-lover's ears.  

"The River" - KT Tunstall
If you weren't obsessed with Tunstall back in the "Black Horse & A Cherry Tree" days, you're lying. Of course she's made so much incredible music since then. Get reacquainted with her raspy vocals and check out the black and white visuals to her track "The River." 

"Loosen Up" - Cassia
A little bit of a surfer vibe can go a long way when you're trying to get over someone, which is exactly what Cassia is singing about in this bop. Get in on the U.K. act before they inevitably hop over the pond and take the U.S. by storm. 

"Energia (Parte 2)" - Sofi Tukker & Pablo Vittar
A lil' Sofi Tukker never hurt anyone. 

"Hollywood" - Bia
If you need more than simply knowing she's signed by Pharrell, hear Bia's bars in her latest release, "Hollywood." You're gonna be hooked. 

"MASS GRAVE" - HEALTH X Soccer Mommy
I never knew I needed to hear Soccer Mommy in this way, but I'm so glad I did. The track is produced by Purity Ring, too, in case you needed another reason to hit that play button ASAP. 

"Still Here" - DNDR
Only the second track released ever by this Swedish duo, but they're ones to watch for sure. 

"Stole Your Car" - Charlotte Lawrence
Okay, so Kendall Jenner's not usually who I go to for new tunes, but she was so right to feature this one on her Beats 1 radio show.

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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.



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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.