Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases Of The Week


Avril Lavigne, Joseph, American Football and more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your 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 Avril Lavigne, Joseph, American Football, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Tell Me It's Over" - Avril Lavigne
It's a far cry from "Sk8er Boi," but damn, Avril can SING.

Sister Winter B/W Rest - Joseph
Some heavenly harmonies to make the winter feel a little less bitter.

"Silhouettes" - American Football
This first single off of the band's third self-titled album only heightens the expectations for what has yet to come.

"Shelter" - Christinna O
The first commercial release of this accomplished spoken-word poet (and it's a serious vibe, too).

Who's Got The Boom (prod. Lazerbeak and Bionik) - Sophia Eris
Eris exudes the kind of confidence I want to channel in 2019.

Mae Muller - Busy Tone

"Busy Tone" - Mae Muller
For when he just won't take a hint.

"Light On" - Maggie Rogers
Stripped-back and even more emotional.

Child - Rukhsana Merrise
Stick around 'til the end for standout track "Two Hearts."

Crisis - Phé
Let Phé draw you in with her soulful vocals; stay for the dark, hypnotic vibes.

"Numb" - Charlie Hanson
You'll be feeling anything but numb after listening to this track.

Screenshot via Youtube

While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.

As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.