Weekly Tune-Up: New music for your week by The Avalanches, Devendra Banhart, Pusha T, Hot Hot Heat + more

A (Spotify included) playlist of 15 fresh tracks to groove and rock you through the week.

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Independence Day is nearly upon us, and with that patriotic holiday comes an extra day of rest and a long weekend for most of us. Where I grew up, July 4 meant the summer was half over, but not here in Florida. We're just now getting cooking. As usual I've found 15 of the freshest tunes out this week and put them all into a tidy playlist. Enjoy your Tune-Up over this upcoming holiday weekend.

Ahhhh.....can you hear that? The Avalanches are back! Yes, you read that right. Since I Left You, their sole LP, was released in 2000. Their sophomore follow-up, Wildflower, follows 16 years later, on July 8, and that has many fans buzzing with anticipation. Latest single "Subways" is in the same vein of much of their music; dreamy, warm and great. It pairs perfectly with the summer season, and is my favorite of the tracks they've dropped thus far. Wildflower will have lofty expectations that the Australian band seem at ease about. I have zero doubt they'll disappoint us.

Devendra Banhart has unveiled his new song "Middle Names" in preparation for Ape In Pink Marble, his ninth studio album, out September 23, just in time for the fall season. Calming plucks of guitar and Banhart's quirky vocals keep things in consistent form for the LA resident. "Middle Names" is a heartfelt tune that reflects his quirky humor in lines like "Why is the moon so bright? Why are you so nice? See you alone at the Walgreens at night.” We all can relate, right?

Canadian indie-rockers Hot Hot Heat are bidding farewell on their next and last self-titled LP. The theme seems to be the same for each album: dance-rock riffs, catchy hooks and fun indie-rock music. I could've selected "Bobby Joan Sex Tape" for its excellent song title, but instead, I chose it because it's a cool rock tune like all those Hot Hot Heat have been known for over 15 years. Frontman Steve Bays' vocals have always been the center piece with his '80s-vibing croon, and I will miss that.

A Speedy Ortiz remix? Yes! Open Mike Eagle has take on the challenge with "Puffer," and his minimalist version is a chill driving tune. Nothing crazy on here, but it's cool to hear Speedy in a completely different arrangement. I find this incredibly easy to play on repeat. 

1. The Avalanches, "Subways"

2. Pusha T, "Drug Dealers Anonymous" Feat. Jay -Z

3. NZCA LINES, "Oh..(Call Me Back)

4. Palace, "Break The Silence"

5. HONNE, "Warm On A Cold Night (The Lonely Players Club)"

6. Maggie Rogers, "Alaska"

7. Moods, "How I Feel" Feat. Sam Wills

8. Devendra Banhart, "Middle Names"

9. Caveman, "Project"

10. ISLAND, "Come with Me"

11. LANY, "Current Location"

12. Maxwell, "Gods"

13. Hot Hot Heat, "Bobby Joan Sex Tape"

14. Speedy Ortiz, "Puffer" (Open Mike Eagle Remix)

15. Sigur Ros, "Oveour"

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