Alternative New Music Friday #Happens

May 31st, 2024

Happy Friday! Alternative New Music Friday #Happens with The Marias. The L.A. band’s sophomore album, Submarine, arrives today.

New Music out today from Foster The People, almost monday and Beach Weather. It’s been a busy past week of new music at Alternative Radio. Other new singles available for airplay on Alternative Downloads.over the past week include: Milky Chance, Culture Wars, Rare Americans, Myles Smith, Sublime & Stick Figure, and twenty one pilots.

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Foster The People “Lost In Space” (Atlantic)

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L.A.’s Foster The People make their Atlantic Records debut with their new single “Lost In Space” released on May 31st. It’s from their long awaited fourth studio album, Paradise State of Mind, set to drop on August 16th. The band’s first new release in over three years is produced by lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Foster and co-produced by bandmate Isom Innis. Foster says, “The record started as a case study of the late Seventies crossover between disco, funk, gospel, jazz, and all those sounds. It was such a beautiful moment in time, when these different styles of music were cross-referencing each other – artists like Nile Rogers and Chic, the Tom Tom Club and Giorgio Moroder.

“I wanted to dive into that and figure out what they were doing. I was also thinking about how that era has musical and social parallels to the time that we’re in now, with the giant recession in the Seventies, the political turmoil post-Vietnam, and other major tensions. But then you see these expressions of joy happening through music, and I started thinking about joy as an act of defiance.”

Foster The People’s massive breakthrough single “Pumped Up Kicks” was from their debut album, Torches in 2011. It now  has over 1 billion worldwide streams via Spotify alone. Foster The People will be playing at Austin City Limits Music Festival this October.

almost monday “can’t slow down” (Hollywood) 

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San Diego trio almost monday released “can’t slow down” on May 31st from their upcoming debut album coming later this year. Sirius XM’s Alt Nation did a world premiere 5/29 on Advanced Placement. It’s the follow up to their Top 20 Alternative single, “sun keeps on shining” from 2022. 

About the new single, lead singer Dawson Daugherty said, “This song was really elusive for us – kinda one of those tracks that takes you on a long journey. Our producer brought in this really cool flute ish sounding hook that really turned all of our heads. It felt like a spark of something new to what was going on in the studio that month. In my head it was like a: ‘let’s dance! put on you’re red shoes and dance the blues’ feeling. 

“Listening to it the next morning the initial verses we wrote didn’t work, so the song got lost in the hard-drives for a sec. A few weeks went by and Luke and I were driving up to the studio from SD. He was like ‘man that ‘can’t slow down song has some good bones’ so we re-listened and got inspired to bring it back into the fold. After multiple attempts at new verses and a bridge part the song finally felt right. For me it’s late nights with your friends making blurry memories. I’m honestly really excited for the song – it’s  unexplored territory for us which is always exciting.”

Recently, almost monday dropped another new song “is it too late?” from the upcoming release ahead of a run of April tour dates with Beach Weather.  almost monday head out on tour with AJR beginning June 25th in Pittsburgh. Find the tour dates HERE

Beach Weather “High In Low Places” (Arista)

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Boston 3-piece Beach Weather released “High In Low Places” on May 31st. The band debuted the song this past spring on the second half of their soldout headlining Pineapple Sunrise Tour and at Boston Calling. The festival appearance closed out the band’s touring for the first half of the year. 

“High In Low Places” is the first release since the band’s 2023 debut album Pineapple Sunrise featuring the #1 Alternative single “Sex, Drugs, Etc.”  

The vibey new track speaks to the universal idea of striving for emotional equilibrium despite long odds and challenging times. Frontman, Nick Santino, explains, “We like to call ‘High in Low Places’ our apocalyptic love song. There was beauty in the idea of finding peace in one another while the world was slowly melting. We wanted to create something that felt cinematic, the closing credits of a modern end of times western. There are hints of those influences in the guitars and strings running through the chorus where we want to pull everyone into a world but stay hopeful that we can all rise above that insanity transpiring around us.”

Milky Chance “Naked And Alive” (Muggelig/further.) 

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Germany duo Milky Chance released their new single “Naked And Alive” on May 30th.

Childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch rose to fame with their breakout single “Stolen Dance” which reached #1 on the Alternative chart. 

Milky Chance had this to say about the new single:  “Our new song ‘Naked And Alive’ is an ode to self-love and the celebration of spending time alone with oneself. We want to demonstrate that external validation is not necessary to feel alive. Take your clothes off, turn that music on loud and dance!” Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience of 8 billion career streams and 16 million Spotify monthly listeners.

Culture Wars “Heaven” (Pool Toys Worldwide)

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Austin 5-piece Culture Wars released “Heaven” on May 30th. It’s the band’s first new music since their 2021 EP teche. 

“Heaven” is a straight-up rock song juxtaposed through the lens of the R&B/pop style production beloved by the band’s own Caleb Contreras (whose credits include THEY and Kacey Musgraves). “It became a daily ritual. I would wake up, walk the long way down Bondi Beach to get coffee and breakfast, come back to my rental unit, and log onto Zoom to begin writing with Caleb,” shares frontman Alex Dugan. “For me it was 10am, but for him it was nighttime. ‘Heaven’ was written in two parts, the verse in Bondi, and the chorus after I had moved units to Edgecliff.”

Rare Americans “Stupid Heart” (Crooked City Records)

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Vancouver’s Rare Americans are back with new music “Stupid Heart” released on May 29th from their upcoming seventh album. 

“We’ve all been caught in a maddening game of cat and mouse,” says the band’s James Priestner. “You want this person so bad, but the more you show it, the more they pull away. Then, just as you give up, they come crawling back.” 

The highly visual Vancouver based band have over 670 Million streams across Spotify and YouTube and have previously sold out tours across the US, the UK, and Canada. Rare Americans will be back on the road in Europe later this year with an upcoming US tour in 2025.

Myles Smith “Stargazing” (RCA)

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UK artist Myles Smith released “Stargazing” on May 28th via RCA. Initially teased to fans on socials last month, “Stargazing” has continued Myles’ meteoric rise that began when the 25 year-old London-based artist’s TikTok cover of The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather” went viral with 12 million global streams on Spotify. 

Myles had this to say about his brand new single “Stargazing”: “I love the idea that the person we fall in love with has been there our whole life. I first came up with the idea for ‘Stargazing’ in LA earlier this year and it’s been amazing to see the journey of the track and everybody’s reactions to it.” 

Myles is set to embark on The Slightly Less Lonely Global Tour with U.S.tour dates from September 18th in Seattle thru November 1st in Chicago with a stop at Austin City Limits Festival. Find the tour dates HERE

Sublime & Stick Figure “Feel Like That (feat. Bradley Nowell)”  (Ruffwood/Skunk)

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Southern California’s Sublime teams with Stick Figure on a brand new single “Feel Like That” released on May 22nd. 

The song features vocals from original Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell and his son Jakob Nowell, who takes over as lead singer with original founding members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh. Stick Figure’s Scott Woodruff adds his vocals and production to the track. This marks the first time Bradley and Jakob will be on a song together. 

The now 28 year old Jakob has taken over as the official frontman of Sublime taking over for his dad Bradley, who tragically passed away at the age of 28 in 1996. The new trio of Jakob, Eric, and Bud debuted at Coachella. Sublime will continue performing live at several upcoming festivals, beginning with Point Break Festival on June 1. Find the upcoming live Sublime shows HERE.

twenty one pilots “The Craving” (Fueled By Ramen/Elektra)  

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Columbus, OH duo twenty one pilots released the second single “The Craving” on May 22nd, 3 days ahead of the release of their highly anticipated 7th album, Clancy, released May 24th. The band debuted the emotionally charged track live at their sold-out London underplay at the Electric Ballroom. 

twenty one pilots had a run of super intimate live performances – which included sold-out shows in New York City, Mexico City, and Berlin. They had a special hometown release day performance at Columbus, OH’s Newport Music Hall. twenty one pilots partnered with over 200 independent record stores and various venues around the world to kickoff their global listening parties for Clancy through May 23rd. 

Clancy is highlighted by the previously released album tracks “Backslide,” “Next Semester” and lead single “Overcompensate,” the band’s latest #1 Alternative chart single, marking their 11th #1 at the format. twenty one pilots begin The Clancy World Tour on August 15 & 16 in Denver. Find the tour dates HERE.

New Music Friday #Happens With The Marias

L.A. 4-piece The Marias released their second album, Submarine, today via Atlantic/Elektra. The 14 song collection features the lead single “Run Your Mouth.”

Lead singer Maria Zardoya said, “This was one of the first songs Josh and I wrote on Submarine. I was conflict avoidant at the time and whenever someone wanted to talk about something serious, I’d run and hide. I learned that was a protective mechanism and I didn’t have the capacity to open up. There’s no other song on the album like it, hope you dance to this one.” 

Submarine represents themes of solitude and exploration for The Marías, delving into the complexities of human emotion and what it means to choose solitude, and the pain and beauty so inextricably interwoven within it.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Atlanta, María moved to Los Angeles in 2016 where she met drummer Josh Conway. Jesse Perlman (guitarist), and Edward James (keyboardist) complete the band’s lineup. The band’s debut album, Cinema, was released in 2021.

The Marias begin US tour dates on July 16th in Oakland at the Fox Theater. Find the tour dates HERE.

More New Music Friday Albums Out Today

Bad Omens – Concrete Jungle [The OST] (Sumerian)

Winnetka Bowling League – Sha La La (Local Weather/MDDN/The Orchard)



Impacting Songs Next Week (6/4):

almost monday “Can’t Slow Down” (Hollywood)

Clairo “Sexy To Someone” (Virgin) 

Valley “When You Know Someone” (Capitol/ICLG)