Soundcheck: The 10 Best Music Releases The Week Of June 22, 2020


Every week, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK — your destination for 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 roundup features 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Very rarely does the musical calendar deliver like it did last week. Not only did Queen Bey resurface to share her Juneteenth anthem "Black Parade," reclusive rapper Noname gifted the world with her first single of 2020 — a one-minute track powerful enough to course correct a misguided rap battle. With City Girls and Teyana Taylor also sharing albums, there's more than enough gold to dig into this week.

"Black Parade" - Beyoncé

Queen Bey shut down the internet again with this Juneteenth anthem.

Parkwood Entertainment, LLC

"Song 33" - Noname

Noname is the new vanguard.


"I Know The End" - Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers goes where you've always wanted her to: the screamo deep end.

Dead Oceans

"That Old Man" - City Girls

If City Girls made nursery rhymes.

Quality Control Music, LLC

"Friends" - Teyana Taylor

Teyana strikes a deep '90s R&B groove.

G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings

"Cry" - Ashnikko ft. Grimes

This is how you do pop-punk for the new age.

Parlaphone Records

"KLK"- Arca ft. Rosalía

"KLK" sounds like tuning a radio: discombobulating but oddly coherent.

Carlota Guerrero, Carlos Sáez and Arca

"Crimson + Clover" - Pom Pom Squad

Brooklyn's Pom Pom Squad offers up a sticky, petulant, and unnerving version of the Tommy James + The Shondells classic.

"American Cars" - Annie

Norwegian pop star Annie resurfaces after 11 years with a sublime synth-y wave.

"Don't Kiss Me In Public" - Special Interest

Jagged, ebullient rock/noise/disco for smashing the patriarchy.

Night School

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