Week Ahead – Today’s Top Tune 1.16 – 1.20.17

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Here are five new songs just for YOU! We’ve got new work from Nikki Lane, who returns to the Southland in the coming months for a couple of shows, welcome uncompromising newcomer Hil Jaeger to the Avant Pop arena, and let Mannequin Pussy unleash their punk rock hooks. We discover an unreleased song by Elliott Smith as Thievery Corporation Lets the Chalice Blaze!

Monday, January 16

Hil Jaeger: Run from CMPRSSN

(pronounced Hill and her last name sounds like the first part of the liquor, Jaegermeister, “yager.”)

Trained as a classical pianist Hil Jaeger performed at Lincoln Center at a young age, before getting her hands on digital music software. The tech-obsessed producer fuses elements of classical compositions and voice manipulation to create an elastic avant pop on “Run.”

Tuesday, January 17

Nikki Lane: Jackpot from Highway Queen

Highway Queen is an apt name for Nikki Lane’s forthcoming album. The Outlaw country singer has clocked many miles on the road with her tough talking songs and is scheduled to appear at Stagecoach this year. There is no doubt “Jackpot” will sound superb when she takes to the stage!

Wednesday, January 18

Elliott Smith: I Figured You Out from Either/Or Expanded Edition 20th Anniversary

Elliott Smith‘s most beloved album turns 20 this year, and to commemorate the occasion an expanded edition of Either/Or will be released in March. It will contain remastered songs, multi-track live recordings as well as unreleased studio versions and this little ditty, “I Figured You Out. “

Thursday, January 19

Mannequin Pussy: the title track from Romantic

With each recording and a move to Philly, Mannequin Pussy keeps growing in numbers. The quartet’s sophomore release clocks in at less than 20 minutes and is filled with a flurry of fury. Check out the title track from Romantic.

Friday, January 20

Thievery Corporation: Let the Chalice Blaze from The Temple of I & I

Since their debut two decades ago, Thievery Corporation has shown a deep love and respect for Jamaican music. So when it came to recording a new album, DC’s dynamic electronic duo set up shop in Kingston. “Let The Chalice Blaze” is their ode to Jamaica’s love of cannabis.