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Fresh Finds Friday: New projects from rap, indie scenes

Happy Friday! With the end of the week in sight, it is another week with new music. This past week, we have new music from Maggie Rogers and TOLEDO, among others.

Here are five new songs or albums you should check out this week:

“Don’t Forget Me" by Maggie Rogers

Maryland native Maggie Rogers entered into viral fame in 2016. Since then, she has become an entirely professional performer. She recently performed her latest single, “The Kill,” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” This song was a part of her now-released third LP, “Don’t Forget Me.” The album is a collection of Roger’s memories from college and ages 18, 22 and 28. It showcases how these memories of her life were cultivated into stories of imagining a road trip through the American South and West.

"WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU" by Future, Metro Boomin

“WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU” is a sequel to the previously released “WE DON’T TRUST YOU,” a highly regarded album with 25 songs. The follow-up continues the musical friendship between Metro Boomin and Future and solidifies the friendship and conversation between two friends searching for fun amid heartbreak. The project is supported by a self-entitled single featuring a music video.

"One Less Question" by Madi Diaz, Lennon Stella

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Madi Diaz returns with her single “One Less Question.” With acoustic instruments, she sings existential questions about the cosmos and the supposed “one right answer.” In a statement about the single, Diaz said: “I’m beyond honored that Lennon let me record my version of this song and the very idea that she said yes when I asked her to be a part of this story and I'm honored to be a small part of hers.”

"Popped Heart" by TOLEDO

The not-from-Ohio band TOLEDO, which hails from Brooklyn, released its latest EP, “Popped Heart.” The five-song piece is unique in its genre-shifting throughout the project. TOLEDO switches between EDM and heavy indie influences with synths, drum machines and exciting guitar work making up the album’s instrumentation. The band went on its Instagram about the record: “The idea for Popped Heart came to us in the fall of 2022. We were eager to get back to the joyful recording process. We wanted to show another side of Toledo and flex some new muscles. Mostly we wanted to buy a bunch of drum machines and synthesizers.” 

This album flexes and shows another side, providing authenticity to its overall sound.

"A Bar Song (Tipsy)" by Shaboozey

Shaboozey’s partner wants a Birkin. But on top of gasoline and groceries, it’s time to focus on something else: a good old-fashioned country party. The Virginia native, who recently came off his profile feature on Beyoncé’s “COWBOY CARTER,” writes a little bar diddy: “Someone pour me up a double shot of whiskey / They know me and Jack Daniel’s got a history.” Backed by fiddle and guitar, Shaboozey brings the listener to the party on 5th Street, where everybody gets tipsy at the bar.


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