2017 Music Update + Playlist

2017 began with rich promises of new music, to-be-announced tours and the mystique of unrevealed festival lineups. We’re a month into the new year and already wading knee-deep through new releases. Check out my lists of favorite tracks and albums from 2017 so far. Be sure to follow my Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page to hear everything mentioned and follow along as it’s updated weekly.



  • “Culture” by Migos
    After “Bad and Boujee” was gifted to us in 2016, the world has been ready for new Migos. Now that it’s here, I can confirm that it’s packed full of bangers and goes beyond the high expectations set for it. It’s a must listen (if you havent’ already).
  • “Ty Segall” by Ty Segall
    Ty Segall has released his self-titled album and it does not disappoint. The man who has been in every band and project seems to have found a home with a Western sound layered in fuzz and static. He hasn’t strayed far from his typical sound but still brings something new to the table.
  • “Hang” by Foxygen
    Foxygen is known for their classic psychedelic rock sound. With “Hang,” the group has moved toward jazz and yacht rock subtly and provides a more matured sound.
  • “Apocolipstick” by Cherry Glazerr
    This album is fun rock ’n’ roll. It features powerful crooning, sweet guitar riffs, clever lyricism and playful harmonies.
  • “Fresh Air” by Homeshake
    A long-awaited release, Homeshake, also known as Peter Sagar, has impressed fans with a satisfying LP. As psychedelic R&B takes over the indie music sphere, Homeshake stays ahead of the rest with innovative and experimental sound that dances between sensual and quirky.
  • “After the Party” by The Menzingers
    Punk legends The Menzingers have released their first album since 2014. It’s a clean-cut punk record with plenty of the strongly voiced lyrics that express a fear of the future and distaste with authority. It’s the best of their classic sound mixed with new punk influence.
  • “Snowdonia” by Surfer Blood
    The beachy rock group is back with “Snowdonia.” This record is full of great guitar jams and pleasant composition.
  • “Rune Husk” EP by of Montreal
    of Montreal seems to never slow down. The group has released a new EP. The four tracks are a window into the soul of psychedelia, sprinkled with a varying array of influences, nice piano tracking and plenty of synth.
  • “Myths 002” EP by Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood
    Pink and Weyes Blood teamed up for a double feature EP. Just four tracks long, the work is a bit more hi-fi than the artists’ usual work. The vocals are extraordinary.
  • “Open Minds Now Close” EP by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
    Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre dropped a three track EP this past week. It includes an English and Icelandic version of the title track and a new song. As always, The BJM’s new music is progressive in nature and style.

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Olivia Ladd is a freelance entertainment and music journalist and photographer in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find her work on WMOT Roots Radio, MTSU Sidelines, No Country for New Nashville, The Tennessean, in various zines and on Twitter at Olivia Ladd.

Nashville-based music journalist