The concerts-during-COVID restrictions continue to increase, with even outdoor events like SummerStage in NYC requiring proof of vaccination as of this week. And even with restrictions like those, it's still hard to say what the future will bring. Even Fred Durst says "the system is still very flawed." Meanwhile, we got hit with another heat wave this week on both coasts. Stay safe and cool, everyone.
As for this week's new music, I highlight six below, and Bill looks at A Certain Ratio (who he also interviewed), Vivien Goldman, Chorusing, and more in Bill's Indie Basement. More honorable mentions: Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Jade Bird, Pet Symmetry, $uicideboy$, Mouthbreather, SOB (DaBoii & Slimmy B), Jungle, M.A.G.S, Entropy, Stuck, Ænigmatum, alexalone, Gost, the Benny the Butcher EP, the Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson ambient album, the expanded Snow Ellet EP, the Under Attack EP, the Binki EP, the Sepultura quarantine live sessions album, and the Rehasher (Less Than Jake) covers album.