The Delta variant continues to rise, and it's of course affecting the entertainment world; it was just revealed that NYC will now require COVID vaccine proof to attend any indoor performances (or movies, dining, etc). Meanwhile, outdoor shows are still going on as planned, for the most part. I just caught Green Day and Weezer at Citi Field this week, though Fall Out Boy had to drop off the show at the last minute due to a member of their team testing positive for COVID. It's a great feeling to get back out there and see live music again, but the future remains uncertain.
As for this week's new music, I highlight 7 new albums below, and Bill touches on Ty Segall, Liars, The Umbrellas, and more in Bill's Indie Basement. More honorable mentions: Tinashe, Modest Mouse, Kississippi, Naked Raygun, Shannon and the Clams, RZA, Nas, Damon & Naomi, Geoffrey O'Connor (Crayon Fields), Pray U Prey, Young Nudy, Fredo Bang, Queen Key, Vacation, Grand Collapse, Liam Kazar, Retch & V Don, Unreqvited, the Fenne Lily EP, the Become One EP, the Aesop Rock-produced Homeboy Sandman EP, the Little Dragon remix EP, the Khruangbin remix album, and Triple B Records' America's Hardcore Volume 5 comp.