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All words: Josh Stewart of New Dust. Newdust.com is a music blog based in Dallas and D.C., devoted to sharing new and vintage indie, electronic, and pop music through album reviews, mp3 streams, and mixtapes. The contributors also make an active effort to promote new and undiscovered bands as often as possible. If you’re an artist that would like to appear on Newdust, see the contact page for info on getting your music to us.

Overloaded by all the “new music” options you keep hearing about? We’re here to help.  Here’s several songs we think you should fucking know (this week).  Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments too!


So… let’s cut to the chase.

  • Two Wounded Birds – “To Be Young”

This is one of my favorite tracks of the Summer so far. Don’t let the band fool you, they are British, not from California, which makes sense because they are on Jacob Graham of The Drums label, Holiday Friends Recording Company. The surf-indie-rock vibes will have you gazing into the Potomac longing for So-Cal.

  • DUDES – “Teenage Rebels”

New bro Ryan Solomon out of San Diego. He describes himself as a combination of Pavement and Lil B (get real), though there are elements of chill wave, lo-fi, and hip-hop. Either way, the song is great, and keep your eye out, this guy has potential. Grab his EP for FREE here.


  • Rick Ross – “Ashamed”

WOOF. Easily my favorite track of Rick Ross’s new album God Forgives, But I Don’t. The soulful sample is designed for LATE NIGHT groovin.


  • Nude Beach – “Walkin Down My Street”

Another great new rock and roll band out of Brooklyn. Channeling garage, lof-fi, and a little bit of New York punk, this band is geared toward partying and drinking. Goes on a mix real nice with DC’s own Shark Week.

  • Saint Motel – “1997”

If Elton John and Beirut had a love-child it would be Saint Motel. Enjoy the very tongue in cheek video and grab the California dudes debut LP Voyeur now on the iTunes.

  • California Wives – “Blood Red Youth”

Get emo, get real. Check out the light-hearted and youthful vibes of “Blood Red Youth.” For former and (ahem) current fans of Jimmy Eat World.

California Wives – Blood Red Youth by Vagrant Records


  • Prince – “When You Were Mine”

This has been my jam all summer. Prince always surprises me, but this track, off the 1980 release Dirty Mind, sounds almost like it could be a long lost Violent Femmes b-side. WHOA.