Some iconic artists will be releasing albums on Tuesday, but there are also some underrated, influential indie bands and emerging musicians who will be revealing their latest efforts. Here are our picks for the weekend.

  • Neil Young, the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter, will release Storytone. Don’t expect the usual folk rock, but instead be prepared to hear something new, inventive, and ambitious from the 68- (soon-to-be 69-) year old legend. CBC Music and NPR are streaming the album.
  • Not to be left behind, Bob Dylan with members of The Band are releasing the six-disc compilation, The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11. This has the makings of something completely epic. CBC Music and NPR are streaming parts of the series.
  • A favourite among indie fans, Deerhoof is back to thrill and sometime bewilder fans with their eclectic mix of beats, sounds, noises, and tones. Hear La Isla Bonita on NPR (US residents only).
  • Dirty Beaches, the project of Montreal-based Alex Hungtai, will release the sonic adventure, Stateless. Hear it on Pitchfork Advance.
  • Five Years of Friends of Friends celebrates the five-year anniversary of one of our favourite indie record labels. The 21-track compilation includes music by Shlohmo, Groundislava, Perera Elsewhere, and many more. It’s a great way to discover some new artists. Stream part of the album on Pitchfork Advance and FoF’s Bandcamp site.
  • Les Sins – which is the moniker for Chaz Bundick, who is better known for his work as Toro y Moi – will challenge how we listen to music with his debut Michael under this new name. Expect more unique beats and tones, but don’t expect to hear something familiar. NPR is streaming the album.
  • Springtime Carnivore‘s self-titled debut album is streaming on Noisey. It’s an album that comes highly recommended.

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