Week in Pop: D.A. Stern, Mary Ocher, Natural Velvet

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Berlin's consciousness expanding pop lord Mary Ocher; photographed by Boris Eldagsen.

While we strive for a more conscious & peaceful world, Impose’s Week in Pop presents an international array of upstarts that are evolving our perceptions of the creative arts. Bringing a host of breaking media exclusives, we present a quick glance at some of the week’s top headlines with news that Chvrches dropped the title of their upcoming album, Love is Dead available May 25 via Glassnote & dropped “My Enemy” ft. Matt Berninger from the National; 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin dropped the video for “Ric Flair Drip” starring the Nature Boy himself, Ric Flair; DJ Khaled dropped “Top Off” ft. featuring JAY-Z, Beyoncé & Future; Natalie Prass announced the new album The Future and the Past available June 1 from ATO & dropped the video for “Short Court Style”; Prince apparently worked on Janelle Monae’s upcoming Dirty Computer album; DATAROCK dropped “Feathers & Wax” off Face the Brutality available March 9; Sevdaliza dropped “Human Nature”; What’s Your Rupture? signed BODEGA & dropped the “How Did This Happen?!” Nap Eyes dropped the Seth A Smith & Nancy Urich video for “I’m Bad” off of I’m Bad Now available March 9 from Paradise of Bachelors/You’ve Changed/Jagjaguwar; Synapson dropped the Mary Clerté video for “Hide Away” ft. Holly; Freedom Fry dropped the title track off their upcoming album debut Classic available June 1; Lorde’s Run the Jewels remix for “Supercut (El-P remix)”; Future dropped “I.C.W.NT”; YBN Almighty Jay dropped the video for “Takin Off”; Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders dropped the Jim Pillion video for “White Flag” off the upcoming Blue Poles available May 4 from Terrible Records; Kid Koala dropped “Five Foot Stomp”; Benjamin Lazar Davis from Okkervil River dropped “Right Direction” co-written with Kimbra; The Born Love dropped the Erik Bergamini video for “Colorful” off the Strange Days EP; Logic dropped the video for “Overnight”; Kelela dropped the Mischa Notcutt & Claudia Matè video for “Frontline”; Skooly dropped the Howard Ross video for “Habit” ft. 2 Chainz off the Don’t You Ever Forget Me EP; Tame Impala’s Jay Watson, oka GUM, dropped the Alex McLaren video for “The Blue Marble”; A Place To Bury dropped the Elizabeth Skadden video for “There’s Only One Of Us” off the album Pinned available April 13 via Dead Oceans; Ladytron announced a new album available in fall from Pledge & dropped “Animals”; Azealia Banks dropped “Movin’ On Up”; Iggy Azalea dropped the video for “Savior” ft. Quavo; Iceage announced the new album Beyondless available May 4 from Matador & dropped “Pain Killer” ft. Sky Ferreira & Richard Hell wrote an essay on the band; Jack White dropped “Over and Over and Over”; Lorde performed a new song in Milwaukee; Dr. Dog dropped the previously unreleased “Buzzing In the Light”; Courtney Barnett promotes marriage equality via cover of INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart”; Laura Veirs dropped “Watch Fire” ft. Sufjan Stevens off the album The Lookout available April 13 from Raven Marching Band; Mouse on Mars dropped “Foul Mouth”; TMBG returned to Conan; Palace Winter dropped “Empire”; Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped “Not in Love We’re Just High”; Yo La Tengo dropped “For You Too”; Dinosaur Jr. dropped “Hold Unknown”; The Lagoons dropped “Close My Eyes (And I Wonder)” off their forthcoming Escape EP available April 6; Moby dropped the video for “This Wild Darkness”; Zenizen, Madison McFerrin & Anna Wise announced the #LoveYourSelfTour; Jessie Ware announced tour; Against Me! announced their spring tour; Dead Meadow dropped “Nobody Home” off their new album The Nothing They Need beginning their tour today; Courtship. announced a summer tour with Night Riots; Phish announced the Curveball festival; Soundset Festival buzz; Levitation lineup buzz; Arroyo Seco Weekend lineup buzz; hype for the final Vans Warped Tour lineup; Metallica announced stateside tour; James Murphy & 2ManyDJs, aka Despacio, announced massive DJ sets; Big Sean postponed his tour; Slayer dropped “Early Days” from their documentary series; hear Chris Cornell covering Johnny Cash’s “You Never Knew My Mind”; Talib Kweli wrote an op-ed on white supremacy; Flea penned an op-ed on about addiction & the opiod crises; Brian Eno scored the Gary Hustwit documentary Rams; The Smiths graphic novel; Phil Elverum elaborated on his opposition to signing autographs & more; YoungBoy Never Broke Again arrested; Norwegian black metal band Taake canceled tour after being called out for alleged racism & more; Spotify filed for a public offering; and our warmest thoughts are with Rick Ross & Oneida’s Kid Millions for an expedient recovery.

Moving ahead, it is now our pleasure & privilege to present the following world exclusives, insights & interviews from D.A. Stern, Mary Ocher, Natural Velvet, Desert, Fine China, Cool Calm Chrys, Drawing Boards, NoMBe, Motherhood, Wire Spine, featuring guest selections by Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more—in no particular order.

Week in Pop Quick Links (Table of Contents):

1. D.A. Stern
2. Mary Ocher
3. Natural Velvet
4. Desert
5. Fine China
6. Cool Calm Chrys
7. Drawing Boards
8. NoMBe
9. Motherhood
10. Wire Spine
11. Week in Pop media roundup
12. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s Week in Pop guest selections

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