Week in Pop: Joseph Black, Kazitexx, Linqua Franqa

Sjimon Gompers

Introducing Athens, GA's new influential icon Linqua Franqa; photographed by Stacey Piotrowska.

With all of our efforts & focuses on helping everyone affected by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—Impose’s Week in Pop continues our quest for a more conscious, just, peaceful & caring world for everyone to inclusively enjoy. With a handful of the latest breaking media exclusives, we present some of the week’s top buzz with news that Sarah P. launched the monthly Instazine EraseRestart to raise mental health awareness & dropped issue 1 “When at home and when in worry”; La Luz announced the album Floating Features available May 11 from Hardly Art & dropped “Cicada”; Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley of White Fence announced the new DRINKS album Hippo Lite available April 20 via Drag City & dropped “Real Outside”; Mozzy joined forces with EMPIRE for Mozzy Records announcing the Spiritual Conversations EP available March 2 with the upcoming album Gangland Landlord available soon; Kanye West returned to social media & subsequently quit social media & settled the cancellation of the Saint Pablo Tour; The Body announced the new album I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer available May 11 from Thrill Jockey & dropped “Nothing Stirs” featuring Kristin Hayter of Lingua Ignota; Nipsey Hussle dropped the track “Dedication” ft. Kendrick Lamar; DRAM & Diplo dropped “Look Back” & DRAM shared insights on collaborating with Erykah Badu; Diplo announced the new album California & dropped the video for “Look Back” ft. DRAM; Sarah Louise announced the album Deeper Woods available May 11 through Thrill Jockey & dropped “The Field that Touches My House & Yours”; I’m With Her dropped See You Around; Makeness announced the debut album Loud Patterns available April 6 via Secretly Canadian & dropped the Felix Silvestris & Josha Eiffel video for “Stepping Out of Sync”; Tory Lanez dropped “B.I.D.” off the upcoming album Memories Don’t Die available March 2; Grounders dropped “Scum For You”; Remy Ma dropped the video for “Melanin Magic”; Julianna Barwick dropped “Garland; Courtney Barnett hinted at new music; Shiffley dropped the album Paper Cranes; Jamison Isaak of Teen Daze dropped EP1; Fever Ray dropped the Martin Falck video for “IDK About You”; Drake dropped the Karena Evans video for “God’s Plan”; Lone dropped “Hyper Seconds” from Ambivert Tools Volume Three; Chicago house legend Larry Heard announced the new Mr. Fingers album Cerebral Hemispheres available April 13 via Alleviated Records & dropped “Electron”; New Portals dropped “Inch”; The Voidz dropped “Pointlessness”; Frank Leone dropped “Huffing Paint”; A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane & 21 Savage dropped “Cocky”; Ryan Adams dropped “Baby I Love You”; Liza Anne dropped “I’m Tired, You’re Lonely” off the upcoming album Fine But Dying available March 9 from Arts & Crafts; Moon Taxi dropped the video for “Not Too Late”; MIKE dropped resistance man; Françoise Hardy announced the new album Personne D’autre available April 6 from Parlophone; Harmless dropped “Nunca (Es Para Siempre)”; Kid Koala, oka Eric San, announced the Floor Kids Original Video Game Soundtrack available April 27 from Arts & Crafts; Okkervil River announced the new album In the Rainbow Rain available April 27 via ATO & dropped “Don’t Move Back to LA”; Frank Ocean covered “Moon River”; Molly Rocket covered Britney Spears’ “Toxic”; Yeah Yeah Yeahs covered Big Star’s “Thirteen”; JB Dunckel dropped the Valentine’s Day single “Love Machine”; Eleanor Friedberger announced the new album Rebound available May 4 from Frenchkiss & dropped “In Between Stars”; Mainland dropped “Hometown”; Jay Rock dropped the Dave Free video for “King’s Dead” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake; Muse dropped the Lance Drake video for “Thought Contagion”; Dr. Octagon returns with news of the new album Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation available April 6 from Bulk Recordings & dropped “Octagon Octagon”; Detroit legends Death returned & dropped the new single “Give it Back”; Iceage returned with the Adam Hashemi video for “Catch It” ft. David Dastmalchian; BOOTS dropped the #DARKDAZE EP available now ft. Run the Jewels, Cristin Milioti & Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Nashville’s MONA dropped the video for “Kiss Like a Woman”; Mavis Staples dropped the Zac Manuel video for “If All I Was Was Black”; ionnalee, of iamamiwhoami dropped the album Everyone Afraid to Be Forgotten; Kim Petras dropped “Heart to Break”; The Drums dropped “Meet Me in Mexico” as a earthquake relief benefit & announced tour; Joey Badass announced a tour; The Unlikely Candidates dropped “Oh My Dear Lord”; Runaway Brother dropped the album New Pocket via Tiny Engines & announced tour dates; Billy Strings announced a tour; King Shelter dropped “Teeth & Claws” & announced west coast tour dates; Long Neck announced tour in support of their new Tiny Engines album Will This Do?; Woop released from prison & announced a spring tour; Starcrawler set out on their tour; The Head And The Heart announced tour dates with Grouplove & Mt. Joy; Sled Island Music & Arts Festival lineup buzz; Belle and Sebastian cruise may be in the works; Run the Jewels have been named the Record Store Day ambassador for 2018; Michelle Obama dropped a Valentine’s playlist for Barack titled “Forever Mine”; Jack White talked about the state of rock & roll; Prince collaborator Chris Moon is apparently selling his songwriting credit for “Soft and Wet”; Lollapalooza sued for copyright infringement; Meek Mill & legal team petioned to be released on bond; the Grammys addressed their problem with representing women’s contributions to music; D’arcy Wretzky talked about the entire Smashing Pumpkins reunion debacle; Lil Pump arrested for allegedly discharging a pistol in his house; Marilyn Manson apparently had an onstage meltdown at a Huntington, NY show; Ultimate Painting said good bye & canceled their upcoming album; and we remember the life & works of Pearls Before Swine’s Tom Rapp.

As we move forward, it is now our pleasure & privilege to present the following interviews, insights & exclusives from Joseph Black, Kazitexx, Linqua Franqa, Cool Calm Chrys, phem, Strawberry Mountain, featuring guest selections by U.S. Girls & more—in no particular order.

Week in Pop Quick Links (Table of Contents):

1. Joseph Black
2. Kazitexx
3. Linqua Franqa
4. Cool Calm Chrys
5. phem
6. Strawberry Mountain
7. Week in Pop media roundup
8. U.S. Girls’ Week in Pop guest selections

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