EW's staff sizes up the biggest new music of the week

By Nolan FeeneyDerek LawrenceDana GetzChristian Holub and Eric Renner Brown
July 12, 2016 at 04:04 PM EDT
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Every week, EW’s music staff takes a hard listen to the biggest new tracks and offers up our unfiltered opinions. Read on for reviews of new tracks by Shawn Mendes, Jay Z, Jamila Woods, Daveed Diggs, the Pixies, and more.

Shawn Mendes, “Ruin”

In September, the jangle-pop duo returns with Dusk, their third album in as many years. Where the cuts off their self-titled 2014 debut evoked Lou Reed at his scuzziest, Dusk‘s polished first single “Bills” sounds closer to a sweet spot between the noodling of Television’s Tom Verlaine and the intricate six-string stylings of recent indie-rock standouts like Real Estate. Ultimate Painting wear the style well. B+ –ERB