Each Monday, our weekly music news bulletin brings you the major developments in the music world from the past seven days, and looks ahead to the coming week's key new albums.
This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 13, unless otherwise indicated. Click on any LISTEN link to listen to a free, streaming version of the entire album (typically, available only during the week of release); streaming links go to AOL Music unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.
- Anthrax, Worship Music - First studio album with frontman Joey Belladonna since 1990
- Big Harp, White Hat
- Blitzen Trapper, American Goldwing LISTEN
- Blondie, Panic of Girls - First U.S. release; Amazon exclusive LISTEN
- A.A. Bondy, Believers LISTEN
- Bush, Sea of Memories - First studio album in 10 years LISTEN
- CANT, Dreams Come True LISTEN (Soundcloud)
A collaboration between Grizzly Bear bassist and producer Chris Taylor and Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr., Dreams Come True was recorded in a bedroom during a two-week period. The title appears to be ironic, as the music here is much darker—even nightmarish—compared to that of Grizzly Bear, filled with detailed synth-driven compositions that reward close listening.
- Kristin Chenoweth, Some Lessons Learned
- Alice Cooper, Welcome 2 My Nightmare
- Das Racist, Relax
- Dream Theater, A Dramatic Turn of Events - Spec. ed. also includes DVD
- The Drums, Portamento
- Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost LISTEN (Hype Machine)
The San Francisco indie rockers go big on their second full-length (following 2009's Album 80), trying out genres ranging from soul to metal and even enlisting a gospel choir on several tracks. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is produced by Doug Boehm and features a full five-member band (a Girls first), rather than just the core duo of Christopher Owens and Chet "JR" White.
- Grouplove, Never Trust a Happy Song LISTEN
- PJ Harvey, iTunes Session EP - Out today in iTunes store; 7 newly recorded tracks plus interview
- Jimi Hendrix, Winterland - Drastically different version of October 1968 live shows previously released in 1987; also available in various box set versions with many additional tracks
- Human League, Credo - First U.S. release
- Mason Jennings, Minnesota LISTEN
- Glenn Jones, The Wanting
- Katy B, On a Mission LISTEN
- The Kooks, Junk of the Heart
- Lady Antebellum, Own the Night
Nashville country-pop trio Lady Antebellum pocketed five Grammy Awards, including best country album, for 2010's Need You Now 63, which has sold over 3 million units despite moderate reviews. Expect further commercial success with Own the Night, which reunites the group with producer Paul Worley and has already spawned a hit single in "Just a Kiss."
- Ladytron, Gravity the Seducer LISTEN
Ladytron's fifth studio album follows the electro-pop band's greatest hits album, and includes that disc's single "Ace of Hz." It's one of their most mature, cohesive, and consistent albums to date, with at least several tracks that will no doubt be slotted into a future greatest hits compilation.
- Nick Lowe, The Old Magic LISTEN
- Laura Marling, A Creature I Don't Know
- Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton, Play The Blues - Live at Lincoln Center
- Mates of State, Mountaintops LISTEN
- Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Sing in Japanese
- Memoryhouse, The Years EP LISTEN
- Milagres, Glowing Mouth LISTEN
- Mogwai, Earth Division EP LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Neon Indian, Era Extraña LISTEN
One of the bigger buzz bands to emerge in indie rock over the last two years (their 2009 debut, Psychic Chasms 81 featured on several best-of-the-year lists, including Pitchfork's), the Texas-based chillwave outfit Neon Indian is the brainchild of now 22-year-old Alan Palomo. Palomo ventured to Helsinki to record his second album, the self-produced Era Extraña, with Dave Fridmann handling the mixing.
- Jack Oblivian, Rat City LISTEN
- Pajama Club, Pajama Club - New band from Crowded House's Neil Finn LISTEN
- Primus, Green Naugahyde - First studio album in 12 years LISTEN
- Chuck Ragan, Covering Ground LISTEN
- St. Vincent, Strange Mercy LISTEN (NPR - Today only)
Former Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens guitarist Annie Clark returns with her second 4AD album (and third overall) as St. Vincent, following 2009's lauded Actor 81 and an appearance on the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack. As on that previous album, John Congleton lends a hand with production, while Grammy winner Bobby Sparks and Midlake's MacKenzie Smith are among the guest performers.
- Saves the Day, Daybreak LISTEN
- Shimmering Stars, Violent Hearts
- Slow Club, Paradise LISTEN
- Sonic Youth, 1991: The Year Punk Broke DVD - Concert documentary; also features Nirvana
- Spyro Gyra, A Foreign Affair
- Staind, Staind
- Superchunk, Foolish - Remastered reissue of 1994 album
- Toro Y Moi, Freaking Out EP
- Trombone Shorty, For True
- Tom Vek, Leisure Seizure - First U.S. release
- Wild Flag, Wild Flag LISTEN (NPR - Today only)
Wild Flag's four members—Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia), Janet Weiss (Quasi, Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium), and Rebecca Cole (The Minders)—have played key roles in the indie rock scene over the past few decades. That makes the supergroup's self-titled debut, recorded live (except for vocals), one of this fall's most anticipated albums. And while it sounds good on paper, miraculously, it sounds even better when you listen to it; the early reviews are mostly raves.
- Jonathan Wilson, Gentle Spirit
- Wooden Shjips, West - First U.S. release
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Stream Night of Hunters, the new classical-pop album by Tori Amos, at NPR.
- NPR is also streaming all of the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album Hysterical.
- Download a new, free Pearl Jam track called "Olé" at the official Pearl Jam Twenty site, or listen to the entire two-disc soundtrack to Pearl Jam Twenty this week at Rolling Stone (prior to its release next week).
- Stream or download (for free) a new live album by Deerhoof called 99% Upset Feeling at Soundcloud.
- Listen to the new Coldplay single "Paradise," taken from upcoming album Mylo Xyloto, at Pitchfork.
- Drake has dropped two new tracks ("Club Paradise" and "Free Spirit") and a remix on his website; listen to all three at Spin.
- The WU LYF track "go tell fire; reprise" does not appear on the band's album Go Tell Fire To The Mountain, but you can find it on the band's website.
- Stream "AKA…What A Life!", a new Noel Gallagher track from his High Flying Birds project, at Stereogum.
- Download an MP3 of "Then It's White," a track taken from The Field's upcoming Looping State of Mind album, which has been moved up to an October 10 release. - Pitchfork
- Download the Los Campesinos! track "By Your Hand," from their upcoming album Hello Sadness, at Stereogum. You can also scroll down to the video section below to watch the song's official video.
- William Shatner has a double album of covers (Searching for Major Tom) due October 11; stream the album track "Iron Man" (yes, the Black Sabbath song) at Soundcloud.
- Download "After Midnight," the second track released from blink-182's upcoming comeback album Neighborhoods, at the band's official site.
- Stream or download the new Oneohtrix Point Never track "Sleep Dealer," from the upcoming album Replica, at Soundcloud.
- Zola Jesus has leaked another track from her upcoming album Conatus; stream "Seekir" at Soundcloud.
- Grab a pair of tracks by new Merge Records signees Hospitality (including "Friends of Friends," the first cut from their 2012 debut album) at Stereogum.
- Stream "Nodding Off," a collaboration between Wavves and Best Coast, at One Thirty BPM.
- Download an MP3 of "Get Right" from Megafaun's self-titled September 20 album at One Thirty BPM or stream that entire upcoming album at Rolling Stone.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Alexander (Conan), Glen Campbell (Leno), Sia (Kimmel), Chris Young (Craig Ferguson), The Zombies (Fallon)
- Tuesday: Cobra Starship (Leno), Girls (Fallon), Givers (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Cake (Kimmel), Common (Daily Show), Lenny Kravitz (Tavis Smiley), Needtobreathe (Leno), Neon Indian (Fallon)
- Thursday: Foo Fighters (Conan), LMFAO (Leno), Ziggy Marley (Kimmel)
- Friday: Lady Antebellum (Leno), Emmylou Harris (Tavis Smiley)
Recent artist and industry news
- PJ Harvey was announced as the winner of the 2011 Mercury Prize on Tuesday night for her recent album Let England Shake 86. Having also won in 2001 for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, she is now the only two-time recipient of the award, which is considered Britain's most prestigious music prize. Harvey also has the most nominations (four) in the award's history. - The Guardian
- 50 Words for Snow is the first album of all-new material from Kate Bush in six years; the seven-song, 65-minute LP arrives November 21 on her own label Fish People. - Pitchfork
- Last week, we told you that rapper T.I. was returned to prison (after just a few days out), and that he was also getting his own VH1 reality show later this year. It turns out the two are connected: having the VH1 producers with him as he traveled to a halfway house was a violation of his furlough. - Billboard
- My Chemical Romance has fired drummer Michael Pedicone for allegedly stealing from his bandmates, reports Billboard. You can also go to Kerrang! to read an apology by Pedicone.
- Adult Swim has placed a series order for Loiter Squad, a live-action sketch/variety show created by hip hop outfit Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. The show will air in 2012. - Pitchfork
- Chart-topper Adele may be in line to perform the theme to the next James Bond film. - MTV
- Just a few weeks after Kanye West and Jay-Z set a new iTunes record for first-week sales, their mark has been exceeded by Lil Wayne, whose Tha Carter IV was downloaded nearly 350,000 times in its first four days of release. - Prefix
- Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy will have his young adult fantasy novel Wildwood adapted into an animated feature film by the studio responsible for Coraline. - Variety
- The most recent new episode of Morgan Spurlock's web series A Day in the Life finds the director visiting with Girl Talk. Watch it on Hulu.
- Nick Jonas, best known for being a brother, will return to Broadway in January in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying when he replaces current star Daniel Radcliffe. - Billboard
- Not only is Wilson Phillips attempting a comeback, but the trio will do so via their own reality show on the TV Guide Network. - Deadline
- Want an exact replica of Kurt Cobain's worn 1965 Fender Jaguar? Fender will sell you one for a mere $1,849.99. - Fender (via Drawer B)
The latest music videos
Justice, "Audio, Video, Disco":
Wild Flag, "Romance":
Battles feat. Gary Numan, "My Machines":
Explosions in the Sky, "Be Comfortable Creature":
The New Pornographers, "Up in the Dark":
Wilco, "Born Alone":
Los Campesinos!, "By Your Hand":
Little Dragon, "Brush the Heat":
Wye Oak, "Holy Holy":
Phantogram, "As Far As I Can See":
Das Racist, "Michael Jackson":
SBTRKT feat. Roses Gabor, "Pharaohs":
Kid Cudi, "Mr Rager":
Beirut, "Santa Fe":
Black Lips, "Family Tree" [NSFW]:
In the studio / coming soon
- October 25 is the release date for A Very She & Him Christmas, the upcoming Merge holiday album by the adorkable duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. On it, She & Him tackle such standards as "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Stereogum has the full tracklist.
- Will Oldham's latest Bonnie "Prince" Billy album is called Wolfroy Goes to Town, and it comes out October 4 on Drag City. Pitchfork has the details.
- The Fall will release a new album, Ersatz G.B., on November 14. We're too lazy to count, so we'll assume that Pitchfork is correct when it says it is the band's 29th studio album.
- St. Vincent and David Byrne are about halfway through recording a collaborative album together, reports Pitchfork; expect it in 2012.
- The Wedding Present have been in the studio recording their eighth album, which is tentatively slotted for a March release; anyone willing to chip in £100 now to join their fan club will be credited in the liner notes and get a signed copy of the album, an exclusive single, and more. The band is also planning to perform their classic 1991 album Seamonsters in its entirety on a 2012 tour.
- Papercut Chronicles II, the fifth album by Gym Class Heroes, is scheduled for an October 25 release. - MTV
- MTV also reports that rapper Wiz Khalifa is already working on a follow-up to this year's Rolling Papers 59.
- The November 1 DVD box set release Six Ed Sullivan Shows starring The Rolling Stones is exactly that; it contains all 17 of the Rolling Stones' performances on the show during the 1960s, including some that have never been released. A smaller, four-episode set will also be released in early October. - Billboard
- Can fans have two box sets and a reissue to look forward to over the coming months. The latter is Tago Mago, which celebrates its 40th anniversary with a November 15th deluxe edition including bonus live tracks. Early next year, expect a box set collecting newly remastered vinyl (or CD) versions of every album (including a previously unreleased live LP) by the German legends, and another called The Lost Tapes featuring previously unreleased material. - The Wire
- An expanded version of Jay Reatard's 2007 Terror Visions LP World of Shit is coming December 6 on FDH. - Pitchfork
- Yuck's self-titled debut album will be re-released by Fat Possum on October 11 with six bonus tracks. - One Thirty BPM
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- The lineup has been set for Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The October 22-23 concerts will include Arcade Fire, Beck, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, and more, as well as Young himself. - Pollstar
- Real Estate is heading out on the road at the end of October in support of the upcoming LP Days; Pitchfork has the dates.
- Spencer Krug's new project Moonface is touring North America in October; get the dates at Prefix.
- Peter Murphy will co-headline a North American tour in November with She Wants Revenge; see Pollstar for details.
- You can find Bonnie "Prince" Billy this fall in North America and Europe; find out where and when at Pitchfork.
- Matthew Sweet is hitting the road to play his album Girlfriend in its entirety; Rolling Stone has the details.
- It appears that Guns N' Roses will follow their international tour with some live dates in the U.S. Only three shows (Orlando, Miami and Kansas City) have been announced so far, but more could follow. - Pollstar
- Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have added a second leg to their North American tour, with dates scheduled throughout November and into December. - Rolling Stone
- Iggy Pop's upcoming American dates with The Stooges have been postponed while Pop recovers from a broken foot. - Gigwise Note that it now looks like the dates will be rescheduled for December.