This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 18 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.
- 3OH!3 Omens
- Austra Olympia LISTEN (3voor12)
- Marco Beltrami World War Z OST
- Jackson Browne I'll Do Anything: Live In Concert DVD/Blu-ray
- BWB Human Nature
- Andrew Calhoun Living Room
- J. Cole
- Originally set to be released in January, rapper J. Cole's highly anticipated follow-up to his 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story 75 will now compete directly against Kanye West on Tuesday. Cole's new album features contributions from Kendrick Lamar and Miguel, and early reviews are fairly good so far.
- Matthew Dear Beams "Complete Edition" 2xCD
- Adds remixes and unreleased tracks to last year's album
- Delbert & Glen Blind, Crippled & Crazy
- Lou Doillon Places LISTEN (NY Times)
- Empire of the Sun Ice on the Dune
- Falling in Reverse Fashionably Late
- Bill Frisell Big Sur LISTEN (NY Times)
- The Gaslight Anthem Singles Collection 2008-2011 Vinyl box set
- Steve Gunn Time Off
- Hanson Anthem
- Hawkwind Warrior On The Edge Of Time 2xCD+DVD
- Expanded and remastered edition of 1975 album adds previously unreleased tracks, a new 5.1 mix, and more
- Heliotropes A Constant Sea
- High on Fire Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1 / Spitting Fire Live Vol. 2 LISTEN (Pitchfork; through Tues.)
- Two separate live releases
- Hospital Ships Destruction In Yr Soul LISTEN (Pitchfork; through Tues.)
- Lemuria The Distance Is So Big
- The Mantles Long Enough to Leave LISTEN (Pitchfork; through Tues.)
- Mac Miller Watching Movies With the Sound Off LISTEN (Official site)
- The Mowgli's Waiting for the Dawn
- Phish Ventura 6xCD
- Box set contains two live shows from 1997 and 1998
- Primal Scream More Light
- US release
- Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese CD+Blu-ray
- Deluxe reissue of 1991 album adds a 5.1 mix on Blu-ray and three unreleased tracks
- Quasimoto Yessir Whatever LISTEN (Pitchfork; through Tues.)
- Compilation from Madlib side project features rarities and previously unreleased tracks
- Sigur Rós
Kveikur LISTEN (Amazon)
- Few bands sound as wintry as Iceland's Sigur Rós, but we'll take a new album from them any time of year. An usually quick follow-up to last summer's Valtari 74, Kveikur finds the band reinventing their sound a bit, moving away from the sleepy, ethereal atmospherics of past releases in favor of a slightly heavier (or in the case of lead single "Brennisteinn," significantly heavier), more aggressive sound, though one that is still unmistakably Sigur Rós. That new sound is earning the band strong reviews so far.
- Kelly Rowland Talk a Good Game
- Wadada Leo Smith & Tumo Occupy the World
- Spectrals Sob Story
- Statik Selektah Extended Play
- Sublime 3 Ring Circus - Live At The Palace CD+2xDVD LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Features a 1995 concert on CD and DVD, with second DVD including another concert
- Tunng Turbines LISTEN (NY Times)
- Vacation Candy Waves LISTEN (Spin)
- Various 20 Feet from Stardom OST
- Various Despicable Me 2 OST
- Various Monsters University OST
- Includes music by Randy Newman and Swedish House Mafia
- Various Woody Guthrie at 100 CD+DVD
- Tribute concert features performances of Guthrie songs by Lucinda Williams, Old Crow Medicine Show, John Mellencamp, and other artists
- Kanye West
- Is that really the album cover? Is Yeezus, the sixth album for West and his first solo release since 2010's album of the year My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 94, really coming out Tuesday? What songs will be on the album? The answers to those questions are "apparently," "almost definitely," and "the 10 tracks that leaked over the weekend," including collaborations with Chief Keef, Kid Cudi, Daft Punk, and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. It might be the most mysterious West album to date—production credits haven't been officially disclosed, no advance singles have been released, and you can't even pre-order the album if you wanted to—but that doesn't mean it's not summer's most anticipated release. And the first batch of reviews suggest West's strangest, most difficult record to date, but one that still has many rewards to offer.
With Love 2xCD
- Mysterious London producer Zomby (real name unknown) has released three albums in the past—most recently, 2011's Dedication 79—but With Love is set to be his biggest release yet ... literally. Clocking in at 33 tracks across 2 discs, the new set includes some material familiar to longtime fans. Note that this is a digital-only release in the US this week, with a CD release to follow July 2nd. (UK folks can get the CD starting today.)
More streaming and downloadable new music
- About Group
- TRACK "Words" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Matias Aguayo
- ALBUM The Visitor streaming until its 6/25 release at Pitchfork.
- Bosnian Rainbows
- ALBUM Bosnian Rainbows streaming until its 6/25 release at NPR.
- ALBUM Maybe on Monday EP streaming at The Quietus.
- TRACK "Stitches" streaming at YouTube.
- The Cannanes
- TRACK "A Bigger Splash" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Civil Wars
- TRACK "The One That Got Away" streaming at YouTube.
- Cold Cave
- TRACK "Meaningful Life" (new B-side) streaming at YouTube.
- Joey Bada$$
- TRACK "95 Til Infinity" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Lightning Dust
- ALBUM Fantasy streaming until its 6/25 release at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Two Moons" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Eyesdontlie" streaming at Soundcloud.
- No Age
- TRACK "C'mon Stimmung" streaming at YouTube.
- Okkervil River
- TRACK "It Was My Season" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- ALBUM Without Your Love streaming until its 6/25 release at Pitchfork.
- The Orwells
- ALBUM Other Voices streaming until its 6/25 release at Pitchfork.
- Rose Windows
- ALBUM The Sun Dogs (out 6/25 on Sub Pop) streaming at Exclaim.
- ScHoolboy Q
- TRACK "Collard Greens" (feat. Kendrick Lamar) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Smith Westerns
- ALBUM Soft Will streaming until its 6/25 release at NPR.
- Mavis Staples
- ALBUM One True Vine streaming until its 6/25 release at NPR.
- ALBUM After Dark 2 (Italians Do It Better label comp) streaming/downloadable at Soundcloud.
- Washed Out
- TRACK "It All Feels Right" streaming at YouTube.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Anamanaguchi (Fallon), Pitbull (Leno), Quadron (Letterman)
- Tuesday: Empire of the Sun (Kimmel), Ice Cube (Fallon), Grouplove (Leno), Tom Keifer (Letterman)
- Wednesday: CHVRCHES (Fallon), Jim James (Letterman), The Postal Service (Colbert Report)
- Thursday: Japandroids (Letterman), The Mowgli's (Leno), Muse (Kimmel), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Fallon)
- Friday: Joseph Arthur (Leno), Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (Letterman), Zedd (Fallon)
Recent artist and industry news
- This year's Polaris Prize nominees (battling for the honor of Canada's best album) include Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tegan and Sara, Metric, and Purity Ring. The shortlist will be announced on July 16th, with the winner revealed September 23rd.
- So much for the Pixies reunion; bassist Kim Deal has quit the band. - Billboard
- Bloc Party are re-setting their status to "on hiatus." - The Guardian
The latest music videos
The Lonely Island feat. Robyn, "Go Kindergarten" [starring Paul Rudd, Sean Combs]:
Neko Case, "Man":
Low, "Plastic Cup":
AlunaGeorge, "You Know You Like It":
These New Puritans, "Fragment Two":
Angel Haze, "No Bueno" [NSFW]:
Shabazz Palaces, "An Echo from the Hosts that Profess Infinitum":
Young Galaxy, "New Summer":
Foals, "Bad Habit" [NSFW]:
In the studio / coming soon
- Jay-Z will drop a new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, on July 4th, and he's already sold a million copies of it (yes, that makes it a platinum album) ... to Samsung, which will distribute the record free to users who sign up for an app on its Galaxy phones and tablets. Everyone else can purchase the album via conventional means on July 7th. - L.A. Times
- The Bones of What You Believe is the title of the debut album from CHVRCHES; it's out September 24th via Glassnote.
- Portishead vocalist Beth Gibbons has signed to Domino, which will release her second solo album in the near future. Title and date are still to be announced.
- It looks like Deltron 3030's long-in-the-works comeback album Event II will finally hit September 17th.
- Goldfrapp's new album, Tales of Us, will be out on September 10 in the US (and a day earlier in the UK) via Mute. Here's an album trailer.
- September 3rd will bring Stitches, the first Califone album in four years.
- Dizzee Rascal will release his next album The Fifth on July 1 in the UK. - NME
- Kraftwerk is apparently still working on a new album. - Pitchfork
- A new múm album, Smilewound, is arriving via Morr Music on September 17th.
- Counting Crows are working on their first new material since 2008. - Billboard
- Watch a trailer for Permanent Signal, the new album from Porcelain Raft arriving August 20th.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- For the first time in more than two decades, The Replacements will perform live. The venue will be this year's Riot Fest, with dates in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. - Billboard
- Franz Ferdinand are touring the world this summer and fall. - Consequence of Sound
- Washed Out will support their upcoming album release with a fall tour. - Pitchfork
- Get newly added dates for Phosphorescent at Pitchfork.
- Pitchfork also has fall tour dates for Neko Case.
- Drake his hitting the road with Miguel this fall. - Billboard
- Pollstar has more dates for Sigur Rós.
- Find dates for No Age at Consequence of Sound.
- John Fogerty is touring this fall. - CoS
- AlunaGeorge are heading to North America for the first time. - CoS