This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 21 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.
- Phil Alvin, Un Sung Stories - First CD release for 1986 album
- Apparatjik, Square Peg in a Round Hole - Band featuring members of Mew, a-Ha, and Coldplay
- Archers of Loaf, Vee Vee [2xCD] - Deluxe reissue of 1995 album with 16 bonus tracks
- Bonobo, Black Sands Remixed LISTEN (3voor12)
- Matthew Bourne, Montauk Variations
- Bright Moments, Natives LISTEN
- Buckethead, Electric Sea
- Busdriver, Beaus$Eros - CD release
- Don Byron, Love, Peace And Soul
- Carpenters, In Performance 1972 [DVD]
- Cheap Girls, Giant Orange LISTEN
- The Chieftans, Voice of Ages - Guests include Bon Iver, The Decemberists, Pistol Annies, and more
- The Consumers, All My Friends Are Dead
- Cursive, I Am Gemini LISTEN
- Dinosaur Jr., Bug Live At 9:30 Club: In The Hands Of The Fans [DVD/Blu-ray]
- Dirty Ghosts, Metal Moon LISTEN
- Ramin Djawadi, Safe House OST
- Eluveitie, Helvetios
- English Singles, Grey Skies USA
- Field Music, Plumb LISTEN (3voor12)
The English band's last release was a double album. This week's Plumb isn't quite so ambitious (it runs a mere 15 songs and 35 minutes), but another album of compact, melodic art rock from the Brewis brothers is always welcome ... even if the advance word on the LP suggests a more fragmented and "surreal" approach to songwriting. A few critics have deemed the record a bit of a mess, though the majority are pleased by the plentiful hooks.
- Fishbone, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone [DVD] - Documentary
- Fun., Some Nights
- Galactic, Carnivale Electricos
- Grimes, Visions
- Isidore, Life Somewhere Else
- Damien Jurado, Maraqopa LISTEN (3voor12)
Fellow singer-songwriter Richard Swift returns as producer for the Seattle-based Jurado's 10th studio album. Maraqopa is collecting highly positive reviews so far, with both Jurado's songwriting and the impressive sonics earning praise.
- Angelique Kidjo, Spirit Rising LISTEN
- Lambchop, Mr. M
Mr. M marks the 11th studio album for the Nashville-based alt-country outfit led by Kurt Wagner. Expect a "dreamy" and polished affair, complete with strings. You should also prepare yourself for a bit of melancholy; the album is dedicated to Wagner's friend, the late recording artist Vic Chesnutt, and the album is far from joyful. Reviews are solid so far.
- The Menzingers, On the Impossible Past LISTEN (3voor12)
- Michael Martin Murphey, Campfire on the Road
- Mouse on Mars, Parastrophics - Digital release Friday; CD release next week
- My Best Fiend, In Ghostlike Fading
- Sinead O'Connor, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
- People of the North, Steep Formations
- Perfume Genius, Put Your Back N 2 It LISTEN (Guardian)
- Pontiak, Echo Ono LISTEN (3voor12)
- Princeton, Remembrance Of Things To Come LISTEN
- Pulp, Freaks [2xCD] - Expanded reissue of 1987 album
- Max Raabe, One Cannot Kiss Alone
- Fionn Regan, 100 Acres of Sycamore - U.S. CD release
- Release the Sunbird, Imaginary Summer EP - Digital only
- Josh Ritter, Bringing in the Darlings EP
- Frankie Rose, Interstellar
- Diana Ross, Diana Ross [2xCD] - Remastered and expanded reissue of 1976 album
- Santana, Live at Montreux 2011 [DVD/Blu-ray]
- The Scorpions, Get Your Sting & Blackout Live in 3D [Blu-ray]
- Sleigh Bells, Reign of Terror LISTEN (NY Times)
The much-hyped (well, not quite Jeremy Lin levels of hype, but still) Brooklyn noise-pop duo attempt to match the success of their 2010 debut Treats with sophomore set Reign of Terror, which they have committed to making even heavier than its predecessor. Unfortunately, the first batch of reviews are far from enthusiastic, suggesting yet another case of the dreaded sophomore slump.
- Spacemen 3, The Perfect Prescription - Reissue of 1987 album
- Spacemen 3, Performance - Reissue of 1988 live album
- Speech Debelle, Freedom of Speech LISTEN (3voor12)
- Terry Malts, Killing Time
- Tindersticks, The Something Rain LISTEN (3voor12)
Nine albums in, and its clear that Tindersticks are never going to return to the edgier, slightly more aggressive sound of their first three albums—indeed, the band boasts a largely overhauled roster now surrounding frontman Stuart Staples—but that's not an issue when the music is as good as it is here. A stylistically diverse outing, The Something Rain actually offers something to please any fan of the band, and early reviews are uniformly strong. Many Tindersticks albums feature a spoken-word piece; the one here, "Chocolate," is a sequel to their sophomore album's "My Sister."
- Tyga, Careless World: Rise of the Last King
- Various, Act of Valor OST
- Jim White, Where It Hits You
- Dustin Wong, Dreams Say, View Create, Shadow Leads LISTEN (3voor12)
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Hear next week's new Dirty Three album Toward the Low Sun all this week at NPR.
- NPR is also streaming a new LP by Y La Bamba, Court the Storm.
- You can also hear next week's Fanfarlo release Rooms Filled with Light now at NPR.
- Bruce Springsteen's new album Wrecking Ball is being streamed, one track per day, at The Guardian, starting today with "Easy Money."
- The upcoming School of Seven Bells album Ghostory is streaming this week at the Hype Machine.
- Hear the new Ting Tings album Sounds From Nowheresville at 3voor12.
- Stream "The Malkin Jewel," the first track released from The Mars Volta's upcoming March album Noctourniquet, at Rolling Stone.
- Hear the new Nicki Minaj single "Starships" at Stereogum.
- Yesterday, Blur debuted a new song during a live performance; the sound quality isn't great, but you can hear the reunited group perform "Under the West Way" at Consequence of Sound.
- Download an Andrew Bird song, "The Crown Salesman" (an Alpha Consumer cover taken from a new 7" but not his upcoming LP), at BPM.
- A new Marissa Nadler track called "The Wrecking Ball Company" is streaming at Pitchfork.
- Download a new Shelby Lynne track, "Lead Me Love," at Rolling Stone.
- Listen to the marching band-enhanced "Fitta Happier," the first track released from Geoff Barrow's upcoming hip-hop project Quakers, at Pitchfork.
- The new Mouse on Mars single "Polaroyced" is streaming at Stereogum.
- Listen to the appropriately titled "Bendy Bass," another new track by VCMG (the new collaboration between Depeche Mode co-founders Martin Gore and Vince Clarke), at NPR.
- Download a new Black Mountain track called "Mary Lou" at Stereogum.
- Stream the new Light Asylum track "Shallow Tears" at Soundcloud.
- At Soundcloud, you can also listen to a new Usher track, "Climax," produced by Diplo; the track will be released as a single on February 28..
- Speaking of Diplo, listen to his new track "Express Yourself" at Spin.
- Hear The Futureheads perform an a cappella version of their early song "Robot" at Soundcloud.
- Download "Break My Heart," a new song by La Sera (the new project for former Vivian Girls member Katy Goodman), at Stereogum.
- Listen to "Ex-Dreams," a new track by The Men, at Pitchfork.
- Listen to the Release the Sunbird track "I Will Walk," taken from their Imaginary Summer EP out this week, at Rolling Stone.
- Grab a new Big K.R.I.T. track, "King Pt. 2," at Some Kind of Awesome.
- At Pitchfork, you can grab a copy of the new Ramona Falls single "Spore."
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Cesar and David of Los Lobos (Leno), Mastodon (Carson Daly)
- Tuesday: Fool's Gold (Carson Daly), Fun (Conan), Eric Hutchinson (Letterman), Rumer (Leno)
- Wednesday: Jessie Baylin (Leno), Bombay Bicycle Club (Carson Daly), Heartless Bastards (Letterman), Tower of Power (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Die Antwoord (Kimmel), K'naan featuring Nelly Furtado (Letterman), Redlight King (Leno), Young the Giant (Carson Daly)
- Friday: Chiddy Bang (Leno), We Are Augustines (Letterman)
- Sunday: Coldplay (Kimmel [following the Oscars])
The latest music videos
Little Dragon, "Crystalfilm":
Jack White, "Love Interruption":
Tanlines, "Brothers" [interactive video]:
Lambchop, "Gone Tomorrow":
Frankie Rose, "Gospel/Grace":
UNKLE feat. Mark Lanegan, "Another Night Out":
Los Campesinos!, "Songs About Your Girlfriend":
Laura Marling, "All My Rage":
Shearwater, "Breaking the Yearlings":
EMA, "Take One Two":
Korallreven feat. Julianna Barwick, "Sa Sa Samoa":
Julia Holter, "In The Same Room":
Ceremony, "World Blue":
In the studio / coming soon
- Simian Mobile Disco will return with their third studio album, Unpatterns, on May 14 in the UK.
- Depeche Mode has begun preliminary work on its next studio album, which the group intends to begin recording in March and release before the end of 2012. - The Quietus
- March 25 will bring the 212 EP by Azealia Banks.
- Public Image Ltd. have announced that they will release their first album in 20 years in May or June of this year; before that, you can expect a vinyl-only EP on Record Store Day in April. - Pitchfork
- London's Darren Cunningham, better known as Actress, will release his third album R.I.P. on April 20. - Resident Advisor
- Cee Lo Green Is... Everybody's Brother will be the title of a new Cee Lo Green solo album coming this year. Don't worry; his reunion with the Goodie Mob is still a go, and their album, also due in 2012, will now be titled Age Against The Machine. - Billboard
- BPM has a few additional details about Jason Lytle's upcoming solo album, which will be called Department Of Disappearance and should arrive this summer.
- Green Day has finally entered the studio to begin the recording process for its next album, which is still on track for a release this year. - Rolling Stone
- The final tracklist for the Hunger Games soundtrack (due March 20) has been released, and it includes new music by Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Kid Cudi, Miranda Lambert, and more. - Billboard
- Fans of Billy Bragg and Wilco know that the artists previously united for a pair of Mermaid Avenue albums that featured songs written by Woody Guthrie. Apparently, there's more where that came from; a never-before-released third LP, Mermaid Avenue: Volume III, will be included as part of a four-disc Mermaid Avenue box set released by Nonesuch later this year. - BPM
- Produced by Dave Fridmann and Steve Albini, The Cribs' fifth LP, In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull, will arrive in the UK on May 7. - NME
- Light Asylum will release their self-titled debut LP on May 1st. - Pitchfork
- On April 2 (in the UK), The Futureheads will self release an a cappella album called Rant. - NME
- Oregon band Tu Fawning will release their second album, A Monument, on May 15 via City Slang. - BPM
- Bruce Springsteen talks to Rolling Stone about his new album Wrecking Ball.
- MTV Hive has a report on D'Angelo's still-in-progress follow-up to 2000's Voodoo. No, there's still no release date.
- Put together MF DOOM with Jneiro Jarel and you get JJ DOOM; the new duo will release their debut LP Key to the Kuffs in May for Lex Records. - BPM
- The Black Keys hope to record a quick follow-up to El Camino later this year. - Billboard
- Singer and new mother Beyonce hopes to release two separate albums in 2012. - Billboard
- Woods and Amps for Christ will release a split LP on April 17. - Pitchfork
- Contrary to a report in Vogue suggesting that she will take a five-year hiatus from recording, chart-topper Adele plans to return to the studio in a few weeks. - Rolling Stone
- 4AD will collect all of the studio output from 1980s outfit Colourbox in a four-disc box set due May 22nd. - Pitchfork
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- This spring, German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will perform each of their albums in their entirety on consecutive nights (one album per night) at New York's Museum of Modern Art, accompanied by projected 3D imagery. "Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8" runs April 10-17, and tickets go on sale Wednesday. - NY Times
- Detroit electronic music festival Movement has revealed some of the acts that will be playing this year over Memorial Day weekend. Public Enemy will make their debut appearance at the event, joined by artists ranging from Lindstrøm to Lil' Louis. - Resident Advisor
- The preliminary lineup for this year's Bonnaroo festival (which returns to Tennessee on June 7-10) was announced last week. Acts scheduled to perform include Radiohead, the Beach Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Iver, The Roots, Phish, Skrillex, Bad Brains, Ben Folds Five, The Shins, St. Vincent, Feist, Little Dragon, and more, which you can find at Spin.
- Speaking of Bad Brains, they also have a few East Coast dates lined up for April, some with GZA. - Brooklyn Vegan
- And speaking of the Beach Boys, the reunited group (yes, with Brian Wilson back in the fold) have announced a full set of dates for a spring and summer tour that will take them to such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and New York's Beacon Theater. - Spin
- Marilyn Manson begins his spring Born Villain tour on April 27; Spin has the full itinerary.
- Get tour dates for the reformed Cranberries at Pollstar.
- Blink-182 will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a lengthy summer tour. - Spin
- The Dave Matthews Band has over 40 dates scheduled for the summer months; get them at Pollstar.
- !!! return to the road in April; Prefix has the dates.
- Find new dates for singer-songwriter Christina Perri at Pollstar.
- Frankie Rose will be spending April on the road; get the dates at Pitchfork.
- Get newly announced tour dates for Father John Misty, the new solo project from former Fleet Foxes member J. Tillman, at BPM.
- J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. have lined up over a dozen dates for their spring Campus Consciousness tour. - Prefix
- Catch Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality on tour together this spring. - Pitchfork