This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 28 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.
- 120 Days, II
- Badly Drawn Boy, Being Flynn OST
- Digital only; CD out March 27
- Masaki Batoh, Brain Pulse Music
- Solo LP for Ghost member
- Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden
- Produced by Buddy Miller
- Cavo, Thick as Thieves
- CD release
- Celtic Thunder, Voyage
- Chiddy Bang, Breakfast
- Christian Mistress, Possession
- Corrosion of Conformity, Corrosion of Conformity
- First album since 2005
- The Cranberries, Roses
- First album in 11 years
- Dark New Day, New Tradition
- Dead Fingers, Dead Fingers
- Dirty Three
Toward the Low Sun LISTEN (3voor12)
- The instrumental rock trio of violinist and Bad Seeds/Grinderman member Warren Ellis, drummer Jim White, and guitarist Mick Turner return with their first album since 2005's Cinder 79. Like that previous LP, Toward the Low Sun is produced by Casey Rice, and it features varied instrumentation, but, unlike its predecessor, no vocals.
- Elliott Brood, Days Into Years
- Eluveitie, Helvetios
- Estelle, All of Me
- Fanfarlo, Rooms Filled with Light LISTEN (3voor12)
- Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames, New Multitudes LISTEN
- New music based on previously unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics from members of Son Volt, My Morning Jacket, and more
- Geographer, Myth LISTEN (Paste)
- Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio
- Beth Jeans Houghton, Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose LISTEN
- Hunx, Hairdresser Blues
- Il Volo, Il Volo Takes Flight Live From the Detroit Opera House [CD/DVD/Blu-ray]
- Imagination Movers, Rock-O-Matic
- Ja Rule, Pil 2
- Carole King, Pearls: Songs of Goffin & King
- First CD release of 1980 album
- Carole King, Simple Things
- First CD release of 1977 album
- Carole King, Touch the Sky
- First CD release of 1979 album
- Carole King, Welcome Home
- First CD release of 1978 album
- Sophia Knapp, Into the Waves
- Little Barrie, King of the Waves LISTEN
- Lyle Lovett, Release Me
- Madlib, Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape
- Final installment in the series
- Maino, Day After Tomorrow
- Loreena McKennitt, Troubadours On The Rhine
- Live album
- Memoryhouse, The Slideshow Effect LISTEN (The Quietus)
- Anaïs Mitchell, Young Man In America LISTEN
- Mouse on Mars
- After an unusually long six-year break (which, admittedly, did include a nifty 2007 collaboration with The Fall's Mark E Smith as Von Sudenfed), the electronic music duo of Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner return with their 10th LP (and first for Modeselektor's Monkeytown label) this week.
- Napalm Death, Utilitarian
- New York Dolls, Live at the Bowery [DVD/Blu-ray]
- 2011 concert performance
- Nneka, Soul is Heavy LISTEN
- Pink Floyd
The Wall - Immersion Box Set [6xCD+1xDVD]
- This remastered rerelease of Pink Floyd's classic double album comes with tons of bonus content, including a full live version (a remastered version of Is There Anybody Out There: The Wall Live), two discs worth of previously unreleased demos, a documentary, a book, and various memorabilia. It's for die-hards only, though; all that bounty will cost you $110. A much cheaper "Experience Version" includes just the remastered album and a single disc of highlights from the bonus material.
- Plants and Animals, The End of That LISTEN
- Amy Ray, Lung of Love LISTEN
- Todd Rundgren, Todd [CD/DVD]
- Live 2010 concert performance of 1973 album
- School of Seven Bells, Ghostory LISTEN
- Scuba, Personality
- Out today; digital only in the U.S.
- Sent by Ravens, Mean What You Say
- The Sidekicks, Awkward Breeds
- Soft Swells, Soft Swells LISTEN
- StoneRider, Fountains Left To Wake
- David Sylvian, A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012 [2xCD]
- UK only; greatest hits compilation with one new track
- Terrorizer, Hordes of Zombies
- Ting Tings, Sounds from Nowheresville LISTEN (3voor12)
- UK release today; US release March 20
- Trust, TRST
- UFO, Seven Deadly
- Water Liars, Phantom Limb
- We Have Band, Ternion
- The White Buffalo, Once Upon a Time in the West LISTEN
- John Williams, A Tribute to John Williams: An 80th Birthday Celebration
- WZRD, WZRD
- Rock album from duo of Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius
- Y La Bamba, Court the Storm
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Ava Luna
- ALBUM Ice Level (due March 6) streaming now exclusively at Spin.
- Andrew Bird
- ALBUM Break It Yourself (out 3/6) streaming this week at NPR.
- TRACK "So Good" (newly released single from May album Strange Clouds) streaming at Billboard.
- ALBUM The Clearing (out 3/6) streaming at Stereogum.
- Carter Tutti Void
- TRACK "V3," from the new collaboration featuring members of Throbbing Gristle and Factory Floor, is streaming at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Adult" downloadable from Matador Records.
- Charli XCX
- TRACK "I'll Never Know" (new song recorded for Fashion Week) streaming at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)" downloadable from BPM.
- Django Django
- TRACK "Storm" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM This Must Be Blood EP streaming at BPM.
- Gorillaz, Andre 3000, and James Murphy
- TRACK "DoYaThing," a new one-off collaboration between Damon Albarn and OutKast's Andre 3000 and LCD Soundsystem's Murphy, downloadable at Converse. There's also an extended, 13-minute version streaming at Stereogum.
- Colleen Green
- TRACK "Goldmine" downloadable from Stereogum.
- TRACK "Angel" (bonus cut from new album Visions) streaming at Gorilla vs. Bear.
- Hodgy Beats
- ALBUM Untitled EP, a new nine-song collection, is free to download from the Odd Future store.
- Julia Holter
- ALBUM Ekstasis streaming this week at NPR.
- Magnetic Fields
- ALBUM Love at the Bottom of the Sea (out 3/6) streaming this week at NPR.
- Nicki Minaj
- TRACK "Roman Reloaded" (feat. Lil Wayne) streaming at Rap Radar.
- The Mynabirds
- TRACK "Generals" (from upcoming LP of the same name) downloadable from Prefix.
- Robert Pollard
- TRACK "Obvious #1" (from upcoming solo LP Mouseman Cloud) streaming at Stereogum.
- TRACK "Mystery" downloadable from Spin; band shares two members with Tame Impala.
ALBUM Beard Wives Denim streaming this week at Hype Machine.
- TRACK "Disparate Youth" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM debut Olympic Games now streaming at Prefix.
- TRACK "Hey Jane," our first listen from upcoming album Sweet Heart, Sweet Light (4/17), streaming at Soundcloud.
- Sun Kil Moon
- TRACK "Sunshine in Chicago" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- TRACK "It All Feels The Same" streaming at KCRW.
- Various artists
- ALBUM Intended Play, a Matador Records sampler featuring songs by Perfume Genius, Stephen Malkmus, Fucked Up, and more, is now free to download at Matador.
- TRACK "Unfolding Black Wings" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Rufus Wainwright
- TRACK "Montauk" streaming at KCRW.
TRACK "Out of the Game" streaming at Stereogum.
- M. Ward
- TRACK "Primitive Girl" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Patrick Watson
- TRACK "Into Giants" streaming at Soundcloud.
- White Rabbits
- ALBUM Milk Famous (out 3/6) streaming this week at NPR.
- Xiu Xiu
- TRACK "Beauty Towne" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Yellow Ostrich
- TRACK "The Shakedown" downloadable from Rolling Stone.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Chiddy Bang (Conan), Melanie Fiona (Kimmel), Lyle Lovett (Letterman), Mariachi El Bronx (Leno), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Fallon), Trentemoller (Carson Daly)
- Tuesday: Kenny Chesney (Fallon), Estelle (Letterman), fun. (Carson Daly), Mat Kearney (Kimmel), Mona (Leno), Sinead O'Connor (Tavis Smiley), Young Jeezy and Ne-Yo (Conan)
- Wednesday: Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lupe Fiasco & Bilal (Letterman), Portugal. The Man (Carson Daly), Romeo Santos (Leno), Wallpaper (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Chickenfoot (Leno), Elvis Costello (Fallon), The Kills (Carson Daly), Nicki Minaj (Kimmel), Mona (Conan), White Rabbits (Letterman)
- Friday: Scars on 45 (Leno), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Fallon)
- Saturday: Jack White (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- With her 21st (nonconsecutive) week in first place on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart (for, appropriately enough, 21) this week, Adele surpassed Whitney Houston's Bodyguard soundtrack for "the longest command for an album by a woman in the chart's 56-year history." Adele's Grammy-winning album actually posted its best sales week to date this week, over a year after it was released. - Billboard
- Recently reunited At The Drive-In will not be recording a new album. - NME
- You can now experience The Beatles in ringtone form. - Pop & Hiss
- Google has added concert listings to its search results; search for any band and you should see local dates appear beneath the band's main listing. - Google
- Late DJ John Peel's massive record collection will be turned into an online interactive museum. - NME
The latest music videos
Odd Future, "Rella":
The Shins, "Simple Song":
Bon Iver, "Towers":
Saint Etienne, "Tonight":
Arctic Monkeys, "R U Mine?":
Lower Dens, "Brains":
School of Seven Bells, "Lafaye":
Still Corners, "Endless Summer":
Gonjasufi, "The Blame":
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Strangers Are Strange":
Dr. Dog, "Warrior Man":
Paul Weller, "That Dangerous Age":
Josh Ritter, "Love Is Making Its Way Back Home":
Screaming Females, "It All Means Nothing":
In the studio / coming soon
- Santigold's second album, Master of My Make Believe, finally has a release date: May 1st. - Pitchfork
- May 1st will also bring Little Broken Hearts, the new Danger Mouse-produced album by Norah Jones. - Audio Perv
- Saint Etienne will release Words and Music by Saint Etienne, their first album since 1995, on May 21. - Pitchfork
- Jimmy Tamborello returns with his first Dntel album in five years this May when he releases Aimlessness via Pampa Records. - Resident Advisor
- Public Image Limited's comeback projects now have release dates (at least in the UK); the four-song EP One Drop is out April 21st, while album This Is PiL follows on May 28. - Pitchfork
- Warp Records will release a new Squarepusher album called Ufabulum on May 15. - The Quietus
- Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All have been in a studio of a different sort lately. Check out a promo (and then a ">second one) for their upcoming television series Loiter Squad, which debuts March 25 on Adult Swim.
- Emily Haines and Metric return with Synthetica, their fifth studio album, on June 12. - BPM
- Crocodiles will release third album Endless Flowers on June 4. - BPM
- Keane return on May 7 with Strangeland, their fourth album and first in four years. - NME
- Saddle Creek artists The Mynabirds will release a new LP, Generals, on June 5. - Prefix
- Madlib's surprise 13th installment in his 12-part Medicine Show series is out this week, and all 13 albums will be released together as The Brick on March 27. - BPM
- Freak Puke is a new album by The Melvins (or, more accurately, Melvins Lite), coming June 5th. - Consequence of Sound
- Mystery Jets will release their fourth album Radlands on April 30th in the UK. - NME
- Expect a pair of new albums in 2012 from Mount Eerie, beginning May 22 with Clear Moon. - Pitchfork
- Black Dice discuss their upcoming album Mr. Impossible (due April 10) with Stereogum.
- While an Andre 3000 solo album is in the works and could theoretically surface in 2012, do not expect another OutKast album. - GQ
- Azealia Banks will release her debut album Broke with Expensive Taste in September. - Pitchfork
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Dance music festival the Electric Daisy Carnival will pop up on the East Coast for the first time at a yet-to-be-revealed New York location on May 19-20, with tickets going on sale Friday. Don't worry; the Las Vegas version is returning, too (on June 8-10). - Billboard
- Scheduled for September 21-23 in New Jersey, the All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror Festival will feature performances by the reunited Afghan Whigs and Make-Up, The Roots, Dirty Three, Sharon Van Etten, comedian Louis CK, and more. Tickets go on sale today; more details at the official festival site.
- The second annual Governors Ball Music Festival in New York will feature Modest Mouse, Beck, Built to Spill, Santigold, and more during the weekend of June 23-24. - Pitchfork
- Tricky will enlist Martina Topley-Bird to join him on stage for the first time in 15 years in a performance of his classic solo debut album Maxinquaye at the new Sundance London festival on April 27th.
- Fiona Apple has announced a handful of live dates for March. - Pitchfork
- Catch tUnE-yArDs this summer in North America, when she has scheduled some dates in the eastern half of the continent. - Pitchfork
- Find spring dates for Mayer Hawthorne at Pollstar.
- Codeine's reunion tour now includes eight US dates beginning at the end of June. - Prefix
- Get new dates for the Mark Lanegan Band at Prefix.
- No Age have a short college tour planned for March. - Pitchfork
- The Clean will make a rare North American trip at the end of May; many dates include Times New Viking. - BPM
- Get spring dates for Counting Crows at JamBase.
- Florence + The Machine have added more North American dates to their current itinerary. - Prefix
- Yes, Adam Lambert will indeed be performing with Queen after all. - Rolling Stone
- Thrice have a six-week farewell tour planned for late spring. - Pollstar
- Boston's first tour in four years begins in June; Pollstar has the dates.
- Check Pollstar for new dates for All-American Rejects.