This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 26 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.
- Casey Abrams Casey Abrams LISTEN
- Bachman & Turner Live at the Roseland Ballroom NYC Blu-ray/DVD
- Concert performance from 2010
- Beachwood Sparks The Tarnished Gold LISTEN
- First album in 11 years
- Blues Traveler Suzie Cracks the Whip LISTEN
- Chris Cagle Back in the Saddle LISTEN
- Chain & The Gang In Cool Blood LISTEN (3voor12)
- DIIV Oshin
- Debut LP for the new project (formerly known as Dive) from Zachary Cole Smith, who has performed with Beach Fossils
- Jerry Douglas Traveler LISTEN
- Electric Prunes The Complete Reprise Singles
- Everclear Invisible Stars LISTEN
- Everest Ownerless LISTEN
- The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
- First widely available CD release of collaborative album that was originally sold on Record Store Day; guests include Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Lightning Bolt, Nick Cave, My Morning Jacket, and more
- Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage LISTEN (Spin)
- The Henry Clay People Twenty-Five For The Rest of Our Lives LISTEN
- Infantree Hero's Dose
- Jesca Hoop The House That Jack Built LISTEN
- Joe Jackson The Duke LISTEN
- Covers of 10 Duke Ellington classics; guests include Iggy Pop and Sharon Jones
- Julian Plenti Julian Plenti Lives… EP
- 5-song solo EP from Interpol frontman Paul Banks; an LP will follow later in 2012
- Kasabian Live at the O2 Blu-ray/DVD
- Concert performance from 2011
- R. Kelly Write Me Back LISTEN
- Kenny G & Rahul Sharma Namaste LISTEN
- Linkin Park Living Things LISTEN (3voor12)
- Little Feat Rooster Rag
- Lorn Ask the Dust LISTEN
- Maroon 5 Overexposed
- Memphis May Fire Challenger
- Milk Maid Mostly No
- Mountain Goats Hound Chronicles / Hot Garden Stomp
- Single-disc reissue of two albums (from 1992 and 1993) previously available on cassette only
- The Offspring Days Go By LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Pink Floyd The Story of Wish You Were Here Blu-ray/DVD
- Documentary about the making of the album featuring new and archival interviews with the band
- A Place to Bury Strangers Worship LISTEN
- Kevin Saunderson KMS 25th Anniversary Classics 4xCD
- Career-spanning retrospective for the Detroit techno legend
- Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse LISTEN (Spin)
- Mindy Smith Mindy Smith LISTEN
- Sonny and the Sunsets Longtime Companion
- The Soundtrack of Our Lives Throw It To The Universe
- Stone Temple Pilots Alive in the Windy City Blu-ray/DVD
- Concert performance from 2010
- Various Evita New Broadway Cast Recording 2xCD LISTEN
- Various In Motion Pt. 1
- Music from The Cinematic Orchestra and other artists
- Various Magic Mike OST LISTEN
- Various Maybach Music Group Presents: Self-Made 2
- Tracks from Rick Ross, Wale, Omarion, and more; features include French Montana, T-Pain, and T.I.
- Various Ted OST
- Cassandra Wilson Another Country LISTEN
More streaming and downloadable new music
- The Antlers
- TRACK "Drift Drive" (from the forthcoming Undersea EP) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Eula" streaming at Spin.
- Bon Iver
- TRACK "Beth/Rest" (live version from iTunes Session EP) streaming at Pitchfork.
- Cat Power
- TRACK "Ruin" (from the forthcoming album Sun) downloadable from Matador.
- Chelsea Light Moving [new Thurston Moore band]
- TRACK "Burroughs" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Kitchen" (previously unreleased demo) downloadable from Stereogum.
- Com Truise
- TRACK "Ghostly" (from the forthcoming compilation In Decay) streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Dead Can Dance
- TRACK "Amnesia" (from the forthcoming album Anastasis) downloadable from Pitchfork.
- ALBUM The Veldt EP streaming at Rolling Stone.
- The Flaming Lips and Ghostland Observatory
- TRACK "Tasered and Maced" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
- TRACK "Shame" streaming at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Monolith" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM High Summer EP downloadable at Stereogum.
- The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
- TRACK "Black Mold" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- Aimee Mann
- TRACK "Charmer," the title track from her upcoming album (out 9/18), streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Matt & Kim
- TRACK "Let's Go" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Accident Murderers" (feat. Rick Ross) streaming at Soundcloud.
- The New Pornographers
- TRACK "Think About Me" (Fleetwood Mac cover) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "State Of Non-Return" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Purity Ring
- TRACK "Fineshrine" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- The Raveonettes
- TRACK "Observations" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Regina Spektor
- TRACK "Patron Saint" downloadable from KCRW.
- TRACK "The Theory of Relativity" downloadable from the official album site.
- The Vaccines
- ALBUM Live in Brighton EP downloadable from the official site.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Alabama Shakes (Fallon), Delta Rae (Leno), Diamond Rugs (Letterman), The Offspring (Kimmel)
- Tuesday: Big K.R.I.T. (Conan), Maroon 5 (Letterman), Robin Thicke (Leno)
- Wednesday: Justin Bieber (Leno), El-P (Conan), The Gaslight Anthem (Letterman), Linkin Park (Kimmel), LMFAO (Fallon)
- Thursday: Infantree (Conan), Keane (Leno), Linkin Park (Kimmel), Maroon 5 (Fallon), Tenacious D (The Daily Show)
- Friday: R. Kelly (Fallon), Of Monsters and Men (Leno)
Recent artist and industry news
- On Monday, July 2, at 6:15 p.m. BST, Blur will perform two new songs ("Under the Westway" and "The Puritan") on a London rooftop and stream the performance live on the web via their Twitter page. (The tracks will also be released as a single on August 6th).
The latest music videos
Can, "Messer, Scissors, Fork and Light":
Sigur Rós,"Fjögur Píanó" [starring Shia LaBeouf] [NSFW]:
The Shins, "No Way Down":
Beirut, "The Rip Tide":
Simian Mobile Disco, "Your Love Ain't Fair":
Twin Shadow, "Five Seconds":
Sun Kil Moon, "Black Kite":
Richard Hawley, "Down in the Woods":
The Beach Boys, "That's Why God Made the Radio":
Bowerbirds, "Sweet Moment":
Baio, "Sunburn Modern":
Neneh Cherry & The Thing, "Dream Baby Dream [Four Tet Remix]":
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "Everybody's On The Run":
Slaughterhouse feat. Cee-Lo Green, "My Life":
In the studio / coming soon
- Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer looks like it's headed for an August 7 release date. - Rolling Stone
- There's good news ahead for Cat Power fans: Sun, Chan Marshall's first album of original songs in six years, arrives on September 4 via Matador.
- September 18 brings a new album from singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, Charmer.
- Stars return on September 4 with The North, the Canadian group's 6th LP.
- On September 11, Danish duo The Raveonettes will release their new album Observator on Vice Records.
- After an eight-year recording hiatus, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will release a new album, Meat and Bone, on September 18. - Pitchfork
- September 18 will also bring Bend Beyond, a new album from Woods. - Pitchfork
- The Presets will return with a new album, Pacifica, in September.
- Sonic Youth may be dead, but Thurston Moore is staying busy. Along with Yoko Ono and Kim Gordon, he has a six-song album, YOKOKIMTHURSTON, due on September 25th. And Moore has also started a new band (with guitarist Keith Wood, bassist Samara Lubelski, and drummer John Moloney) called Chelsea Light Moving; they are currently recording their full-length debut for Matador.
- Band of Horses don't have a title for their next album, but it, too, will be out in September; watch a teaser video at Pitchfork.
- That Heady Fwends compilation out this week isn't the last you'll hear of The Flaming Lips this year; the band is nearly done recording a new studio album, which is targeted for a fall release. - Rolling Stone
- The Orbserver in the Star House is the name of a collaborative album by The Orb and reggae oddball Lee "Scratch" Perry, and you can find it in stores on August 28. - Pitchfork
- The Black Keys are planning on heading into the studio next month to record their follow-up to El Camino, though the resulting album likely won't arrive until 2013. - Rolling Stone
- Pitchfork has some more details about Frank Ocean's upcoming July 17 release Channel Orange.
- Minus the Bear return with Infinity Overhead on August 28. - Punknews
- Former Sleater-Kinney member Corin Tucker will release her second solo album, Kill My Blues, on September 18. - Pitchfork
- Scott Walker could have a new album out before the end of the year; his last was 2006's The Drift. - Pitchfork
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- The lineup for the annual FYF Fest in Los Angeles (expanded to two days this year, September 1-2) has been set; acts scheduled to perform include Wild Flag, Refused, M83, Redd Kross, Yeasayer, and James Blake. - Pop & Hiss
- Morrissey will spend much of the fall touring the U.S., with visits to cities large and small and a November 24 date in Los Angeles that finds him on the same bill as Iggy & The Stooges. - Spin
- Find August dates for Bob Dylan at Pollstar.
- Justice have lined up some new North American tour dates for late 2012. - Pitchfork
- Having just played a few dates on the West Coast, Jesus and Mary Chain will return to play the eastern half of the U.S. in September; Pollstar has the new dates.
- Get dates for The Dirty Three at Pitchfork.
- Washed Out will be touring with The Shins this fall; before that, they also have some headlining dates of their own in August. - Pitchfork
- Pitchfork also has dates for Zammuto, the new project for former Books member Nick Zammuto.
- Simian Mobile Disco will visit the U.S. in December. - Prefix
- BPM has new dates for The Tallest Man on Earth.
- Get dates for Jens Lekman (touring with Taken by Trees) at Pitchfork.
- Find dates for the Afghan Whigs at Prefix.
- Lightning Bolt begin a North American tour in August. - Prefix
- Following a deadly stage collapse in Toronto, Radiohead have postponed some of their upcoming European tour dates; Rolling Stone has part of the band's statement.