This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 15 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.
- Dave Alvin Eleven Eleven Expanded 3xCD+DVD
- Expanded version of 2011 live album adds a second live CD, a disc with three previously unreleased studio tracks, and a live DVD
- Beach House
- Fans have been waiting several years for a sequel to their breakthrough third album Teen Dream 82 in 2010, but this week Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House finally return with Bloom. The group recorded the new album with Teen Dream producer Chris Coady, and the ethereal results will be familiar to fans of that previous LP. The BBC has already called Bloom their "best work so far," though other reviewers haven't been quite as enthusiastic about the album.
- Best Coast
The Only Place LISTEN
- Los Angeles duo Best Coast blew up in 2010 with their debut Crazy for You 76, and this week they return with their sophomore album The Only Place, which finds Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno attempting to take their sunshine pop to the next level. Like its predecessor, the new album is short and sweet, with 11 tracks running under 35 minutes long. Lead singles “The Only Place” and “Why I Cry” hint at the subtle audible changes that are provided by new producer Jon Brion. If you liked the first album, you’ll probably like this one too.
- Black Tambourine OneTwoThreeFour EP
- Chappo Moonwater LISTEN
- Cherri Bomb This Is the End of Control
- Cornershop Urban Turban LISTEN
- Each of the 11 songs features a different guest vocalist
- Craft Spells Gallery EP
- The Cribs In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull LISTEN
- Jeremy Denk Ligeti/Beethoven
- Alan Doyle Boy on Bridge LISTEN
- Bill Evans In Good Company
- Glee Cast Glee: The Music, Season Three - The Graduation Album LISTEN
- Godsmack Live & Inspired 2xCD
- Single disc of live recordings and a bonus EP of covers
- Hot Water Music Exister LISTEN (Spin)
- Killer Mike R.A.P. Music LISTEN (Spin)
- Bun B, T.I., and El-P (who also produces) guest
- Adam Lambert Trespassing LISTEN
- Last Step Sleep
- Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band One of My Kind DVD
- Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra Dune
- Man Forever Pansophical Cataract
- Solo project for Oneida drummer Kid Millions
- Meiko The Bright Side LISTEN
- Mewithoutyou Ten Stories
- MV & EE Space Homestead
- Willie Nelson Heroes LISTEN
- Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and Snoop Dogg guest
- Pantera Vulgar Display of Power CD+DVD
- Deluxe reissue of 1992 album adds a previously unreleased track and a bonus DVD with concert footage
- Philm Harmonic
- John Pizzarelli Double Exposure
- Plankton Wat Spirits
- Lisa Marie Presley Storm and Grace
- Singer's first album in 7 years is produced by T-Bone Burnett; Richard Hawley, Ed Harcourt, and Travis' Fran Healy are among the songwriters
- Diana Ross Live in Central Park DVD
- First DVD release of 1983 concert
- Rye Rye Go! Pop! Bang!
- Long-delayed debut album for M.I.A. signee includes several guest appearances by M.I.A. as well as Tyga and Akon and some production from The Neptunes
- Santana Shape Shifter LISTEN
- Solo instrumental album; a full band album will follow later in 2012
- Shadows Fall Fire From the Sky
- Simian Mobile Disco
Unpatterns UK release [14 May] LISTEN (3voor12)
- Simian Mobile Disco have now surpassed their original band, the more rock-oriented Simian, in number of original albums. The new Unpatterns, their third studio album, finds duo James Ford and Jas Shaw once again crafting interesting techno that veers closer in sound to recent compilation Delicacies 73 rather than the poppier, vocal-heavy approach on evidence on their last proper album Temporary Pleasure 70. (Just one track here features a guest vocalist: "Put Your Hands Together," with Jamie Lidell.) The US version drops May 29th.
- Slugabed Time Team LISTEN
- After an atypically lengthy break, glitchy electronica master Tom Jenkinson returns with his first full-length studio album since 2008's Just A Souvenir 66. Like that LP, the new Ufabulum was inspired by a dream, but unlike recent releases it contains no live instrumentation whatsoever; instead, expect complex, aggressive electronic programming. And, if you see him live on his current tour, throw in an intense, futuristic LED light show to match the beats.
- Tenacious D Rize of the Fenix LISTEN
- First album in six years for duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass; Dave Grohl guests
- Tu Fawning A Monument LISTEN
- Alexander Tucker Third Mouth
- Various Newsies Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Various Occupy This Album 4xCD
- A compilation of songs inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, including previously unreleased tracks by Yo La Tengo, Joseph Arthur, Mogwai, and more. The digital version adds 22 tracks not found on CD.
- Violens True LISTEN (Spin)
- Reggie Watts A Live at Central Park CD/DVD
- Comedy Central special
- White Fence Family Perfume Vol. 1 & 2 LISTEN (3voor12)
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "The March" streaming at The Quietus.
- ALBUM Control System streaming at Prefix.
- TRACK "Trust" streaming at Stereogum.
- Azealia Banks
- TRACK "Jumanji," from her upcoming mixtape Fantastic, streaming at Pitchfork.
- Delicate Steve
- TRACK "Two Lovers" streaming at Spin.
- TRACK "End & Egg" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- ALBUM Not Your Kind of People streaming at Spinner.
- Gold Panda
- TRACKS "Mountain" and "Financial District" streaming at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Move in the Right Direction" streaming at Rolling Stone.
ALBUM A Joyful Noise streaming at Spinner.
- Guided by Voices
- TRACK "Class Clown Spots a UFO," from the forthcoming album of the same name (out 6/12), downloadable from Rolling Stone.
- Kelly Hogan
- TRACK "Plant White Roses" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- I Like Trains
- ALBUM The Shallows streaming at The Quietus.
- TRACK "Perfect Ten" downloadable from Stereogum.
- R. Kelly
- TRACK "Feelin' Single" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Vows streaming until its 5/22 release at NPR.
- Melvins Lite
- TRACK "Leon Vs. the Revolution" streaming at Spin.
- Alanis Morissette
- TRACK "Guardian" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
- Mount Eerie
- ALBUM Clear Moon streaming until its 5/22 release at NPR.
- Marissa Nadler
- TRACK "Apostle" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Oneohtrix Point Never
- TRACK "I Only Have Eyes for You" (Flamingos cover) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Rye Rye
- TRACK "Rock Off Shake Off" (featuring M.I.A.) streaming at Spin.
- Patti Smith
- TRACK "April Fool" streaming at NPR.
- TRACK "Walked on the Water" streaming at KCRW.
- The Temper Trap
- TRACK "Trembling Hands" streaming at Spin.
- The Walkmen
- TRACK "We Can't Be Beat," from the forthcoming LP Heaven, streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Karmin (Leno), Willie Nelson (Fallon), Tenacious D (Letterman), We Are Augustines (Carson Daly)
- Tuesday: El-P (Letterman), Santana (Leno), Tenacious D (Fallon), The Ting Tings (Carson Daly)
- Wednesday: Best Coast (Letterman), Bobby Brown (Leno), Dr. Dog (Carson Daly), Rita Wilson (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Delta Spirit (Kimmel), Regina Spektor (Letterman), Rufus Wainwright (Conan), Paul Weller (Fallon), Young the Giant (Carson Daly)
- Friday: Beach House (Letterman), The Cult (Kimmel), Garbage (Fallon), Tenacious D (Leno)
- Saturday: Mick Jagger with Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Last week, we told you that Andre 3000 would be starring in a biopic about Jimi Hendrix. It turns out that the film's producers skipped an important step—securing the rights to Hendrix's music—and the Hendrix estate doesn't seem very excited about the idea of granting permission. - Billboard
- Eminem will not be returning to the big screen—at least, not yet—as he has delayed a planned starring role in boxing film Southpaw in order to focus on his music. - Rolling Stone
- Producer Nigel Godrich, best known for his work with Radiohead, has formed a new band called Ultraísta. Their debut video can be seen below. - Pitchfork
- The shuttered New York club CBGB is seeking to reopen at a new location, reports The New York Times. In the meantime, owners of the CBGB assets are staging a four-day festival this July.
The latest music videos
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, "Jesus' Chariot (She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain)":
The Magnetic Fields, "Quick!":
Modeselektor & Thom Yorke, "This":
Ultraísta [new Nigel Godrich band], "Smalltalk":
Nelly Furtado, "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)":
Regina Spektor, "Call Them Brothers":
Explosions In The Sky, "Postcard From 1952":
Swizz Beatz feat. A$AP Rocky, "Street Knock":
Mates of State, "Unless I'm Led":
Maximo Park, "Hips and Lips":
Grimes, "Nightmusic" [NSFW]:
Father John Misty, "This Is Sally Hatchet":
The Hives, "Go Right Ahead":
SpaceGhostPurrp, "The Black God":
Mary J. Blige feat. Rick Ross, "Why?":
Bear in Heaven, "Sinful Nature":
In the studio / coming soon
- Animal Collective's upcoming LP will be titled Centipede Hz and arrive on September 4th; watch the trailer for the album at BPM. The recently released tracks "Honeycomb" and "Gotham" will not appear on the record.
- Bobby Brown launches his latest comeback on June 5 when he releases The Masterpiece, his first album in 14 years. - Billboard
- It turns out that a reunion tour isn't the only thing on the schedule for Dead Can Dance this year; the duo will also release their first album in 16 years on August 9th. - Pitchfork
- Damon Albarn's Dr. Dee opera was just released on CD, but the Blur/Gorillaz frontman is already working on another release under his own name—this time, a proper solo album. - NME
- Flo Rida will release his fourth LP, Wild Ones, on July 3rd. - Billboard
- Brooklyn's Fang Island will return with their second album, Major, on July 24th; Spin has more details.
- Sub Pop will release Instinct, the debut album from Sweden's Niki & The Dove, on August 7, though a digital version will be available on iTunes starting June 12.
- Charli XCX will release her You're the One EP on June 12. - Pitchfork
- Ariel Pink and Haunted Graffiti should release their next album in late August, with a tour to follow. - Spin
- Bonde Do Rolê return with the Diplo-produced Tropicalbacanal on June 26. - Prefix
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- This year's Bumbershoot festival (September 1-3 in Seattle) will feature Jane's Addiction, Skrillex, M83, M Ward, Passion Pit, Low, and Tony Bennett, among many others; get the full lineup at the official site.
- Battles have added some June dates; find them at BPM.
- Big K.R.I.T. will hit the road this July after his album drops next month. - Pitchfork
- It's true; Liars will tour North America in June and July to support their upcoming release WIXIW. - Pitchfork
- Florence + The Machine are making plans for the fall; get their new dates at Pollstar.
- Catch Amadou & Mariam in North America this August. - Pitchfork
- Grimes, Diplo, and Skrillex are touring Canada by train; get the stops on their Full Flex Express at Pitchfork.
- Twin Shadow have over 30 North American dates scheduled for late summer and fall; get the full itinerary at Pitchfork.
- Norah Jones has added October dates to her 2012 tour. - Pollstar
- Find summer tour dates for Aesop Rock at Pitchfork.
- Pitchfork also has dates for a July tour featuring Youth Lagoon and Father John Misty.