This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 22 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.
- Kris Allen Thank You Camellia LISTEN
- Baio Sunburn EP
- Solo release for Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio
- Sara Bareilles Once Upon Another Time EP LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Produced by Ben Folds
- Joe Bonamassa Driving Towards The Daylight
- Hannibal Buress Animal Furnace
- Comedy album
- Burzum Umskiptar
- Children of Bodom Holiday at Lake Bodom
- Best-of; includes two previously unreleased tracks
- Cold Specks I Predict a Graceful Expulsion LISTEN (The Guardian)
- Gaz Coombes Here Come The Bombs [21 May] LISTEN
- Solo debut for former Supergrass frontman; UK only
- Alice Cooper The Strange Case of Alice Cooper DVD
- DVD release of 1979 concert film
- Kevin Costner and Modern West Hatfields & McCoys OST
- Craft Spells Gallery
- The Cult Choice of Weapon LISTEN
- Dope Body Natural History
- The Dūrocs The Dūrocs
- Remastered release of 1979 album with eight bonus tracks
- Earth Wind & Fire Now, Then & Forever
- "Curated" best-of compilation includes one new track
Cancer for Cure LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- After spending much of his time running the label Definitive Jux, alt-rap pioneer El-P has finally made the transition from executive back to recording artist, returning this week with Cancer for Cure, his first LP since 2007's I'll Sleep When You're Dead 80. Released on his new label Fat Possum, C4C features appearances by Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Interpol's Paul Banks. El-P also is the producer for Killer Mike's own R.A.P. Music, which received stellar reviews upon its release last week.
- The Enemy, Streets In The Sky [21 May]
- UK only
- Exitmusic Passage LISTEN (3voor12)
- Far*East Movement Dirty Bass
- Robert Francis Strangers in the First Place LISTEN
Not Your Kind of People LISTEN (3voor12)
- Seven years after their last studio album (Bleed Like Me 56), Garbage have returned to take advantage of a recent wave of '90s nostalgia. The band’s new fifth album, Not Your Kind of People, finds singer Shirley Manson and band members Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker firmly embracing their alt-rock roots and their pop/industrial/electro sound as heard in lead single “Blood for Poppies” (video below). While some music fans are excited to have a chance to pick up some new Garbage, reviews are decidedly mixed so far, with some critics finding the disc dated and/or lacking enough solid tunes.
A Joyful Noise LISTEN
- While their subsequent albums have failed to capture the critical acclaim of their 2003 sophomore set Movement 81, Gossip have achieved some mainstream success with their recent recordings (especially in the UK), earning a major-label contract in the process. This week, Beth Ditto and company return with their first album in three years, recorded under the guidance of noted British pop producer Brian Higgins (Xenomania) after sessions with Mark Ronson didn't pan out. Unfortunately, critics don't seem to be liking the band's new dancefloor-friendly sound.
- Grass Widow Internal Logic LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Great White Elation
- JEFF the Brotherhood Hypnotic Knights EP
- Digital only 4-song sampler of upcoming album Hypnotic Nights (due 7/17), produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach
- Kimbra Vows LISTEN
- Sonny Landreth Elemental Journey
- All-instrumental album; guests include Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson
- Lijadu Sisters Sunshine
- Justin Martin Ghettos & Gardens
- John Mayer Born and Raised LISTEN
- Co-produced by Don Was
- Paul and Linda McCartney Ram LISTEN
- Rerelease of 1971 album in various formats, including a box set that adds a bonus DVD, the instrumental version of the album (released in 1977 as Thrillington), and 112-page book
- Jon McLaughlin Promising Promises LISTEN
- The Monochrome Set Strange Boutique
- US reissue of 1980 debut album from English post-punk band; second album Love Zombies also reissued today
- Mount Eerie Clear Moon
- First of two planned 2012 releases
- The Oak Ridge Boys Back Home Again
- Covers of gospel standards
- Pauline Oliveros Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970 12xCD
- Principles of Geometry Burn The Land & Boil The Oceans LISTEN (3voor12)
- Eric Prydz Eric Prydz Presents Pryda
- Joey Ramone ...ya know? LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Posthumous release assembled from demos and B-sides; includes collaborations with Joan Jett, Steven Van Zandt, and more
- Haley Reinhart Listen Up!
- Sade Bring Me Home -- Live 2011 Blu-ray/DVD+CD
- Saint Etienne
Words and Music by Saint Etienne [21 May] LISTEN (NPR)
- The long-running British pop group Saint Etienne are finally back with their first album since 2005’s strong Tales from Turnpike House 79. Words and Music by Saint Etienne is the band’s eighth album overall and once again features the lovely vocals of Sarah Cracknell and sophisticated pop music from Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. Prolific UK dance producer Richard X (Annie, Goldfrapp) lends a hand with the new album, which is out this week in the UK and will be released in the US (but only in digital formats) on May 29.
- Saint Vitus Lillie: F-65
- Six Feet Under Undead
- Slash Apocalyptic Love LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Sonata Arctica Stones Grow Her Name
- Soulsavers The Light the Dead See LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Features vocals on the entire album from Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan
- Tedeschi Trucks Band Everybody's Talkin' 2xCD LISTEN
- Live album
- Amon Tobin Amon Tobin 7xCD + 1xDVD [21 May] INFO
- Massive box set includes tracks previously available only online, plus live recordings, music videos, and film and videogame scores; limited edition of 4,000
- Ursprung Ursprung
- New collaboration between Pantha du Prince and Stephan Abry (Workshop)
- Various Moonrise Kingdom OST
- Various Porgy and Bess New Broadway Cast Recording
- Young Man Vol. 1 LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Afghan Whigs
- TRACK "See and Don't See" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Take My Bones Away" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
- Big K.R.I.T.
- TRACK "Yeah Dats Me" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Big Pink
- ALBUM Future This - Remixes EP downloadable from Stereogum.
- Brandi Carlile
- TRACK "That Wasn't Me" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "Capitol" (feat. 2 Chainz) streaming at Stereogum.
- TRACK "Set It Off" (from the upcoming Express Yourself EP, out 6/12) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Fang Island
- TRACK "Asunder" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Laurel Halo
- ALBUM Quarantine streaming this week at FACT.
- TRACK "Tears" (from the Max Payne 3 soundtrack) streaming at Soundcloud.
- JEFF the Brotherhood
- TRACK "Sixpack," produced by Dan Auerbach, streaming at Spin.
- TRACK "Softkiss" downloadable from Stereogum.
ALBUM Diver streaming this week at Hype Machine.
- MV & EE
- TRACK "Sweet Sure Gone" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Mystery Jets
- TRACK "Greatest Hits" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Lazy Love," from his upcoming September release R.E.D., streaming at Soundcloud.
- Perfume Genius
- TRACK "Rusty Chains" downloadable from Consequence of Sound.
- Public Image Ltd.
- TRACK "Deeper Water" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Rick Ross
- TRACK "Touch'N You" (feat. Usher) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
- ALBUM Here streaming until its release next week at NPR.
- Shit Robot
- TRACK "Space Race" streaming at Spin.
- Sigur Ros
- ALBUM Valtari streaming until its release next week at NPR.
- Six Organs of Admittance
- TRACK "Waswasa" downloadable from Stereogum.
- TRACK "From Time to Time," from the new Swedish duo of Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and Joakim Ahlund (of Teddybears), downloadable from Stereogum.
- Regina Spektor
- ALBUM What We Saw From the Cheap Seats streaming until its release next week at NPR.
- Teengirl Fantasy
- TRACK "Motif" streaming at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Like That" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Walkmen
- TRACK "The House You Made" (new B-side) streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Heaven streaming in full until its release next week at NPR.
- TRACK "Henrietta" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Gavin DeGraw (Kimmel), Melvins (Carson Daly), Jason Mraz, Norah Jones and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (VH1 Storytellers), Lisa Marie Presley (Leno), Slash (Fallon)
- Tuesday: Afghan Whigs (Fallon), Glenn Frey (Leno), Garbage (live concert streaming at MTVhive.com at 9p ET), Gossip (Letterman), The Naked and Famous (Carson Daly), Lisa Marie Presley (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Band of Skulls (Carson Daly), Juanes (Leno), Kimbra (Kimmel), Pitbull (Letterman)
- Thursday: Nelly Furtado (Leno), Graffiti6 (Kimmel), Kasabian (Carson Daly), White Rabbits (Conan)
- Friday: The All-American Rejects (Leno), Lambchop (Fallon)
Recent artist and industry news
- Former chart-topper Donna Summer died last week at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer. The singer was best known for 1970s-era disco hits like "I Feel Love," "Bad Girls," and "Love to Love You Baby." The L.A. Times offers an obituary, Billboard runs down her 20 biggest hits (and asks why she isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), while Rolling Stone opines on her best songs.
- Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame also died this weekend after his own struggle with cancer. The singer, one of three members of one of the most commercially successful pop groups of all time (with over 200 million records sold worldwide), was 62. Rolling Stone looks at some of his best recorded moments, while the L.A. Times has an appreciation of his career.
- Former Crowded House drummer Peter Jones has also died; he was 45. - Billboard
- Adele continues to roll, collecting a dozen victories at this year's Billboard Music Awards, held over the weekend.
- Indie duo Handsome Furs, a side project for Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner, have disbanded. - Spin
- A biopic about the founder of legendary New York club CBGB is in the works; Hilly Kristal will be played by Alan Rickman in the film. - Billboard
- If you haven't already seen it, check out the Beastie Boys' memorable "Sabotage" video re-enacted by kids.
The latest music videos
Hot Chip, "Night and Day" [with Reggie Watts, Terrence Stamp; dir. by Peter Serafinowicz]:
Sigur Rós, "Ég Anda":
Florence + The Machine, "Breath of Life":
Friends, "Mind Control":
Simian Mobile Disco, "Pareidolia":
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, "American Dream Part II":
Death Grips, "Hustle Bones":
Feist, "Cicadas And Gulls":
2 Chainz feat. Kreayshawn, "Murder":
Kreayshawn feat. 2 Chainz, "Breakfast (Syrup)":
Nicki Minaj feat. Chris Brown, "Right by My Side":
Nite Jewel, "Memory Man":
In the studio / coming soon
- June 26 will bring R. Kelly's latest album, Write Me Back. - Billboard
- Still curious about Liars' upcoming album WIXIW? Here's a short documentary explaining the release.
- Azealia Banks will finally release her debut EP 1991 on June 12th (with the digital version out earlier on May 29th). She'll also have a new mixtape, Fantastic, out on the 4th of July.
- Six Organs of Admittance return with Ascent on August 21st.
- T.I. will release his first post-prison LP, Trouble Man, on September 4th.
- Another week, another new Guided by Voices album; The Bears for Lunch, the newly reformed band's third 2012 LP, will arrive in November. - Pitchfork
- North is the name of Matchbox Twenty's fourth album; it arrives September 4th. - Rolling Stone
- August 6 will bring a live album from Antony and the Johnsons called Cut the World, recorded with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. - Pitchfork
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Next year's Coachella festival will be held the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21, 2013; advance passes went on sale last week and quickly sold out, though more will go on sale next year.
- The Jay-Z curated Made in America festival will take place in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend; acts other than Jay-Z have not been announced, though tickets will go on sale Wednesday.
- The hip-hop-intensive Rock the Bells festival will take place in three locations this summer: San Bernardino, California (August 18-19), Mountain View, California (August 25-26), and Holmdel, New Jersey (September 1-2). The lineup, announced last week, includes Missy Elliott + Timbaland, Kid Cudi, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Atmosphere, Deltron 3030, and many more; details at the official site.
- The full schedule for June's Bonnaroo festival was announced last week.
- Jane's Addiction have extended their tour through August; get the new dates at Pollstar.
- Pitchfork has new dates for Destroyer, who will be touring for much of the summer.
- Squarepusher will bring his current tour/light show to a handful of North American locations in the second half of 2012; get the latest dates at Prefix.
- Find dates for Guided by Voices at Pitchfork.
- Van Halen have unexpectedly postponed much of their summer tour, citing "exhaustion" as the reason. - Rolling Stone