Each Monday, our weekly music news bulletin brings you the major developments in the music world from the past seven days, and looks ahead to the coming week's key new albums.
This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 6, 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.
- AM & Shawn Lee, Celestial Electric
- Asa, Beautiful Imperfection
- Lindsey Buckingham, Seeds We Sow
- The Chemical Brothers, Hanna OST - First U.S. CD release
- The Front Bottoms, The Front Bottoms
- Hank 3, Attention Deficit Domination - One of 3 releases this week for grandson of Hank Williams
- Hank 3, 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin' - Metal album
- Hank 3, Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town - Double country album
- The Horrible Crowes, Elsie - Side project for Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon LISTEN (RS)
- HTRK, Work (Work Work)
- Grace Jones, Hurricane - First U.S. release of 2009 album; includes bonus disc of dub mixes
- Hugh Laurie, Let Them Talk - Blues album debut from House, M.D. star
- Peter Wolf Crier, Garden of Arms LISTEN (Paste)
- The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love
The dance-punk band and newly re-signed DFA recording artists return with their first new studio album since 2006's Pieces of the People We Love 74. The first batch of reviews are decidedly mixed, with the naysayers hearing an album that's underdeveloped, and the album's proponents praising the band's newfound confidence.
- Tom Russell, Mesabi - Lucinda Williams and Calexico guest
- Samiam, Trips
- Saviours, Death's Procession
- George Strait, Here for a Good Time
- TV on the Radio, World Cafe Live EP - Recorded on the NPR show
- Various, Listen To Me: Buddy Holly - Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Chris Isaak, and more LISTEN (RS)
- Various, True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 3
- Wu Lyf, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain - First U.S. CD release
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Today and today only, you can stream Queen's entire 1986 Live at Wembley Stadium concert film at Queen's official YouTube channel, in honor of what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday.
- Stream the new St. Vincent album Strange Mercy at NPR until its September 13 release.
- My Morning Jacket recently performed Circuital in its entirety in the studio of Los Angeles public radio station KCRW, and you can watch a video of the entire performance at NPR.
- 3VOOR12 is streaming the full Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album Hysterical.
- Stream the title track from the upcoming Justice album Audio, Video, Disco at Some Kind of Awesome.
- Tokyo Police Club has recorded 10 covers in 10 days; stream all of them at Soundcloud prior to an official release on October 4.
- Due next week is the album A Creature I Don't Know by Laura Marling; stream it at The New York Times.
- Hot Chip's Joe Goddard has a new EP out on DFA Records. You can stream all four tracks from Gabriel at Soundcloud, or look for the video for the title track below.
- "Hex Girlfriend" is another track from next week's Neon Indian album Era Extraña; stream it at Soundcloud.
- Stream another track from the upcoming M83 double album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming at ABEANO. "Intro" features Zola Jesus on vocals.
- Royksopp doesn't have a new album to announce (yet), but the group is giving away a new 14-minute song, "Shores of Easy," at its website.
- Rolling Stone is streaming "Miss Pearl," a track from Chris Isaak's upcoming Sun Studio-themed covers album Beyond the Sun.
- Beak>, the side project for Portishead's Geoff Barrow, have recorded an excellent Krautrock-style cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine," which you can stream at One Thirty BPM.
- "Miranda" is one of four tracks on Surfer Blood's upcoming Tarot Classics EP. Listen at Soundcloud.
- Download an MP3 of "Bedroom Eyes," a new cut from the upcoming Dum Dum Girls album Only in Dreams, at Pitchfork.
- Stream "Trump" by Young Jeezy (featuring Birdman) at Rap Radar.
- Download a free track ("Self Checkout") from Hella's new album Tripper at Rolling Stone.
- Go to Spin to get a free download of "All Alone," a track taken from next week's Toro Y Moi EP Freaking Out.
- A new Jadakiss track, "Grind," can be streamed at Soundcloud.
- Is Jack White a Juggalo? Maybe not, but he has just produced a new Insane Clown Posse track called "Leck Mich Im Arsch," which White's Third Man Records will release as a single on September 13. Oh, and it's sort of a Mozart cover. Stream it at Soundcloud.
- Spank Rock has teamed with New Orleans' Big Freedia for the track "Nasty," off the former's upcoming album Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar; listen at Soundcloud.
- Listen to "Hoinfodaman," the first track from the upcoming Primus comeback LP Green Naugahyde, at Rolling Stone.
- Ben Folds has a three-disc greatest hits set due October 11; listen to one of the set's rarities, a newly-recorded version of "Tell Me What I Did" (with the full Ben Folds Five), at Stereogum.
- Talkdemonic has a new album (Ruins) out in October; download the album cut "Revival" at Rolling Stone.
- Stream an improved, solo piano version of the much disliked Bon Iver track "Beth/Rest," courtesy of NPR's World Cafe.
- Be sure to check our Fall Music Preview for additional streaming tracks from albums coming out between now and November.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Tuesday: The Antlers (Fallon), Lindsey Buckingham (Conan), Roger Daltrey (Leno), The Jim Jones Revue (Letterman)
- Wednesday: Anthrax (Fallon), Band of Horses (Conan), Glen Campbell (Tavis Smiley), Dave Grohl (Chelsea Lately)
- Thursday: Gabe Dixon (Kimmel), John Doe (Letterman), Foo Fighters (Conan), Pearl Jam (Fallon), Tinie Tempah (Leno)
- Friday: Alice Cooper (Leno), Pearl Jam (Fallon)
- Sunday: Various artists, The Concert for New York City: Ten Years Later (VH1, 4p)
Recent artist and industry news
- The new Smashing Pumpkins Records Club will begin has begun releasing free Smashing Pumpkins rarities online. Here's the announcement on YouTube, and more information at Spin.
- Sting is apparently writing the music for a new musical, and perhaps he'll fare better than U2. The book for The Last Ship comes from Tony-winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal); The New York Times has additional details.
- The good news: New Order has seven previously unreleased tracks that may finally get some sort of release despite ongoing band member bickering. The bad news: the tracks are from the Waiting for the Sirens' Call sessions. - Slicing Up Eyeballs In other New Order news, the band is reuniting without bassist Peter Hook (but with keyboardist Gillian Gilbert for the first time in several years) for a pair of benefit concerts in October. - BBC
- Rapper T.I. may have been freed from federal prison last week (and then returned to custody after a luxury bus trip), but his punishment is only beginning: he'll have a new VH1 reality show, premiering December 5. - Pop and Hiss
- October 2 is the opening date for Cirque du Soleil's new Michael Jackson-themed traveling show. - Spinner
- Do you want to have sex with Sinead O'Connor? Applications are now being accepted, apparently. - Billboard
The latest music videos
Destroyer, "Savage Night At The Opera":
Jane's Addiction, "Irresistible Force":
TV on the Radio, "Second Song":
St. Vincent, "Cruel" [live on Late Show with David Letterman]:
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, "Surreal Teenagers" [from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]:
Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna, "Fly":
Young Jeezy feat. Freddie Gibbs, "Do It For You":
Joe Goddard feat. Valentina, "Gabriel":
Yelawolf, "No Hands":
Veronica Falls, "Bad Feeling":
The Hold Steady, "The Power of Love" [via A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover]:
In the studio / coming soon
- Madonna's next album will arrive in the spring, with the first single due in February or March, reports Billboard.
- Welsh indie rockers Los Campesinos! will release their fourth album, Hello Sadness, November 15 on Arts & Crafts. Details at Pitchfork.
- Rush has a new record deal and a new album in the works. Billboard reports that the trio will release Clockwork Angels on Roadrunner Records in 2012, though before that hits stores, the label will first release a Rush live album recorded during the band's recent tour.
- Not only do the Olivia Tremor Control have a pair of reissues coming November 15 (Dusk at Cubist Castle and Black Foliage); Pitchfork reports that 2012 should bring the band's first new album in 13 years. Click on that link now to listen to a brand new track, "The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3."
- In addition to a new Black Keys album coming this fall, the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have recorded a second LP from their more hip-hop oriented side project BlakRoc. Talib Kweli, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, and the Cool Kids are among the guests lined up for BlakRoc 2, which, like the Black Keys album, does not have a release date. There's more information and a video trailer at Spin.
- Bjork's upcoming album Biophilia has been delayed from September 27 to October 11.
- Dead Son Rising, the new album by Gary Numan, had been delayed from September 12 to October 24.
- Prefix sits down with Yoni Wolf to discuss the recording process for the next album by Why?, which could hit stores in the first quarter of 2012.
- All that recent touring by Tom Tom Club wasn't just for nostalgia purposes; Chris Franz tells Billboard that the band is also working on new material, which could surface soon as an EP.
- James Blake will drop a new six-song EP, Enough Thunder, on October 10. - Stereogum
- In the Red recording artists Thee Oh Sees are set to release their second 2011 album, Carrion Crawler/The Dream, on November 15; Pitchfork has some details and tour dates.
- Despite the fact that every Jesus and Mary Chain album was just reissued five years ago, all six LPs will be reissued again this fall. This time, each one will come in an expanded 2-CD/1-DVD set, with plenty of extras. Pitchfork has a few details, or get full tracklists and additional information about the releases from label Demon Music Group.
- Manic Street Preachers have a 38-song singles collection due out October 31. National Treasures includes one new song, the The The cover "This Is the Day," while a deluxe edition includes videos for all 38 tracks. - One Thirty BPM
- If you'd rather own everything ever recorded by Tony Bennett, consider his upcoming Tony Bennett -- The Complete Collection, a $400 box set which includes 73 CDs and 3 DVDs (and, presumably, a small crane to lift it). - Billboard
- In March, Nonesuch will compile the two previously released Mermaid Avenue collaborations between Wilco and Billy Bragg, along with a third disc of outtakes. Pitchfork has details on that and other upcoming Woody Guthrie tributes planned for what would have been the year of the folk legend's 100th birthday.
- That Beach Boys SMiLE Sessions box set announced a few weeks ago? Not only is it confirmed for a November 1 release, but it's big. Very big. (Especially the 5-disc version.) Get the full tracklist at Brian Wilson's official site.
- Not only is Justin Bieber releasing a Christmas album later this year, but it is going to consist entirely of original songs. The Bieb is apparently too good for "Winter Wonderland." - MTV
- Are the Flaming Lips recording a 6-hour song? It certainly sounds like something they'd do. - You Ain't No Picasso
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Morrissey will close out 2011 with a tour of the United States and Mexico, beginning November 10 in Chicago. Get the dates at fan site True to You.
- Beginning next Wednesday, Foo Fighters are headed on a 27-date arena tour; Spin has the dates and venues.
- Phantogram have added some East Coast dates to their fall tour; get them at Pollstar.
- Swedish indie rockers The Sounds are headed to the States in October for their first major North American tour since 2009. - Pollstar
- High Flying Birds is the new project from Oasis co-founder Noel Gallagher, who will be celebrating his upcoming album release with a short North American tour in November. Get the details at Pollstar.
- Punk band Scratch Acid has reunited for a short tour late this year; Pitchfork has the dates.
- Wilco's fall tour now extends into December, and includes some European dates. Get the full schedule at Pitchfork.
- Pitchfork also has dates for Dâm-Funk, who will be on the road from now through early November.
- Ministry's 2012 comeback tour will consist of just four U.S. dates. - Pollstar
- Buffalo Springfield have postponed their reunion tour for a second time; it could still happen later in 2012. - Rolling Stone