This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, April 29 unless otherwise indicated.
Everyday Robots LISTEN (iTunes)
Blur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn makes his true solo debut (following a forgettable 2003 compilation of demos and an opera score a few years back) this week with Everyday Robots. Brian Eno and Natasha Khan (of Bat for Lashes) are among the guests, and Richard Russell (head of XL Recordings) helped with production. The "intimate" and "introspective" album is earning fairly strong reviews from critics.
Diploid Love LISTEN (NPR)
With only one album from her side project Spinnerette coming in the decade since The Distillers' final album, Brody Dalle returns to the spotlight this week with her proper solo debut. Shirley Manson (Garbage), Nick Valensi (The Strokes), and Emily Kokal (Warpaint) guest on Diploid Love, which was produced by Dalle with Alain Johannes (Arctic Monkeys).
Austrian guitarist and electronic composer Christian Fennesz last released a solo album (Black Sea) back in 2008. Unlike that last album, Bécs veers into slightly (okay, very slightly) poppier territory, and is intended as a conceptual follow-up to his 2001 release Endless Summer.
Indie Cindy LISTEN (NPR)
Technically, Indie Cindy is the first album in 23 years from the indie-rock legends, which should be reason enough to celebrate. But there's a catch—make that two catches. The first is that this version of the "Pixies" is missing founding bassist (and integral member) Kim Deal, who left the band last June before any new material was recorded. And the second is that the Gil Norton-produced Indie Cindy is not technically new at all; every track here has been previously released on the band's three EPs (EP1, EP2, and EP3) that have trickled out over the past year. As a result, the album is collecting fairly middling reviews.
Shriek LISTEN (NPR)
The Baltimore indie-folk duo of Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner earned strong reviews for their 2011 set Civilian. This self-produced follow-up—Wye Oak's fourth album overall—serves as a radical change of formula. Shriek is a guitar-free record, with synths taking center stage, and some critics aren't sold on the result.
- Allman Brothers 40: 40th Anniversary Show Live At The Beacon Theatre DVD
- Nat Baldwin In The Hollows LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Solo album for Dirty Projectors bassist
- Olga Bell Krai
- Broken Twin May
- Nels Cline Singers Macroscope LISTEN (NPR)
- Fifth album from free jazz project led by Wilco's Nels Cline
- Devil You Know The Beauty of Destruction
- Embrace Embrace
- Ex-Cult Midnight Passenger
- Floor Oblation LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Frameworks Loom LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Jim Gaffigan Obsessed
- Comedy album
- The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger Midnight Sun LISTEN (NPR)
- New album for the duo of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl
- Jackson and His Computerband Memory EP
- Jacques Greene Phantom Vibrate EP
- Johnnyswim Diamonds
- Ray LaMontagne Supernova LISTEN (3voor12)
- Grammy winner's fifth studio album was produced by Dan Auerbach
- Lord Mantis Death Mask
- Monster Rally Sunflower EP
- Digital release
- Motions All Gone EP LISTEN (Spin)
- Nickel Creek A Dotted Line
- Old 97s Most Messed Up
- Ought More Than Any Other Day LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Pink Mountaintops Get Back LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- First album in five years for side project of Black Mountain's Steve McBean
- Pony Bones Pony Bones II
- Prins Thomas III LISTEN (3voor12)
- Ramona Lisa Arcadia LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Chris Robinson Brotherhood Phosphorescent Harvest
- Rodrigo Y Gabriela 9 Dead Alive
- First album of new material in 5 years
- Secret Colours Positive Distractions Part II
- Lindsey Stirling Shatter Me
- Strange Talk Cast Away LISTEN (Billboard)
- The String Cheese Incident Song in My Head
- Survival Knife Loose Power
- Bryan Sutton Into My Own
- Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Hang on to Each Other EP
- Joseph Trapanese, Aria Prayogi, and Fajar Yuskemal The Raid 2 OST
- William Tyler Lost Colony EP
- New 12-inch release with 3 tracks
- Chad VanGaalen Shrink Dust LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Ben Watt Hendra
- [US release]
- Wovenhand Refractory Obdurate LISTEN (Pitchfork)
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "Ocean Death" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Dreams" (feat. Beyoncé́) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Deep Running" streaming at YouTube.
- Brian Eno & Karl Hyde
- ALBUM Someday World streaming until its 5/6 release at NPR.
- Freeman [new band from Ween's Aaron Freeman/Gene Ween]
- TRACK "(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Jamie xx
- TRACK "Girl" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "eez-eh" streaming at YouTube.
- Kishi Bashi
- ALBUM Lighght streaming until its 5/13 release at NPR.
- Nikki Lane
- ALBUM All or Nothin' streaming until its 5/6 release at NPR.
- Lykke Li
- ALBUM I Never Learn streaming until its 5/5 release at NPR.
- Little Dragon
- TRACK "Let Go" streaming at Stereogum.
- Courtney Love
- TRACK "You Know My Name" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM Amor Planeta streaming until its 5/6 release at NPR.
- Dolly Parton
- ALBUM Blue Smoke streaming until its 5/13 release at NPR.
- Röyksopp & Robyn
- TRACK "Do It Again" streaming at YouTube.
- To Rococo Rot
- TRACK "Many Descriptions" (feat. Arto Lindsay) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Trash Talk
- TRACK "Cloudkicker" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Nikki Nack streaming until its 5/6 release at NPR.
- ALBUM Palo Alto OST (out 6/3) streaming at Spotify.
- White Lung
- TRACK "Snake Jaw" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Aloe Blacc (Letterman), Future (Arsenio), Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (Kimmel), Twenty One Pilots (Meyers), Keith Urban (Fallon)
- Tuesday: David Byrne (Fallon), Hurray For The Riff Raff (Conan), Washed Out (Carson Daly), Ziggy Marley (Letterman)
- Wednesday: Benjamin Booker (Letterman), The Both (Fallon), The Colourist (Carson Daly), Franz Ferdinand (Kimmel), O.A.R. (Conan), Parquet Courts (Meyers)
- Thursday: Boy George (Kimmel), CHVRCHES (Fallon), Kelis (Conan), Midlake (Carson Daly), OFF! (Carson Daly)
- Friday: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Letterman), Hit-Boy (Arsenio)
- Saturday: Coldplay (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- DJ E-Z Rock, best known for his 1988 hit "It Takes Two" (with Rob Base), has died at the age of 46. - Billboard
- Innovative Chicago-based footwork producer DJ Rashad died Saturday at the age of 34. - NPR
The latest music videos
Pharrell Williams, "Marilyn Monroe":
Katy Perry, "Birthday":
tUnE-yArDs, "Water Fountain":
Duck Sauce, "NRG":
Damon Albarn feat. Brian Eno, "Heavy Seas of Love":
Owen Pallett, "Song for Five & Six":
Neneh Cherry, "Everything":
Lily Allen, "Sheezus":
Elbow, "My Sad Captains":
The Menzingers, "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore":
Tobacco, "Streaker" [directed by Eric Wareheim] [NSFW]:
David Lynch, "The Big Dream" [directed by Moby]:
Brian Williams, "Gin and Juice":
In the studio / coming soon
- Ariana Grande talks to Billboard about her second album, which should be out in August or September.
- A new Trash Talk album, No Peace, arrives May 27th via Odd Future. - Pitchfork
- Manic Street Preachers have a new studio set, Futurology, headed for a July 7 release. - NME
- Ty Segall is the producer for the next White Fence album, To The Recently Found Innocent, due July 22nd. - CoS
- DJ/producer Steve Aoki is planning a two-part studio album, Neon Future. The first installment (Neon Future 1) arrives August 12th, featuring contributions from Wacka Flocka Flame, will.i.am, Fall Out Boy, Empire of the Sun, and Bonnie McKee.
- Nas has been working on a new album with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and No I.D. - NPR
- American Airlines' inflight magazine American Way (!) has the scoop that The Sundays are working on new music. - American Way via Stereogum
- Lenny Kravitz will release his 10th studio album Strut on September 23rd. - Billboard
- Duran Duran have enlisted former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to play on their next album. - NME
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- This fall's Austin City Limits festival will feature OutKast, Pearl Jam, The Replacements, Eminem, Beck, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Spoon, and more.
- Damon Albarn's summer solo tour includes some U.S. dates in June. - Pitchfork
- Beyoncé and Jay Z have announced 16 dates for their joint stadium tour this summer, beginning June 25th in Miami. - Billboard
- Bryan Ferry has added some East Coast dates this fall. - Pollstar
- The Hold Steady have added dates to their summer tour. - CoS
- Kings of Leon will tour outdoor venues throughout August and September. - Billboard
- Paul McCartney has added U.S. dates to his summer tour, including the last-ever concert to be performed at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. - CoS