This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 11 unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.
- Band of Horses Acoustic at the Ryman
- Live album
- Breton War Room Stories
- The Casket Girls True Love Kills the Fairy Tale LISTEN (Spotify)
- Cheatahs Cheatahs LISTEN (3voor12)
- Eric Church The Outsiders LISTEN (NPR)
- Cibo Matto Hotel Valentine LISTEN (NPR)
- First album in 15 years [out 14 Feb]
- Martin Creed Mind Trap
- ††† [Crosses] ††† LISTEN (3voor12)
- Robert Ellis The Lights From The Chemical Plant
- Fanfarlo Let's Go Extinct LISTEN (KCRW)
- Neil Finn Dizzy Heights
- The Fleshtones Wheel of Talent
- The Glitch Mob Love Death Immortality
- Noah Gundersen Ledges LISTEN (Spin)
- Hands The Soul Is Quick LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Debut LP for the new side project from The Field's Axel Willner
- Helms Alee Sleepwalking Sailors
- Hurray For The Riff Raff Small Town Heroes LISTEN (NPR)
- Illum Sphere Ghosts of Then & Now LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- The Internet Feel Good
- Katy B Little Red
- [UK only: 10 Feb]
- Greg Laswell I Was Going To Be An Astronaut
- Let's Wrestle Let's Wrestle
- Kalle Mattson Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold LISTEN (NY Times)
- Mark Mothersbaugh The LEGO Movie OST
- Also includes a track by Tegan & Sara with The Lonely Island
- Nina Persson Animal Heart
- Solo album from frontwoman of The Cardigans is produced by Eric D. Johnson (The Shins)
- Speedy Ortiz Real Hair EP LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Sun Kil Moon Benji
- Guests on the latest LP from Mark Kozelek include Will Oldham and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley
- Temples Sun Structures LISTEN (3voor12)
- Thumpers Galore LISTEN (NPR)
- Tinariwen Emaar LISTEN (NPR)
- Total Slacker Slip Away
- Various Banshee -- Music From the Cinemax Original Series OST LISTEN (THR)
- Various From Another World: A Tribute To Bob Dylan
- Various Girls: Vol. 2 OST
- Music from the HBO series; digital only
- Various Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 2xCD LISTEN (NPR)
- Woods of Desolation As The Stars LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Young Yeller Young Yeller LISTEN (Hype Machine)
- Yumi Zouma Yumi Zouma EP LISTEN (Spin)
- Hans Zimmer Winter's Tale OST
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Acid Arab
- ALBUM Collections LP streaming through 2/17 at Pitchfork.
- Lily Allen
- TRACK "L8 CMMR" streaming at YouTube.
- Iggy Azalea
- TRACK "Fancy" (feat. Charli XCX) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Waking Light" streaming at NPR.
- Neneh Cherry
- TRACK "Out Of The Black" (featuring Robyn) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Kindly Bent to Free Us streaming through 2/13 at Pitchfork.
- AJ Davila
- ALBUM Terror Amor streaming until its 2/18 release at NPR.
- Esben and the Witch
- TRACK "No Dog" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "The High" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Children of the Sun" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Miranda Lambert
- TRACK "Automatic" streaming at YouTube.
- Lost in the Trees
- ALBUM Past Life streaming until its 2/18 release at NPR.
- Lydia Loveless
- ALBUM Somewhere Else streaming until its 2/18 release at NPR.
- Walter Martin [of The Walkmen]
- TRACK "Sing To Me" (feat. Karen O) streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Men
- TRACK "Different Days" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Simplethings" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Oxen Hope" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Angel Olsen
- TRACK "White Fire" streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM Burn Your Fire For No Witness streaming until its 2/18 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Ancient Stars Seed..." streaming at Soundcloud.
- Pattern Is Movement
- TRACK "River" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Bill Murray" streaming at YouTube.
- Rick Ross
- TRACK "Oyster Perpetual" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
- TRACK "Little Fang" streaming at YouTube.
- St. Vincent
- TRACK "Prince Johnny" streaming at YouTube.
- Todd Terje
- TRACK "Delorean Dynamite" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Capitol" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Eric Church (Kimmel), Rico Love (Arsenio), Rock Candy Funk Party (Conan)
- Tuesday: Toni Braxton & Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (Conan), ††† (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Jhene Aiko (Conan), The Jacksons (Arsenio), Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Sage the Gemini (Kimmel), Sean Paul (Arsenio)
Recent artist and industry news
- NME's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time is topped by Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
- This year's Juno nominees are led by Arcade Fire, with six total nominations. The awards—Canada's top music honors—will be given out in March in glamorous Winnipeg.
The latest music videos
Lily Allen, "Air Balloon":
Phantogram, "Fall in Love":
Chelsea Wolfe, "Feral Love" [NSFW]:
The Julie Ruin, "Goodnight, Goodbye":
Foster the People, "Coming of Age":
Marissa Nadler, "Was It A Dream":
Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island, "Everything Is Awesome":
múm, "when girls collide":
In the studio / coming soon
- Animal Collective member Avey Tare has a new band, Slasher Flicks, that also features members of Dirty Projectors and Ponytail. Their debut, Enter the Slasher House, arrives April 8th via Domino.
- Franz Ferdinand are recording an album with Sparks, reports NME.
- Walkmen member Walter Martin will release his solo debut, We're All Young Together, on May 13th; members of The Walkmen, The National, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah guest.
- Oscar-nominated composer Owen Pallett will release his next album, In Conflict, on May 13th; Brian Eno guests throughout on vocals and keyboards. Here's a trailer.
- Mirah's next album, Changing Light, will arrive on May 13th. - Pitchfork
- April 1st will bring a self-titled LP from Pattern Is Movement, their first album in six years.
- Mariah Carey's next album has been rescheduled for May 6th. - Billboard
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- OutKast, Kraftwerk, New Order, and The National are among the artists playing this year's Sasquatch Festival, which will take place over two separate weekends, one in May and the other in July.
- This year's Bonnaroo lineup will be announced in a live webcast on February 19 that will feature performances by The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
- Against Me! kick off their tour in March. - Billboard
- ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead will perform their classic album Source Tags & Codes in its entirety on a short spring tour. - Pitchfork
- The Hold Steady will tour with Deer Tick this spring. - CoS
- Neutral Milk Hotel have extended their tour yet again. - Stereogum
- Queens of the Stone Age have scheduled new dates around their upcoming festival performances. - CoS
- Seether will tour the U.S. this spring. - Pollstar
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band kick off a new U.S. tour in April. - Pollstar