This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 12 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.
- Devon Allman Turquoise
- Ben UFO Fabriclive 67
- The Bryan Ferry Orchestra The Jazz Age
- US release of 2012 album
- Bullet For My Valentine Temper Temper
- Comanechi You Owe Me Nothing but Love
- [14 Feb]
- Matt Costa Matt Costa LISTEN
- Crispy Ambulance The Plateau Phase
- Reissue of 1982 album adds three bonus tracks
- Cyclopean Cyclopean EP LISTEN (The Quietus)
- Debut 4-song release from the new band consisting of Can's Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt, plus Burnt Friedman and Jono Podmore
- Darwin Deez Songs for Imaginative People LISTEN
- Nataly Dawn How I Knew Her LISTEN
- Fear of Men Early Fragments
- Foals Holy Fire LISTEN
- The third album from the Mercury Prize-nominated UK band was produced by Flood and Alan Moulder
- Lisa Germano No Elephants LISTEN
- K-X-P II LISTEN (Pitchfork; today only)
- The Little Ones The Dawn Sang Along LISTEN (KCRW)
- LL Cool J Authentic Hip Hop
- Loveskills Multiplicity EP LISTEN
- Mazes Ores & Minerals
- Pat Metheny The Orchestrion Project 2xCD
- Mitzi Truly Alive
- Thenewno2 Beautiful Creatures OST LISTEN
- Pissed Jeans Honeys LISTEN
- Psychic Friend My Rocks Are Dreams
- Rammstein Videos 1995-2012 DVD/Blu-ray
- Ulrich Schnauss A Long Way to Fall
- [US release]
- The Stone Foxes Small Fires LISTEN
- Otis Taylor My World Is Gone
- Various Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash LISTEN
- Various Reason to Believe: The Songs of Tim Hardin
- Tribute to the folk musician includes songs performed by Mark Lanegan, Okkervil River, and more
- Veronica Falls Waiting For Something To Happen
- The Virginmarys King of Conflict
- Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Cheater's Game
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "The Prince Is Coming" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Devendra Banhart
- TRACK "Mi Negrita" streaming at YouTube.
- Karl Bartos
- TRACK "Atomium" streaming at Vimeo.
- Beach Fossils
- ALBUM Clash the Truth streaming at Hype Machine.
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- ALBUM Push the Sky Away streaming at The Guardian.
- Mikal Cronin
- TRACK "Shout It Out" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "From a Window Seat" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACKS "Anonymous" and "The Left Is Right" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Fitz and the Tantrums
- TRACK "Out of My League" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM You're Nothing streaming until 2/19 at Pitchfork.
- Ivan & Alyosha
- ALBUM All the Times We Had (out 2/26) streaming at NPR.
- Maxmillion Dunbar
- ALBUM House of Woo (out 2/19) streaming at NPR.
- The Postal Service
- TRACK "A Tattered Line of String" (previously unreleased) streaming at YouTube.
- Shout Out Louds
- TRACK "Illusions" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Thee Oh Sees
- TRACK "Minotaur" downloadable from Stereogum.
- The Thermals
- TRACK "Born to Kill" streaming/downloadable at Spin.
- Justin Timberlake
- TRACK "Mirrors" streaming at YouTube.
- Various Artists
- ALBUM Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys (out 2/19) streaming at NPR.
- Kurt Vile
- TRACK "Wakin on a Pretty Day" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- Youth Lagoon
- TRACK "Mute" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Gary Allan (Fallon), The Avett Brothers (Letterman), Family of the Year (Kimmel), Far East Movement (Leno), Ed Sheeran (Conan)
- Tuesday: Ellie Goulding (Kimmel), Jewel (Leno), Little Big Town (Letterman)
- Wednesday: Fall Out Boy (Kimmel), Lupe Fiasco (Conan), Kacey Musgraves (Fallon), Eli Young Band (Leno)
- Thursday: Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw (Leno), Josh Groban (Kimmel), Dave Grohl & The Sound City Players with Stevie Nicks (Letterman), Trinidad Jame$ (Fallon), The Vaccines (Conan)
- Friday: FM Radio (Leno), Gloriana (Fallon), The Maccabees (Letterman)
- Saturday: Alabama Shakes (Saturday Night Live), Alabama Shakes / Gary Clark Jr. (Austin City Limits)
Recent artist and industry news
- Babel, by Mumford and Sons, won album of the year honors at this year's Grammy Awards, while fun. earned the song of the year trophy for "We Are Young" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" was honored as record of the year. The latter artist also won in the alternative music album category (for Making Mirrors), while the Black Keys collected the best rock album award for El Camino, and Drake's Take Care won in the rap album category. Rolling Stone has a full list of awards.
- Warner Music Group has purchased the Parlophone label, home to Coldplay, Blur, and Pink Floyd, for £487 million, though Parlophone's best-known act (The Beatles) was excluded from the deal. The label was formerly part of EMI, which was acquired by Universal last year. - BBC
- A film about the 1970s collaborations in Germany between David Bowie and Iggy Pop (to be called Lust for Life, naturally) is in the works. - THR
The latest music videos
Drake, "Started from the Bottom":
James Blake, "Retrograde":
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "So Good at Being in Trouble" [with Christopher Mintz-Plasse]:
Frightened Rabbit, "Today's Cross":
Jim James, "A New Life":
Marissa Nadler, "Wedding":
OMD, "Atomic Ranch":
In the studio / coming soon
- James Blake has titled his second album Overgrown, and it will be out April 8th; the video for lead single "Retrograde" (out today) can be viewed above.
- The-Dream will now call his fourth album Fourplay, and it is scheduled for a May 7 release. The singer also told Billboard that he has been working on Kanye West's upcoming solo album, with additional recording sessions coming soon.
- Rolling Stone visits Deerhunter in the studio as they record their next album, which will consist of a dozen songs selected from "upward of 250" written by frontman Bradford Cox.
- Eminem will release his next album sometime after Memorial Day, reports Billboard.
- On April 16, Rilo Kiley will release a 16-song rarities compilation called rkives. - Pitchfork
- Add Elton John to the ever-growing list of contributors to the upcoming Queens of the Stone Age album. - Rolling Stone
- L.A. band Warpaint has finally begun recording a second album to follow 2010's The Fool. - NME
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- The lineup for this year's Sasquatch! festival (May 24-27 in Washington state) was announced last week, though tickets sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale.
- The Breeders have added dates to their Last Splash tour, in which they are playing that 20-year-old album in its entirety. - Pitchfork
- Phoenix have scheduled a few North American dates in between their upcoming festival performances. - Pitchfork
- Jessie Ware has also added some North American dates in early April. - Pitchfork
- Fun. has a big summer tour planned, and will be joined by Tegan and Sara on most dates. - Pollstar
- After undergoing some lineup changes, Built to Spill have scheduled a spring tour. - Pitchfork
- Find new dates for Redd Kross at Merge.
- Merge also has newly announced March dates for Richard Buckner.
- Tame Impala have extended their current world tour into July, including some new North American dates. - Pitchfork
- John Talabot is heading to North America for a handful of dates. - Consequence of Sound
- CoS also has spring dates for Ducktails.
- Twin Shadow kicks off his True Story tour in May. - Pitchfork