This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 26 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.
- Atoms for Peace
Amok LISTEN (3voor12)
- Radiohead won't return to the recording studio until this fall, but frontman Thom Yorke has teamed with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.), and percussionist Mauro Refosco as Atoms for Peace. Originally formed to tour in support of Yorke's solo album The Eraser, the group releases its first studio album, Amok, tomorrow. The result is not all that different from recent Radiohead output, though it has perhaps an even greater emphasis on skittish dance beats.
- Autre Ne Veut Anxiety LISTEN (3voor12)
- Azari & III Remix Album
- Bilal A Love Surreal LISTEN
- Michael Bolton Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A.
- Shane Carruth Upstream Color OST LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- [Released 20 Feb]
- The Civil Wars & T-Bone Burnett A Place at the Table OST
- Doldrums Lesser Evil LISTEN
- The Eagles Farewell Tour: Live from Melbourne Blu-ray
- Blu-ray edition of previously released (on DVD) 2004 concert performance
- Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon
- The Fabulous Thunderbirds On the Verge
- Bill Frisell Silent Comedy
- Gold Fields Black Sun LISTEN (MTV)
- Grave Babies Crusher
- Ed Harcourt Back Into the Woods LISTEN (The Quietus)
- Justin Hayward Spirits of the Western Sky
- First solo album in 17 years for Moody Blues singer/guitarist
- The Jeff Healey Band House on Fire: Demos & Rarities
- The James Hunter Six Minute by Minute
- Ivan & Alyosha All the Times We Had
- Kavinsky Outrun
- KMFDM Kunst
- Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran Hagar's Song
- Lusine The Waiting Room
- Clint Mansell Stoker OST
- Johnny Marr
The Messenger LISTEN
- The Messenger is the first true solo album in the storied career of Johnny Marr, best known as the guitarist for The Smiths but here taking the role of frontman as he did in his now defunct group The Healers. Early reviews suggest that the new album won't change the world, but it should please Marr's longtime fans—at least on the guitar side of things.
- The Mavericks In Time
- First album in a decade
- Marion Meadows Whisper
- Mister Lies Mowgli LISTEN
- Mogwai Les Revenants OST
- Digital only in the US
- Mount Moriah Miracle Temple
- Palma Violets 180 LISTEN (NME)
- UK only [25 Feb]; US release will be 19 March
- Sally Shapiro Somewhere Else LISTEN
- Shout Out Louds Optica
- Simian Mobile Disco Live LISTEN (Spin)
- Digital release today; CD out in April
- Stratovarius Nemesis
- Various Reason to Believe: The Songs of Tim Hardin
- Performers include Mark Lanegan and Okkervil River
- Steve Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing CD/Blu-ray
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Cloud Cult
- ALBUM Love streaming until its 3/5 release at NPR.
- Dirty Projectors
- TRACK "There's a Fire" (new B-side) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Don't Get Any Closer" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Fainting by Numbers (Hot Chip side project)
- TRACK "A Stone in the Ground" streaming at Spin.
- Jimi Hendrix
- TRACK "Earth Blues" (previously unreleased) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Iron and Wine
- TRACK "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "So Blue" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Mary Onettes
- TRACK "Hit the Waves" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Men
- TRACK "I Saw Her Face" streaming at YouTube.
- Rilo Kiley
- TRACK "Let Me Back In" streaming at Spin.
- Josh Ritter
- ALBUM The Beast In Its Tracks streaming until its 3/5 release at NPR.
- Caitlin Rose
- ALBUM The Stand-In streaming at Rolling Stone.
- ALBUM Images du Futur streaming at Spinner.
- They Might Be Giants
- TRACK "You're on Fire" downloadable from Stereogum.
- ALBUM Cerulean Salt streaming until its 3/5 release at NPR.
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- TRACK "Sacrilege" streaming at YouTube.
- Young Galaxy
- TRACK "Fall for You" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Youth Lagoon
- ALBUM Wondrous Bughouse streaming until its 3/5 release at NPR.
- Thalia Zedek
- TRACK "Walk Away" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Ryan Bingham (Kimmel), Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell (Letterman), Japandroids (Conan) Robert Randolph with The Slide Brothers (Leno), Titus Andronicus (Carson Daly), Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Fallon)
- Tuesday: Family of the Year (Carson Daly), Kendrick Lamar (Letterman), Morrissey (Kimmel), Boz Scaggs (Leno), Tenacious D (Conan), Tyler the Creator (Fallon)
- Wednesday: Jason Aldean (Fallon), Father John Misty (Leno), Gold Fields (Kimmel), Solange (Letterman), Tomahawk (Carson Daly)
- Thursday: Ceremony (Carson Daly), Shooter Jennings (Leno), Ziggy Marley (Kimmel), Bob Mould (Fallon)
- Friday: The Mavericks (Leno), Prince (Fallon), Walk the Moon (Carson Daly)
- Saturday: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Soft Machine founder Kevin Ayers died last week at the age of 68. - NME
- Emeli Sandé's Our Version of Events was named British album of the year at the Brit Awards, announced last week. Adele's "Skyfall" was named best single, and the song went on to win an Academy Award as well. - NME
The latest music videos
Bat for Lashes, "Lilies":
Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake, "Poetic Justice":
Miguel, "Candles in the Sun":
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge, "White Noise":
DIIV, "Wait" [starring Sky Ferreira] [NSFW]:
Puscifer, "Bohemian Rhapsody":
Frightened Rabbit, "Backyard Skulls":
Screaming Females, "Poison Arrow":
Eat Skull, "How Do I Know When to Say Goodnight":
Matt & Kim, "It's Alright" [NSFW]:
In the studio / coming soon
- Frank Ocean is "10, 11 songs" into recording a follow-up to Channel Orange, and one of those songs might be a collaboration with Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, who met the singer when they happened to be in an adjoining recording studio. Ocean has been working with producer Pharrell Williams, and also intends to work with Danger Mouse on new tracks. - EW
- The National will release their next album in May, though a title and exact date are still to come.
- ADULT. return May 14th with The Way Things Fall, via Ghostly International. It's the duo's first album in six years.
- Expect a new Pearl Jam album in 2013. The Brendan O'Brien-produced LP may be "a little bit more experimental," reports Rolling Stone.
- Iggy Pop and the Stooges will release Ready to Die on April 30th. - Rolling Stone
- John Vanderslice is seeking Kickstarter funding for two upcoming albums. Dagger Beach is an album of originals, while the second LP will be a song-for-song cover of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs.
- Also going the Kickstarter route is Cannibal Ox, who are looking to finally record their follow-up to 2001's The Cold Vein.
- Despite being reduced to one member, The Big Pink is proceeding with recording sessions for a third album. - NME
- Elton John has recorded a piano-heavy album called The Diving Board, tentatively scheduled for a September release. - Billboard
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake have announced the first dozen dates for their upcoming "Legends of the Summer" stadium tour. - Billboard
- There are no dates announced yet, but Nine Inch Nails will return in a big way after a multi-year hiatus, with a tour stretching from this summer into 2014. - Pitchfork
- Before then, Trent Reznor will also tour with his new How to Destroy Angels project this April. - Pitchfork
- The National will tour this summer; some dates include Dirty Projectors. - Pitchfork
- Yo La Tengo have added more dates to their Fade tour, which has seen them playing two sets (one acoustic, one electric) per night. July dates will also include Belle & Sebastian - Pitchfork
- Morrissey has stopped canceling dates and has started adding new ones (including a rather unconventional stop at L.A.'s Hollywood High School this weekend) instead; details at Billboard.
- David Byrne and St. Vincent will continue to tour in support of their collaborative album; they just announced a batch of dates for June and July. - CoS
- Check out the summer schedule for Bruno Mars at Pollstar.
- Iceage have added new dates in June. - Matador
- Find spring tour dates for Iron & Wine at Pitchfork.
- Hot Chip are heading out on tour once again; find the new dates at Pitchfork.
- Get spring dates for Alkaline Trio at Pollstar.
- CoS has tour dates for Flume.
- Imagine Dragons have announced dates for May. - Billboard
- Find June dates for Ceremony at Matador.
- Soundgarden have announced new dates for May. - CoS
- The lineup for this year's Bonnaroo (June 13-16) includes Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Björk, and Wilco.
- Metallica is bringing its Orion Festival to Detroit in June.