This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, January 28 unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.
Ghettoville LISTEN (NPR)
- Techno artist Darren Cunningham's fourth album as Actress is a return to his origins, billed as a successor to his debut LP Hazyville rather than more recent efforts like R.I.P.. Rather than a more dancefloor-oriented affair like that early album, however, the result here is cold, oppressive, minimalist, and bleak
- The Autumn Defense Fifth
- Fifth album for the Wilco side project
- Bibio The Green EP LISTEN (Spin)
- Laura Cantrell No Way There From Here
- David Crosby Croz LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- First solo album in 20 years
- Morgan Delt Morgan Delt
- The Districts The Districts EP
- Ramin Djawadi Person of Interest: Season 2 OST
- Drowners Drowners LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Dum Dum Girls
Too True LISTEN (NPR)
- The Dee Dee Penny-led project returns with a third album of indie-pop gems for Sub Pop. Production duties were shared once again by Sune Rose Wagner (of The Raveonettes) and Richard Gottehrer, and we've had early tastes of the album in the form of the shoegaze-y "Lost Boys and Girls Club", and 1980s-esque single "Rimbaud Eyes". Reviews are mostly positive so far.
- The Gaslight Anthem The B-Sides
- Gem Club In Roses
- Guardian Alien Spiritual Emergency
- Hospitality Trouble LISTEN (NPR)
- Rolfe Kent Labor Day OST
- Angelique Kidjo Eve
- Lambchop Nixon 2xCD
- Reissue of 2000 album adds bonus live CD, White Sessions 1998: How I Met Cat Power
- Christopher Lennertz Ride Along OST
- Metallica Metallica: Through the Never DVD/Blu-ray
- Eleni Mandell Let's Fly a Kite
- Of Mice & Men Restoring Force
- Tara Jane O'Neil Where Shine New Lights
- The Pack A.D. Do Not Engage
- Peggy Sue Choir of Echoes LISTEN (NY Times)
- Pontiak Innocence
- Quilt Held In Splendor
- Amy Ray Goodnight Tender
- First solo country album for the Indigo Girls member
- Sleepy Sun Maui Tears LISTEN (Spin)
- Supreme Cuts Divine Ecstasy LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Doug Tuttle Doug Tuttle
- Uncle Tupelo No Depression 2xCD LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Double-disc reissue of 1990 album adds 22 bonus tracks (mainly demos)
- Rhonda Vincent Only Me 2xCD
- Wax Fang The Astronaut LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- You Me at Six Cavalier Youth
More streaming and downloadable new music
- ALBUM Jumping the Tracks streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Rap" streaming at YouTube.
- Lily Allen
- TRACK "Air Balloon" streaming at YouTube (new lyric video).
- The Both [Aimee Mann and Ted Leo]
- TRACK "Milwaukee" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Mirage" streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Wonderland streaming through its 2/4 release at NPR.
- Cloud Nothings
- TRACK "I'm Not Part of Me" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Com Truise
- TRACK "Subsonic" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Mac DeMarco
- TRACK "Passing Out Pieces" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Duck Sauce
- ALBUM Duck Droppings EP streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Possessed" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Gang Gang Dance
- TRACK "Upside Dawn" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Hold Steady
- TRACK "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" streaming at Pitchfork.
- The Mary Onettes
- TRACK "Silence Is A Gun" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Love Letters" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Thurston Moore
- TRACK "Detonation" streaming at Consequence of Sound.
- Marissa Nadler
- ALBUM July streaming until its 2/4 release at NPR.
- The Notwist
- TRACK "Kong" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Void You Out" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Primitive Parts
- TRACK "Signal" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island
- TRACK "Everything Is AWESOME!!!" (from The LEGO Movie OST) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Various [including Scott Aukerman, Tom Scharpling, David Wain, Jim James, and more]
- TRACK "Super Bowl Shuffle" (Chicago Bears cover) streaming at Bandcamp.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Airborne Toxic Event (Kimmel), Arctic Monkeys (Letterman), Barry Gibb (Fallon), The Strypes (Conan), Ty Dolla $ign (Arsenio)
- Tuesday: Bastille (Letterman), Motley Crue (Kimmel), Jennifer Nettles (Leno), Jimmy Vivino & The Black Italians (Conan), Liv Warfield (Fallon), YG ft. Jeezy (Arsenio), Dwight Yoakam (Leno)
- Wednesday: Against Me! (Letterman), Broken Bells (Kimmel), Miley Cyrus (MTV Unplugged, 9p), Hard Working Americans (Conan)
- Thursday: Sara Bareilles (Kimmel), David Crosby (Fallon), Dum Dum Girls (Letterman), Sarah McLachlan (Leno)
- Friday: Sara Bareilles (Leno), Bow Wow (Arsenio), Eagulls (Letterman)
- Saturday: Imagine Dragons (Saturday Night Live), Sarah Jarosz/The Milk Carton Kids (Austin City Limits)
- Sunday: Bruno Mars (Super Bowl halftime)
Recent artist and industry news
- The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were handed out Sunday night, and big winners included Daft Punk (5 awards, including album of the year and record of the year) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (4 awards, including best new artist). Billboard has a full list of winners.
- Brooklyn's Vivian Girls have broken up, though they have some farewell shows scheduled over the next month. - Pitchfork
The latest music videos
Bruce Springsteen, "Just Like Fire Would":
David Lynch, "And Light Shines":
Elbow, "New York Morning":
Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige, "F For You (remix)":
Simian Mobile Disco, "Snake Bile Wine":
Ty Dolla $ign feat. Jay Rock, "Never Be The Same":
British Sea Power, "A Light Above Descending":
Cass McCombs, "Unearthed":
Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting On You)":
Marissa Nadler, "Dead City Emily":
Peter Morén, "Say My Name":
In the studio / coming soon
- EMA's upcoming album The Future's Void now has an April 8 release date. - Pitchfork
- On April 15, Sub Pop will release Do to the Beast, the first new studio album from Afghan Whigs in 16 years. - Pitchfork
- The Both is the name of a new collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo; their self-titled debut arrives April 15th. - Rolling Stone
- Swans have announced a May 13 release for their next studio album, To Be Kind, which marks the start of a new contract with Mute (though Michael Gira's own Young God will distribute the album in the U.S.). The double album includes contributions from St. Vincent. - Pitchfork
- After recently performing the entire thing live, Cloud Nothings have finally announced a title and release date for their next LP: Here and Nowhere Else is out April 1st.
- Miguel hopes to release his next album this fall, though it is still in the writing and recording stages. Jessie Ware is the only collaborator confirmed so far. - THR
- Collaborators on Adele's next album will include Diane Warren and Phil Collins. - The Beat Goes On, Rolling Stone
- Jenny Lewis is nearing completion of a new solo album (her first in six years), which could arrive this spring. - Rolling Stone
- Mac DeMarco's Salad Days now has a release date: April 1. The first official single is streaming above.
- A new Eels album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, arrives April 22nd; here's a trailer.
- Neil Young has a new, "low tech" album called A Letter Home arriving in March; no official details have been released, other than the record label: Jack White's Third Man Records. - Rolling Stone
- Interpol will release a fifth album sometime this year. - Pitchfork
- Boy George will release This Is What I Do, his first new studio album in 18 years, on March 25th. - Rolling Stone
- Don't expect a new Radiohead album in the near future; it sounds like the band will take a bit of a breather to recover from their recent tours and solo projects. - Drowned in Sound
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- All Time Low have a few dozen spring dates. - Pollstar
- Baths has over 30 dates on his North American itinerary this spring. - Pitchfork
- Mac DeMarco will tour in support of his upcoming LP. - CoS
- Bryan Ferry will play some West Coast dates around his Coachella appearance. - CoS
- Foals head to North America this spring. - Pitchfork
- Foster the People have lined up some live dates in support of their upcoming album. - CoS
- John Legend is hitting the road with a string quartet. - Pollstar
- The National have scheduled some North American dates for the spring. - CoS
- Tool have scheduled their first North American dates since 2012 for this March. - Billboard
- Waxahatchee will be on the road through the end of April. - Pitchfork