This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, January 29 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.
- Amor de Días The House at Sea LISTEN (KEXP)
- Second album for the duo of Alasdair MacLean (frontman for The Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas) was produced by Brian O'Shaughnessy (Primal Scream)
- Justin Bieber Believe Acoustic
- Bleeding Rainbow Yeah Right LISTEN (Pitchfork; today only)
- New album from the Philadelphia band formerly known as Reading Rainbow
- Blue Sky Riders Finally Home LISTEN
- Andrea Bocelli Passione
- Guests include Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Lopez
- Buke and Gase General Dome
- Eric Burdon 'Til Your River Runs Dry LISTEN
- Delphic Collections
- UK only [28 Jan]
- Destiny's Child Love Songs LISTEN
- Career-spanning retrospective includes one brand-new track ("Nuclear") performed by Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, and Kelly Rowland
- Ducktails The Flower Lane LISTEN (Pitchfork; today only)
- Domino debut and fourth album overall for side project from Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile
- Fleetwood Mac Rumours 3xCD LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Deluxe reissue of 1977 album includes previously unreleased demos and alternate takes as well as live recordings from the band's 1977 tour
- Adam Green & Binki Shapiro Adam Green & Binki Shapiro LISTEN
- Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite Get Up!
- The History of Apple Pie Out of View LISTEN
- Indians Somewhere Else LISTEN (3voor12)
- Kris Kristofferson Feeling Mortal
- La Big Vic Cold War
- Local Natives Hummingbird LISTEN (3voor12)
- Lisa Loeb No Fairy Tale
- Lost Animal Ex Tropical LISTEN (Spin)
- Mice Parade Candela
- Jeffrey Osborne A Time for Love LISTEN
- Radar Brothers Eight LISTEN (PopMatters)
- Rock Candy Funk Party We Want Groove
- Emmy Rossum Sentimental Journey LISTEN
- Ruby Suns Christopher LISTEN (Pitchfork; today only)
- Tall Firs Out of It and Into It
- Tegan & Sara
- Yes, the twins have gone pop. Their first new studio set in four years, Heartthrob finds the Canadian sisters working with a trio of producers (Greg Kurstin, Mike Elizondo, Justin Meldal-Johnsen) to deliver their slickest, most mainstream set to date, with a big, synth-heavy, pop-oriented sound. Will the transformation alienate longtime fans, or win Tegan & Sara an even bigger following? Early reviews, though positive, are inconclusive.
- Tomahawk Oddfellows LISTEN (Spin)
- First album in six years for the group consisting of Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, guitarist Duane Denison, and Battles/Helmet drummer John Stanier
- Charlie Wilson Love, Charlie
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "No-Room" streaming at YouTube.
- Devendra Banhart
- TRACK "Never Seen Such Good Things" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Paul Banks (of Interpol)
- MIXTAPE Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To Be streaming/downloadable at Soundcloud.
- The Besnard Lakes
- TRACK "People of the Sticks" streaming at YouTube.
- Bosnian Rainbows new Omar Rodríguez-López project
- TRACK "Torn Maps" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "The Sundown Song" streaming at Bandcamp.
- TRACK "White Noise," featuring AlunaGeorge, streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Wonderful, Glorious (out 2/5) streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Flaming Lips
- TRACK "Sun Blows Up Today" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- Frightened Rabbit
- ALBUM Pedestrian Verse (out 2/5) streaming at The Guardian.
- ALBUM In Guards We Trust streaming until 2/5 at Pitchfork.
- Karl Hyde (of Underworld)
- TRACK "Cut Clouds" streaming at YouTube.
- Jim James
- ALBUM Regions Of Light And Sound Of God streaming until its 2/5 release at NPR.
- Mark Lanegan
- TRACK "Red Balloon" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Julian Lynch
- TRACK "Carios kelleyi I" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Mount Moriah
- TRACK "Bright Light" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Night Beds
- ALBUM Country Sleep streaming until 2/5 at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Now" streaming at the official band site.
- Iggy Pop with A Hawk and a Hacksaw
- TRACK "Asshole Rules The Navy" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Screwdriver" streaming at Vimeo (lyric video).
- Screaming Females
- TRACK "Poison Arrow" downloadable from Stereogum.
- The Strokes
- TRACK "One Way Trigger" streaming at Soundcloud (or download at the band's official site).
- Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
- TRACK "Kindness Be Conceived," featuring Joanna Newsom, streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM We the Common streaming until its 2/5 release at NPR.
- They Might Be Giants
- TRACK "Call You Mom" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Lost My Mind" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Richard Thompson
- ALBUM Electric streaming until its 2/5 release at NPR.
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
- ALBUM II (out 2/5) streaming at 3voor12.
- Veronica Falls
- TRACK "Buried Alive" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Young Galaxy
- TRACK "Pretty Boy" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Eric Burdon (Fallon), David Byrne & St. Vincent (Letterman), Gavin DeGraw (Kimmel), Divine Fits (Carson Daly), Lady Antebellum (Leno), Los Straitjackets (Conan)
- Tuesday: Halestorm (Kimmel), Metric (Carson Daly), Aaron Neville (Leno), Ultraísta (Fallon)
- Wednesday: Antibalas (Kimmel), Bad Religion (Fallon), Ben Folds Five (Conan), Shiny Toy Guns (Carson Daly), Shovels & Rope (Letterman), Holly Williams (Leno)
- Thursday: fun. (Conan), Lisa Loeb (Leno), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Letterman), Regina Spektor (Carson Daly), Tegan and Sara (Kimmel)
- Friday: Andrea Bocelli (Fallon), Branford Marsalis (Leno), Emeli Sandé (Letterman)
- Saturday: Tim McGraw (Austin City Limits)
Recent artist and industry news
- The Mars Volta have officially broken up, with band members Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala (both formerly of At the Drive-In) going their separate ways. The former has a new project, Bosnian Rainbows, while the latter is working on a solo album. - Billboard
The latest music videos
The Knife, "Full of Fire":
Grizzly Bear, "gun-shy":
Tame Impala, "Mind Mischief":
Eels, "New Alphabet":
Darkstar, "Amplified Ease":
Foals, "My Number":
Clinic, "Seamless Boogie Woogie BBC 10pm (rpt) II":
The Cribs, "Leather Jacket Love Song":
Justin Timberlake, "Suit & Tie":
Nightlands, "I Fell in Love with a Feeling":
In the studio / coming soon
- The Flaming Lips have titled their next album The Terror, and it is set for a release on April 2nd. A non-album single, "Sun Blows Up Today," is out tomorrow, and will also be featured (with the band) in a Super Bowl commercial for Hyundai on Sunday. - Pitchfork
- Depeche Mode's spring album now has a title and release date: Delta Machine will be in stores on March 26. The 13-track set was produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood.
- While a reunited The Postal Service will play a few live dates this year, that once-promised second album remains a fantasy, as the duo have indicated that they will not be recording any additional music. That said, an upcoming 10th anniversary re-release of their sole album, Give Up, will include two new songs on a bonus disc that also collects covers, B-sides, and remixes. Expect the 2-disc set on April 9th via Sub Pop. Consequence of Sound has the tracklist.
- Daft Punk have signed to Columbia Records, and the French duo could release their fourth album as soon as this spring. - The Hollywood Reporter. ... In fact, The Guardian follows that up with a more specific release window: May.
- The Knife's previously announced April 9th release Shaking the Habitual is now confirmed to be a triple album (or 2xCD), clocking in at nearly 100 minutes though having just 13 tracks. The first single, "Full of Fire," will be out tomorrow after (very) briefly leaking online last week; check out the video above.
- Could D'Angelo finally release his follow-up to 2000's Voodoo this year? The Roots' ?uestlove, who drums on the new album, says that recording is 99% complete. - Billboard
- Speaking of The Roots, Billboard also reported last week that the band has collaborated on an album with Elvis Costello; with recording already completed, a release shouldn't be too far away. The Roots will also release their proper follow-up to undun, called & Then You Shoot Your Cousin, either late this year or in early 2014.
- April 1st will bring the fifth studio album from British Sea Power, entitled Machineries Of Joy. The band describes the new album as "warm and restorative."
- Justin Timberlake's comeback album The 20/20 Experience will be released on March 19th.
- Sigur Rós have been in the studio recording a "more aggressive" album for release later in 2013. - Pitchfork
- Karl Hyde, one half of veteran electronica duo Underworld, will release his first solo album, Edgeland, on April 22nd. The self-described "graceful and meditative collection" was produced by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno), and Hyde will tour in support of the album.
- A new Akron/Family album titled Sub Verses will be out April 30th on Dead Oceans.
- Neon Neon, the one-off pairing of Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys and producer Boom Bip, is suddenly a two-off; the duo will release their second album, Praxis Makes Perfect, on April 29. A concept album about the life and death of Italian leftist and publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the new set features guests ranging from Cate Le Bon to Asia Argento.
- Eve's first album in over a decade, Lip Lock, will be out on May 14. - NME
- Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis is "80% finished" with her upcoming third solo album, though the LP may not arrive until early 2014. Lewis has also contributed some original songs to the film Very Good Girls. - Billboard
- The Thermals will have their entire back catalog reissued on vinyl by Sub Pop on March 5th, and a new studio album will follow later in 2013.
- Expect the Foo Fighters to head into the studio in the near future. - MTV News
- My Bloody Valentine performed a new song during their live set in London over the weekend, with the band's Kevin Shields informing the audience that the new album could be out within a few days. That is consistent with a report that the band completed mastering in December, though fans know better than to expect the album's release in the near (or distant) future. (In the meantime, you can find a fan recording of the new track, "Rough Song," at YouTube.)
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- By now you know that the lineups for April's Coachella festival have been announced; headliners include The Stone Roses (making an extremely rare U.S. appearance), Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phoenix, while other acts range from Lou Reed, Wu-Tang Clan, and New Order to reunions of The Postal Service, the Violent Femmes, and Jurassic 5.
- Spain's Primavera Sound festival also boasts an impressive lineup for its May weekend, with headliners including Phoenix, Blur, My Bloody Valentine, The Postal Service, and Jesus and Mary Chain.
- The third annual Governor's Ball festival on New York's Randall's Island will take place June 7-9; confirmed acts so far include Kanye West, Kings of Leon, The xx, Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, and many more.
- Grizzly Bear have announced a spring tour; Pitchfork has the dates.
- Find spring dates for Clientele spin-off Amor de Días at Merge.
- Clinic will visit North America this spring. - Pitchfork
- Pitchfork also has the schedule for Autre Ne Veut.
- Rush has extended its Clockwork Angels tour into April and May. - Rolling Stone
- Get dates for a joint tour by Sky Ferreira and How to Dress Well at Pitchfork.
- The xx have added even more North American dates. - Pitchfork
- Spring dates for Akron/Family are available at the Dead Oceans site.
- Fleetwood Mac have expanded their current tour. - Rolling Stone
- Find several months worth of dates for The Men at Pitchfork.
- Sting's Back to Bass tour is visiting North America this summer. - Pollstar
- Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers hit the road with Edie Brickell in May; Pollstar has the dates.
- The triple bill of New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, and 98 Degrees is coming to a city near you this summer. - Rolling Stone