This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, July 30 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.
- AlunaGeorge Body Music LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Highly anticipated debut album for British R&B duo; UK release today (29 July); US release scheduled for 27 Aug
- Backstreet Boys In a World Like This
- Chimaira Crown Of Phantoms
- Alela Diane About Farewell
- Five Finger Death Punch The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1
- First of two planned 2013 releases
- Fortune Howl Earthbound
- Michael Franti & Spearhead All People
- Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Bakersfield
- Buddy Guy Rhythm & Blues 2xCD
- Guests on the new double-disc set from the 76-year-old artist include Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., and Beth Hart
- Luke Haines Rock And Roll Animals
- Solo album for former Auteurs and Black Box Recorder member [29 Jul; US release is digital only]
- Joan of Arc Testimonium Songs
- Song cycle composed to accompany a performance by an experimental theater ensemble
- Ethan Johns If Not Now Then When?
- Debut album for the prolific producer (US release)
- Chantè Moore Moore Is More
- Moreland & Arbuckle 7 Cities
- Harry Nilsson The RCA Albums Collection Box set
- Limited edition collection includes 14 albums plus three discs of rarities
- Regal Degal Pyramid Bricks EP
- Tech N9ne Something Else
- Robin Thicke Blurred Lines
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "Invisible" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Ralph Macchio" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Basement Jaxx
- TRACK "What A Difference Your Love Makes" (from the forthcoming EP out 9/30) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Willis Earl Beal
- TRACK "Too Dry To Cry" streaming at YouTube.
- Childish Gambino
- TRACK "Centipede" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
- ALBUM Little Moments EP streaming at Bandcamp.
- Cloud Control
- TRACK "Scar" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Crystal Antlers
- TRACK "Rattlesnake" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Mac DeMarco
- TRACK "Young Blood" downloadable at Adult Swim.
- Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo
- TRACK "Join Me On My Avalanche" (from the Prince Avalanche soundtrack) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Awkward" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Michael Franti & Spearhead
- TRACK "Life Is Better With You" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Girls Against Boys
- TRACK "60 Is Greater Than 15" (from the forthcoming The Ghost List EP) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Holy Ghost!
- TRACK "Teenagers in Heat" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- Icona Pop
- TRACK "All Night" streaming at Soundcloud.
- R. Kelly
- TRACK "My Story" (feat. 2 Chainz) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM To the Happy Few (out 8/6) streaming now at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM II streaming until its 8/6 release at NPR.
- Sam Phillips
- ALBUM Push Any Button streaming until its 8/6 release at NPR.
- The Polyphonic Spree
- TRACK "Hold Yourself Up" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- ALBUM Hobo Rocket streaming until its 8/6 release at NPR.
- Pop. 1280
- TRACK "Human Probe" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Her Majesty's Socialist Request" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "I Will" (from the forthcoming album Defend Yourself) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
- TRACK "Harrison Ford" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Luke Temple
- TRACK "Katie" streaming at YouTube.
- Chelsea Wolfe
- TRACK "We Hit a Wall" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Franz Ferdinand (Conan), The Lumineers (Colbert Report), James McCartney (Letterman), The Virgins (Fallon)
- Tuesday: Backstreet Boys (Kimmel), Michael Franti & Spearhead (Letterman), Brad Paisley (Fallon)
- Wednesday: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (Conan), Hanni El Khatib (Letterman), Kopecky Family Band (Leno), Queens of the Stone Age (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Tom Odell (Conan), Palma Violets (Kimmel)
- Friday: Jason Isbell (Letterman), Robin Thicke (Fallon)
Recent artist and industry news
- Musician JJ Cale died Friday at the age of 74. The Grammy winner was best known for writing Eric Clapton's hits "Cocaine" and "After Midnight." - Billboard
The latest music videos
Fiona Apple, "Hot Knife" [directed by Paul Thomas Anderson]:
Franz Ferdinand, "Love Illumination":
Icona Pop, "Girlfriend":
Washed Out, "Don't Give Up":
Quasi, "You Can Stay But You Gotta Go":
Volcano Choir, "Byegone":
King Khan & the Shrines, "Darkness":
The Love Language, "Calm Down":
The Child Of Lov, "Fly" [NSFW]:
Night Moves, "Colored Emotions":
Appaloosa, "Fill the Blanks":
In the studio / coming soon
- Icona Pop's full-length U.S. debut, This Is… Icona Pop, will be out September 24th. - MTV Hive
- Billboard reports that the New Pornographers are midway through recording their sixth album.
- Crystal Stilts return with Nature Noir on September 17th, via new label Sacred Bones.
- Cursive frontman Tim Kasher will release his second solo album, Adult Film, on October 8th via Saddle Creek Records.
- The surviving members of TLC have reunited to record a few new tracks that will be included in an October compilation. - Billboard
- The sophomore set from Cults is called Static, and it's out October 15th. Watch a trailer for the release.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Find dates for Mark Lanegan's solo world tour this fall at CoS.
- Fiona Apple and frequent collaborator Blake Mills will perform together this fall; while the pair are still developing the show, the October dates are set. - Pitchfork
- Pitchfork has the fall lineup for Fuck Buttons.
- Empire of the Sun visits North America next month. - CoS
- Zola Jesus will tour with a string quartet and recent collaborator JG Thirlwell. - Pitchfork
- Andrew W.K.'s Party Messiah tour kicks off in September. - CoS
- Get the schedule for Mayer Hawthorne's September tour at Pollstar.
- Built to Spill still doesn't have a new album, but they do have a fall tour planned. - Pitchfork
- View fall dates for Wavves at Pitchfork.