This week's new album releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 24 unless otherwise indicated.
A Hard Days Night [Criterion Collection] DVD/Blu-ray
Pop star(s) + movie? That's usually a formula for a naked cash grab, more commerce than art. Of course, the usual rules don't apply to The Beatles, whose movies are one part of their enduring legacy. And none of their films topped this influential 1964 screwball comedy classic. Directed by the great Richard Lester, A Hard Day's Night depicts a day (or two) in the life of the Fab Four, playing irreverent, stylized versions of themselves at the height of Beatlemania. This new Criterion Collection release features the newly restored film with your choice of mono, stereo, or 5.1 audio mixes, a variety of old and new documentaries, and numerous additional interviews, shorts, and bonus features.
While (1<2) 2xCD
Released digitally last week and now physically tomorrow, the new double studio album While (1<2) is the seventh release from the Canadian EDM producer. With 25 tracks (including two that are remixes of Trent Reznor songs), it's unsurprisingly all over the map, but reviews are fairly decent so far.
Once More 'Round the Sun LISTEN (iTunes)
After detouring into something (ever so slightly) more accessible and straightforward with 2011's acclaimed The Hunter, what will sludge metal act Mastodon do for an encore? How about something "massive and insane," with "lots of epic greatness"? Would you settle for "weird and different"? Sixth album Once More 'Round the Sun finds the band working with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters) for the first time, and features an appearance by Neurosis' Scott Kelly. So far, critics find the result solid, if a tad unexciting.
At the age of 23, and with only one full-length album released so far, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran already has three Grammy nominations and two BRIT Awards on his rapidly filling CV. This week's follow-up, also known as "multiply," finds Sheeran working with producers Rick Rubin and Pharrell Williams, among others. He'll support the album with his first-ever North American arena tour, beginning in August.
- Ab-Soul These Days
- Guests include Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, SZA, Rick Ross, Action Bronson, and Lupe Fiasco
- Luke Abbott Wysing Forest
- Alraune The Process Of Self-Immolation LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Arc Umbra
- The Babys I'll Have Some of That!
- Bad Suns Language & Perspective LISTEN (Billboard)
- Andrea Balency Walls EP
- Bassnectar Noise vs. Beauty LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Peter Matthew Bauer Liberation! LISTEN (3voor12)
- Solo debut for Walkmen member
- Black Bananas Electric Brick Wall LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Rubén Blades Tangos LISTEN (NY Times)
- Jackson Browne Late for the Sky
- 40th anniversary remastered reissue
- Brownout Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath LISTEN (NPR)
- Circulatory System Mosaics Within Mosaics LISTEN (NPR)
- Corrosion Of Conformity IX
- Jad Fair & Danielson Solid Gold Heart
- Peter Frampton Hummingbird in a Box
- Peter Gabriel Back to Front: Live in London DVD/Blu-ray
- Garden City Movement Bengali Cinema EP
- Godflesh Decline & Fall EP
- First new music in 13 years from the recently reunited band
- GusGus Mexico
- Herbert Part 6EP
- Vinyl release today; digital release 29 June
- Horse Meat Disco Horse Meat Disco IV
- How to Dress Well What Is This Heart? LISTEN (Official site)
- Joe Bridges LISTEN (Billboard)
- Kasai Allstars Beware the Fetish LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Kitten Kitten
- Migos No Label II
- People Get Ready Physiques LISTEN (NY Times)
- Phish Fuego LISTEN (NPR)
- The band's first studio album in five years was produced by Bob Ezrin
- Phox Phox LISTEN (NPR)
- RiFF RAFF NEON iCON LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Guests include Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), and Slim Thug
- Rolê New Sounds Of Brazil LISTEN (NPR)
- Secret Cities Walk Me Home
- SLAVVE SLAVVE EP
- Sons Of Magdalene Move to Pain
- Solo album for Telefon Tel Aviv's Joshua Eustis
- Strand of Oaks Heal LISTEN (NPR)
- A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Total Control Typical System LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Various 22 Jump Street OST
- Various Jersey Boys (Music From The Motion Picture And Broadway Musical) OST
- White Hex Gold Nights
- Xeno & Oaklander Par Avion
Stream upcoming albums and new tracks
- TRACK "Hunger of the Pine" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Aphex Twin
- ALBUM Caustic Window (never-released 1994 album) streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "For the Feel" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Ego Death" (feat. Aesop Rock and Danny Brown) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Esben and the Witch
- TRACK "Blood Teachings" streaming at CoS.
- Ryan Hemsworth
- TRACK "Every Square Inch" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Jamie xx
- TRACK "All Under One Roof Raving" streaming at YouTube.
- Jim Lauderdale
- ALBUM I'm a Song streaming until its 7/1 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Lords of Summer" streaming at YouTube.
- Old Crow Medicine Show
- ALBUM Remedy streaming until its 7/1 release at NPR.
- TRACK "RPT" (live) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Gamel streaming until its 7/1 release at NPR.
- Robert Plant
- TRACK "Rainbow" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Raptor" streaming at YouTube.
- Shabazz Palaces
- TRACK "#CAKE" streaming at YouTube.
- The Shins
- TRACK "So Now What" (from the upcoming Wish I Was Here OST) streaming at NPR.
- St. Lucia
- TRACK "Forgiveness" (new bonus track) streaming at Soundcloud.
- White Fence
- TRACK "Like That" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Great Equator" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Zola Jesus
- TRACK "Dangerous Days" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Body Count (Conan), Broken Bells (Letterman, plus Live on Letterman webcast at 8p ET/5p PT), St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Kimmel)
- Tuesday: Cherub (Conan), Phish (Letterman, plus Live on Letterman webcast at 8p ET/5p PT), Tech N9NE (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Bleachers (Kimmel), Hurray for the Riff Raff (Letterman)
- Thursday: Spoon (Kimmel)
Recent artist and industry news
- Here's the newly announced longlist for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, which is given to the top Canadian album of the year. (Apparently, they mean "Canadian year," which, as you know, runs from June 1–May 31.) The field will be narrowed to a shortlist on July 19th, with the winner revealed on September 22nd.
- A Björk retrospective is headed to New York's MOMA in 2015. - Billboard
- Sub Pop is the latest indie label to launch a subscription service.
The latest music videos
Lana Del Rey, "Shades of Cool":
OK Go, "The Writing's On the Wall":
Arctic Monkeys, "Snap Out Of It":
Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars":
Wild Beasts, "Mecca":
Cut Copy, "Meet Me In A House Of Love":
Liars, "Pro Anti Anti":
The Child of Lov feat. Damon Albarn, "One Day":
Michelle Williams feat. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, "Say Yes":
Robin Thicke, "Get Her Back":
Brian Williams, "Baby Got Back":
In the studio / coming soon
- Simian Mobile Disco's upcoming fourth album Whorl (out 9/9) is the result of an unusual recording process that found the band putting most of the material to tape while performing it (without the aid of computers) near California's Joshua Tree National Park. - Pitchfork
- My Bloody Valentine hope to enter the studio this fall to record a new EP. - NME
- Former Books member Nick Zammuto will release Anchor, his second solo album (as Zammuto), on September 2nd.
- Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas will release his new solo album (with backing band The Voidz), Tyranny, on September 23rd. Watch a preview.
- The gap between folk singer Vashti Bunyan's first and second albums was 35 years, but she has picked up the pace for album number three. Heartleap, out October 7, arrives a mere nine years after her sophomore set.
- On August 12th, Dilated Peoples will release their first album in eight years, Directors of Photography. - CoS.
- Zola Jesus will have a new album, Taiga, out in October. Here's a trailer.
- Could D'Angelo's long-in-the-works third album finally surface this fall? His manager seems to think so. - Billboard
- The Avett Brothers hope to head into the studio with producer Rick Rubin in November to record their eighth album. - Billboard
- Prince could have two new full-length albums out in the near future. - Rolling Stone
- Warp will release Rustie's second album, Green Language, at the end of August.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- OutKast, Massive Attack, and TV on the Radio are among the acts playing this year's Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco this fall. Here's the full lineup.
- Banks will head to North America this fall in support of her upcoming debut LP. - CoS
- Delta Spirit will tour the U.S. this fall in support of their new album. - CoS
- Islands have set their September schedule. - CoS
- Killer Mike and El-P will bring their Run the Jewels tour to 11 cities in August. - Pitchfork
- Oneida have announced a short summer tour. - Jagjaguwar
- Owen Pallett has added more shows in the fall. - Domino
- Phantogram will hit the road again this fall. - Pollstar
- Pinback will perform their 10-year-old album Summer in Abaddon in full during a tour that kicks off in September. - Pitchfork
- Slayer will tour this fall. - Pollstar
- Spoon has added a bunch of new dates to its summer schedule. - CoS
- Twin Shadow kick off their fall tour in September. - CoS
- Sharon Van Etten has added a dozen new North American dates to what is now a world tour. - CoS