This week's new album releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 17 unless otherwise indicated.
Familiars LISTEN (NPR)
After receiving 80+ scores for their previous two full-lengths (2009's Hospice and 2011's Burst Apart), the Brooklyn-based indie band jump to a new label for their fifth album. Though Familiars is self-produced, the group enlisted Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands) for the mixing. Early reviews are fairly good, but not quite at the same level as those two prior releases.
Lana Del Rey
Critics didn't love the singer-songwriter's 2012 major-label debut Born to Die, but it was a hit, shipping more than 5 million copies worldwide. Her highly anticipated follow-up finds Del Rey working with an unlikely collaborator: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. He produced the entirety of Ultraviolence, which was recorded in his Nashville studio with a seven-piece band shortly after the two artists met serendipitously in New York. And the move appears to have paid off: reviewers are liking the new album much more than Del Rey's debut.
[Out today; available only as an import in the U.S.] Love Frequency is the first album since 2010's Surfing the Void (and third LP overall) from the London rave-rockers. The big, upbeat, and poppy new set is produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands, Gorgon City, James Ford, and Erol Alkan.
Band of Brothers LISTEN (NPR)
The 81-year-old country legend has released dozens of albums in the past decade or two, but those recordings haven't featured too many Willie Nelson original compositions. That changes on Band of Brothers, which features nine new Nelson originals (among its 14 tracks), his most prolific songwriting output since 1996's Spirit. The new album was produced by frequent Kenny Chesney collaborator Buddy Cannon.
In the Lonely Hour LISTEN (NPR)
It's a bit of an understatement to say that there's a lot of buzz behind 22-year-old English soul singer Sam Smith, who first gained fame lending his voice to tracks by Disclosure and Naughty Boy. After all, he won the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll and has already appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live without ever having released an album. But this debut LP—making its first appearance in the States this week after a UK release late last month—doesn't quite live up to the hype. Critics have been praising Smith's talent, but they find the material he's working with on In the Lonely Hour severely lacking.
Deep Fantasy LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Vancouver punk band White Lung have jumped to a larger label—Domino—for the release of their third album, a follow-up to 2012's Sorry (and if that isn't a Canadian album title, we don't know what is). Recording sessions for Deep Fantasy found the band stripped down to a trio, though they'll add Wax Idols' Hether Fortune on bass for their upcoming tour. Early reviews are strong.
- Alex G DSU LISTEN (Fader)
- The Austerity Program Beyond Calculation
- Austra Habitat EP
- Jeff Beal House of Cards: Season 2 OST [2xCD]
- Big Freedia Just Be Free
- Mary J. Blige Think Like a Man Too OST
- Boris Noise LISTEN (NPR)
- Cerebral Ballzy Jaded & Faded LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Clean Bandit New Eyes
- Cocktails Adult Life
- Death Has No Dominion Death Has No Dominion LISTEN (AV Club)
- The Downtown Fiction Losers & Kings
- Empires How Good Does It Feel
- Nima Fakhrara The Signal OST
- The Felice Brothers Favorite Waitress
- Ben Fields Extraordinary Light
- Frog Eyes Carey's Cold Spring
- The Front Bottoms Rose EP
- Glass Animals Zaba
- David Gray Mutineers
- The singer-songwriter's 10th album is also available in a 3-disc deluxe version, which adds 15 live tracks
- Greys If Anything LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Happyness Weird Little Birthday
- [16 Jun; import only in the U.S.]
- Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden Last Dance
- Karl Hector and The Malcouns Unstraight Ahead
- The Knife Shaken-Up Versions
- Mini-album contains new versions of eight songs from several of the duo's recent albums
- Linkin Park The Hunting Party
- Lone Reality Testing LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Jennifer Lopez A.K.A.
- Lower Seek Warmer Climes LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Full-length debut for the Copenhagen band (and new Matador signees)
- Mali Music Mali Is
- The Mannish Boys Wrapped Up and Ready
- Martyn The Air Between Words
- Pat Mastelotto and Tobias Ralph ToPaRaMa
- The Mastersons Good Luck Charm
- Dave Matthews Band Remember Two Things
- Expanded reissue of the band's self-released 1993 debut album adds two tracks
- Ian McLagan & The Bump Band United States
- Meridian Brothers Salvadora Robot LISTEN (NPR)
- Miniature Tigers Cruel Runnings
- Mogwai Come On Die Young 2xCD
- Deluxe reissue of 1999 album adds 17 bonus tracks (including demos, alternate mixes, and several unreleased tracks)
- John Murry Califorlornia EP
- Nazareth Rock 'n' Roll Telephone
- The Nighthawks 444
- Nightmares on Wax N.O.W. Is the Time 2xCD
- Greatest hits compilation
- NRBQ Brass Tacks
- OK Go Upside Out EP
- Papertwin Vox Humana EP LISTEN (Spin)
- John Powell How to Train Your Dragon 2 OST
- Brian Reitzell Auto Music
- Solo debut for noted film composer (and former Redd Kross member) includes collaborations with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Jim James (My Morning Jacket)
- John Robinson and PVD Modern Vintage
- Sassparilla Pasajero/Hullabaloo 2xCD LISTEN (CoS)
- Say Hi Endless Wonder
- The Soft Pink Truth Why Do the Heathen Rage?
- First album in a decade for the side project from Drew Daniel of Matmos consists of house music covers of classic black metal tracks
- Swollen Members Brand New Day
- Alexis Taylor Await Barbarians LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Second solo album (and first for Domino) for the Hot Chip and About Group member
- Tiësto A Town Called Paradise LISTEN (iTunes Radio)
- Guests include Icona Pop, Ladyhawke, Krewella, and more
- Trummors Moorish Highway LISTEN (NY Times)
- Vanna Void
- Various Aladdin (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
- Various Greater Lengths: An All Saints Compilation 2xCD
- Various Hyperdub 10.1 2xCD
- Various Where The Sky Ends: The Songs of Michael Mott
- Various Soul Jazz Records Presents: Calypso: Musical Poetry in The Caribbean 1955-69
- Julian Velard If You Don't Like It, You Can Leave
- Venetian Snares My Love Is a Bulldozer
- The Verve Pipe Overboard
- Wo Fat Conjuring
Stream upcoming albums and new tracks
- TRACK "Hunnid Stax" (feat. ScHoolboy Q) streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "These Days" (feat. The O'My's) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Blonde Redhead
- TRACK "No More Honey" streaming at YouTube.
- The Bug
- TRACK "Fuck a Bitch" (feat. Death Grips) streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Save Me" (feat. Gonjasufi) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Ego Death" (feat. Aesop Rock and Danny Brown) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Circulatory System
- ALBUM Mosaics Within Mosaics streaming until its 6/24 release at NPR.
- The Front Bottoms
- TRACK "Twelve Feet Deep" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Love in High Places" streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Nobody But You" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Want Me" downloadable/streaming at Adult Swim.
- J Mascis
- TRACK "Every Morning" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "The Bullfighter Dies" streaming at YouTube.
- The New Pornographers
- TRACK "Brill Bruisers" streaming at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Jesso Testa" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- TRACK "Red River" streaming at Spotify.
TRACK "U Get Me High" streaming at Spotify.
- ALBUM Fuego streaming until its 6/24 release at NPR.
- ALBUM Phox streaming until its 6/24 release at NPR.
- Riff Raff feat. Mac Miller
- TRACK "Aquaberry Dolphin" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Hold Tight" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Dave Sitek
- TRACK "God Damn Beauty" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Strand of Oaks
- ALBUM Heal streaming until its 6/24 release at NPR.
- A Sunny Day in Glasgow
- ALBUM Sea When Absent streaming until its 6/24 release at Pitchfork.
- Total Control
- ALBUM Typical System streaming until its 6/24 release at Pitchfork.
- The Vaselines
- TRACK "One Lost Year" streaming at Stereogum.
- Jessie Ware
- TRACK "Tough Love" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Jungle (Kimmel), Angel Olsen (Letterman), Stromae (Meyers)
- Tuesday: Bernhoft (Conan), Jimmy Buffett (Fallon), Empires (Letterman), LP (Ferguson), Brad Paisley (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: The Both (Conan), fun. (Fallon), Sam Smith (Letterman), Tove Lo (Meyers)
- Thursday: Atmosphere (Conan), John Doe (Letterman), Linkin Park (Kimmel), Pitbull (Fallon)
- Friday: The Orwells (Letterman)
Recent artist and industry news
- Amazon's rumored streaming music service is now official and operational. Prime Music is available free to Amazon Prime customers and offers ad-free streaming of one million tracks (including the ability to download tracks for offline listening). The catch: the service lacks most new releases (within the past six months) and also omits any music on Universal-owned labels.
- Casey Kasem, the longtime host of American Top 40 (among numerous music countdown shows on TV and radio) and occasional Negativland "collaborator", died yesterday at the age of 82. Billboard remembers his career, as does L.A. Times music critic Randall Roberts.
The latest music videos
Spoon, "Rent I Pay" [semi-official video]:
Mastodon, "High Road":
The Roots, "Never":
Atmosphere, "We Ain't Gonna Die Today":
Strand of Oaks, "Shut In":
Tomas Barfod, "Busy Baby":
Chlöe Howl, "Disappointed":
MØ, "Walk This Way":
JJ, "All White Everything":
Nicki Minaj, "Pills N Potions":
In the studio / coming soon
- August 26 will bring a new New Pornographers album, Brill Bruisers. - Pitchfork
- Kimbra's second album The Golden Echo will arrive on August 18, featuring collaborations with Flying Lotus, John Legend, Matt Bellamy (Muse), Bilal, Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and more. - Stereogum
- Ten years after their debut album, Death From Above 1979 will finally return with a follow-up. The Physical World will be out on September 9th. NME talks to the band.
- Though it doesn't have a title yet, "Weird Al" Yankovic's next album will be out July 15th. - Billboard
- Blonde Redhead return with Barragán, their first LP in four years, on September 2nd.
- Tied to a Star, the upcoming J Mascis solo album, has been given an August 25 release date.
- Weezer have titled their upcoming (but still undated) Ric Ocasek-produced album Everything Will Be Alright In The End.
- Gonjasufi and Death Grips guest on Angels & Devils, The Bug's fourth album and first since 2008. It's out on August 25. - Resident Advisor
- The Gaslight Album will release their fifth album, Get Hurt, on August 19th. Watch a brief teaser.
- The newly reunited Libertines may record a new album. - Pitchfork
- Brian Wilson's next album may feature Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, and Zooey Deschanel. - Billboard
- Are you ready for eight more Michael Jackson albums? - Rolling Stone
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Alt-J will head to North America in October. - Pollstar
- Atmosphere have U.S. dates set for August and September. - Pollstar
- Chvrches have extended their tour through October. - Pitchfork
- Deafheaven have added another round of North American dates in October. - Pitchfork
- Drake and Lil Wayne will be co-headliners on a 31-city tour. - Billboard
- First Aid Kit will visit North America this fall at the tail end of a world tour. - Pitchfork
- The Gaslight Anthem will support their new album with a fall tour. - Pollstar
- The New Pornographers will tour this fall in support of their new album. - Pitchfork
- Real Estate will be on the road through October. - CoS
- Jack White has added dates to his current tour. - CoS
- YACHT launch their next tour in September. - CoS