This week's new album releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 3 unless otherwise indicated.
In the decade since his debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin', rapper 50 Cent has released his albums through Interscope's Shady/Aftermath affiliates, but that changes with this fifth studio album, his first release for Capitol. Animal Ambition arrives in place of the long-delayed Street King Immortal, which was to be his fifth LP (and which may still surface in the near future). The rapper will have a busy summer; he's also producing (and co-starring in) the new Starz drama series Power, which debuts Saturday.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Only Run LISTEN (NPR)
So far, indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have proven to be one-album wonders, unable to reach the heights of that one wonderful album (their 2005 self-titled debut) with either of their two follow-ups. Now down to just two original members (frontman Alec Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhalgh), they'll try again this week with album #4. Only Run was mixed by Dave Fridmann and features contributions from The National's Matt Berninger.
Echo & The Bunnymen
Meteorites LISTEN (The Guardian)
Since re-forming in the mid-1990s, '80s alt-rock stars Echo & The Bunnymen have received mostly positive reviews for their subsequent records, up until 2009's The Fountain, a rare misfire. They hope to return to form with Meteorites, their first LP in five years. The 10-song set, produced by Youth (Killing Joke), doesn't sound all that different from what Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant have been doing for decades—and while that may seem a good thing, critics aren't all that impressed so far.
Glass Boys LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Despite that name, Canadian hardcore punk band Fucked Up has done little wrong in recent years, scoring a Polaris Music Prize for their critically acclaimed 2009 LP Chemistry Of Common Life and then earning even better reviews for follow-up David Comes To Life. Now, three years later, Fucked Up will release album #4, after taking 13 months to record it. The time off doesn't seem to have mellowed them; despite being "more chill" and "looser" than past outings, the album once again seems loud, fast, and angry. J Mascis guests.
La Petite Mort
The Manchester band's 10th album (and first LP since 2008's Hey Ma) is produced by Max Dingel (The Killers, Muse). Though, lyrically, the album deals with themes related to death—frontman Tim Booth lost his mother and best friend shortly before recording—lead single "Moving On" and the recently released track "Frozen Britain" are upbeat and catchy.
Though it has been nearly three years since country music superstar Miranda Lambert's last album, Four the Record, the critically acclaimed artist has kept busy recording and touring with her group Pistol Annies. While titling an album Platinum might seem presumptuous, Lambert has indeed reached platinum-level sales with her last three solo LPs, each of which topped Billboard's country albums chart while scoring terrific reviews from critics. Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town guest on the 16-song set.
Led Zeppelin I 2xCD/3xLP
Led Zeppelin II 2xCD/3xLP
Led Zeppelin III 2xCD/3xLP
Led Zeppelin's first three albums are getting the deluxe reissue treatment this week, with tons of extras for longtime fans. All three albums have been remastered (by Jimmy Page), and each will come in a deluxe 2xCD (or 3xLP) set with bonus material: an October 1969 concert for Led Zeppelin I, a selection of alternate mixes (and a previously unreleased track) for the second album, and similar rarities for the third LP. Not enough for you? Super-deluxe box set versions of each album combine CDs and LPs (including new bonus material) with additional books and artwork. Expect deluxe versions of the remaining albums in the band's catalog in the not too distant future.
Black Hours LISTEN (NPR)
With indie rockers The Walkmen now on "extreme hiatus," its members are going the solo route. Black Hours is the solo debut for frontman Hamilton Leithauser, though his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon guests—as do members of Fleet Foxes, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, and The Shins. Meanwhile, Walkmen member Walter Martin just released his own solo album, We're All Young Together, while Peter Matthew Bauer follows with Liberation! on June 24th.
Beauty & Ruin LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman will release his 11th (!) solo album Tuesday, his first since 2012's strong Silver Age. While Mould may be getting older—he playfully shouts "Get off my yard!" on lead track "Hey Mr. Grey"—Beauty & Ruin appears to be filled with vigorous power pop tunes. This brief (36-minute) new set once again features Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Best Show) on drums and Jason Narducy (Verbow) on bass.
Sunbathing Animal LISTEN (NPR)
One of our favorite debuts of last year was the extremely fun, punk-meets-Pavement Light Up Gold. Much like that album breezed through 15 tracks in half an hour, Parquet Courts have been rushing to churn out new material in the studio, following that full-length late last year with the looser and wilder 5-song EP Tally All the Things That You Broke. Tomorrow brings the band's second proper album, which seems to pick up where that EP left off, with propulsive songs willing to exceed the 3-minute mark as well as those that barely make it to 60 seconds. Whereas the debut LP was recorded in a mere 3 days, Parquet Courts spent a more leisurely amount of time in the studio (during three separate sessions) for Animal, working again with producer Jonathan Schenke. Early reviews are strong.
- Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
- Julianna Barwick Rosabi EP
- Available digitally; limited-edition physical version includes a six pack of Barwick's new IPA
- Big Smo Kuntry Livin
- Andrew Bird Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…
- New album consists of covers of Handsome Family songs, including the duo's True Detective opening theme "Far From Any Road"
- Birdy Fire Within
- Camila Elypse
- Camper Van Beethoven El Camino Real
- Country Weather San Francisco 1969-1971
- Billy Ray Cyrus Icon: The Distance
- Compilation includes newly recorded versions of past hits, plus one new song
- Diamond Version CI
- Die Antwoord Donker Mag
- Dinowalrus Complexion LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- John Doe The Best Of John Doe: This Far
- The Donkeys Ride the Black Wave
- Lee Fields Emma Jean
- Gold-Bears Dalliance LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Jeff Grace Night Moves OST
- Lucy Hale Road Between
- Country album debut for the Pretty Little Liars star
- Joe Henry Invisible Hour LISTEN (NPR)
- Ethan Johns The Reckoning
- The prolific producer's second album as a solo artist was produced by Ryan Adams [US release is digital only]
- Gabriel Kahane The Ambassador LISTEN (NPR)
- King Buzzo This Machine Kills Artists
- Acoustic solo debut for Melvins member Buzz Osborne
- LP Forever For Now
- The Los Angeles-based songwriter-turned-solo artist makes her full-length debut with an album produced by Rob Cavallo
- Madlib Piñata Beats
- Instrumental tracks from Madlib's recent collaboration with Freddie Gibbs
- Martyn Forgiveness EP
- Four Tet guests
- Matisyahu Akeda
- Taylor McFerrin Early Riser LISTEN (NPR)
- Mingo Fishtrap On Time
- Morrissey Vauxhall and I 2xCD
- Deluxe remastered reissue of 1994 album adds a 1995 concert
- Peter Murphy Lion LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Meshell Ndegeocello Comet, Come To Me LISTEN (NPR)
- The Orwells Disgraceland LISTEN (Spotify)
- Produced by Dave Sitek, Chris Coady, and Jim Abbiss
- John Ottman X-Men: Days of Future Past OST
- Kelly Price Sing Pray Love Vol. 1
- Priests Bodies And Control And Money And Power LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Rich Robinson The Ceaseless Sight LISTEN (YouTube)
- Third solo album from Black Crowes member
- Sage Francis Copper Gone LISTEN (Spin)
- The Shoe I'm Okay
- New album for the duo fronted by actress Jena Malone
- Soundgarden Superunknown 4xCD+Blu-ray
- Super Deluxe remastered reissue (also available in a smaller 2-disc version) of 1994 album adds a 5.1 mix, demos, B-sides, book, and more
- Teleman Breakfast LISTEN (3voor12)
- Tigers Jaw Charmer LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Tijuana Panthers Wayne Interest
- Various If/Then: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
- Various Now That's What I Call Country Vol. 7
- Various Palo Alto OST LISTEN (Spotify)
- Various Violet (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
- Various Wheedles Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987
- Paul Weller More Modern Classics
- Best-of compilation spans the past 15 years of Weller's solo career and includes one new track ("Brand New Toy")
Stream upcoming albums and new tracks
- The Atlas Moth
- ALBUM The Old Believer streaming until its 6/10 release at Pitchfork.
- Tomas Barfod
- ALBUM Love Me streaming until its 6/10 release at Pitchfork.
- ALBUM CLPPNG streaming until its 6/10 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Kingdom" (feat. Vince Staples) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer Shorter" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Lana Del Rey
- TRACK "Shades of Cool" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "0 to 100 / The Catch Up" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Dub Thompson
- ALBUM 9 Songs streaming until its 6/10 release at Hype Machine.
- TRACK "Drown" (bonus track) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Brian Eno and Karl Hyde
- TRACK "DBF" streaming at YouTube.
- First Aid Kit
- ALBUM Stay Gold streaming until its 6/10 release at NPR.
- Chrissie Hynde
- ALBUM Stockholm streaming at The Guardian.
- Jose James
- ALBUM While You Were Sleeping streaming until its 6/10 release at NPR.
- TRACK "All White Everything" streaming at Soundcloud.
- La Roux
- TRACK "Uptight Downtown" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Linkin Park
- TRACK "Wastelands" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- Lust for Youth
- ALBUM International streaming until its 6/10 release at Pitchfork.
- ALBUM Esoteric Warfare streaming until 6/3 at Pitchfork.
- Nicki Minaj
- TRACK "Pills N Potions" streaming at YouTube (lyric video #1).
- RiFF RAFF
- TRACK "Kokayne" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Eye of the Needle" streaming at YouTube.
- A Sunny Day In Glasgow
- TRACK "Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Tambourine Light" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: The Birds of Satan (Carson Daly), Miranda Lambert (Fallon), MØ (Kimmel), Kip Moore (Meyers)
- Tuesday: Bastille (Meyers), Deap Vally (Carson Daly), Soundgarden (Fallon), Spanish Gold (Letterman), Tokyo Police Club (Carson Daly), Twin Shadow (Conan), Pharrell Williams (American Express Unstaged live webcast directed by Spike Lee, 9p ET/6p PT)
- Wednesday: Afghan Whigs (Letterman), Chrissie Hynde (Fallon), Demi Lovato (Meyers), Bob Mould (Conan), OFF! (Carson Daly)
- Thursday: Damon Albarn (Fallon), Lana Del Rey (Letterman), Echosmith (Conan), Chrissie Hynde (Colbert), OneRepublic (Kimmel)
- Friday: Ray LaMontagne (Letterman)
Recent artist and industry news
- Metallica's "black album" has become the first album to surpass sales of 16 million units since the inception of the SoundScan sales tracking service in 1991. In second place all time is Shania Twain's Come On Over. - Billboard
- Amazon is the latest online giant to get into the unlimited streaming music game, though their still-untitled service (expected to launch this summer) will have fewer titles available than rivals like Spotify. - BuzzFeed
- Watch a trailer for HBO's Foo Fighters documentary series Sonic Highways, debuting this fall.
- Apple's rumored acquisition of Beats is now official; the $3 billion (down from $3.2 billion) purchase will also add Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre to Apple's payroll in unspecified roles. Despite recent rumors to the contrary, Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music. - Billboard
- PSY's hit "Gangnam Style" has now reached 2 billion views on YouTube, the first-ever video to surpass that milestone.
The latest music videos
Miguel, "Simple Things":
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem":
Anna Calvi and David Byrne, "Strange Weather":
Tori Amos, "Trouble's Lament":
Conor Oberst, "Zigzagging Toward the Light":
Pixies, "Silver Snail":
Lower, "Soft Option":
Merchandise, "Little Killer":
Disclosure x Friend Within, "The Mechanism":
Bob Mould, "I Don't Know You Anymore":
Charli XCX, "Boom Clap":
In the studio / coming soon
- Belle and Sebastian have entered the studio with producer Ben H. Allen III (Animal Collective) to record their first album since 2010's Write About Love. No release date for the new material has been announced, but the band's back catalogue will be reissued by Matador this fall.
- Just a few weeks after releasing their first collaborative LP, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde (of Underworld) will return with a second album, High Life. It's out 7/1 on Warp.
- Marianne Faithfull will release a new album, Give My Love to London, this fall, featuring music written by Roger Waters, Nick Cave, Anna Calvi, Steve Earle, and more. - NME
- A new Queen compilation tentatively set for a fall release will included previously unreleased Freddie Mercury material. - Rolling Stone
- Bishop Allen have a new album, Lights Out, set for an August 19 release on Dead Oceans.
- A new Ab-Soul album, These Days, will be out on June 24th. Guests include Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, and Mac Miller.
- Merchandise will make their debut for new label 4AD with After the End, due out 8/26.
- Foo Fighters' in-progress 8th album will reach stores in November. - Billboard
- Sinéad O'Connor has retitled her upcoming album (due August 12th) I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- The lineup for this year's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas has been announced.
- The Allman Brothers Band have booked their final live dates (before retirement) for October. - Rolling Stone
- Black Lips will tour the U.S. this fall. - Pitchfork
- Ceremony has just announced a summer tour. - Matador
- David Gray will tour this August. - Pollstar
- Erasure have planned a fall tour in support of their upcoming album The Violet Flame (out 9/23). - Pollstar
- John Legend has a series of outdoor and arena dates set for late summer. - Pollstar
- Lorde will head back to North America in September. - Billboard
- Demi Lovato has announced a fall tour. - Billboard
- Sam Smith has announced a new batch of North American dates for the fall. - Pollstar
- Woods have added new summer dates. - Pitchfork