This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, March 11 unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.
- 311 Stereolithic
- Architects Lost Forever // Lost Together LISTEN (3voor12)
- Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans Enemy OST
- Biblical Monsoon Season
- Aloe Blacc Lift Your Spirit
- Luke Bryan Spring Break 6 ... Like We Ain't Ever EP
- Champs Down Like Gold
- Clark Superscope
- Vincent Courtois Ernest & Celestine OST
- Bradford Cox Teenage OST LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Documentary soundtrack from the Deerhunter/Atlas Sound member is a digital-only release
- Designer Drugs The Drugs Are in Control
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
- Four of the English band's five previous albums scored 82 or higher (the fifth, at 78, wasn't far behind), which means that any new Elbow album automatically qualifies for our most-anticipated list. That's true even when it's as awkwardly titled as this supposedly "experimental" (and Brooklyn-influenced) sixth LP, which was recorded partially at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios. And early reviews suggest that Elbow has another winner.
- Sara Evans Slow Me Down
- Gallon Drunk The Soul of the Hour
- God Module False Face
- Chlöe Howl The Rumour EP
- Debut U.S. release for the 18-year-old British singer
- Joan As Police Woman The Classic LISTEN (3voor12)
- Johnny Foreigner You Can Do Better
- Juanes Loco de Amor
- KXM KXM
- Le1f Hey EP LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Digital only
- Ledisi The Truth LISTEN (NY Times)
- Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live CD+DVD
Love Letters LISTEN (iTunes Radio)
- The London indie-pop outfit return with their fourth album, which follows their Mercury Prize-nominated 2011 effort The English Riviera. The new set ditches some of Metronomy's electronic dance-pop for an even wider sonic palette that borrows from multiple eras and genres.
No Mythologies to Follow
- Danish electro-pop artist Karen Marie Ørsted, who records under the name MØ (which, in turn, is pronounced "moo"), releases her debut full-length this week after winning fans around the world with recent singles like the Diplo-aided "XXX 88", "Pilgrim", "Glass", and "Waste of Time", as well as singing on the Avicii cut "Dear Boy."
- Ozomatli Place in the Sun
- Jeremy Sams Le Week-End OST
- Tensnake Glow
- Various Divergent OST LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Includes music from Ellie Goulding, M83, Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, and more
- Various Veronica Mars OST
- Various Young Money: Rise of an Empire
- Label compilation features Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, and more
- Dean Wareham
Dean Wareham LISTEN (KCRW)
- After fronting two legendary indie bands—Galaxie 500 and Luna—and then recording a series of albums with his wife, Britta Phillips, Dean Wareham is moving on to the next stage of his career: solo artist. Aside from the presence of a drum machine, the proceedings here (produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James) really aren't all that different from Wareham's past work—and that's a good thing.
- Don Williams Reflections
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Archie Bronson Outfit
- TRACK "Two Doves On A Lake" streaming at YouTube.
- Beach House
- TRACK "Saturn Song" streaming at NPR.
- Big K.R.I.T.
- TRACK "Conscious Effort Freestyle" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Egyptian Cotton" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Lac Lac" (feat. A$AP Ferg) streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "New Agenda" (feat. Rick Ross) streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Wolf on Wallstreet" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Black Lips
- ALBUM Underneath the Rainbow streaming at Soundcloud.
- S. Carey
- TRACK "Crown the Pines" streaming at YouTube.
- Brody Dalle
- TRACK "Parties For Prostitutes" streaming at Soundcloud.
- De La Soul
- TRACK "Dilla Plugged In" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Mac DeMarco
- TRACK "Brother" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Kevin Drew
- ALBUM Darlings streaming until its 3/18 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Mistakes of My Youth" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Brian Eno & Karl Hyde
- TRACK "The Satellites" streaming at YouTube.
- The Faint
- TRACK "Salt My Doom" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Joel Ford [of Ford & Lopatin]
- TRACK "Connection To" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Roddy Frame
- TRACK "Forty Days Of Rain" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Fresh & Onlys
- TRACK "Bells of Paonia" streaming at YouTube.
- Fujiya & Miyagi
- TRACK "Flaws" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Guided By Voices
- TRACK "Bad Love Is Easy to Do" streaming at Spin.
- ALBUM Abandoned City (out 3/18) streaming at Hype Machine.
- Hercules & Love Affair
- TRACK "Do You Feel The Same?" streaming at Soundcloud.
- How To Dress Well
- TRACK "Words I Don't Remember" streaming at YouTube.
- Kylie Minogue
- ALBUM Kiss Me Once streaming at The Guardian.
- Janelle Monáe
- TRACK "What Is Love" (from the Rio 2 OST) streaming at YouTube.
- Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon + Diplo
- TRACK "Hero" (new Converse collaboration) downloadable at Soundcloud.
- Of Montreal
- TRACK "Jigsaw Puzzle" (previously unreleased) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Oneohtrix Point Never
- TRACK "Music For Steamed Rocks" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Christopher Owens
- TRACK "It Comes Back to You" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Why Oh Why..." streaming at Soundcloud.
- Parquet Courts
- TRACK "Sunbathing Animal" readable at Stereogum.
- Pattern Is Movement
- TRACK "Climb To Me" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Perfect Pussy
- ALBUM Say Yes To Love streaming until its 3/18 release at NPR.
- Sisyphus [Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti and Son Lux]
- ALBUM Sisyphus streaming at The Guardian.
- Son Lux & Lorde
- TRACK "Easy (Switch Screens)" streaming at Bandcamp.
- Thee Oh Sees
- TRACK "The Lens" streaming at Pitchfork.
- Ana Tijoux
- ALBUM Vengo streaming until its 3/18 release at NPR.
- Sharon Van Etten
- TRACK "Taking Chances" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM Catch the Throne (official Game of Thrones mixtape) streaming at Soundcloud.
- The War on Drugs
- ALBUM Lost in the Dream streaming until its 3/18 release at NPR.
- White Hinterland
- TRACK "Baby" streaming at YouTube.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: The Alternate Routes (Craig Ferguson), Albert Hammond Jr. (Carson Daly), Little Mix (Letterman), Demi Lovato (Fallon), Warpaint (Conan), White Denim (Kimmel)
- Tuesday: Gary Allan (Letterman), Aloe Blacc (Kimmel), Goo Goo Dolls (Conan), Juanes (Fallon), Vanish Valley (Carson Daly)
- Wednesday: Damon Albarn (Kimmel), American Authors (Meyers), Beck (Fallon), The Colourist (Carson Daly), Macy Gray (Arsenio), Ledisi (Letterman)
- Thursday: Le1f (Letterman), Lo-Fang (Meyers), Night Terrors of 1927 (Carson Daly), Preatures (Kimmel)
- Friday: Jake Bugg (Fallon), Kid Cudi (Arsenio), Lil Wayne (Kimmel), Willie Nelson (Kimmel)
Recent artist and industry news
- The Rapture appear to have broken up, notices Consequence of Sound.
- Neil Young is still hoping to launch his audiophile-quality digital music hardware/software suite Pono, and is turning to Kickstarter to do it. - Computer Audiophile
- Billboard's list of the highest-paid musicians of the past year is topped by Taylor Swift.
The latest music videos
Lily Allen, "Our Time":
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, "Little Fang":
Run the Jewels, "Run the Jewels":
Franz Ferdinand, "Erdbeer Mund":
Lykke Li, "Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone":
Hundred Waters, "Cavity":
The War on Drugs, "Red Eyes":
The Men, "Pearly Gates":
Pixies, "Greens and Blues":
Dum Dum Girls, "Are You Okay" (short film written by Bret Easton Ellis):
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy":
Schoolboy Q feat. 2 Chainz, "What They Want" [NSFW]:
In the studio / coming soon
- Despite increasing visibility in recent months, U2 will neither release a new album nor tour this year. Billboard reported last week that the band's long-delayed 13th studio album, produced by Danger Mouse, has now been pushed back until 2015 to allow for additional studio sessions, this time with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth. ... Today, however, The Guardian cites an unnamed band representative as indicating that the album will still arrive in 2014, contrary to reports.
- There is better news for Tool's long-delayed fifth studio album; Crave reports that the band is "100% done" with recording, and the LP should be out later this year.
- Iggy Azalea's long-in-the-works debut album The New Classic will drop April 22nd.
- Morrissey has titled his upcoming album World Peace Is None Of Your Business, and it should reach stores in late June or early July.
- Lily Allen's upcoming album Sheezus has been given a May 5 release date.
- Fucked Up will release a new album, Glass Boys, this summer; here's a trailer.
- If you thought you'd have to go more than three months without a new Guided By Voices album, think again; Cool Planet will be in stores on May 13th.
- Bob Mould has a new album, Beauty & Ruin, arriving on June 3rd. - Pitchfork
- Future's album Honest will be out on April 22nd.
- Yep Roc will release Artificial Sweeteners, the latest from Fujiya & Miyagi, on May 6th.
- Archie Bronson Outfit will release Wild Crush on May 19th via Domino.
- The Fresh & Onlys return with House of Spirits on June 10th.
- The first album from Hercules and Love Affair in three years, titled The Feast of the Broken Heart, will be in stores on May 26. - Pitchfork
- Simian Mobile Disco will head to a saloon outside of Joshua Tree National Park to record material (which they will then reassemble in a studio) for their next album, Whorl. - Resident Advisor
- Deftones have begun work on their eighth album, reports Rolling Stone.
- R. Kelly intends to release a sequel to last year's Black Panties called White Panties. - V Magazine
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Peter Hook is performing two more New Order albums on an upcoming tour; this time, Brotherhood and Low-Life. - Pollstar
- Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen will tour in support of his upcoming solo album. - Pitchfork
- Liars have scheduled some spring dates in support of their new album. - CoS
- Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars will hit the road on a co-headlining tour in August. - Billboard
- Queen is touring with Adam Lambert this summer. - Billboard
- Skrillex will tour this summer. - Rolling Stone
- Sleigh Bells will tour this spring. - Pollstar
- T-Pain will be on the road through early May. - Billboard