This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, March 18 unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.
- Black Lips Underneath The Rainbow
- Richard Buckner Bloomed
- Remastered reissue of 1994 debut album with bonus tracks
- The Coathangers Suck My Shirt
- Coffinworm IV.I.VIII LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Judy Collins Live in Ireland
- Dead Rider Chills on Glass
- Luther Dickinson Rock 'n Roll Blues
- Buy From Amazon Kevin Drew
Darlings LISTEN (NPR)
- It certainly doesn't look like a new Broken Social Scene album is coming anytime soon, but that doesn't mean the collective's roster is avoiding the studio entirely. The latest example is this week's solo album from BSS co-founder Kevin Drew. Darlings is Drew's second solo release, but first since 2007's Spirit If....
- The Dukes of September The Dukes of September DVD/Blu-ray
- Live performance from Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs
- Riley Etheridge Jr. The Straight and Narrow Way
- Evian Christ Waterfall EP LISTEN (Official site)
- Buy From Amazon Foster the People
Supermodel LISTEN (iTunes)
- After rising to fame on the strength of their ubiquitous single "Pumped Up Kicks," L.A.'s Foster the People went on to receive two Grammy nominations for their 2011 debut album Torches. This week's follow-up is more "organic and human" and less electronic than the band's debut, according to frontman Mark Foster, who co-produced the new album with Paul Epworth. It is also intended as a concept album about pop culture and consumerism, but early reviews suggest this overly serious approach isn't doing the band any favors.
- Lyla Foy Mirrors the Sky LISTEN (3voor12)
- Sub Pop debut for the London-based singer-songwriter who formerly went under the name WALL
- Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains Piano Ombre
- UK only
- Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata
- Rapper Freddie Gibbs teams with producer Madlib for an album that also features Raekwon, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt
- Hauschka Abandoned City
- Enrique Iglesias Sex and Love
- J-Love & Gee Dubs Hands on Ice
- La Dispute Rooms Of The House LISTEN (Noisey)
- George Michael Symphonica
- Recorded from 2011-12, the singer's sixth solo set is a blend of covers and originals
- Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once
- John Oates Good Road to Follow 3xCD
- Perfect Pussy Say Yes To Love LISTEN (NPR)
- The Pretty Reckless Going to Hell
- Ringworm Hammer of the Witch
- Shit Robot We Got a Love LISTEN (3voor12)
- Guests include Reggie Watts and Nancy Whang
- Sisyphus Sisyphus
- Full-length debut for the trio (formerly known as s/s/s) of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti
- Buy From Amazon Skrillex
Recess LISTEN (iTunes Radio)
- Announced just a week ago, the surprise debut album for Grammy-winning dubstep master Skrillex drops tomorrow. Featured on the 11 tracks are collaborators such as Chance the Rapper, Diplo, Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, and Niki and the Dove. The Mothership Tour follows at the end of May.
- Rod Stewart Tonight's The Night: Live 1976-1998 4xCD LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- The Strypes Snapshot
- Taking Back Sunday Happiness Is
- Ana Tijoux Vengo LISTEN (NPR)
- Twilight III: Beneath Trident's Tomb LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Final album from now-dissolved black metal group is also their first with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore as a member
- Tycho Awake LISTEN (NPR)
- Unwound Rat Conspiracy Box set LISTEN (Spin)
- Compiles the band's first and second albums (Fake Train and New Plastic Ideas) with singles and rarities from the same 1993-94 time period
- Various The Muppets Most Wanted OST
- Buy From Amazon The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream LISTEN (NPR)
- Indie rockers The War on Drugs—the band co-founded by Kurt Vile, who left early on to become a solo artist—return with a follow-up to their acclaimed sophomore set Slave Ambient. Two years in the making, the new album is already earning rave reviews, placing it among 2014's top albums.
- WhoMadeWho Dreams
- YG My Krazy Life
More streaming and downloadable new music
- The Bad Plus
- ALBUM The Rite of Spring streaming until its 3/25 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Superscope" streaming at Spotify.
- Friendly Fires & The Asphodells
- TRACK "Before Your Eyes" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Future Islands
- ALBUM Singles streaming until its 3/25 release at NPR.
- Calvin Harris
- TRACK "Summer" streaming at YouTube.
- Hercules & Love Affair
- TRACK "Raid" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Jay Electronica
- TRACK "Better in Tune With the Infinite" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Lykke Li
- TRACK "Du är den ende" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM Mess streaming until its 3/25 release at NPR.
- Prince with Zooey Deschanel
- TRACK "FALLINLOVE2NITE" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Chandelier" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM Heathen streaming until its 3/25 release at NPR.
- Wye Oak
- TRACK "Glory" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Iggy Azalea (Meyers), Black 47 (Fallon), Amos Lee (Kimmel)
- Tuesday: Foster the People (Fallon), Sam Smith (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: YG (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Band of Skulls (Meyers), Enrique Iglesias (Kimmel), Billy Joel (Fallon)
- Friday: Ty Dolla $ign (Fallon)
Recent artist and industry news
- Longtime Stooges drummer Scott Asheton died Saturday at the age of 64. - Rolling Stone
The latest music videos
Johnny Cash, "She Used to Love Me a Lot" [directed by John Hillcoat]:
Franz Ferdinand, "Fresh Strawberries":
MØ, "My Home Town":
Against Me!, "Black Me Out" [NSFW]:
In the studio / coming soon
- Check out our Spring Music Preview for details on some of the most notable albums arriving between now and mid-May.
- Led Zeppelin will reissue their back catalog with bonus tracks, including previously unreleased studio and live recordings. Their first three albums will arrive on June 3rd. Rolling Stone has details on the extra material.
- Charli XCX is working with Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) and Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) on her next album, which could arrive later this year. - Complex
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne are touring together this summer. - Billboard
- Beck has scheduled some spring and summer dates. - Pitchfork
- Lana Del Rey will tour the U.S. following her Coachella dates. - Pitchfork
- Modest Mouse have a short tour planned for May. - CoS
- Nine Inch Nails will tour with Soundgarden and Death Grips this summer. - Rolling Stone
- Phish have announced their summer plans. - CoS
- Tyler, the Creator will also be on the road this spring and summer. - CoS
- Vampire Weekend will be on the road this spring. - Pitchfork