Music Monday will be on holiday for a few weeks; look for our return on April 14, 2014.
This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, March 25 unless otherwise indicated.
Out Among the Stars LISTEN (The Guardian)
Music legend Johnny Cash has been gone for a decade, but he's still making quite the impact. Last year brought music critic Robert Hilburn's massive biography of the country/rock star, and this week sees the release of his fourth posthumous album. Never-before-heard Out Among the Stars was recorded during the early 1980s with producer Billy Sherrill, but the album was shelved when Cash was dropped by his then-label Columbia. The 12-song release features duets with June Carter and Waylon Jennings.
Thanks to an utterly compelling performance on a recent episode of Late Show With David Letterman that impressed both Dave and the blogosphere, Baltimore-based indie synth-rockers Future Islands have probably never been bigger than they are now. They hope to capitalize on their new fame with the release this week of their fourth album (which, contrary to its title, is not a singles collection), which will also be their first release for new label 4AD. Chris Coady (Beach House) produces, and early reviews suggest it is the band's best LP yet.
The Hold Steady
Teeth Dreams LISTEN (iTunes)
After an atypically long four-year break—during which frontman Craig Finn released his solo debut—the Brooklyn rockers return for their first album with new guitarist Steve Selvidge (formerly of Lucero). Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters), Teeth Dreams is also their (and anyone's) first release on the brand-new Razor & Tie-affiliated label Washington Square.
Mess LISTEN (NPR)
Two years removed from their best album to date (WIXIW), indie iconoclasts Liars return with their seventh LP this spring. An early listen reveals a big, confident album that features more of the Radiohead-influenced electronics of WIXIW, coupled with added stylistic diversity, including tracks that veer in more of a straight-ahead (though sinister) EDM direction.
Two is indeed Owls' second album, following a mere 13 years after their first. The band was originally formed after the breakup of Chicago emo band Cap'n Jazz, but Owls, too, was short-lived, dissolving in 2002 with its members (including Tim and Mike Kinsella) moving on to other bands like Joan of Arc and Owen. But Owls reunited a few years ago, and Two is the result of an 18-month writing process.
Tokyo Police Club
Forcefield LISTEN (NY Times)
In their first decade, Canadian indie rockers Tokyo Police Club have proven to be more adept at singles than albums, though neither of their previous LPs (including 2010's Champ) were bad. Album number three, produced by the band's own David Monks along with Doug Boehm (Girls), arrives this week, and early reviews are encouraging.
- Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
- Asia Gravitas
- Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain 2xCD
- 30th anniversary reissue of classic debut album includes the remastered album plus a disc of rarities (rescheduled from Feb. 4)
- The Bad Plus The Rite of Spring
- New arrangement/recording of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral work by the jazz trio
- Baseball Project 3rd
- Third album of baseball-themed songs from the group that includes R.E.M. members Mike Mills and Peter Buck, plus Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, and Linda Pitman
- The Belle Brigade Just Because
- Boy George This Is What I Do
- First new studio album in 18 years
- Erica Campbell Help
- The Colourist The Colourist LISTEN (Billboard)
- D'Angelo Live at the Jazz Cafe, London: The Complete Show
- Miles Davis Miles at the Fillmore—Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 4xCD
- Desert Noises 27 Ways
- Will Downing Euphoria
- Nathan East Nathan East
- Simone Felice Strangers
- Fireworks Oh, Common Life
- Golden Retriever Seer
- Jimi Goodwin Odulek
- Solo debut for Doves frontman
- Grieves Winter & The Wolves
- Koen Holtkamp Motion
- Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 4xCD+DVD
- 40th anniversary super deluxe box set reissue adds bonus tracks, B-sides, a full live concert, and more
- Karmin Pulses
- Kool A.D. Word O.K. LISTEN/BUY (Bandcamp)
- Released digitally last Thursday
- Glenn Kotche Adventureland
- First solo album in 8 years from the Wilco member
- London Grammar If You Wait
- U.S. release of 2013 album
- Lotus Plaza Overnight Motorcycle Music EP LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Cassette-only 2-song release from Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt
- Barry Manilow Night Songs
- Clint Mansell Noah OST
- Memphis May Fire Unconditional
- Mr. Little Jeans Pocketknife
- My Chemical Romance May Death Never Stop You: The Greatest Hits 2001 - 2013 CD+DVD
- Jerrod Niemann High Noon
- Dustin O'Halloran Breathe In OST
- Pixies EP3 EP
- Jon Porras Light Divide
- Chuck Ragan Till Midnight LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- The Range Panasonic EP
- Shakira Shakira.
- Sleeper Agent About Last Night
- Thou Heathen
- Various Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One LISTEN (CBC)
- Tribute album includes covers performed by Reggie Watts, Deer Tick, Built to Spill, Blitzen Trapper, Glen Hansard, Craig Finn, and more
- Various Rio 2: Music From the Motion Picture OST LISTEN (Billboard)
- Various The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 2 OST LISTEN (Billboard)
- Washer Bighead EP LISTEN (Stereogum)
- We Are Catchers We Are Catchers
- [UK only: 24 Mar]
- Withered Hand New Gods
- Wolfmother New Crown LISTEN/BUY (Bandcamp)
- Surprise album (first in five years) released online yesterday
More streaming and downloadable new music
- The Afghan Whigs
- TRACK "The Lottery" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Damon Albarn
- TRACK "Heavy Seas Of Love" (feat. Brian Eno) streaming at YouTube.
- Architecture in Helsinki
- ALBUM NOW + 4EVA (out 4/1) streaming now at Billboard.
- The Black Keys
- TRACK "Fever" streaming at YouTube.
- Cloud Nothings
- ALBUM Here And Nowhere Else streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
- TRACK "I'm Glad You're Mine [live]" streaming at Billboard.
TRACKS "Sweet Sticky Thing [live]" and "Jonz in My Bonz [live]" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- De La Soul
- TRACK "Vocabulary Spills" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Mac DeMarco
- ALBUM Salad Days streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
- Fucked Up
- TRACK "Paper the House" downloadable from Matador.
- TRACK "Dreambuilding" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Horrors
- TRACK "So Now You Know" streaming at YouTube.
- Chrissie Hynde
- TRACK "Dark Sunglasses" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Inventions [members of Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium]
- ALBUM Inventions streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
- Kaiser Chiefs
- ALBUM Education, Education, Education & War (out next week) streaming at The Guardian.
- Lykke Li
- TRACK "No Rest For The Wicked" streaming at YouTube.
- Manchester Orchestra
- TRACK "Cope" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Figured Out" streaming at NPR.
- Nickel Creek
- ALBUM A Dotted Line streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
- Dolly Parton
- TRACK "Blue Smoke" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- TRACK "Hawkmoth" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Brian Reitzell
- TRACK "Last Summer" (featuring Kevin Shields) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Dark Arc streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
- School of Language
- TRACK "Dress Up" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Pam" (Spiderland outtake) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Slow Club
- TRACK "Complete Surrender" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Small Black
- ALBUM Real People EP (out 4/1) streaming at Spin.
- TRACK "A Little God in My Hands" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- Thievery Corporation
- ALBUM Saudade streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
- Timber Timbre
- ALBUM Hot Dreams streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Water Fountain" streaming at YouTube.
- William Tyler
- TRACK "Whole New Dude" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Wu-Tang Clan
- TRACK ''Keep Watch'' (feat. Nathaniel) streaming at YouTube.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: The Hold Steady (Letterman), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Kimmel), Karmin (Meyers), TGT (Arsenio), Vampire Weekend (Fallon)
- Tuesday: The Belle Brigade (Craig Ferguson), Danny Brown (Arsenio), Lucius (Conan), Jerrod Niemann (Kimmel), Shakira (Fallon), The Strypes (Letterman)
- Wednesday: Frankie Ballard (Conan), Bleachers (Meyers), Sage the Gemini (Letterman)
- Thursday: Hot Chelle Rae (Arsenio), The National (Fallon)
- Friday: Passenger (Fallon)
- Saturday: Sam Smith (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Gwar frontman Dave Brockie was found dead Sunday in his Virginia home. The singer, who also went by the name Oderus Urungus, was 50. - Rolling Stone
- Mistaken for Strangers, a documentary about indie rockers The National, opens in select theaters this Friday (and will also be available on demand).
- Mouse on Mars is trying to raise money to finance a documentary about the band's 21-year history.
The latest music videos
Chromeo, "Jealous (I Ain't With It)":
Lady Gaga, "G.U.Y.":
Ex Hex, "Hot and Cold":
Neneh Cherry feat. Robyn, "Out of the Black":
Thomas Barfod, "Happy":
Thee Oh Sees, "The Lens":
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, "Strange Colores":
Black Lips, "Justice After All":
Kim Deal and Morgan Nagler, "The Root":
In the studio / coming soon
- Here's a full list of special releases hitting independent record stores on Record Store Day on April 19th. Highlights include a newly remastered reissue of Joy Division's debut EP, An Ideal for Living, a Songs:Ohia singles box set, and much more.
- The Black Keys have announced a May 13 release date for their next album, titled Turn Blue. Here's a trailer.
- The Pixies have just released a third EP, EP3, and all three of their recent EPs will be combined into an album, Indie Cindy, for an April 28 release (though you can also find it in some stores on Record Store Day). Here's an album trailer.
- Matador will release Glass Boys, the next from Fucked Up, on June 3rd. Watch trailer.
- Plaid will release their 10th album, Reachy Prints, on May 20th via Warp.
- Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde will release her solo debut, Stockholm, on June 10th; the album was produced by Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and features contributions from Neil Young and John McEnroe.
- Weezer have begun work on a new album, and have released a cryptic video as proof.
- The Orwells will release their full-length debut Disgraceland on June 3rd. - Pitchfork
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Merge Records will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a 4-day festival in July; here's the early lineup.
- The second weekend of this summer's Sasquatch Music Festival has been canceled, though the first weekend will be held as normal. - Billboard
- Black Flag will tour this summer with new frontman Mike Vallely. - CoS
- Built to Spill have announced some May dates. - BTS site
- Kate Bush, who last toured in 1979, has announced a 15-date London residency for this summer.
- Camera Obscura head to North America in July. - Pitchfork
- Elvis Costello has a short solo tour planned for June. - Pollstar
- The Eagles have extended their tour into the fall. - Pollstar
- KISS and Def Leppard are touring together this summer. - Pollstar
- MØ begins her North American tour in May. - CoS
- Slint have booked a short tour in support of the rerelease of Spiderland. - Pitchfork
- Swans will tour this summer, with North American dates on both sides of a May trip to the UK. - Pitchfork