This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 7 unless otherwise indicated. Click on any LISTEN link to listen to a free, streaming version of the entire album (typically, available only during the week of release); streaming links go to AOL Music unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.
- 98 Degrees 2.0
- Reunited band's first release in over a decade
- Apparat Krieg Und Frieden (Music For Theatre)
- Craig Campbell Never Regret
- The Child Of Lov The Child Of Lov
- Co La Moody Coup
- James Cotton Cotton Mouth Man
- Mikal Cronin MCII LISTEN (3voor12)
- Merge Records debut and second album for the now-San Francisco-based artist who has toured with Ty Segall (who guests here)
- Over a dozen years and now six albums (not to mention side projects like Atlas Sound and Lotus Plaza), the Atlanta band led by Bradford Cox has become one of indie rock's brightest stars. While early reviews suggest that this week's Monomania (recorded with producer Nicolas Vernhes, who also worked on Microcastle) may not quite reach the heights of 2010's Halcyon Digest 86, turning up the volume will help you overlook any of the album's flaws.
- The D.O.T. Diary
- Second album from new Mike Skinner (The Streets) project [UK only: 6 May]
- Fitz and the Tantrums More Than Just a Dream
- Patty Griffin American Kid
- Havoc 13
- Justice Access All Arenas
- Live album recorded in 2012; US release is digital only
- Kingdom Come Outlier
- Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious LISTEN (Billboard)
- Guests include Kendrick Lamar, Nelly, and Busta Rhymes
- Lady Antebellum Golden LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- The Grammy-winning country-pop band returns with album #4, again co-produced by Paul Worley
- Little Boots Nocturnes LISTEN (Pitchfork; through 5/7)
- Produced by Tim Goldsworthy (of DFA Records)
- Natalie Maines Mother LISTEN (NPR; today only)
- Solo album for the Dixie Chicks member blends covers with one original; Ben Harper produces
- Ruth Moody These Wilder Things
- Noah and the Whale Heart of Nowhere
- Phaseone If I Tell U
- Pistol Annies Annie Up
- The trio of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley reunite for a second album
- Joshua Redman Walking Shadows
- Joe Satriani Unstoppable Momentum
Silence Yourself LISTEN (Matador)
- Siouxsie and the Banshees are the obvious (though not entirely inaccurate) comparison for this buzzy new post-punk band out of London, who make their full-length debut with this Matador release after impressing audiences with festival performances at SXSW and Coachella. Judging from the first batch of reviews, the group is equally impressive on record.
- She & Him
Volume 3 LISTEN (NPR; today only)
- The formula has been the same across three albums (four, if you count a holiday release): actress Zooey Deschanel writes the songs and sings them; musician M. Ward arranges and performs the backing music. If you liked Volume One 76 and Volume Two 73, you should feel right at home here with this third does of sunny, polished pop. Guests include Mike Watt and members of Devotchka and Rilo Kiley.
- Michael Stanley The Ride
- Rod Stewart Time
- After over a decade spent covering other artists' works, the veteran rocker returns to songwriting with an album of 11 originals (plus one Tom Waits cover)
- Still Corners Strange Pleasures
- Straight No Chaser Under The Influence
- Guests include Phil Collins, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Seal, and Jason Mraz
- The Uncluded Hokey Fright
- Debut for new collaboration between Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson
- Various Garage Swim LISTEN (Soundcloud) FREE DOWNLOAD
- Adult Swim compilation includes new music by Thee Oh Sees, JEFF the Brotherhood, Mikal Cronin, Black Lips, and more
- Various The Great Gatsby OST LISTEN (NPR; today only)
- Includes music from Jack White, The xx, Florence and the Machine, Bryan Ferry, Jay-Z, and Lana Del Rey, plus a new cover of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" by Beyoncé and André 3000
- Various The Music of Nashville, Season 1 Volume 2 OST
- More music from the ABC television drama
- Various Now 46: That's What I Call Music!
- Various Now That's What I Call a Country Party
- Shannon Wright In Film Sound
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Beady Eye
- TRACK "Second Bite of the Apple" streaming at YouTube.
- Black Flag
- TRACK "Down in the Dirt" downloadable from the official site.
- Mariah Carey
- TRACK "#Beautiful" (featuring Miguel) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Hanging Gardens streaming until its 5/14 release at NPR.
- J. Cole
- ALBUM Truly Yours 2 EP streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Get Lucky" (Daft Punk cover) streaming at YouTube.
- Kim Deal
- TRACK "Hot Shot" streaming at YouTube.
- Dirty Beaches
- TRACK "Casino Lisboa" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Dizzee Rascal
- TRACK "H Town" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM Dungeonesse streaming through 5/13 at Pitchfork.
- ALBUM Nightmare Ending streaming until its 5/14 release at NPR.
TRACK "Happiness" (featuring Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Fleetwood Mac
- ALBUM Extended Play EP (first new material in 10 years) streaming at NPR.
- Lauryn Hill
- TRACK "Neurotic Society" streaming at YouTube.
- Glenn Jones
- ALBUM My Garden State streaming until its 5/14 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Jerk Ribs" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- TRACK "We're Taking This" streaming at YouTube.
- Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
- ALBUM Black Pudding streaming through 5/13 at Pitchfork.
- Majical Cloudz
- TRACK "Bugs Don't Buzz" downloadable from Matador.
- Marina And The Diamonds and Charli XCX
- TRACK "Just Desserts" downloadable from Stereogum.
- The Pastels
- TRACK "Illuminum Song" (new B-side) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Porcelain Raft
- ALBUM Silent Speech EP streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Green (bonus materials) streaming through 5/13 at Pitchfork.
- Ty Segall
- TRACK "Music for a Film 1" streaming at Bandcamp.
- Small Black
- ALBUM Limits of Desire streaming through 5/13 at Pitchfork.
- ALBUM Survival streaming through 5/13 at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Hey Love" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Tribal Drums" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Vampire Weekend
- TRACK "Ya Hey" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- TRACK "Trains" downloadable from Stereogum.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: James Blake (Letterman), Fall Out Boy (Leno), Gold Fields (Carson Daly), Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (Fallon), Rod Stewart (Kimmel)
- Tuesday: Breeders (Fallon), Goo Goo Dolls (Kimmel), Patty Griffin (Leno), Iron & Wine (Conan), The Neighbourhood (Carson Daly), Todd Rundgren (Letterman)
- Wednesday: Fitz & The Tantrums (Kimmel), Lady Antebellum (Fallon), Natalie Maines (Letterman), Marina and the Diamonds (Conan), METZ (Carson Daly), Emeli Sande (Leno)
- Thursday: Tom Jones (Leno), Lady Antebellum (Fallon), Purity Ring (Carson Daly), RNDM (Conan), will.i.am (Kimmel)
- Friday: 98 Degrees (Leno), LL Cool J (Fallon), She & Him (Letterman)
- Saturday: Vampire Weekend (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross (of "Jump" fame), died last week at the age of 34. - Pop & Hiss
- Slayer founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman died last week at the age of 49. - Billboard
The latest music videos
Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N.":
Queens of the Stone Age, "I Appear Missing":
Kurt Vile, "Never Run Away":
Bibio, "À tout à l'heure":
Empire of the Sun, "Alive":
Pet Shop Boys, "Axis":
Neon Neon, "Hammer & Sickle":
Mac DeMarco, "My Kind of Woman":
In the studio / coming soon
- Remember all those cryptic clues last week hinting at a new Boards of Canada album? That album (the band's first since 2005) really exists, and will be out soon. Tomorrow's Harvest is set for a June 11 release; Pitchfork has a tracklist.
- Beck has completed work on an upcoming acoustic album, which he will preview in live dates this summer before the album is released later this year.
- Kanye West's "dark" new album is rumored to be arriving on June 18th, thanks to a cryptic tweet sent by the performer himself (later confirmed, and then denied, by label Def Jam).
- Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience Part 2 now has a September 30th release date. The album will combine unreleased material from the recording sessions for the first album with newer tracks. - Billboard
- The Pet Shop Boys return with the dancefloor-ready Electric on July 15th.
- Chris Brown will release his sixth studio album X on July 16th.
- The Lonely Island return with The Wack Album, their third LP of comedic tunes, on June 11th.
- Kelis will release a new album, possibly called FOOD, this fall, with Dave Sitek producing. - Billboard
- The third (still untitled) album from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will be out on July 23rd.
- Spoon does appear to be inching closer to finishing their elusive eighth studio album, today revealing song titles for eight songs now in progress: The Rent I Pay, Naff Bag, Millionaires, Let Me Be Mine, Modern Girls, I Ain't The One, Fresh From Your Pages, Give Me It.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Neutral Milk Hotel are reuniting for their first shows as a band together in 15 years. Only five 2013 dates have been scheduled so far, but a major, globe-spanning 2014 tour is in the works. - Stereogum
- The-Dream and Kelly Rowland have lined up 10 dates together this summer. - Billboard
- The National have added dates to their current tour. - Consequence of Sound
- Find June dates for Radar Brothers at Merge.
- Pet Shop Boys will visit Noth America this fall in support of their upcoming album; Pollstar has dates.
- Catch Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band on the road this fall. - Pollstar
- Beck has a few dates set for the summer. - Pollstar
- Laura Marling has a handful of North American dates coming up later this month. - CoS
- Jagjaguwar has summer dates for Small Black.
- Justin Timberlake will spend much of the second half of 2013 on the road. - CoS
- CoS also has the fall schedule for Toro y Moi.
- Michael Bublé has a 40-city tour set for the fall. - Pollstar