This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale either Monday, October 22 or Tuesday, October 23 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.
- The Amazing Gentle Stream LISTEN
- Swedish indie-folk group includes members of Dungen
- ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Lost Songs LISTEN (3voor12)
- Autumn Owls Between Buildings, Toward the Sea LISTEN
- Paul Banks Banks LISTEN (3voor12)
- Second solo album for Interpol frontman
- Bat for Lashes
The Haunted Man LISTEN
- After earning raves, award nominations—and an invitation to open for Coldplay—for her first two albums, including 2009's Two Suns 76, English singer-songwriter Natasha Khan returns Tuesday with her third album. As the album cover suggests, The Haunted Man is a more stripped-down set—perhaps too much so, according to some critics, though reviews overall are quite positive so far.
- Tony Bennett Viva Duets LISTEN
- Duets with Latin music stars including Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Vicente Fernández, and more
- Black Moth Super Rainbow Cobra Juicy
- Kickstarter-funded fifth album
- Boyz II Men Twenty 2xCD
- 13 new songs plus nine re-recorded classics
- Colbie Caillat Christmas in the Sand
- Holiday album includes both standards and originals; Brad Paisley and Gavin DeGraw guest
- Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson Wreck & Ruin
- Chicago Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three
- Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu
- Billy Ray Cyrus Change My Mind
- Neil Davidge Halo 4 OST
- Diamond Rings Free Dimensional LISTEN
- DJ Hazard Fabriclive 65
- The Doors Live at the Bowl '68 DVD/Blu-ray
- New release of concert filmed at the Hollywood Bowl includes two previously unreleased tracks and over an hour of bonus material
- The D.O.T. And That
- Debut for new project featuring Mike Skinner of The Streets and Rob Harvey of The Music
- El-P Cancer 4 Cure Instrumental version
- Fontanelle Vitamin F
- First album in a decade
- Further Seems Forever Penny Black
- Peter Gabriel So 4xCD+2xDVD LISTEN
- 25th anniversary box set rerelease of Gabriel's classic album includes remastered studio album, plus the Live in Athens 1987 concert on 2 CDs and DVD, a making-of CD, a documentary, and more; the remastered album and the documentary film are also available separately
- Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited II 2xCD
- Sequel to 1996 album Watcher Of The Skies: Genesis Revisited includes more Genesis covers
- Lady Antebellum On This Winter's Night
- Holiday standards
- Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d. city
- West Coast rapper (and Black Hippy member) Kendrick Lamar had one of the top hip-hop debut albums last year with his independently released iTunes LP Section.80 80. After signing with Dr. Dre's Interscope-affiliated Aftermath Entertainment earlier this year, Lamar will make his major-label debut this week with good kid, m.A.A.d. city. The album includes singles "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "The Recipe" (which features Dre himself) as well as tracks featuring Lady Gaga, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul.
- Layo & Bushwacka! Rising & Falling
- Main Attrakionz Bossalinis & Fooliyones
- Richard Marx Christmas Spirit
- Michael Mayer Mantasy LISTEN (3voor12)
- Bridgit Mendler Hello My Name Is... LISTEN
- Motörhead The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else 2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray
- Live album + concert film
- Night Ranger 24 Strings & A Drummer - Live & Acoustic CD+DVD
- Of Montreal Daughter of Cloud
- Rarities compilation
- Vinnie Paz God Of The Serengeti
- People Get Ready People Get Ready
- Photek KU:PALM
- Pig Destroyer Book Burner LISTEN
- The Polyphonic Spree Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol. One
- P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here
- Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) guests
- Rites of Spring Six Song Demo
- Previously unreleased demo tracks from the 1980s-era band featuring Fugazi's Guy Picciotto and Brendan Canty
- Shiny Toy Guns III
- Sinkane Mars
- State Radio Rabbit Inn Rebellion LISTEN
- Stone Sour House of Gold & Bones Part 1 LISTEN
- Part 2 will arrive in 2013
- Swedish House Mafia Until Now
- Compilation includes remixes, collaborations, and original tracks
- Taylor Swift Red
- The Sword Apocryphon LISTEN
- Talk Normal Sunshine
- Titus Andronicus Local Business
- Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil Cloud Atlas OST LISTEN
- U.S. Girls Gem LISTEN (3voor12)
- Various Dublab Presents: Light From Los Angeles
- Compilation includes tracks from Dntel, Sun Araw, Nite Jewel & Julia Holter, Languis, and more
- Various The Man with the Iron Fists OST LISTEN (Bandcamp)
- Soundtrack album to upcoming RZA-directed action film includes a new Kanye West track, a collaboration between the RZA and the Black Keys, and more
- Various Rework: Philip Glass Remixed 2xCD
- Double-disc set features remixes of the composer's works by the likes of Beck, Cornelius, Amon Tobin, Dan Deacon, and more
- Vitalic Rave Age
- Digital release; CD forthcoming
- Wintersun Time I
- Yellow Ostrich Ghost EP
More streaming and downloadable new music
- A$AP Rocky
- TRACK "F*ckin' Problem" (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) streaming at Complex.
- Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera
- TRACK "Steppin' Out With My Baby" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Bonnie "Prince" Billy
- TRACK "Paradise I Missed" streaming at Spin.
- Cody ChesnuTT
- ALBUM Landing On A Hundred streaming until its 10/30 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Posing as an Angel," featuring Sinead O'Connor, streaming at Rolling Stone.
- The Coup
- TRACK "WAVIP" (feat. Das Racist and Killer Mike) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Local Natives
- TRACK "Breakers" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Forever Now" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory
- TRACK "Photon" streaming at YouTube.
- Sonic Youth
- TRACK "Intro/Brave Men Run (In My Family)," from an upcoming live album, streaming at YouTube.
- Tegan and Sara
- TRACK "I'm Not Your Hero" streaming at YouTube.
- Wiz Khalifa
- MIXTAPE Cabin Fever 2 downloadable from Billboard.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Tony Bennett (Letterman), Gary Clark Jr. (Leno), Kendrick Lamar (Conan), Wu-Tang Clan (Fallon)
- Tuesday: Aimee Mann (Fallon), Prince (Kimmel), Taylor Swift (Letterman), M. Ward (Leno)
- Wednesday: The Lumineers (Letterman), Two Door Cinema Club (Conan), The Whigs (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Ciara (Kimmel), Gary Clark Jr. (Fallon), Carly Rae Jepsen (Letterman)
- Friday: Diamond Rings (Letterman), The xx (Fallon)
- Saturday: The Shins/Dr. Dog (Austin City Limits)
- Sunday: Toni Braxton (VH1's Behind the Music)
Recent artist and industry news
- Beyoncé will be the featured performer during the halftime show of February's Super Bowl. - Billboard
- This year's Black Friday (aka November 23) edition of Record Store Day will feature limited edition releases from David Bowie, the Fat Boys, the Beach Boys, Daniel Johnston, the White Stripes, M83, and more; get the full list at the official site.
- Singer R. Kelly is bringing back his description-defying video/TV series Trapped in the Closet for new episodes beginning Friday, November 23rd at 9p on IFC; watch the first new "chapter" from the upcoming season at IFC's site.
- NYU students will have a chance to take a class from ?uestlove (or perhaps "Professor ?uestlove") next spring; the course is about classic albums. - Billboard
The latest music videos
Bon Iver, "Beth/Rest":
The Weeknd, "Wicked Games":
El-P, "Stay Down":
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, "Twisted Road":
Regina Spektor, "How":
Matmos, "Very Large Green Triangles":
Nicki Minaj, "The Boys":
Die Antwoord, "Fatty Boom Boom":
WHY?, "Bitter Thoughts":
Death Grips, "True Vulture" [animation by Galen Pehrson]:
Poor Moon, "Holiday" [starring Tom Skerritt]:
Ultraísta, "Our Song":
In the studio / coming soon
- A suddenly prolific Paul McCartney has been recording new tracks for an upcoming album in separate sessions with producers Ethan Johns and Mark Ronson. - NME
- L.A.-based Local Natives return with Hummingbird, produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, on . - BPM
- Elements of Light is a collaborative album by Pantha du Prince and The Bell Laboratory; expect it on January 15th via Rough Trade. - Resident Advisor
- The upcoming Crystal Castles album III has been delayed one week to November 12th.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Next year's Austin City Limits festival will take place over two weekends: October 4-6, 2013, and October 11-13, 2013.
- Find fall dates for Tanlines at Consequence of Sound.
- Local Natives begin their North American tour at the end of January; find dates at BPM.
- British singer Jessie Ware has announced a handful of dates for her debut U.S. tour in January; get them at Pollstar.
- Yo La Tengo have scheduled their annual eight-night Hanukkah run at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ for December 8-15; tickets go on sale at noon ET today via Ticketfly.
- Dates for Emeli Sandé's 2013 U.S. tour are available at Pollstar.