This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, October 30 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.
- Laurie Berkner A Laurie Berkner Christmas
- Andrew Bird Hands of Glory LISTEN
- Compilation includes covers plus alternate versions of tracks from Bird's recent album Break It Yourself
- Black Country Communion Afterglow
- Cody ChesnuTT Landing on a Hundred LISTEN
- The Coup Sorry to Bother You LISTEN
- Cradle of Filth The Manticore and Other Horrors
- The Crystal Ark The Crystal Ark
- Dada Life The Rules of Dada
- Delerium Music Box Opera LISTEN
- Flyleaf New Horizons
- Matthew Friedberger Matricidal Sons Of Bitches
- Grails Black Tar Prophecies Volume 5
- The Grails album is actually one half of a split LP, with the other half coming from Finland's Pharaoh Overlord
- Macy Gray Talking Book LISTEN
- A track-for-track remake of Stevie Wonder's classic 1972 album
- Cee-Lo Green CeeLo's Magic Moment
- Holiday album includes collaborations with Rod Stewart, The Muppets, and Christina Aguilera
- Calvin Harris 18 Months LISTEN
- The Scottish DJ's third album includes collaborations with Florence Welch, Kelis, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Ne-Yo, and more
- Katherine Jenkins This Is Christmas
- Jonathan & Charlotte Together
- US release
- Kamelot Silverthorn
- Toby Keith Hope on the Rocks
- King Crimson Lark's Tongues in Aspic 13xCD+DVD+Blu-ray
- 40th anniversary album reissue includes four discs of studio material (plus the actual album itself) as well as eight discs of live recordings; also available as a double-disc reissue for less-dedicated fans
- Lukid Lonely at the Top LISTEN
- Chris Mann Roads
- Meek Mill Dreams & Nightmares LISTEN
- Neurosis Honor Found In Decay LISTEN (3voor12)
- Parkway Drive Atlas LISTEN
- Placebo B3 EP
- Plateaus Plateaus
- Sean Price Mic Tyson
- Andre Rieu Home for the Holidays
- RNDM Acts LISTEN
- Debut for the new duo of singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament
- Rush Midnight +1 EP LISTEN (Spin)
- Five-song debut from new project for former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning
- Rusted Root The Movement LISTEN
- The Soft Moon Zeros LISTEN (The Quietus)
- Rod Stewart Merry Christmas, Baby
- Guests on this holiday album include Cee-Lo Green, Michael Buble, and Mary J. Blige
- T&N Slave to the Empire
- Tracey Thorn Tinsel and Lights
- Holiday album from Everything But the Girl frontwoman includes covers of songs by Randy Newman, White Stripes, Sufjan Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Stephin Merritt, Dolly Parton, Low, and more, as well as a pair of originals
- Thrice Anthology
- Live album
- Chris Tilton Fringe: Season 4 OST
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dreams Of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night) EP
- Travis & Fripp Follow CD+DVD
- Collaboration between Theo Travis and Robert Fripp; DVD has a 5.1 surround sound recording of the album
- Chad Valley Young Hunger LISTEN
- Various Holidays Rule
- Hear Music compilation includes holiday standards performed by The Shins, Rufus Wainwright, Paul McCartney, Calexico, Andrew Bird, fun., and more
- Various Portal 2: Songs To Test By (Collector's Edition) OST 4xCD
- Includes music from both Portal games, including 13 tracks from the first game that were previously unavailable
- Various Wreck-It Ralph OST
- The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico 6xCD
- 45th anniversary box set includes remastered stereo and mono versions of the original album, a copy of Nico's Chelsea Girl album, alternate studio recordings, and a previously unreleased double-disc live set from 1966
- Christopher Young Sinister OST
- Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Psychedelic Pill 2xCD
- The band's second 2012 release (after the covers album Americana 68) is their first album of original songs together since 1996. And it appears to be a much stronger set than Americana, according to critics, who have been praising the album prior to its release. Though only nine songs in length, the album stretches across two CDs thanks to extended running times for tracks such as "Ramada Inn" and "Walk Like a Giant," each clocking in at more than 16 minutes, while album opener "Driftin' Back" gets closer to the half-hour mark.
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "After Hours" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Mono" (new single) streaming at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Sexy, But Sparkly" streaming at Bandcamp.
- Dirty Projectors
- TRACK "While You're Here" streaming at YouTube.
- Guided by Voices
- TRACK "She Lives in an Airport" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
- TRACK "I Don't Believe a Word You Say" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- ALBUM Smallhans streaming at Spin.
- Major Lazer
- TRACK "Jah No Partial," featuring Flux Pavilion, streaming at YouTube.
- Paul McCartney
- TRACK "The Christmas Song" (from this week's Holidays Rule comp) streaming at Rolling Stone.
- The Orb feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry
- TRACK "Ball of Fire" downloadable from KCRW.
- The Roots
- TRACK "We Have Fun" (from Yo Gabba Gabba!) downloadable from Consequence of Sound.
- The Shins
- TRACK "Wonderful Christmastime" streaming at Stereogum.
- Andy Stott
- ALBUM Luxury Problems streaming until its 11/6 release at NPR.
- Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
- TRACK "Holy Roller" streaming at YouTube.
- The Velvet Underground
- ALBUM The Velvet Underground & Nico [previously unreleased alternate early version] streaming at The Guardian.
- The Weeknd
- TRACK "Enemy" streaming at YouTube.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Paul Banks (Letterman), Imagine Dragons (Fallon), The Jezabels (Carson Daly), Alicia Keys (Kimmel), Bob Mould (Conan), Two Door Cinema Club (Leno)
- Tuesday: Trey Anastasio (Fallon), David Byrne & St. Vincent (Letterman), Citizen Cope (Carson Daly), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Kimmel), Lifehouse (Leno), Wolfgang (Carson Daly)
- Wednesday: The Features (Carson Daly), Macy Gray (Leno), Carly Rae Jepsen (Fallon), needtobreathe (Conan), Rita Ora (Letterman), Vampire Weekend (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Aerosmith (Letterman), The Avett Brothers w/ the Brooklyn Philharmonic (Kimmel), David Byrne & St. Vincent (Colbert Report), Cory Chisel (Conan), Metric (Carson Daly), ZZ Ward (Leno)
- Friday: Joey Bada$$ (Fallon), Regina Spektor (Carson Daly), Ultraísta (Letterman)
- Saturday: The Civil Wars + Punch Brothers (Austin City Limits), fun. (Saturday Night Live)
The latest music videos
The Black Keys and RZA, "The Baddest Man Alive":
Wild Nothing, "Paradise" [starring Michelle Williams]:
The Gaslight Anthem, "Here Comes My Man" [starring Elisha Cuthbert]:
Sufjan Stevens, "Mr. Frosty Man":
M83, "Steve McQueen":
The Sea and Cake, "Harps":
Aesop Rock, "Homemade Mummy":
Titus Andronicus, "In a Big City":
Of Montreal, "Sails Hermaphroditic" [NSFW]:
The Raveonettes, "Curse the Night":
Nude Beach, "Some Kinda Love" [dir. by Tom Scharpling]:
Nicki Minaj, "Va Va Voom":
In the studio / coming soon
- Arcade Fire have begun work on their fourth album, which they hope to release toward the end of 2013. - Pitchfork
- A new Eels album titled Wonderful, Glorious will arrive on February 5th. - Consequence of Sound
- Ra Ra Riot return on January 22nd with Beta Love, on Barsuk. - Pitchfork
- Flood and Alan Moulder are producing the next Foals album; Holy Fire will be released on February 11, 2013 in the UK. - The Quietus
- Solange Knowles will release a 7-song digital EP called True on November 27th. - Pitchfork
- Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens makes his solo debut with the full-length Lysandre, out January 15th. - Pitchfork
- A$AP Rocky's delayed LONGLIVEA$AP, once expected to be released this week, will not arrive until early 2013.
- ¡Tré!, the concluding album in Green Day's current ongoing trilogy, will now arrive on December 11th rather than in January. The second album is still set for a November 13 release.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Find dates for a winter tour by Toro y Moi at Pitchfork.
- Maroon 5 has lined up a 31-date tour for early 2013, with Neon Trees and Owl City providing support. - Billboard
- Taylor Swift has lined up a 45-city tour in 2013 in support of her new album Red. - Rolling Stone
- Ellie Goulding begins a North American tour in January; check CoS for dates.
- Get dates for Action Bronson and Cypress Hill at Pitchfork.
- The Walkmen have lined up some January dates in North America with Father John Misty. - Pitchfork
- DJ Shadow has added some U.S. dates in December. - CoS
- John Cale has scheduled four West Coast dates for December with Cass McCombs. In January, Cale will also perform his classic album Paris 1919 in its entirety in Brooklyn. - CoS
- Calexico have added dates in January and February. - Pollstar
- Bon Jovi will kick off its "Because We Can" tour in Canada in February, with U.S. dates to follow. - Billboard
- fun. have announced new U.S. dates for January and February. - Pollstar
- Morrissey has postponed all remaining dates on his planned U.S. tour. - Pop & Hiss
- Green Day have also canceled their remaining North American club dates planned for 2012. In addition, all 2013 dates have been postponed; tickets for those shows will be honored at the rescheduled performances, which have yet to be announced. - Pop & Hiss
- The Rolling Stones concert scheduled for December 15th in Newark, NJ will be broadcast live in the U.S. on pay-per-view at 9p ET. - The Hollywood Reporter ... Meanwhile, the band played a warm-up gig at a Paris club last week; check out the setlist at Rolling Stone.