This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 11 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 Avett Brothers The Carpenter
- Billy Talent Dead Silence
- Blaqk Audio Bright Black Heaven
- Kix Brooks New to This Town
- David Byrne & St. Vincent
Love This Giant LISTEN (3voor12)
- Over two years in the making, this album co-written and co-performed by the former Talking Heads frontman and indie singer-songwriter Annie Clark comes after the pair collaborated on a track for Byrne's Imelda Marcos musical Here Lies Love. Love This Giant is notable for its incorporation of a brass band—a sound Byrne utilized nearly three decades ago for his opera soundtrack Music for "The Knee Plays"—which blends perfectly with each artist's distinctive vocals on the lead single "Who." Early reviews suggest that the pairing is a success.
- Calexico Algiers LISTEN (3voor12)
- Bucky Covington Good Guys LISTEN
- Daddy Yankee Prestige
- Dave Matthews Band
Away From the World
- Five artists have had five straight albums debut at #1 on Billboard's album chart; no one has made it six in a row ... yet. Dave Matthews Band will be aiming to break the record they currently share when they release their eighth studio album, Away From the World, this week. For the first time since the group's first three albums, Steve Lillywhite is on board as producer.
- DMX Undisputed LISTEN
- Bob Dylan
Tempest LISTEN (3voor12)
- Bob Dylan's 35th album arrives 50 years after his first, and while his voice may have changed in the ensuing years, his influences haven't. Naturally, mortality is a major theme on Tempest, though early buzz has focused on the title track, a 14-minute, chorus-free, epic retelling of the sinking of the Titanic (which has already been topped by Tim Heidecker's 15-minute version). Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter provides the words for lead single "Duquesne Whistle", but the other nine tracks are written by Dylan and performed with his current band, with the addition of David Hidalgo (Los Lobos).
- Emerson Lake & Palmer Emerson Lake & Palmer 2xCD+DVD
- Deluxe reissue includes remastered original 1970 album on CD and DVD 5.1, plus an alternate stereo mix
- Emerson Lake & Palmer Tarkus 2xCD+DVD
- Deluxe reissue includes remastered original 1971 album on CD and DVD 5.1, plus an alternate stereo mix
- Field Report Field Report LISTEN
- First Aid Kit iTunes Session EP
- Eight-song live set available digitally as an iTunes exclusive
- Jonny Greenwood The Master OST
- Neil Halstead Palindrome Hunches LISTEN
- The Helio Sequence Negotiations LISTEN (Spin)
- Helvetia Nothing in Rambling
- Hoobastank Fight or Flight LISTEN
- Patterson Hood Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Solo album from Drive-By Truckers frontman
- The Knack Rock & Roll Is Good for You
- Previously unreleased demos recorded from 1973-75
- Chris Knight Little Victories
- Little Big Town Tornado
- Cliff Martinez Arbitrage OST
- Kathy Mattea Calling Me Home
- Miggs 15th & Hope LISTEN
- Mint Condition Music @ the Speed of Life LISTEN
- NOFX Self Entitled
- Amanda Palmer Theatre Is Evil LISTEN
- Pet Shop Boys Elysium
- The Presets Pacifica
- The Raveonettes
Observator LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- The Danish duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo have been consistently churning out albums of JAMC-esque, reverb- and distortion-heavy garage rock for a decade now, with the only slight blip on their record being their prior album, Raven in the Grave. Observator, their sixth studio LP, was recorded in Los Angeles with Wagner and Richard Gottehrer (who also worked on the band's second album) splitting production duties. The results don't stray far from the Raveonettes' well-established formula, but fans should consider that a plus.
- Chris Robinson Brotherhood The Magic Door
- Rumer Boys Don't Cry
- Covers album; US release
- Sea Wolf Old World Romance
- Seapony Falling LISTEN (3voor12)
- Joanne Shaw Taylor Almost Always Never
- Thee Oh Sees Putrifiers II LISTEN (Stereogum)
- The Time Jumpers The Time Jumpers
- Tom Tom Club Downtown Rockers EP
- First new music in a dozen years; digital/vinyl only
- Tomandandy Resident Evil: Retribution OST
- The xx
Coexist LISTEN (3voor12)
- The young London-based indie band released one of the most memorable debut albums of the young century three years ago, with xx winning the Mercury Music Prize in addition to topping various year-end critic lists. This week, they finally return with a follow-up, and if you liked the first album, you should like Coexist too. The new album continues to emphasize haunting, meticulous, stripped-down pop that blends reverby guitars with dubstep-influenced electronics and guy/girl vocals, with the band continuing to sound a bit like a modern-day take on Young Marble Giants or a more electronic Mazzy Star. In fact, Coexist is likely too similar to the first album to inspire the same sort of acclaim that xx did—the house beat of "Swept Away" being one notable exception—but with new songs as good as "Angels" and "Fiction," it might not matter.
- ZZ Top La Futura
More streaming and downloadable new music
- The Album Leaf
- TRACK "Descent" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Atoms for Peace [new Thom Yorke band]
- TRACK "Default" (new single out today) streaming at YouTube (audio only).
- Band of Horses
- ALBUM Mirage Rock (out 9/18) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Ben Folds Five
- TRACK "Erase Me" streaming at Spin.
TRACK "Sky High" streaming at Spinner.
- Big Sean, Jay-Z, and Kanye West
- TRACK "Clique" streaming at Billboard.
- Tim Burgess
- TRACK "A Case For Vinyl" downloadable from Rolling Stone.
- Cymbals Eat Guitars
- TRACK "Hawk Highway" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- Dinosaur Jr.
- ALBUM I Bet on Sky streaming until its 9/18 release at NPR.
- Field Music
- TRACK "If There Is Something" (Roxy Music cover) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Jean Grae
- TRACK "Kill Screen" streaming at MTV Hive.
- Grizzly Bear
- ALBUM Shields streaming until its 9/18 release at NPR.
- How to Dress Well
- TRACK "& It Was U" downloadable from NPR.
ALBUM Total Loss streaming at Complex.
- Lavender Diamond
- TRACK "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now" downloadable from Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "Point Your Pistols to the Sigh" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- Aimee Mann
- TRACK "Labrador" downloadable from KCRW.
ALBUM Charmer streaming until its 9/18 release date at NPR.
- Matt and Kim
- TRACK "Now" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- TRACK "Pique" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
ALBUM Moms (out 9/18) streaming at Hype Machine.
- Of Montreal
- TRACK "Sails, Hermaphroditic" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
- TRACK "Jeremy" (Magnetic Fields cover) streaming at the band's tumblr.
- Sic Alps
- ALBUM Sic Alps (out 9/18) streaming at Spin.
- Corin Tucker Band
- ALBUM Kill My Blues (out 9/18) streaming at Pitchfork.
- ALBUM Bend Beyond (out 9/18) streaming at Spin.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: The Avett Brothers (Kimmel), David Byrne & St. Vincent (Fallon), The Head and The Heart (Conan)
- Tuesday: Cat Power (Fallon), Rita Ora (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Florence + The Machine (Fallon), The Hives (Conan), Slightly Stoopid (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Cee Lo Green (Live from Daryl's House, Palladia), Dave Matthews (Kimmel), The Walkmen (Conan)
- Friday: Grizzly Bear (Fallon)
- Saturday: Frank Ocean (Saturday Night Live)
- Sunday: Train (Behind the Music, VH1)
Recent artist and industry news
- Dirty Projectors' short film "Hi Custodian" had its world premiere in New York last week, and now it's streaming in its entirety online.
- You can now watch Erasure's Vince Clarke spout amusing nonsense about various analogue synthesizers in his ongoing video series Analogue Monologues. (via The Quietus)
- It's not necessary to even release an album to place first on Forbes' annual list of top earners in the hip-hop world; according to the magazine, Dr. Dre took top honors last year (with pretax earnings of $110 million), far ahead of runners up Diddy and Jay-Z.
The latest music videos
David Byrne & St. Vincent, "Who":
The Black Keys, "Little Black Submarines":
Deerhoof, "Fête D'Adieu":
Jason Lytle, "Your Final Setting Sun":
Swans, "No Words No Thoughts":
Mount Eerie, "Ocean Roar":
Woods, "Cali in a Cup":
Nite Jewel & Julia Holter, "What We See":
Hundred Waters, "Thistle":
Future Islands, "Grease":
In the studio / coming soon
- Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace side project will release a full-length album in 2013.
- After releasing the Stupid Things EP on September 25, Yo La Tengo will return with a new full-length album (produced by John McEntire) in January.
- A Rolling Stones greatest hits collection called GRRR! arrives in stores on November 13; available in 50- and 80-song versions (with lots of extras), the set will include a pair of brand-new tracks, "Gloom and Doom" and "One Last Shot." - Rolling Stone
- Daughter of Cloud is the name of a new, 17-track Of Montreal rarities compilation arriving October 23rd. - Pitchfork
- The Black Keys tell Rolling Stone that they've begun work on their next album, though recording sessions won't happen until the beginning of 2013.
- That elusive second Madvillain album could finally be completed this year. Maybe. - XXL (via Pitchfork)
- Lady Gaga's 2013 ARTPOP album won't just be an album; it will also (like Bjork's Biophilia before it) be an app. - Billboard
- Expect a new album from The Charlatans in 2013. - NME
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- This year's Bridge School Benefit (October 20-21 in Mountain View, Calif.) will include performances by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Guns N' Roses, The Flaming Lips, Steve Martin, Sarah McLachlan, and more.
- Green Day have announced a lengthy tour (think November-February) in support of their upcoming album trilogy; Consequence of Sound has the itinerary.
- After playing a handful of warmup shows last month, Divine Fits are ready to mount a full North American tour; check their schedule at Merge.
- Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour includes North American dates next spring. - Billboard
- Get dates for R. Kelly's "Single Ladies" tour at Billboard.
- Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour will make its way through North America in early 2013; check Billboard for the dates.
- Paul McCartney has scheduled a few dates for November, with more to come. - Pollstar
- Pitchfork has the fall schedule for Of Montreal.
- Mark Eitzel's fall tour is detailed at Merge.
- Find fall dates for Laura Marling at Consequence of Sound.
- Saint Etienne have a rare U.S. tour set for the fall. - Pitchfork
- Grab dates for Wiz Khalifa at Billboard.