This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 17 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.
- ARP More LISTEN (3voor12)
- One of the music world's most financially successful live acts—Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii—releases his debut studio album on Tuesday. True follows on the heels of several hit singles, including the Grammy-nominated "Levels" (not included here). A live preview of several of the new tracks—which included bluegrass elements—didn't sit well with some EDM fans earlier this year, but give the man credit for diversifying. Speaking of which, True features collaborations with Nile Rodgers, Mike Einziger of Incubus, Adam Lambert, and Imagine Dragons.
- The Band Live at the Academy Of Music 1971 4xCD+DVD
- Berlin Animal
- The Bloody Beetroots HIDE LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Guests include Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Theophilus London, and Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee
- Blouse Imperium LISTEN (3voor12)
- Bill Callahan Dream River
- Carcass Surgical Steel
- Clark Feast/Beast
- Cloud Control Dream Cave
- Cold War Kids Tuxedos EP
- Digital-only six-song set includes two new tracks, covers, and more
- College Heritage
- US release of third album from band featured on the Drive soundtrack
- Elvis Costello & The Roots
Wise Up Ghost LISTEN (NPR; today only)
- The 59-year-old singer-songwriter first performed with The Roots while guesting on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon; after several return visits, they were getting along so well that they decided to head to the studio together—despite not yet having a recording contract. Here, Costello serves as frontman for the band, and reviewers are giving high marks to the collaboration so far. Expect a new album from The Roots as well in the not-to-distant future.
- Crystal Stilts Nature Noir LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Billy Currington We Are Tonight
- Daedelus Drown Out
- First Anticon release for the L.A.-based producer
- The Darcys Warring
- Deaf Havana Old Souls
- The Dirtbombs Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey LISTEN (Spin)
- Five for Fighting Bookmarks
- Forest Swords Engravings
- Peter Gabriel Live in Athens DVD/Blu-ray
- Full 1987 concert from So tour
- Grateful Dead Sunshine Daydream (Veneta, OR, 8/27/72) 3xCD+DVD
- Grave Morbid Ascent EP
- Grouplove Spreading Rumors LISTEN (NPR; today only)
- Haken The Mountain
- Islands Ski Mask LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Jack Johnson From Here To Now To You
- Keep Shelly In Athens At Home
- Mark Lanegan Imitations LISTEN (The Quietus)
- Covers album
- Jonny Lang Fight for My Soul
- Manic Street Preachers Rewind the Film
- UK only [16 Sep]
- Tift Merritt Traveling Companion 2xCD
- Expanded reissue of Traveling Alone adds a disc of acoustic tracks
MGMT LISTEN (3voor12)
- The one-time darlings of music bloggers everywhere return, weirder than ever. Their third album was recorded, like their acclaimed debut, as a duo with producer Dave Fridmann, but the sound is so different that the band's own Andrew VanWyngarden recently told Rolling Stone that "I don't even know if it's music we would want to listen to." Critics aren't quite sure if they want to listen to it, either; early reviews are disappointing.
- Múm Smilewound LISTEN (3voor12)
- The Naked and Famous In Rolling Waves
- Blake Neely Arrow: Season 1 OST
- Nightmares on Wax Feelin' Good
- The Obits Bed & Bugs LISTEN (3voor12)
- Tom Odell Long Way Down
- US release
- Pinkish Black Razed To The Ground LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Placebo Loud Like Love LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Plankton Wat Drifter's Temple
- Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit
- Potty Mouth Hell Bent
- Johnathan Rice Good Graces
- The Sadies Internal Sounds
- San Fermin San Fermin
Defend Yourself LISTEN (NPR; today only)
- Probably the most personal of Lou Barlow's numerous projects is Sebadoh, the low-fi college-rock band he founded after first departing Dinosaur Jr. But, after releasing nine albums (with varying lineups), Barlow put Sebadoh on the shelf in 1999 to concentrate on other projects (Folk Implosion, some solo records, an eventual return to Dinosaur Jr.), and the group, like their contemporaries Pavement, seemed likely never to record again. But Sebadoh was revived last year, and this week they return with their first full album since 1999's The Sebadoh. Like their early albums, the low-fi Defend Yourself was recorded on the cheap in the band's own practice space, but the result, judging from early reviews, is a mixed bag.
- Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Fly by Wire
- SubRosa More Constant Than The Gods
- Trentemøller Lost LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Guests on the Danish artist's third album include Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead), Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes), and Low
- Sidi Touré Alafia LISTEN (NY Times)
- Various Rick Ross Presents: Self Made 3 LISTEN (YouTube)
- Maybach Music Group comp features Wale, Meek Mill, Stalley, and more
- Windhand Soma
- Dustin Wong Mediation of Ecstatic Energy
- Chris Young A.M.
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Au Revoir Simone
- ALBUM Move In Spectrums streaming until its 9/24 release at NPR.
- Azealia Banks
- TRACK "Count Contessa" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Best Coast
- TRACK "I Don't Know How" streaming at NPR.
- Blitzen Trapper
- TRACK "Shine On" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Over Your Shoulder" downloadable from Soundcloud.
- ALBUM The Bones Of What You Believe streaming until its 9/24 release at NPR.
- Cut Copy
- TRACK "Free Your Mind" streaming at YouTube.
- Deer Tick
- TRACK "The Curtain" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Just Friends" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Trash" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "Revolution" streaming at YouTube.
- The Dismemberment Plan
- TRACK "Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Wu-Tang Forever" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Honey Tiger Eyes" (from the forthcoming Wish Hotel EP) streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Field
- TRACK "Cupid's Head" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Four Tet
- TRACK "Parallel Jalebi" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Heidecker & Wood
- TRACK "What Else Is New?" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Icona Pop
- ALBUM This Is... Icona Pop (out 9/24) streaming at Pitchfork.
- Elton John
- ALBUM The Diving Board (out 9/24) streaming now at Amazon.
- The Killers
- TRACK "Shot at the Night" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Team" streaming at YouTube.
- Luscious Jackson
- TRACK "Show Us What You Got" streaming at YouTube.
- Mazzy Star
- ALBUM Seasons Of Your Day streaming until its 9/24 release at NPR.
- Motion City Soundtrack
- TRACK "Inside Out" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Odonis Odonis
- TRACK "Are We Friends" streaming at YouTube.
- Of Montreal
- TRACK "Belle Glade Missionaries" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Black Out Days" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Russian Circles
- TRACK "Memorial" (feat. Chelsea Wolfe) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "IMO" streaming at YouTube.
- Sleigh Bells
- TRACK "You Don't Get Me Twice" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Britney Spears
- TRACK "Work Bitch" streaming at YouTube.
- Toro Y Moi
- TRACK "Campo" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Twin Shadow
- TRACK "Old Love / New Love" (from GTA V) streaming at YouTube.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: The Band Perry (Arsenio Hall), Sheryl Crow (Leno), Jason Isbell (Conan), Laura Mvula (Kimmel), Pixies (Fallon)
- Tuesday: Atlas Genius (Conan), Bastille (Kimmel), Elvis Costello & The Roots (Fallon), Five for Fighting (Leno), Kendrick Lamar (Arsenio Hall), Laura Mvula (Craig Ferguson)
- Wednesday: Jim James (Kimmel), Jack Johnson (Fallon)
- Thursday: Big Sean (Arsenio Hall), Elvis Costello & The Roots (Fallon), Fitz & The Tantrums (Leno), Grouplove (Kimmel), Jack Johnson (Colbert Report), Thompson Square (Conan)
- Friday: Billy Currington (Leno)
Recent artist and industry news
- Apple's new streaming music service iTunes Radio will launch on September 18th with the arrival of iOS 7.
- The Mercury Prize shortlist was announced last week. The award is presented annually to the best album from the UK/Ireland (last year's winner was Alt-J's An Awesome Wave), and contending this year are Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, David Bowie, Disclosure, Foals, Laura Marling, Savages, and more. Find the full shortlist here; the winner will be announced on October 30.
- Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves led this year's CMA nominations with six apiece. Winners will be announced during a live ceremony broadcast on ABC on November 6th. Billboard has the full list of nominees.
- NBC will air a 30-minute Arcade Fire concert special following the band's appearance on Saturday Night Live on September 28th.
The latest music videos
Arcade Fire, "Reflektor" [video #2, directed by Anton Corbijn]:
Daft Punk, "Lose Yourself to Dance":
The Weeknd feat. Drake, "Live For":
Deltron 3030 feat. Mike Patton, "City Rising from the Ashes":
Superchunk, "Staying Home":
Sebadoh, "I Will":
Nite Jewel, "Stay a Little Longer":
Shit Robot feat. Reggie Watts, "We Got A Love":
Quasi, "See You on Mars":
Au Revoir Simone, "Crazy":
Father John Misty, "I'm Writing A Novel":
In the studio / coming soon
- A fall album release from Australia's Cut Copy has been rumored in recent months, and now is a reality: Free Your Mind arrives November 5th. - Pitchfork
- Luscious Jackson will self-release their crowd-funded comeback album Magic Hour (their first since 1999) on November 5th.
- Sky Ferreira's debut album, Night Time, My Time, arrives October 29th. - Billboard
- L-event is a new EP from Autechre, coming October 29th via Warp.
- Best Coast will release a seven-song EP, Fade Away, on October 22nd.
- Destroyer also have an EP coming this fall; Five Spanish Songs is out November 29th on Merge.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Wilco's Jeff Tweedy has a short solo tour set for December. - CoS
- In addition to a few festival dates, Earl Sweatshirt has a headlining tour set for October. - CoS
- Robin Thicke has announced dates for early 2014. - Rolling Stone
- Pitchfork has the schedule for Cut Copy's upcoming world tour.
- Wolf People are headed to the U.S. for the first time in October. - Jagjaguwar