This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 10 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.
- 2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time
- The rapper's second studio album features Fergie, Drake, Lil Wayne, Pharrell, T-Pain, and more
- Arctic Monkeys
- The English indie rockers return with a fifth album, produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, and guests include Josh Homme, and Bill Ryder-Jones. The real story, though, is how good it is: many critics are calling AM their best album, and it indeed stands as their highest-scoring release to date.
- Balance and Composure Things We Think We're Missing
- Banks London EP
- Nathan Barr Hemlock Grove OST
- Willis Earl Beal Nobody Knows
Coming Apart LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Coming apart is exactly what rock legends Sonic Youth have been doing over the past year, with the band's constituents dispersing into their own solo endeavors after married members Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announced their separation. Body/Head is Gordon's new project, which finds her joined by fellow guitarist Bill Nace. While the duo's early efforts were purely instrumental—and the new songs retain their noisy, improvisational origins—Coming Apart features vocals by Gordon.
- Bowling for Soup Lunch. Drunk. Love.
- The Clash Sound System Box set
- Comprehensive, career-spanning box set includes newly remastered versions of every studio album plus 3 discs of non-album singles, demos, and rarities, and a DVD containing rare concert footage and all of the band's videos; various smaller sets featuring the remastered recordings (including a 2-disc best-of called Hits Back) are also available
- Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos Live in San Francisco
- Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home
- John Debney Jobs OST
- Delorean Apar LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Drive-By Truckers Alabama Ass Whuppin'
- Live album recorded 1999-2000
- Earth, Wind and Fire Now, Then & Forever
- Gloria Estefan The Standards
- Factory Floor Factory Floor LISTEN (3voor12)
- Forest Fire Screens
- Frightened Rabbit Late March, Death March EP
- Gipsy Kings Savor Flamenco
- Goldfrapp Tales of Us
- Juliana Hatfield Wild Animals
- Mostly acoustic home recordings
- Holy Ghost! Dynamics LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Jacuzzi Boys Jacuzzi Boys
- Joanna Gruesome Weird Sister
- Kaskade Atmosphere
- Natalia Kills Trouble
- Mark Knopfler Privateering 2xCD
- Double solo album for Dire Straits frontman consists of 20 new originals [previously released in the UK]
- LAKE The World Is Real
- LMNO After the Fact
- London Grammar If You Wait
- Highly anticipated debut LP from the London trio follows a string of well received singles and a collaboration with Disclosure
- Madonna MDNA World Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray
- Man Man On Oni Pond LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Ministry From Beer To Eternity
- Final album for the Al Jourgensen-led band
- Janelle Monáe
The Electric Lady LISTEN (Vh1)
- Janelle Monáe wowed critics with her 2010 debut The ArchAndroid 91, and she returns this week with another well-reviewed concept album that represents the fourth and fifth volumes in her ongoing "Metropolis" cyborg story Early reviews suggest that Electric is especially eclectic, even as it occasionally embraces more mainstream R&B, and critics have begun comparing the 27-year-old to David Bowie. Guests on the album include Prince, Miguel, Erykah Badu, Solange, and Esperanza Spalding.
- Moon Taxi Mountains Beaches Cities
- Moving Units Neurotic Exotic
- Rise Against Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013
- Steep Canyon Rangers Tell The Ones I Love
- The Stepkids Troubadour
- The Strypes Snapshot
- UK only [9 Sep]
- Terry Malts Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere
- Emiliana Torrini Tookah LISTEN (3voor12)
- Trombone Shorty Say That to Say This
- Keith Urban Fuse
- Miranda Lambert and Eric Church guest
- Various Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO Original Series OST
- Performers include Elvis Costello, St. Vincent, Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, Matt Berninger, and Neko Case
- Jimmy Webb Still Within the Sound of My Voice
- Guests include Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Wilson, and Carly Simon
- The Weeknd
- He's wowed critics, and he's released his major-label debut. But 23-year-old Toronto native Abel Tesfaye still hasn't released a proper studio album (Trilogy, that debut, was a compilation of previously-released free mixtapes). Tuesday, he does in the form of the heavily hyped Kiss Land, which features Drake on one track. Will his brand of insular, brooding, melancholic R&B continue to find a mainstream audience? We'll know in a few weeks, but early reviews suggest he might have a tough task ahead of him.
- WHY? Golden Tickets EP
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Arctic Monkeys
- TRACK "Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You" (B-side) streaming at YouTube.
- The Bloody Beetroots
- ALBUM HIDE (out 9/17) streaming now at Rolling Stone.
- ALBUM Imperium streaming at Hype Machine.
- TRACK "Atlas" (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire OST) streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- Elvis Costello & The Roots
- ALBUM Wise Up Ghost streaming until its 9/17 release at NPR.
- TRACK "High Road" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Music Concrete" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Dirtbombs
- TRACK "Girl On The Carousel" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Berzerk" streaming at YouTube.
- Future of the Left
- TRACK "Bread, Cheese, Bow and Arrow" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
- TRACK "Deeper" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Spreading Rumours streaming until its 9/17 release at NPR.
- Icona Pop
- TRACK "My Party" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Karen O
- TRACK "The Moon Song" (from the forthcoming movie Her) downloadable from Soundcloud.
- Keep Shelly in Athens
- TRACK "Flyway" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Cate Le Bon
- TRACK "I Think I Knew" (feat. Perfume Genius) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Los Campesinos!
- TRACK "What Death Leaves Behind" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Paul McCartney
- TRACK "New" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM MGMT (out 9/17) streaming now at Rdio.
- TRACK "Come Walk With Me" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- TRACK "Can't Sleep Together" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark" streaming at YouTube.
- Mount Eerie
- TRACK "Lone Bell" (new version from Pre-Human Ideas, out 11/12) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Smilewound streaming at 3voor12.
- Jim O'Rourke
- TRACK "Low Bow" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Oneohtrix Point Never
- TRACK "Zebra" streaming at YouTube.
- Frankie Rose
- TRACK "Street of Dreams" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Rick Ross
- TRACK "No Games" (feat. Future) streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "State of Mine" streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Defend Yourself streaming until its 9/17 release at NPR.
- TRACK "The Light" (new B-side) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Throwing Muses
- TRACK "Sunray Venus" (from the forthcoming LP Purgatory/Paradise) streaming at the official site.
TRACK "Sleepwalking 1" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Dean Wareham
- TRACK "Love Is Colder Than Death" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Backstreet Boys (Leno), Holy Ghost! (Kimmel), Janelle Monáe (Letterman)
- Tuesday: Gary Clark Jr. (Kimmel), Sheryl Crow (Letterman), Local Natives (Conan), Volcano Choir (Fallon)
- Wednesday: Sheryl Crow (Colbert Report), Gov't Mule (Conan), MGMT (Fallon), Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Kimmel), Trombone Shorty (Leno), Keith Urban (Letterman)
- Thursday: Alt-J (Fallon), OneRepublic (Leno), Wavves (Conan), The Weeknd (Kimmel)
- Friday: Buena Vista Social Club (Leno), Drake (Fallon)
Recent artist and industry news
- Bruno Mars has been tapped to perform during halftime of February's Super Bowl XLVIII. - Billboard
The latest music videos
Arcade Fire, "Reflektor": Watch the interactive video at the official site.
The Pixies, "Indie Cindy":
Sleigh Bells, "Bitter Rivals":
Eleanor Friedberger, "When I Knew":
Moby with Wayne Coyne, "The Perfect Life" [NSFW]:
They Might Be Giants, "You're On Fire":
Crystal Stilts, "Star Crawl":
TV on the Radio, "Mercy":
Franz Ferdinand, "Evil Eye" [NSFW]:
Katy Perry, "Roar":
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" [NSFW]:
Dizzee Rascal, "I Don't Need a Reason":
Brendan Canning, "Plugged In":
Empire of the Sun, "DNA":
In the studio / coming soon
- A brand new Arcade Fire single ("Reflektor," the first from their upcoming album of the same name, which is out 10/29 and may be a double album, though it only has 13 tracks), has debuted this morning via interactive video, and is expected to go on sale at your local time of 9pm tonight digitally and at selected indie record stores. Originally, there were reports that the video would be directed by Anton Corbijn; this one isn't, so there could be a second video tonight as well. This weekend, there was also an unconfirmed report that David Bowie will appear on Arcade Fire's upcoming album, and it certainly sounds like him at the end of the new track. Arcade Fire will also perform on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on 9/28.
- Paul McCartney has a new album, titled New, due October 15th. The Beatles-esque title track, produced by Mark Ronson, is streaming above.
- R. Kelly's next, Black Panties, has an 11/11 release date.
- The Pixies will release a series of EPs over the next 15 months; the first, EP-1, was released digitally (and on vinyl) last week, and contains four new songs (including "Indie Cindy," the video for which is above). - The New York Times
- Speaking of McCartney, a second volume of previously unreleased BBC recordings by The Beatles is expected to arrive this fall. - The Guardian
- Jack White is working on a new album with his band Dead Weather, reports Rolling Stone.
- Sleigh Bells' third album, Bitter Rivals, is set for an October 8th release.
- Singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon's next, Mug Museum, is out November 12th.
- Throwing Muses (minus Tanya Donnelly) will return with their first album in a decade, Purgatory/Paradise, on November 11th.
- Luna's Dean Wareham will release a solo mini-album, Emancipated Hearts, on October 15th. - Pitchfork
- Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug will release his second solo album as Moonface, Julia With Blue Jeans On, on October 29th via Jagjaguwar/Paper Bag.
- DARKSIDE, a collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, will release an album, Psychic, on October 8th via Other People and Matador.
- If you're a fan of circling dates on calendars, or of One Direction, then draw one around November 25th, when their new album Midnight Memories will be released.
- The next Titus Andronicus album, due a year from now, will be a 30-song rock opera about manic depression. - CoS
- Jim O'Rourke has just made eight albums of rare material available for the first time through Bandcamp.
- Los Campesinos! have set a October 29 UK release date for their next album, No Blues.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Kanye West is touring arenas this fall. The rapper's first solo tour in five years will feature Kendrick Lamar as the opener for most of the 23 dates. - Rolling Stone
- Not to be outdone, Jay-Z has a fall arena tour of his own; find the dates for his "Magna Carter World Tour" at Billboard.
- My Bloody Valentine have added some North American dates this November. - CoS
- Find the schedule for Mazzy Star's November comeback tour at Pitchfork.
- Pitchfork also has the rescheduled dates for Charli XCX's delayed North American tour.
- Get fall dates for Slayer at Pollstar.
- Pollstar also has the early 2014 itinerary for George Strait.
- This year's Bridge School Benefit, held October 26-27 in Northern California, will feature Queens of the Stone Age, Elvis Costello, CSNY (performing together for the first time in seven years), My Morning Jacket, and more.