This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 14 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.
- Barry Adamson, I Will Set You Free - U.S. CD release LISTEN
- Band of Skulls, Sweet Sour LISTEN
- Baron Von Luxxury, The Last Seduction
- The Caretaker, Patience (After Sebald)
- Earth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Eisley, Deep Space EP LISTEN
- Explorers Club, Grand Hotel LISTEN
- Field Music, Plumb - Available digitally now; CD release next week LISTEN
- Francois & the Atlas Mountains, E Volo Love LISTEN
- Goatwhore, Blood for the Master
- Heartless Bastards, Arrow LISTEN
- Howlin Rain, The Russian Wilds LISTEN
- Islands, A Sleep & A Forgetting LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Amos Lee, As the Crow Flies EP LISTEN (Paste)
- Madonna and Abel Korzeniowski, W.E. OST
- Phantom Family Halo, When I Fall Out LISTEN
- The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Form & Control LISTEN
- Pinch, Fabriclive 61
- Punch Brothers, Who's Feeling Young Now? LISTEN
- Santana, Anthology 68-69: The Early San Francisco Years [3xCD]
- Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters, Underrated Silence
- Shearwater, Animal Joy LISTEN (Paste)
- Ski Beatz, 24 Hour Karate School Presents Twilight
- Marc Streitenfeld, The Grey OST
- John Talabot, Fin
- Tennis, Young & Old LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- Rosie Thomas, With Love LISTEN
- Windy & Carl, We Will Always Be
- Young Magic, Melt LISTEN
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Hear the upcoming Grimes album Visions all this week at NPR.
- NPR is also streaming Sinead O'Connor's new album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? prior to its release next week.
- You can also stream next week's Lambchop album Mr. M this week at NPR.
- Stream the new Frankie Rose album Interstellar at Spin this week prior to its release next week.
- Spin is also streaming next week's Perfume Genius album Put Your Back N 2 It.
- Hear the new Tindersticks album The Something Rain a week early at 3voor12.
- Stream the new Burial EP Kindred at Hyperdub.
- Stream "Are You Ready?", the first new song from Luscious Jackson in over a decade, at Rolling Stone (where you can also get details about the band's reunion).
- Download the new White Rabbits track "Temporary" at Rolling Stone.
- Hear Nite Jewel's new song "In the Dark" at Spin.
- Grab the new Beach Fossils B-side "Lessons" at BPM.
- The Decemberists have a new song, "One Engine," appearing on The Hunger Games soundtrack; stream it now at Consequence of Sound.
- Stream the new Veronica Falls cut "My Heart Beats" at Soundcloud.
- Spin is giving away a new Plants and Animals track, "Song for Love," from their forthcoming album The End of That.
- You can also pick up an MP3 of "Les Plus Beaux" by Francois & the Atlas Mountains at Spin; it's from their new album, out this week.
- Hear a brand new Bonnie Raitt track at Rolling Stone; "Right Down the Line" is taken from her upcoming LP Slipstream, due April 10.
- NME is streaming the new Lostprophets single "Bring Em' Down."
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: The Civil Wars (Leno), Lana Del Rey (Kimmel), Kasabian (Letterman), Wale featuring Miguel (Conan)
- Tuesday: Bear Hands (Carson Daly), The Cranberries (Leno), Jake Owen (Fallon), Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, and the Dap-Kings (Letterman), Robin Thicke (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Miley Cyrus (Kimmel), Deadmau5 (Carson Daly), The Drums (Fallon), Punch Brothers (Leno), Yelawolf with Kid Rock (Letterman)
- Thursday: Cake (Conan), Dr. Dog (Carson Daly), Monica and Brandy (Leno), Puscifer (Kimmel), Young Jeezy featuring Ne-Yo (Fallon)
- Friday: The Fray (Leno), Sinead O'Connor (Fallon), Butch Walker and the Black Widows (Letterman)
- Saturday: Sleigh Bells (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Singer Whitney Houston died Saturday at the age of 48 in a Beverly Hills hotel room, hours before she was to perform at a Grammy-related party. Despite reports of alcohol and drug use at the scene, the official cause of death is still unknown; an autopsy was performed Sunday, but results of a toxicology test will not be known for weeks. - Full coverage at the Los Angeles Times
- This year's Grammy Awards were handed out Sunday night, and, as expected, singer Adele dominated the proceedings. Her six wins (tying Beyonce's record for the most by a female artist) included song, record, and album of the year. The Foo Fighters picked up five trophies, while Kanye West won four, and Bon Iver beat out Radiohead and other nominees to win the alternative music album category, while also being named the year's best new artist. View all of this year's winners at the official Grammy site.
- Nominations were announced last week for this year's Juno Awards (it's a Canadian thing), which will be handed out April 1st in Ottawa. Drake, Feist, Michael Bublé, City and Colour, and Deadmau5 are nominated for artist of the year; get the rest of the nominees at the CBC.
The latest music videos
Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care of Our Own":
The Black Keys, "Gold on the Ceiling":
Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Ni**as in Paris":
Childish Gambino, "Heartbeat":
St. Vincent, "Cheerleader":
Sinead O'Connor, "The Wolf Is Getting Married":
Lee Ranaldo, "Off the Wall":
Crooked Fingers, "Our New Favorite" [courtesy AV Club]:
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "Dream On":
Cults, "You Know What I Mean":
Kimya Dawson, "Solid and Strong":
The Head and the Heart, "Down in the Valley":
Cloud Nothings, "No Future/No Past":
Sondre Lerche, "When the River":
You Won't, "Three Car Garage":
In the studio / coming soon
- According to Nile Rogers, Daft Punk really is playing at his house, his house (though, perhaps too much); as of last week, the electronica duo are working with the legendary producer on their next album. - Spin ... Daft Punk may also have a collaboration with Panda Bear in the works. - Pitchfork
- Both Missy Elliott and Timbaland are planning solo releases for June; it'll be Elliott's first release since 2005. - MTV
- Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros will release a new (still untitled) album on May 29. - Prefix
- Put together Damon Albarn and Flea and you have Rocket Juice and the Moon (we would have preferred "Fleabarn"), a group that also includes former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen. They'll be releasing their eponymous debut LP (which includes contributions from guests like Erykah Badu) on March 27. - Exclaim, Pitchfork
- Put together the Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000 and you have ... the Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000. Despite the lack of a catchy name, these unlikely (but awesome) collaborators are the latest to combine their talents for Converse, and you can grab their one-off track "DoYaThing" for free on February 23rd. - Pitchfork
- Richard Hawley's upcoming album, Standing At The Sky's Edge, will be out May 7 in the UK. - NME
- We already told you that Orbital will be releasing a new album (their first in eight years) in April, but that's not all that fans of the duo can look forward to. NME reports that Orbital have also written the score for an upcoming remake of the film Pusher.
- Killing Joke will release their 15th studio album, MMXII, on April 2 in the UK. - NME
- Geoff Barrow of Portishead has a new hip-hop project called Quakers, and Stones Throw will release the Quakers debut album this spring. - The Guardian
- Train will return with a new album, California 37, on April 17. - Billboard
- The Ting Tings' long-delayed sophomore album Sounds From Nowheresville will be out March 13 in the US and February 27 in the UK. - Spinner
- Canada's PS I Love You will release their second album, Death Dreams, on May 8. - BPM
- Cut Copy's Ben Browning will release his solo EP debut, Lover Motion, on March 19. - Pitchfork has the details, plus streaming audio and video of lead single "I Can't Stay," out now.
- Slum Village hope to release a new album, Fantastic, Volume 3, before the end of the year. - HipHop DX
- The Chemical Brothers' new concert film Don't Think will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on March 27.
- May 29 will bring Among The Leaves, a new album by Sun Kil Moon. - BPM
- Badly Drawn Boy's soundtrack to the upcoming film Being Flynn will be released on February 28.
- Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) has recorded a quick follow-up to his 2011 solo debut (released under the name Moonface). With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery will be released April 17 on Jagjaguwar. BPM has more details and a free MP3 from the album.
- Ty Segall will release two new albums this year, one recorded with his touring band and the other a solo affair. - Pitchfork
- Stereogum has an update on the in-progress 7th album from The Walkmen.
- Dexys Midnight Runners will release One Day I'm Going To Soar, their first album in 27 years, on June 4 in the UK. - NME
- Killer Mike will release R.A.P. Music on May 15; the El-P produced album includes contributions from Bun B and T.I. - Pitchfork
- Big K.R.I.T. has delayed his mixtape 4evaNaDay to March 5. - Prefix
- B.o.B.'s album Strange Clouds has been delayed two months, to May 1st. - Prefix
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Metallica are launching their own two-day music festival, Orion Music & More, in Atlantic City, New Jersey this June, and the lineup is filled with indie rockers such as Best Coast, Titus Andronicus, and Modest Mouse. - Pitchfork
- You saw her at the Super Bowl; now catch her everywhere else. Billboard has the itinerary for Madonna's world tour.
- Explosions in the Sky have a dozen U.S. dates lined up for April and May; get them at Pitchfork.
- A reunited Jesus and Mary Chain will perform live this March, though only four U.S. dates have been announced so far. - Pitchfork
- Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour will include over 100 dates worldwide. - Billboard
- Get spring tour dates for Bon Iver at Pitchfork.
- The Shins may be playing at a U.S. city near you; get the details at BPM.
- Get March dates for Main Attrakionz at Pitchfork.
- Ringo Starr will bring a new version of his All Starr Band to North American venues in June and July. - Rolling Stone
- Hot Snakes have a brief West Coast tour lined up for the spring. - Pitchfork
- Boyz II Men have filled their tour calendar from now through the beginning of August. - Billboard
- Tech N9ne's Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour includes 90 dates, beginning this March. - Prefix
- Prefix also has tour dates for Asher Roth, beginning this week.
- Kylesa will be touring with Gwar in April. - Pitchfork