This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, August 20 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.
- A$AP Ferg Trap Lord LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Rapper's debut album features A$AP Rocky, Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana, and more
- Julianna Barwick Nepenthe
- Andrew Belle Black Bear
- Bent Shapes Feels Weird
- Blue October Sway
- Born Of Osiris Tomorrow We Die Alive
- Braids Flourish // Perish LISTEN (3voor12)
- Kurt Braunohler How Do I Land
- Comedy album
- Jimmy Buffett Songs From St. Somewhere
- Crocodiles Crimes Of Passion LISTEN (3voor12)
- Destruction Unit Deep Trip
- Lee DeWyze Frames LISTEN (Billboard)
- Diana Perpetual Surrender
- Diarrhea Planet I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
- Drenge Drenge
- UK release [19 Aug]
- Earl Sweatshirt
- Here it is: the long-in-the-works major-label debut album from the 19-year-old Odd Future rapper, arriving a full three years after his debut with a well-received free mixtape. (The time gap can be attributed to a stay in a Samoan boarding school.) Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator, RZA, Mac Miller, and Domo Genesis are among the guests on the 15-track Doris.
- Andrea Echeverri Ruiseñora
- Fleetwood Mac Then Play On
- Deluxe CD reissue (via Rhino Records) of 1969 album, remastered and expanded
- Fleshgod Apocalypse Labyrinth
- His Electro Blue Voice Ruthless Sperm
- Julia Holter
Loud City Song
- The Los Angeles-based experimental artist was frequently compared to Laurie Anderson after her first two releases, including Ekstasis 83, one of last year's best-reviewed albums. Her new set—influenced by the film Gigi—is her first Domino release, and her first album recorded in the studio with a group of musicians. The result hasn't changed, however: critics still love her work.
- Horseback A Plague of Knowing 3xCD
- Singles and rarities compilation
- JJ Doom Key to the Kuffs "Butter Edition" 2xCD
- Limited-edition deluxe reissue adds new remixes and collaborations
- Kandodo k2o
- Tracy Lawrence Headlights, Taillights and Radios
- Daniel Licht Dexter: Season 7 OST
- John Mayer Paradise Valley
- Frank Ocean and Katy Perry guest
- R. Stevie Moore Personal Appeal
- Compilation features tracks recorded from 1973-2001
- Native Orthodox
- Sarah Neufeld Hero Brother LISTEN (3voor12)
- Solo debut for Arcade Fire member
- No Age
An Object LISTEN (3voor12)
- Los Angeles art-punk duo No Age follow 2010's Everything in Between 80 with their fourth studio album. Critics aren't quite as fond of this one; it's more of a transitional, experimental album, moving away from the increasing accessibility of recent releases to something a bit more formless and challenging.
- Porcelain Raft Permanent Signal
- Richard Pryor The Warner Bros Albums (1974-1983) Box set
- Pure Bathing Culture Moon Tides
- Ty Segall Sleeper
- Shigeto No Better Time Than Now
- Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby Cluck Ol' Hen
- Live recording
- SOiL Whole
I Hate Music
- The Mac McCaughan-led band's first album since their 2010 comeback effort Majesty Shredding 83 is their 10th release overall. The album is being welcomed by critics, and longtime fans should not be disappointed.
- Tedeschi Trucks Band Made Up Mind
- TGT Three Kings
- Debut for the R&B trio of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank
Where You Stand LISTEN (3voor12)
- Veteran Glasgow alt-rockers Travis return with their seventh studio album and first since 2008's Ode To J. Smith 66. Michael Ilbert (The Hives) produced the new set, which features 11 tracks, including the previously leaked "Another Guy" and official first single "Where You Stand." Critics are finding it a solid, if unspectacular (and maybe a tad dull) set.
- Typhoon White Lighter
- Various Kick-Ass 2 OST
- A film score by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson is also available separately
- Various The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones OST
- A film score by Atli Orvarsson is also available separately
- Various The World's End OST
- Laura Veirs Warp And Weft LISTEN (3voor12)
- Neko Case guests
- Alexander von Mehren Aéropop
- Debut for Norwegian pianist was mixed by John McEntire and features members of members of The High Llamas and Jaga Jazzist
- Watain Wild Hunt
- Joel P West Short Term 12 OST
- White Hills So You Are... So You'll Be
- White Lies Big TV
- Charlie Worsham Rubberband
- Zola Jesus & JG Thirlwell Versions
More streaming and downloadable new music
- A$AP Ferg
- TRACK "Reynolds" (feat. Danny Brown) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Body/Head [new Kim Gordon band]
- TRACK "Actress" streaming at Matador.
- Cage the Elephant
- TRACK "Come A Little Closer" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Neko Case
- ALBUM The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You streaming until its 9/3 release at NPR.
- Crystal Stilts
- TRACK "Future Folklore" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "I Can Hardly Make You Mine" streaming at NPR.
- The Dodos
- ALBUM Carrier streaming through 8/26 at Pitchfork.
- Drumgasm [new Janet Weiss project]
- ALBUM Drumgasm (out next week) streaming at Spin.
- Bob Dylan
- ALBUM The Bootleg Series, Vol 10: Another Self Portrait streaming at The Guardian.
- TRACK "Survival" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Forest Swords
- ALBUM Engravings streaming through 8/26 at Pitchfork.
- Franz Ferdinand
- ALBUM Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action streaming until its 8/27 release at NPR.
- The Fresh & Onlys
- TRACK "Soothsayer" streaming at Stereogum.
- TRACK "Later... When The TV Turns to Static" downloadable from Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "Self-Hypnosis" streaming at YouTube.
- King Krule
- ALBUM 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (out 8/27) streaming at the official site.
- TRACK "36" streaming at YouTube.
- David Lynch
- TRACK "Star Dream Girl" downloadable from KCRW.
- Minor Alps
- TRACK "Buried Plans" streaming at YouTube.
- Janelle Monáe
- TRACK "PrimeTime" (feat. Miguel) streaming at YouTube.
- Of Montreal
- TRACK "She Ain't Speakin' Now" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Yoko Ono
- TRACK "Bad Dancer" (feat. Mike D and Ad-Rock) streaming at Pitchfork.
TRACK "Tabetai" (feat. tUnE-yArDs) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Parquet Courts
- TRACK "You've Got Me Wonderin' Now" (from the Tally All the Things... EP out 10/8) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Trying To Be Cool" (feat. R Kelly) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "See You on Mars" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Lee Ranaldo and The Dust
- TRACK "Lecce, Leaving" streaming at YouTube.
- Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
- TRACK "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Go-Go's cover) streaming at Billboard.
- Volcano Choir
- TRACK "Comrade" streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM Repave streaming until its 9/3 release at NPR.
- The Weeknd
- TRACK "Live For" (feat. Drake) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Murmurer" streaming at Stereogum.
- TRACK "Party at the NSA" (feat. Marc Maron) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Middle Sea" streaming at YouTube.
- Zola Jesus
- TRACK "Fall Back" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: John Mayer (Letterman, plus Live on Letterman webcast, 8p ET / 5p PT)
- Tuesday: John Legend (Letterman, plus Live on Letterman webcast, 8p ET / 5p PT)
- Wednesday: Valerie June (Letterman)
- Thursday: MGMT (Letterman)
Recent artist and industry news
- Calvin Harris tops Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid DJs, with $46 million earned over the past 12 months. Following him is Tiësto ($32m) and David Guetta ($30m).
The latest music videos
HAIM, "The Wire":
Lady Gaga, "Applause":
Major Lazer, "Scare Me" [starring Terry Crews and Nick Kroll]:
Superchunk, "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo" [directed by Phil Morrison]:
No Age, "An Impression":
These New Puritans, "Organ Eternal":
Camera Obscura, "Break It To You Gently":
Spiritualized, "I Am What I Am" [starring Rory Culkin]:
The-Dream feat. Gary Clark Jr., "Too Early":
Kim Deal, "Are You Mine?"
Youth Lagoon, "Raspberry Cane":
Night Moves, "Colored Emotions":
Night Beds, "Ramona":
In the studio / coming soon
- Warp Records will release ilp, the debut LP from producer Kwes., on October 15th.
- Former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo will release Last Night On Earth, an album with his new band The Dust (also featuring SY drummer Steve Shelley), on October 8th via Matador.
- Minor Alps, the duo of Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, will release their full-length debut Get There on October 29th via Barsuk. - CoS
- Glow & Behold, Yuck's first album with new frontman Max Bloom, will arrive October 1st.
- Expect a new Foo Fighters album in 2014. - CoS
- Producer Ethan Johns talks to Rolling Stone about Paul McCartney's next album.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.