This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 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.
- Action Bronson Saaab Stories
- Seven-song digital release
- Airhead For Years
- Joseph Arthur The Ballad of Boogie Christ
- Author & Punisher Women & Children
- Beady Eye
- Out today in the UK (for now, it's available only as an import in the US) is the second album from Beady Eye—aka the remaining members of Oasis, minus Noel Gallagher. The group didn't exactly impress critics with their 2011 debut Different Gear, Still Speeding 65, though some longtime Oasis fans liked it. Still, changes are in store for the follow-up, most notably in the choice of producer: the in-demand Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, whose ideas weren't always welcomed by the band. Also joining Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and drummer Chris Sharrock again—on BE—is Gorillaz guitarist Jeff Wootton, though replacing him on Beady Eye's tour will be Kasabian guitarist Jay Mehler.
- Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders Warm Bodies OST
- Big Time Rush 24/seven
- Black Sabbath
13 LISTEN (iTunes; today only)
- Jimmy Carter was in the White House the last time heavy metal legends Black Sabbath recorded an album with Ozzy Osbourne as their frontman (1978's now-not-ironically-titled Never Say Die!), but now, he and (most of) the group have reunited to record a new album with producer Rick Rubin. Though ill, guitarist Tony Iommi was part of 13's recording sessions (the title refers to the current year; it's actually the band's 19th album), but original drummer Bill Ward was not; taking his place is Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk. Early reviews are better than you might think.
- Blackmore's Night Dancer & The Moon
- Boards of Canada
- Just one listen to last week's one-off preview stream of Tomorrow's Harvest—the first album in eight years from beloved but reclusive Scottish electronica duo Boards of Canada—confirmed that it was worth the wait. The new album is their first since 2005's The Campfire Headphase 79 and just their fourth LP overall, and early reviews are extremely enthusiastic, though a few critics suggest that some of its 17 tracks could have been trimmed.
- Harry Connick Jr. Every Man Should Know
- CSS Planta LISTEN (Pitchfork; through Tues.)
- Produced by Dave Sitek
- Date Palms The Dusted Sessions LISTEN (3voor12)
- Deafheaven Sunbather
- Download LingAM
- Emika DVA
- Empress Of Systems EP
- Fat Tony Smart Ass Black Boy
- Gold Panda Half of Where You Live LISTEN (3voor12)
- Goo Goo Dolls Magnetic
- James Newton Howard After Earth OST
- Jason Isbell Southeastern
- Jagwar Ma Howlin LISTEN (3voor12)
- Jimmy Eat World Damage
- Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights Mixtape
- Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns
- The Lonely Island The Wack Album
- Guests include Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Solange
- Lust for Youth Perfect View LISTEN (3voor12)
- Paul McCartney Rockshow DVD/Blu-ray
- Paul McCartney and Wings concert film (new full-length cut)
- Chrisette Michele Better
- Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott Stuck in Love OST
- Alison Moyet The Minutes
- Aoife O'Donovan Fossils LISTEN (NY Times)
- The Orb featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry More Tales From The Orbservatory
- Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese CD+Blu-ray
- Deluxe reissue of 1991 album adds a few unreleased tracks and a 5.1 stereo mix
- Prodigy x Alchemist Albert Einstein
- Rodan Fifteen Quiet Years
- Rarities compilation
- Gustavo Santaolalla The Last of Us OST
- Sonny and the Sunsets Antenna To The Afterworld LISTEN (Pitchfork; through Tues.)
- Surfer Blood
- The West Palm Beach alt-rock band made quite a splash with their 2010 debut Astro Coast 79, but have released only a short EP in the ensuing years despite signing a major label deal. Now, they finally return with their Warner Bros. debut, Pythons, which was recorded in Hollywood with producer Gil Norton (Pixies), despite early reports of teaming up with producer Phil Ek.
- These New Puritans Field of Reeds LISTEN (3voor12)
- UK only [10 Jun]
- Chris Tilton Fringe: Season 5 OST
- John Vanderslice Dagger Beach LISTEN (Paste)
- Self-released album was funded through Kickstarter
- Various The Bling Ring OST
- Includes previously released music by the likes of Kanye West, Phoenix, Sleigh Bells, Frank Ocean, M.I.A., Oneohtrix Point Never, plus new music from the latter's Daniel Lopatin
- Various Now That's What I Call Country Vol. 6
- Various This Is the End OST
- Young Fathers Tape Two
- Hans Zimmer Man of Steel OST
- ZZ Top The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 Box set
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "Tonight, We Fall" downloadable from Billboard.
- ALBUM Olympia streaming until its 6/18 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Defriended" (new non-album track) streaming at YouTube.
- Bosnian Rainbows
- TRACK "Morning Sickness" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Camera" (from forthcoming Music for Objects EP) streaming/downloadable from Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Red Car" (previously unreleased) streaming/downloadable from Soundcloud.
- Empire of the Sun
- ALBUM Ice on the Dune streaming at Rolling Stone.
- The Julie Ruin [new Kathleen Hanna band]
- TRACK "Oh Come On" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM The Distance Is So Big streaming until its 6/18 release at NPR.
- Nine Inch Nails
- TRACK "Came Back Haunted" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Secret EP streaming at Spin.
- TRACK "FOH" (from forthcoming I Hate Music LP) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM With Love (Disc 2) streaming through 6/17 at Pitchfork.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Bad Company (Leno), Haim (Letterman), New Politics (Conan)
- Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Conan), Jimmy Eat World (Kimmel), The Lumineers (Fallon)
- Wednesday: Trace Adkins & Colbie Caillat (Leno), The Lonely Island (Kimmel), Paul McCartney (The Colbert Report one-hour special, 11:30p-12:30a)
- Thursday: She & Him (Conan), Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell (Kimmel), Timeflies (Leno)
- Friday: The Boxer Rebellion (Leno), Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller (Fallon)
Recent artist and industry news
- Hoboken, NJ indie rock club Maxwell's is shutting its doors next month after 35 years of hosting bands such as The Feelies, Yo La Tengo, and R.E.M.. - Star-Ledger
- As expected, Apple unveiled its new music streaming service, iTunes Radio, this morning. The service, which will be closer to Pandora than to Spotify (i.e., you won't be able to select individual tracks to play on demand), will be included in iOS 7 and in the next version of iTunes for PC and Mac when they are released in the near future, and will be ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers.
The latest music videos
David Lynch & Lykke Li, "I'm Waiting Here":
The xx, "Fiction":
Sigur Rós, "Kveikur":
Kurt Vile, "KV Crimes":
The Lonely Island, "Spell It Out":
Black Sabbath, "God Is Dead?":
Deerhoof, "Breakup Songs":
Bibio, "Sycamore Silhouetting":
Merchandise, "Totale Nite":
Father John Misty, "Funtimes In Babylon":
Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "Omaha":
Waxahatchee, "Coast To Coast":
Joe Goddard, "She Burns":
Mykki Blanco, "The Initiation":
In the studio / coming soon
- U2 is reportedly inching closer to finishing its next album, with a fall release still likely. - Rolling Stone
- Beck is planning on releasing two new albums (neither one in sheet music form) in the near future: one, a proper follow-up to 2008's Modern Guilt; the second, an acoustic album. His new track "Defriended" (stream it above) will not appear on either record. - Rolling Stone
- A new Kings of Leon album is coming on September 24th, titled Mechanical Bull. Expect the first single in July. - Rolling Stone
- Nine Inch Nails have titled their September 3rd album (reported last week) Hesitation Marks.
- September 17 brings the first Sebadoh album in 14 years: Defend Yourself. They have also now officially released their recent EP, Secret, which was first made available last year via Bandcamp. (Stream it above.)
- Sting will release a new album titled The Last Ship on September 24th. The album is inspired by the singer's upcoming Broadway play about the decline of the shipbuilding industry in his hometown.
- Brian Wilson is at work on a new solo album; several other Beach Boys members, and Jeff Beck, are lending a hand. - NME
- In unfortunate news for typists everywhere (but good news for music fans), tUnE-yArDs is at work on a new album, which may or may not be titled Sink-o. - Consequence of Sound
- Earl Sweatshirt's major-label debut Doris could finally arrive in July. - Billboard
- The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You is apparently the name of Neko Case's next album, due later this year. Here's a trailer.
- Syrian artist Omar Souleyman, who has toured and recorded in the U.S. in recent years, has recorded his first-ever studio album (with Four Tet's Kieran Hebden, no less) for release this fall. - Pitchfork
- Janelle Monáe's upcoming album The Electric Lady (likely arriving in September) will feature appearances by Prince and Miguel. - Billboard
- On September 3rd, Jagjaguwar will release a new album from Okkervil River titled The Silver Gymnasium.
- There's a new Mariah Carey album headed to stores on July 23rd. - Billboard
- Modest Mouse seem to be getting serious about finishing their next album; they have canceled a lengthy summer tour of Europe in order to return to the studio.
- The Julie Ruin, the new band led by Kathleen Hanna, have set a September 3 release date for their debut album, Run Fast. - Pitchfork
- Jack Johnson returns on September 17th with From Here to Now to You. - Rolling Stone
- Richard Buckner has a new album, Surrounded, coming September 3rd; details at Merge.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Nine Inch Nails will launch their fall U.S. arena tour on September 28th, with two months worth of dates to follow. Joining them on many of the stops are Explosions in the Sky, though some East Coast dates will feature Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Pollstar has the full schedule.
- My Bloody Valentine's expanding world tour now includes six North American dates this summer. - Pitchfork
- Queens of the Stone Age have tacked on numerous late summer and fall North American dates to their current world tour. - Consequence of Sound
- Phoenix will return to North America for a handful of dates in September and October before and after their Austin City Limits gigs. - CoS
- Pitchfork has dates for a North American tour by Sigur Rós beginning in September.
- The Dodos have scheduled a fall tour. - Pitchfork
- Disclosure will be on the road for much of the remainder of 2013. - Pitchfork
- Find new dates for Portugal. The Man at Pollstar.