This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, March 5 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.
- Autechre Exai
- Bajofondo Presente
- Benjamin Damage Heliosphere
- Benoît Pioulard Hymnal
- Blue Hawaii Untogether LISTEN (Pitchfork; today only)
- Luke Bryan Spring Break: Here to Party
- Marcus Canty This... Is Marcus Canty LISTEN (Billboard)
- The Cave Singers Naomi LISTEN (MTV Hive)
- Chelsea Light Moving
Chelsea Light Moving LISTEN (3voor12)
- While the legendary Sonic Youth appears to be done for good, its members continue to make music. Last year brought a Lee Ranaldo solo album, and this week sees the debut LP from Chelsea Light Moving, a new quartet fronted by SY's Thurston Moore that should instantly appeal to fans of Moore's former band (hint: you'll recognize his distinctive guitar-playing immediately), though it's a bit heavier and more straightforward than recent Sonic Youth releases.
- Clinic Free Reign II
- Alternate mix of the band's 2012 album by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never; digital/vinyl only
- Cloud Cult Love
- Fiction The Big Other
- Jason Graves Tomb Raider OST
- Helado Negro Invisible Life
- Jimi Hendrix
People, Hell and Angels
- A new Jimi Hendrix album? Anything's possible these days (plus, you have to admit, the guy is overdue). People, Hell and Angels collects a dozen never-before-released tracks recorded in 1968 and 69 that showcase the guitarist's more experimental side. Diehard fans may be familiar with many of the songs themselves, but you've never heard them quite like this.
- Matthew Herbert Herbert Complete Box set
- Collects all work (including previously unreleased material) recorded by Herbert from 1996-2006 [Digital only: 4 March]
- Robyn Hitchcock Love From London
- How to Destroy Angels
Welcome oblivion LISTEN
- With Nine Inch Nails on hiatus (until the fall), Trent Reznor has busied himself in recent years with soundtrack work, including his acclaimed score for The Social Network with collaborator Atticus Ross. Reznor also founded a new project, How to Destroy Angels, with Ross and vocalist Mariqueen Maandig (Reznor's wife), and, following a few EPs released over the last few years, the trio finally reveal their full-length debut this week.
- Javelin Hi Beams LISTEN
- Krokus Dirty Dynamite
- Christopher Lennertz Identity Thief OST
- Lightouts Want
- The Men
New Moon LISTEN (3voor12)
- Nearly a year after releasing their adventurous critical hit Open Your Heart—which continued to earn the band comparisons to The Replacements—Brooklyn indie rockers The Men return with their fourth album. (And, yes, despite departing from the iconic Sacred Bones album cover layout, they are still signed to the label.)
- Ashley Monroe Like a Rose
- Kate Nash Girl Talk
- Thomas Newman Side Effects OST
- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds International Magic Live At The O2 DVD+CD/Blu-ray+CD
- Madeleine Peyroux The Blue Room
- Antonio Pinto Snitch OST
- Raekwon The Tonight Show
- Rhye Woman LISTEN (Pitchfork; today only)
- Josh Ritter The Beast In Its Tracks LISTEN (3voor12)
- Caitlin Rose The Stand-In LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Boz Scaggs Memphis
- Sigur Rós Valtari Film Experiment DVD/Blu-ray
- Collects all 16 videos made for songs from the band's last album
- Stereophonics Graffiti On The Train LISTEN (3voor12)
- [UK only: 4 Mar]
- Soilwork The Living Infinite
- Son Volt Honky Tonk LISTEN
- Suuns Images Du Futur LISTEN (3voor12)
- They Might Be Giants Nanobots LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
- Young Dreams Between Places
- Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "Until the Morning" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Attracting Flies" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Azealia Banks
- TRACK "Barely Legal" (Strokes cover) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Devendra Banhart
- ALBUM Mala streaming until its 3/12 release at NPR.
- Barn Owl
- TRACK "The Long Shadow" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Big K.R.I.T.
- TRACK "Shine On" (featuring Bun B) downloadable from Stereogum.
- David Bowie
- ALBUM The Next Day (out March 12; early reviews here) streaming in full at iTunes.
- Cold Cave
- TRACK "Oceans with No End" streaming at YouTube.
- The Delfonics
- ALBUM Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics streaming until its 3/12 release at NPR.
- Glass Candy
- TRACK "The Possessed" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Unspoken" downloadable from Consequence of Sound.
- Major Lazer
- TRACK "Watch Out For This (Bumaye)" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Muchacho streaming until its 3/19 release at NPR.
- The Polyphonic Spree
- TRACK "You Don't Know Me" streaming at Consequence of Sound.
- The Replacements
- TRACK "I'm Not Sayin'" (Gordon Lightfoot cover) streaming at Pitchfork.
- Saturday Looks Good to Me
- TRACK "Invisible Friend" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Small Black
- TRACK "Free at Dawn" streaming at Jagjaguwar.
- Marnie Stern
- ALBUM The Chronicles Of Marnia streaming until its 3/19 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Slasherr" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Nothing's Changed" streaming at Soundcloud.
- William Tyler
- ALBUM Impossible Truth (out 3/19) streaming at Spin.
- Various artists
- ALBUM Sound City: Real to Reel streaming until its 3/12 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Spirit Forest" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Sarah Darling (Conan), Sean Rowe (Kimmel)
- Tuesday: Frightened Rabbit (Conan), The Sound City Players (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Luke Bryan (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Jamie N. Commons (Conan), Rival Sons (Kimmel)
- Saturday: Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Revenues from worldwide music sales were up 0.3 percent (to $16.5 billion) in 2012, marking the first year-over-year increase since 1999. - Reuters
- Stone Temple Pilots have fired frontman Scott Weiland. - Rolling Stone
- The Roots' ?uestlove has written a memoir entitled Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, currently scheduled for a June 18 release.
The latest music videos
Atoms For Peace, "Ingenue":
David Bowie, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" [starring Tilda Swinton] [NSFW]:
Big Boi, "Apple of My Eye":
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)" [NSFW]:
Autre Ne Veut, "Play By Play":
Buke and Gase, "General Dome":
Bleached, "Next Stop":
The Darkness, "With a Woman":
Mount Moriah, "Bright Light":
Melody's Echo Chamber, "Crystallized":
Ra Ra Riot, "Dance with Me":
In the studio / coming soon
- Charli XCX will release her debut full-length, True Romance, on April 16th. - Pitchfork
- Snoop Lion, the reggae alter ego of Snoop Dogg, will release his Diplo-produced first album, Reincarnated, on April 23rd (approximately three days later than we expected).
- Southern metal band Kylesa return with Ultraviolet on May 28th. - CoS
- Major Lazer's repeatedly delayed album Free the Universe finally seems to have a firm release date (thanks to the band's recent signing by label Secretly Canadian): April 15th.
- Legendary indie rockers Beat Happening will rerelease their entire catalog (including some long out-of-print titles) this year. - Pitchfork
- No Doubt have returned to the studio to work on material for another album, postponing upcoming tour dates in the process. - Rolling Stone
- Out June 4th on 4AD, Desire Lines will be the first album in four years for Scotland's Camera Obscura. - CoS
- Tricky has announced a new album, False Idols, for a May 28 release.
- Goldie is working on a new album (possibly called Pages) which could feature collaborations with Flying Lotus, Burial, and Photek. - Billboard
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- A summer tour for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will include festival stops as well as a five-night residency at New York's Beacon Theatre and a six-day stay at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre. - Billboard
- Currently in the middle of a North American tour, Alt-J will return in September for even more shows. - Consequence of Sound
- Former Monkees man Michael Nesmith is embarking on his first solo tour in over two decades. - Pop & Hiss
- Danny Brown and Baauer (of "Harlem Shake" fame) have announced a joint tour for April. - Pitchfork
- Find dates for Camera Obscura at Pitchfork.