This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 24 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.
- Au Revoir Simone Move in Spectrums
- Black Label Society Unblackened 2xCD/DVD/Blu-ray
- CD is a double live album
- Cher Closer to the Truth
- CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
- Debut album for the heavily hyped Scottish trio
- Clannad Nadur
- First album of new material in 15 years for the Celtic folk outfit
- Deer Tick Negativity
- Jason Derulo Tattoos EP LISTEN (MTV)
- Digitalism Lift EP
Nothing Was the Same
- What's different about Same—compared to the Canadian artist's previous albums like 2011's Take Care 78—is a lack of slower tracks and an emphasis on rapping. Jay-Z and Detail are among the relatively few number of features on the final 13-song final tracklist; other collaborations, with J. Cole on the previously leaked "Jodeci Freestyle" and Sampha on "The Motion", did not make the final cut. No matter; the new album is earning Drake the best reviews of his career so far.
- Dream Theater Dream Theater
- Bryan Ferry Live in Lyon DVD/Blu-ray
- 2011 concert
- The Fresh & Onlys Soothsayer EP
- Six new tracks
- Girls Against Boys The Ghost List EP
- First new music since 2002
- Glee Cast Glee Sings the Beatles OST
- Christopher Gordon Adore OST
- Gov't Mule Shout! 2xCD
- Ha Ha Tonka Lessons LISTEN (3voor12)
- Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar & Friends
- I Am Robot and Proud Touch Tone
- Icona Pop This Is… Icona Pop
- U.S. debut album for the Swedish outfit known for hits like "I Love It" (which reappears here)
- The Internet Feel Good LISTEN (Stereogum)
- INVSN INVSN
- Alan Jackson The Bluegrass Album
- Jewel Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection
- Elton John The Diving Board
- Produced by T Bone Burnett
- Kings of Leon
- Over the past decade, the Grammy-winning Southern rockers have released five albums to increasing sales but decreasing critical accolades, with their most recent release, Come Around Sundown 64, dismissed by some critics as "safe" and "boring". Their sixth album, coming after an abruptly canceled tour and a six-month hiatus, once again finds Kings of Leon working with producer Angelo Petraglia, who has been with the band since their best-reviewed album, Because Of The Times 79. Reviewers suggest the result is only a partial return to form for the band.
- Krewella Get Wet
- Mazzy Star
Seasons of Your Day LISTEN (Pitchfork)
- After 17 years without a new album, fans of the Hope Sandoval-fronted alt-rockers—known for gauzy, atmospheric 1990s hits like "Fade Into You"—probably assumed that Mazzy Star was no longer a going concern. But the band's core duo of Sandoval and David Roback apparently never stopped writing and recording new music in the years following 1996's Among My Swan, and they have finally opted to share some of it with the public in the form of the 10-track Seasons of Your Day. My Bloody Valentine's Colm Ó Cíosóig (who also performs with Sandoval in the Warm Inventions) and the late Bert Jansch guest on an album that sounds (for better and worse) as if no time has passed since the band's previous LP.
- Megadeth Countdown to Extinction: Live
- Recorded during 2012 concert; includes live performance of entire Countdown to Extinction album plus additional songs
- Metallica Metallica Through The Never OST
- Soundtrack from the upcoming film (out this Friday in IMAX theaters and next week on conventional screens)
- Nirvana In Utero 3xCD+DVD
- Super deluxe box set reissue adds 70 tracks, including demos, rarities, and a full concert from December 13, 1993; also available in various less-deluxe editions
- Noah and the Whale Heart of Nowhere
- Oh Land Wishbone LISTEN (NY Times)
- Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band Take Me to the Land of Hell
- Ono's band includes members of Cornelius and Cibo Matto, while guests include Questlove, Andrew Wyatt, and Lenny Kravitz
- Pink Martini Get Happy
- Promised Land Sound Promised Land Sound LISTEN (Spin)
- R5 Louder
- Frankie Rose Herein Wild
- Solo album for former Crystal Stilts/Vivian Girls member
- Smashing Pumpkins Oceania: Live In NYC 2xCD+DVD/Blu-ray
- Sons Of The Sea Sons Of The Sea
- Side project for Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd
- Sting The Last Ship
- New album of originals (his first since 2003) is inspired by his own upcoming Broadway play about the decline of the shipbuilding industry in his hometown
- Touché Amoré Is Survived By
- Traams Grin
- Shigeru Umebayashi The Grandmaster OST
- Various And I'll Scratch Yours
- Covers of Peter Gabriel songs by artists including David Byrne, Brian Eno, Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Regina Spektor, Bon Iver, Feist, Stephin Merritt, and more
- Various Muscle Shoals OST
- Various NCIS: Benchmark OST
- Hans Zimmer Rush OST
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Beachwood Sparks
- TRACK "Make It Together" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Gimme" (new single) streaming at YouTube.
- Blind Boys of Alabama
- ALBUM I'll Find a Way (out 10/1) streaming now at Wall Street Journal.
- Brendan Canning
- TRACK "Bullied Days" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Paper Trails" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Deltron 3030
- TRACK "Melding of the Minds" (feat. Zack De La Rocha) streaming at Stereogum.
ALBUM Event II streaming at Pitchfork.
- Dr. Dog
- ALBUM B-Room (out 10/1) streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Elf Power
- ALBUM Sunlight On The Moon (out 10/1) streaming now at NPR.
- Frog Eyes
- TRACK "Claxxon's Lament" streaming at Bandcamp.
- Robert Glasper Experiment
- TRACK "I Stand Alone" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Tim Kasher
- TRACK "Where's Your Heart Lie" streaming at Spin.
- R. Kelly
- TRACK "Genius" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Try Anything Once" (feat. Cornelius) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Pure Heroine (out 10/1) streaming now at VH1.
- Cass McCombs
- TRACK "Brighter!" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Provider" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Oneohtrix Point Never
- ALBUM R Plus Seven (out 10/1) streaming at NPR.
- ALBUM Siberia (out next week) streaming now at A.V. Club.
- TRACK "Temperamental" (feat. Phonte Coleman) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Justin Timberlake
- TRACK "TKO" streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (out next week) streaming now at iTunes.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: 2 Chainz (Arsenio), Paul McCartney (Kimmel), Tired Pony (Letterman)
- Tuesday: The Avett Brothers (Fallon), Cher (Letterman), Cher Lloyd (Leno), Metallica (The Colbert Report), Justin Timberlake (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Atoms for Peace (The Daily Show), Deer Tick (Conan) Goodie Mob (Leno), Icona Pop (Letterman), Kings of Leon (Fallon), Sons of the Sea (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Goldfrapp (Fallon), Mayer Hawthorne (Arsenio), Kings of Leon (Letterman; also Live on Letterman webcast at 9p ET / 6p PT), Avril Lavigne (Kimmel), Little Big Town (Leno), Slash (Conan)
- Friday: The Kruger Brothers with Steve Martin (Letterman), Superchunk (Fallon)
- Saturday: Arcade Fire (Saturday Night Live; also 30-minute concert special following SNL on NBC at 1:00am)
Recent artist and industry news
- Famed English record shop Rough Trade will open its first U.S. outpost, in Brooklyn, this November. - Billboard
The latest music videos
MGMT, "Cool Song No. 2" (starring Michael K. Williams):
The Weeknd, "Pretty" [NSFW]:
Mazzy Star, "California":
Pearl Jam, "Sirens":
Laura Marling, "Devil's Resting Place":
Solange, "Lovers In The Parking Lot":
Icona Pop, "All Night":
Foxygen, "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic":
Holy Ghost!, "Okay":
Danny Brown, "Dip":
Dr. Dog, "Love":
Tegan And Sara, "Goodbye, Goodbye":
In the studio / coming soon
- Among the six Robert Pollard-related releases due out this fall and winter are a solo album called Blazing Gentlemen (out 12/10) and a new Guided by Voices album in February, titled Motivational Jumpsuit. - Stereogum
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Brendan Canning is hitting the road again late this year. - Pollstar
- Chance the Rapper has a big fall tour planned; CoS has the schedule.
- Cher will hit the road next spring in support of her new album. - Billboard
- Disclosure's lengthy world tour includes some North American dates in October. - Pitchfork
- Drake has delayed some of the dates on his fall tour; Billboard has the new schedule.
- Jon Hopkins will tour with Clark this fall. - Pitchfork
- Cass McCombs kicks off his tour in November. - Pitchfork
- Rick Ross has eight live dates set for November. - CoS
- Britney Spears has booked a two-year residency in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where she'll perform 50 shows a year in 2014 and 2015. - Billboard