Music Monday (3/6): This Week's New Albums + Videos

  • Publish Date: March 6, 2017
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Last Friday's album releases

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One of 2017's most welcome reunions comes from Modesto's finest indie rock band, who split up in 2006 after releasing four excellent albums. Frontman Jason Lytle continued to release material under his own name (and others), but little was heard from Grandaddy until they reunited in 2012 for a few live dates. Last fall, unexpectedly, the band released a pair of new songs—their first new material in a decade—and one of those tracks (and 11 others) can be found on the band's well-reviewed new album.

Ed Sheeran
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The English artist's third album (which, like its two predecessors, takes a mathematical symbol as its title), contains a dozen new songs in its standard version and 16 in a deluxe release. Critics seem to like it a bit better than Sheeran's past releases.

Additional new releases last week

Alyeska Crush EP
Mark Barrott Music for Presence EP Spotify
Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard John Wick: Chapter 2 OST Spotify
The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are The Divine Wind EP Spotify
Blanck Mass World Eater Spotify
Bleached Can You Deal? EP Spotify
Bombadil Fences Spotify
Bush Black and White Rainbows
Chants Amethyst Dust EP
Chicano Batman Freedom Is Free Spotify
Guy Clark The Best of the Dualtone Years 2xCD Spotify
Del Paxton All Day, Every Day, All Night Spotify
Jessica Dennison + Jones Jessica Dennison + Jones Spotify
Findlay Forgotten Pleasures Spotify
Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains Solide Mirage Spotify
Jenn Grant Paradise Spotify
Colin Hay Fierce Mercy Spotify
Ibibio Sound Machine Uyai Spotify
Junius Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light Spotify
Tim Kasher No Resolution Spotify
Third solo set from the Cursive/Good Life member
Khalid American Teen Spotify
Kneebody Anti-Hero Spotify
Christine Leakey Wanderlust Wishing Well Spotify
Sondre Lerche Pleasure Spotify
Lily and Horn Horse Lily on Horn Horse
Lusine Sensorimotor Spotify
Holly Macve Golden Eagle Spotify
Methyl Ethel Everything Is Forgotten Spotify
Middle Children Earth Angel Spotify
Minus The Bear Voids Spotify
Nadia Reid Preservation Spotify
Operator Music Band Puzzlephonics I & II Spotify
Peter Bjorn and John Breakin' Point [Deluxe] Spotify
Reissue of 2016 album adds eight bonus tracks
The Rascals The Complete Singles A's & B's 2xCD
Save Ferris Checkered Past EP Spotify
Senses Fail In Your Absence Spotify
Shit and Shine Total Shit! Spotify
Sleaford Mods English Tapas Spotify
J Sutta I Say Yes Spotify
Talaboman The Night Man Spotify
Collaboration between John Talabot and Axel Boman
Temples Volcano Spotify
WHY? Moh Lhean Spotify
A Will Away Here Again Spotify
Within the Ruins Halfway Human Spotify

Coming Friday 3/10 (notable releases):

Daymé Arocena Cubafonía LISTEN (NPR)
David Bazan Care LISTEN (Stereogum)
Out Tuesday 3/7
Bonny Doon Bonny Doon LISTEN (Hype Machine)
Buzzcocks Time's Up
First official release of 1976 demos album previously available as a bootleg
Damaged Bug Bunker Funk
New solo album from Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer
Hater You Tried LISTEN (Hype Machine)
Hurray For The Riff Raff The Navigator LISTEN (NPR)
Jay Som Everybody Works LISTEN (NPR)
Valerie June The Order of Time LISTEN (NPR)
Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir 5xCDLISTEN (NPR; one disc added each day this week)
Laura Marling Semper Femina
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner Make It Be LISTEN (Stereogum)
Nathan Fake Providence
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever The French Press EP
Porter Ray Watercolor LISTEN (Stereogum)
The Shins Heartworms
Elliott Smith Either/Or: Expanded Edition 2xCD
Expanded reissue of the late singer-songwriter's breakthrough third album adds five live tracks and four rarities
Soundgarden Ultramega OK
Rerelease of band's 1988 debut features a completely different mix of the album and adds six demo recordings
Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives Way Out West LISTEN (NPR)
Tennis Yours Conditionally
Thelma Thelma LISTEN (Stereogum)
Various Beauty and the Beast OST 2xCD
Paul Weller Jawbone: Music From The Film OST
Full album release calendar >

Stream upcoming albums and new tracks

TRACK "We Chase the Sound" streaming at YouTube.
Alex G
TRACK "Witch" streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "3WW" streaming at Spotify.
Iggy Azalea
TRACK "Can't Lose" streaming at Spotify.
Michelle Branch
TRACK "Best You Ever" streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Hypnotised" (from the upcoming Kaleidoscope EP, due June 2) streaming at YouTube.
Rob Crow
TRACK "Just Making Time At This Point" streaming at Bandcamp.
Father John Misty
TRACK "Total Entertainment Forever" streaming at YouTube.
Juliana Hatfield
TRACK "Impossible Song" streaming at Stereogum.
The Juan MacLean
TRACK "Can You Ever Really Know Somebody" streaming at Spotify.
Mark Lanegan Band
TRACK "Beehive" streaming at SoundCloud.
Laura Marling
TRACK "Nothing, Not Nearly" streaming at YouTube.
Thurston Moore
TRACK "Cease Fire" streaming at SoundCloud.
Portugal. The Man
TRACK "Feel It Still" streaming at YouTube.
Self Esteem [new Mikal Cronin and Kim Gordon project]
TRACK "War/Golden God" streaming at Bandcamp.
The Shins
TRACK "Painting a Hole" streaming at YouTube.
Trans Am
TRACK "Alles Verboten" streaming at Spotify.
TRACK "Daisy" streaming at SoundCloud.
TRACK "You're Welcome" streaming at SoundCloud.
TRACK "Diamonds in Cups" streaming at SoundCloud.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Jidenna (Colbert), Lady Antebell Biv Devoe (Kimmel), New Kids on the Block (Corden), Sinkane (Conan)
  • Tuesday: Hippo Campus (Conan), LeAnn Rimes (Kimmel)
  • Wednesday: Spoon (Kimmel), Sting (Corden)
  • Thursday: Dawes (Colbert), Future (Kimmel), Milky Chance (Conan), Spoon (Corden)
  • Saturday: Lorde (Saturday Night Live)

The latest music videos

Lorde, "Green Light":

The New Pornographers, "High Ticket Attractions":

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood, "Tears On Fire":

The Flaming Lips, "There Should Be Unicorns":

Moon Duo, "Lost in Light":

The Dandy Warhols, "Thick Girls Knock Me Out (Richard Starkey)":

Future Islands, "Ran":

Pallbearer, "I Saw the End":

Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like":

Neil Young, "Peace Trail":

Ariana Grande and John Legend, "Beauty and the Beast":

Joey Bada$$, "Land of the Free":

In the studio / coming soon

  • Lorde's highly anticipated sophomore album has been titled Melodrama and it should arrive this summer, though there's still no official date. The Jack Antonoff-produced lead single, "Green Light," is already receiving a warm reception (a video is streaming above).
  • Roger Waters will release his first solo studio album in 25 years on May 19th. Is This The Life We Really Want? features production from frequent Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich. Watch an album preview video.
  • Alt-J have set a June 9 release for their next album, Relaxer.
  • A new Alex G album, Rocket, arrives on May 19th.
  • Wavves' new LP You’re Welcome is also due on May 19th.
  • What Now, the second album from Sylvan Esso, will be out on April 28th.
  • Girlpool's second album, Powerplant, will be released May 12th via Anti-.

Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.

Comments (4)

  • Jamobo  

    Any plans to bring this feature back?

  • jeffreyglenn  

    Did Dietz get fired or something?

  • michaeln  

    Really missing this feature! Please bring it back!

  • michaeln  

    Has it really been over a month since you posted one of these? Come on, guys!

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