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Next Week in Music | Aug. 12-18 • 140 New (& Old) Releases Headed Your Way

Here's all the music you'll be adding to your playlist next week. And then some.

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Some weeks it’s a famine. This week it’s a feast, with nearly 150 new albums, EPs and singles being released next week. Here are the ones I’m most looking forward to, presented in alphabetical order. Mark your calendars and pre-order your favourites — but don’t blame me if things change at the last minute:


THE SHORT LIST

Rodney Crowell
Texas

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Grammy winner Rodney Crowell explores his Lone Star roots with an eclectic cast of all-star friends on Texas, his adventurous new album of collaborations. Featuring Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F. Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Ringo Starr and more, the 11 tracks on Texas represent not just a fresh batch of weathered poetry from one of Americana’s finest craftsmen, but also an iconic singer-songwriter letting loose with his friends. “For the last few years, I’d been writing Texas-centric songs and revisiting some of my tunes from as far back as the mid-seventies,” Crowell explains. “Last year, I started referring to the collection of songs as the Texas album.”


The Hold Steady
Thrashing Thru the Passion

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Just after the new year, we headed up to Woodstock to The Isokon studio to record some new songs. We were joined by producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, who have helped us record everything we’ve done for the past few years. The songs sounded like a cool A side of an album. So, after Goodwin mixed the songs, we decided to put them together with some of our favorite songs we’d recorded in the past few years and make it an album. We pondered a track list for a bit, had our friend Dave Gardner master it, and here it is. We call it Thrashing Thru The Passion, which is taken from a line on You Did Good Kid.”


Killswitch Engage
Atonement

THE PRESS RELEASE:Atonement is the culmination of a trying and turbulent two-year period. KsE started kicking around ideas for the album as early as 2017. The band recorded the bulk of the material separately on both coasts. However, in the middle of the process, a polyp developed scar tissue in singer Jesse Leach’s throat, forcing him to undergo surgery. The intense three-month recovery ended with speech therapy, vocal therapy, and scream therapy. The band ultimately emerged with an album that is further evidence of their undeniable legacy as one of the most enduring metal bands of the last two decades and beyond.”

 


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Infest the Rats’ Nest

THE PRESS RELEASE: “The planet is in trouble. Dire trouble. But fear not: Melbourne seven-piece King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return to save us all, this time armed only with blast beats, an arsenal of well-oiled guitars that are locked and loaded, and a desire to melt faces clean off. Their fifteenth studio album, Infest The Rats’ Nest is by far The Gizz’s hardest and heaviest album to date. How metal is it? Very Metal. Maybe even more.”


Ride
This is Not a Safe Place

THE PRESS RELEASE:This Is Not A Safe Place sees the rejuvenated Oxford four piece unite with revered DJ, producer, musical curator and remixer Erol Alkan, who was on production duties for 2017’s Weather Diaries. Rekindling that creative partnership has once again seen Ride push their sound forward, as hypnotic rhythms and washes of lush guitars come together with leftfield electronic influences. The combination creates a sound rich in their trademark shoegaze atmosphere, whilst simultaneously sounding fresh and creatively ambitious.”


Sleater-Kinney
The Center Won’t Hold

THE PRESS RELEASE:The Center Won’t Hold is the tenth studio album by Sleater-Kinney. It addresses transformation as it relates to the corrosion and decomposition of forms. Fractured and frayed by age or by loss, by internecine politics, by trauma or depression, these eleven songs ask what remains of a body, a human spirit, a relationship, a city, a country. The narrators herein sing from the brink of madness, corruption, loss, or grief. And though they speak to us from the narrow, near desperate strands to which they are consigned by others, or upon which they’ve self-exiled—feeling small, fearing obsolescence—they ask to be heard on the most sprawling of canvasses. By couching these personal stories in a sonic palette that unabashedly takes up space, what remains is a tale of survival: a treatise on female friendship, inner strength, resilience, and community.”


Frank Turner
No Man’s Land

THE PRESS RELEASE: “With Grammy-winning producer Catherine Marks (St. Vincent, Local Natives) at the helm and featuring a dynamic cast of all-female musicians, No Man’s Land is an album dedicated to telling the fascinating stories of women whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked. “These stories should have been told already,” says Frank Turner of the album. “And I suspect if they were men they would be better known.”


THE LONG LIST

Snoh Aalegra | – ugh, those feels again
Ildar Abdrazakov | Verdi
AOMG | Signhere
The Ascent of Everest | Is Not Defeated
Satoshi Ashikawa | Still Way Vinyl
Atreyu | Our Wake Deluxe Edition
Marion Belle & Sam Mehran | Present: MELT
Alex Bent & The Emptiness | Baby
Black Mekon | Destroy Nostalgia
Blanck Mass | Animated Violence Mild
Boris | LφVE & EVφL
Boxing Gandhis | Culture War (Put a Little Drop of Love In Your Silly Mother #*%+! Head!)
Capture | Lost Control
Cerebral Rot | Odious Descent Into Decay
Channel Tres | Black Moses
Chief Keef | Almighty So 2
Christie | Christie
Cousin Stizz | Trying to Find My Next Thrill
Rodney Crowell | Texas
Cruickshank | Cruickshank
Cultdreams | Things That Hurt
Madison Cunningham | Who Are You Now
Curren$y | Hot August Nights
Marie Davidson | Chasing the Light
Dead Soul Alliance | Slaves to the Apocalypse
Deadthrone | Premonitions
Devourment | Obscene Majesty
Dialith | Extinction Six
Diocletian | Amongst The Flames Of A Burning God
Dogtooth | What For? / Away
Domiciles | This Is Not A Zen Garden
Dry Cleaning | Sweet Princess EP
Dying in Designer | Nobody’s Happy
Equilibrium | Renegades
Exile | The Garage Tapes
Explosions in the Sky | How Strange Vinyl Edition
Explosions in the Sky | Innocence Vinyl Edition
Explosions in the Sky | The Rescue Vinyl Edition
Field Mouse | Meaning
FireWalkWithMe | The Eternal Black Rainbow
Fletcher | You Ruined New York City For Me EP
Florence + The Machine | Lungs 10th Anniversary Edition
Debby Friday | Death Drive
Friendly Fires | Inflorescent
The Frogs | It’s Only Right & Natural Reissue
Gabber Modus Operandi | HOXXXYA
Scott Gagner | Hummingbird Heart
Glåsbird | Svalbarð
Philip Glass | Samurai Marathon
Gal Gracen | Fantasy Gardens
Beverly Glenn-Copeland | Primal Prayer Reissue
Good Times Ahead | Good Times Bad Times at Hard Summer
Grim | Lunatic House
HammerFall | Dominion
Rui Ho | In Pursuit of the Sun 逐日
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors | Dragons
The Hold Steady | Thrashing Thru the Passion
Homeshake | Helium Remixes
Luke Howard | The Sand That Ate the Sea
Ikebe Shakedown | Kings Left Behind
Illenium | Ascend
Jadu Heart | Melt Away
Bryony Jarman-Pinto | Cage and Aviary
Ellen Jewell | Gypsy
Jinu | Jinu’s Heyday
Jitensha | Periscope
Kayzo | Unleashed
David Keenan | A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery
Killswitch Engage | Atonement
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Infest the Rats’ Nest
Tracy Lawrence | Made In America
L’Epee | Diabolique
Lifetime Shitlist | Bad Blood
The Lilacs | The Lilacs Endure
Loscil | Equivalents
Jason Lytle | Arthur King Presents Jason Lytle: NYLONANDJUNO
Lillie Mae | Other Girls
Major Stars | Roots Of Confusion Seeds Of Joy
Mallory Knox | Mallory Knox
Rob Mazurek | Marfa Trilogy
Jason McCue | Wasteland
Taylor McFerrin | Love’s Last Chance
Jessi McNeal | The Driveway
Memba | Saga-II
Mon/Ku | m.p.
Moron Police | A Boat on the Sea
The Murder Capital | When I Have Fears
Nature of Wires | Modus
Nef The Pharaoh | Mushrooms & Coloring Books
9Bach | 9Bach
No Hot Ashes | Hardship Starship
Normani | Motivation
Object Blue | Figure Beside Me EP
Off With Their Heads | Be Good
Oh Sees | Face Stabber
Old Salt Union | Where The Dogs Don’t Bite
Oso Oso | Basking In The Glow
The Parlor Mob | Dark Hour
Peaer | A Healthy Earth
Peter, Paul And Mary | At Newport 1963-65
P-LO | Shine
Pls&Ty | Run Wild / Feeling Forever Remix EP
Prana Crafter / Tarotplane | Symbiose
Press Club | Wasted Energy
The Rails | Cancel the Sun
Reader | Engrams
Lionel Richie | Hello From Las Vegas
Ride | This is Not a Safe Place
Chris Rivers | G.I.T.U.
Ross From Friends | Epiphany
Rucci | Tako’s Son
Runrig | The Last Dance: Farewell Concert
Bobby Rush | Sitting on Top of the Blues
Conrad Schnitzler | Conditions of the Gas Giant
Dylan Scott | An Old Memory
Shadow of Intent | Melancholy
Shaun | 36.5
Abram Shook | The Neon Machine
Shura | forevher
Silver Bars | Center Of The City Lights
Skybreak & Keskuda | Above the Clouds
Skylephant | I Am The Ghost
Sleater-Kinney | The Center Won’t Hold
Snoop Dogg | I Wanna Thank Me
Spiritbox | Milk
Rae Spoon | Mental Health
Superterrestrial | The Void That Exists
Surfer Blood | Hourly Haunts EP
Third World | More Work to Be Done
Tinee Wolf | Chuva EP
Frank Turner | No Man’s Land
Twilight Force | Dawn of the Dragonstar
The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show | They Say I Don’t Write Love Songs
Maria Usbeck | Envejeciendo
Various Artists | Cadillac Baby’s Bea & Baby Records: The Definitive Collection
Various Artists | Hitsville: The Making of Motown Soundtrack
Various Artists | Quality Control: Control For the Streets Vol. 2
Various Artists | Tootsie Broadway Cast Recording
Erkki Veltheim | Ganzfeld Experiment
Versus | Ex Voto
The Warp/The Weft | Dead Reckoning
We Are Only Human Once | The Prettiest Boys in Town
Kim Wilde | Aliens
Scott Wilkie | Brasil
Wos | Purpura
Young Thug | So Much Fun
Yousef | 9 Moor Drive