Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, from artists including Fall Out Boy, Joe Perry, They Might be Giants, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.
Fall Out Boy: M A N I A (DCD2/Island). It’s been a couple of years since FOB’s last release, and the latest finds the band dropping more into the pop realm than the pop-punk realm of years past. There is a mish-mosh of styles on this record, anchored by a lot of guitar, but several catchy moments will reel fans in per usual.
Joe Perry: Sweetzerland Manifesto (Roman/MPED Distribution). Perry puts on his producer hat for this release, along with Bruce Witkin and Jack Douglas. As a bona fide rock star should, he’s attracted an A-list guest roster to help out: Robin Zander, Johnny Depp on drums, Terry Reid, Zak Starkey, and David Johansen.
They Might Be Giants: I Like Fun (Idlewild Recordings). This marks the band’s 20th studio recording, and true to form, it’s what you’d expect. Nothing much has changed about the signature sound here. Zany, fun, upbeat, and catchy remains the name of the game.
Phillip Phillips: Collateral (19 Recordings/Interscope). American Idol alum Phillips went through an unfortunate lawsuit against Idol’s parent company, 19 Entertainment, which prevented him from releasing music for three years. He’s back now, with a solid effort combining confident rock chops with touches of R&B and soul.
Walking Papers: WP2 (Loud & Proud). Led by Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, the Seattle group’s latest is the perfect choice for music fans looking for ‘90s alternative and classic rock — updated just enough to give a modern slant to a familiar sound.
Glen Hansard: Between Two Shores (ANTI-/Epitaph). Oscar winner Hansard takes a sharp, no-holds-barred look at the demise of a relationship on his third studio effort. Carrying the focus on (unhappy) emotion is his talented folk leanings, which on this release have a bit of vintage feel to them.
Tune-Yards: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD). Now an official duo, Tune-Yards offers up their most danceable release to date, which still manages to examine not-so-peppy topics as race, politics, and other societal issues.
The Shins: The Worms Heart (Aural Apothecary/Columbia). This album undergoes a complete reworking of the group’s 2017 set Heartworms, with an unusual concept: Slow songs are re-recorded as fast songs and vice versa.
Mudhoney: LiE (Sub Pop). This was recorded live during the bands 2016 European tour; the first single is “Judgement, Rage, Retribution and Thyme” and there’s 10 others for fans to get into as well.
First Aid Kit: Ruins (Columbia). Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit deliver a highly emotional fourth album, which still manages to be sweetly pretty in spite of all its intensity, due to their lovely vocals.
Moon Taxi: Let The Record Play (RCA). The Nashville band makes a bold step forward with their latest release, carefully blending roots, rock, pop, and well-crafted jams into one cohesive and grown-up record.
Meat Beat Manifesto: Impossible Star (Flexidisc/Virtual Label Group). This is MBM’s first record in seven years, and like the rest of the catalog, it pushes the boundaries of electronic music. Here, there is a good deal of playing with time and tempo, leaving listeners guessing constantly.
Of Mice & Men: Defy (Rise). Looking for fast and heavy this week? Look no further than this album; the rock/metal group continue what they have done best for a while. The latest is a nice step in maturity from their last while still hanging on to what fans adore.
LANco: Hallelujah Nights (Arista Nashville). Country-rock quintet LANco have been attracting attention in the Nashville world with their easygoing, authentic, and fresh-sounding songwriting. Having honed their sound on the road, the band worked to bring the energy of a live set to their debut.
Anvil: Pounding the Pavement (Steamhammer/SPV). The legendary Canadian metal trio is celebrating its 40th anniversary; this release marks their 17th full length. The passion for metal is still alive here, so dig in if you dare.
Black Label Society: Grimmest Hits (eOne Music). This week is full of heavy hitters in the rockin’ out department, but few top Zakk Wylde, who is consistently dang good at pumping out new riffage. This is the band’s 10th full-length album, turn it up loud and enjoy.
The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band: Chinese Butterfly (Concord Jazz). This album reunites Corea with drummer Gadd, who played in Corea’s acclaimed fusion band Return to Forever. As would be expected, this is a solid and pleasant collaboration.
Magnum: Lost On The Road To Eternity (Steamhammer/SPV). British hard rock band Magnum celebrate a big milestone with this release: It’s the 20th studio recording by the group since their 1978 album Kingdom Of Madness. The core lineup is updated with two new members.
Shopping: The Official Body (FatCat). Produced by Edwyn Collins, this record gets you up and ready to move while still managing to deliver a variety of political and social commentary over a minimal, brittle, driving groove.
The Swampers: Muscle Shoals Has Got the Swampers (Muscle Shoals Sound Records). The Swampers was the nickname of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section—one of the most respected and sought after session groups from the late 1960s onward. This release is a treasure trove of their lost tracks, essential listening for anyone interested in the history of great American music.
KIDZ BOP Kids: KIDZ Bop 37 (KIDZ BOP). The unstoppable kids are back with another album for the younger set, putting their wildly popular, cleaned-up song-and-dance spin on current hits by Imagine Dragons, Portugal. The Man, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Sam Smith, and more.