A musical Alternative makes its return on this April week, bringing electronic, folk and rock music back to the forefront. Grab a banjo, a guitar and a synthesizer, because here are this week’s album and single releases:
- THE LUMINEERS — Cleopatra (iTunes)
- No, they aren’t just the “Ho Hey” trio anymore, even if that remains their signature song. The lead single from the new album is “Ophelia”, a current top ten hit at Alternative radio, which gives them their third single at the format to reach those heights. Without a crossover single, this probably won’t do as well as their debut effort in 2012, but we’ll see what happens as the era goes on.
- DEFTONES — Gore (iTunes)
- This California band has been putting out music for two decades now, and they have their first hit in three years at Alternative radio with “Prayers/Triangles”. They scored four top ten albums between 2000 and 2010, but they’ve had much more radio and sales support in the past. Can this bring them back to the region, or fall short again?
- M83 — Junk (iTunes)
- This French group had a big Alternative hit several years ago with “Midnight City”. Their latest release, “Do It, Try It”, isn’t quite charting at the moment, but there’s still time. Their latest album will perhaps score a top 20 entry, a career-high peak if they achieve it.
- More albums out this week: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals‘s Call It What It Is (iTunes), Eliza And The Bear‘s Eliza And The Bear (iTunes), Filter‘s Crazy Eyes (iTunes), Frightened Rabbit‘s Painting Of A Panic Attack (iTunes), Gallant‘s Ology (iTunes), MAX‘s Hell’s Kitchen Angel (iTunes), Mayer Hawthorne‘s Man About Town (iTunes), Skizzy Mars‘s Alone Together (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love (iTunes)
- More EPs out this week: PHASES‘s Afterparty (iTunes)
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
- “Ain’t Your Mama”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
- “Boyfriend” and “U-turn”, Tegan & Sara (iTunes)
- “Champagne Problems”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
- “Crazy”, Lido (iTunes)
- “Crazy For You”, Michael Franti & Spearhead (iTunes)
- “Falling”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
- “Friends”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
- “I Want You”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
- “If Your Man Only Knew”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
- “I’ll Be Standin’ Tall”, Josh Kelley (iTunes)
- “I’m Born To Run”, American Authors (iTunes)
- “Lake By The Ocean”, Maxwell (iTunes)
- “So Alive”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
- “That’s The Thing About Love”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
- “Ugly”, Fantasia (iTunes)
- “Wristband”, Paul Simon (iTunes)
We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bear Hands, Sturgill Simpson, Wild Belle and more.