Here’s our Blogcritics roundup of some of the major new music releases and tour announcements we learned about during the past week.
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC will release his 14th studio album Mandatory Fun July 15, with a plan to also release eight videos in eight days beginning July 14.
The release date of Grammy-nominated producer and electro house musician STEVE AOKI‘s Neon Future 1 (Dim Mak/Ultra Music) has been pushed back to September 30. An August show at Madison Square Garden is also being rescheduled.
GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA, Academy Award-winning film composer for Brokeback Mountain and Babel and the video game The Last of Us, today releases his new album, Camino, on Sony Masterworks. Santaolalla plays the ronroco, the 10-string Andean folk instrument.
TED NUGENT’s first new studio album in seven years comes out today too. ShutUp&Jam!‘s lead single “She’s Gone” features guest vocalist Sammy Hagar and guest drummer Johnny “Bee” Badanjek of the legendary Detroit band Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. Nugent’s national headlining tour kicked off last week.
Multi-platinum rockers SEETHER joined forces with legendary producer Brendan O’Brien (Springsteen, Pearl Jam) for their new album Isolate and Medicate, introduced at a record release show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City last week. The band tours the U.S. and Europe through the end of the year.
Bay Area jazz singer LAURIE ANTONIOLI sings the music of Joni Mitchell on her new Origin CD, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light, out August 19.