Rihanna’s new video “FourFiveSeconds” features Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney (who seems to be turning up everywhere these days). Out March 2, the single is the first from Rihanna’s upcoming album.
A little later, on June 2, Florence + the Machine will release How Big How Blue How Beautiful, the first new studio album from Florence Welch and company since 2011. Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) produced. Pre-order here.
A new collaborative album from Chris Brown and Tyga (RCA) comes out next week. Guest artists on Fan of a Fan include 50 Cent and, on the deluxe edition, T.I. Listen to the first single “Ayo” on Spotify here and pre-order here.
April 21 sees the release of Sound & Color, the new album from Alabama Shakes. Putting some innovative twists on their soulful blues-rock, the record follows up the band’s triple-Grammy-nominated debut. They begin a North American headline tour with sold-out concerts at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 11 and 12. Later in the year they’ll appear at festivals including Coachella and Bonnaroo, and they’ll headline Red Rocks on August 16.
The legendary Yardbirds, led in modern times by founding member and drummer Jim McCarty, will include original guitarist Top Topham on tour dates in the Northeast this spring. Back in the ’60s, when Top left, an obscure fellow named Eric Clapton took over guitar duties in the band that later also gave Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page their starts.
Lost and Found, a collection of previously unreleased tracks by Buena Vista Social Club, some recorded during the original self-titled debut album’s sessions in Havana, comes out March 24 on Nonesuch.
The Replacements have announced their first full U.S. tour since 1991, playing clubs and theaters rather than the big festivals they hit when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson first reunited in 2013.
The nuevo tango classics of Astor Piazzolla arranged for harp and violin? That’s what harpist Floraleda Sacchi and violinist Maristella Patuzzi (playing a 1687 Stradivarius) offer on their new CD Intimamente Tango (Decca).
Jazz-rock pioneer Larry Coryell embarks on an unusual Northeast tour in April, including a six-night stand at the Blue Note in New York City in July. Coryell will be sharing the stage with four other veteran guitarists – Jimmy Bruno, Joe Cohn, Vic Juris, and Jack Wilkins – backed by bassist Jon Webber and drummer Steve Williams.[amazon template=iframe image&asin=B00P08LJV6][amazon template=iframe image&asin=B00SGREGS6][amazon template=iframe image&asin=B00TEJB8JK][amazon template=iframe image&asin=B00PH83UTS][amazon template=iframe image&asin=B00Q7QQFCI][amazon template=iframe image&asin=B00SSJIAXE][amazon template=iframe image&asin=B00S3RFUI4]