Welcome to Buzzworthy’s “The Week In Pop,” where we round up new album releases, talk show musical guests, and TV performances by your favorite pop stars and more (so you don’t have to).
This week, we’re super excited for the weekend… Wait, that’s pretty much every week, but this one’s extra special because Justin Timberlake returns to “Saturday Night Live” to serve both as host and musical guest! As far as the rest of the week goes, preorders for 3OH!3’s OMENS begin Tuesday (it officially streets June 18), and the premiere of their video for “Back To Life” hits, too, via The Warner Sound’s YouTube channel (also check them out on Buzzworthy, recording Omens’ “Youngblood”). In new album releases, Kate Nash gives us her third studio album, Girl Talk and enigmatic buzz band Rhye drop their stunning debut album, Woman. Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig’s How To Destroy Angels make their major-label debut, The Cave Singers release their fourth effort, and O Music Awards Unboxed Live alums Javelin drop their sophomore album.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Kate Nash, Girl Talk: When mtvU caught up with Kate Nash last month, the proud bunny rabbit owner dished on her new album. “I just had the coolest time making it in L.A. for two months with [Grammy award-winning producer] Tom Biller, and it really was the best experience of my whole life,” she said. Her third album showcases her bad-assitude on songs such as the jangling “Fri-end?” and the pop-punk gem “3AM,” which encapsulates the insomniac torture that befalls the recently heartbroken. Watch the video for the surf-punk song, “Death Proof,” and see Kate perform an acoustic rendition of “3AM” on Buzzworthy Live.
+ Rhye, Woman: When Rhye’s tracks first started circling the interwebs, their identity was as mysterious as their disarmingly gorgeous, crushing-out sound, which recalls the sultry cool of Sade, swathed in lush, dreamy R&B and orchestral-yet-synth-tipped pop. The duo behind the romantic, sensuous vibes are producer/multi-instrumentalists Robin Hannibal and Mike Milosh. On their debut, the latter’s indelible, silky vocals glide through the swooning “Open,” “The Fall” (grab Rhye’s free mix, which also includes “3 Days”), and the aching sigh of “Last Dance.” Woman should come with a warning label: “Make-out-inducing.”
+ How To Destroy Angels, Welcome Oblivion: Just last week, Trent Reznor announced Nine Inch Nails will tour this year. No word yet if new music will follow, but NIN fans may dig his experimental How To Destroy Angels project, which includes his wife and singer Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross, and Rob Sheridan. On their sophomore album (and first for a major label), songs such as the soulful “How Long?” and “On The Wing” are awash in adventurous electronica, and the material also displays lighter touches, like on the minimalistic “Ice Age.”
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.
+ The Cave Singers, Naomi: Emerging from the ashes of Pretty Girls Make Graves, bassist Derek Fudesco moved from punked-up indie rock into folkier fare when he grabbed an acoustic guitar and formed The Cave Singers with vocalist Peter Quirk and drummer Marty Lund. Now on their fourth album, they added former Blood Brothers bassist Morgan Henderson into the mix. Check out the yearning and wistful “Evergreens,” “Shine,” and “Canopy.” Stream the poignant, pretty Naomi on MTV Hive.
+ Javelin, Hi Beams: Genre-bending cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk turned to a more traditional songwriting approach for their sophomore album. In the past, they fashioned their funky electro numbers at home studios, but this time the pair headed to a proper studio. The result is Hi Beams, which features 10 songs intended to be performed live versus homespun laptop affairs. Listen to the single “Nnormal,” and stream the album at Pitchfork.
TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, Mar. 4
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz With Carrie Keagan” — Vintage Trouble
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Sean “Diddy” Combs, Sean Rowe
“Conan” — Sarah Darling
Tuesday, Mar. 5
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz With Carrie Keagan” — Delta Rae, Ashanti
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — The Sound City Players (Foo Fighters, Krist Novoselic, Rick Nielsen, Rick Springfield, and John Fogerty)
“Conan” — Frightened Rabbit
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Luke Bryan
“American Idol” — Female semifinalists perform live. Featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Wednesday, Mar. 6
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz With Carrie Keagan” — Churchill
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Jessica Simpson, Luke Bryan
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Jessica Simpson
“American Idol” — Male semifinalists perform live. Featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Thursday, Mar. 7
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan” — ZZ Ward, Rob Thomas
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Rival Sons
“Conan” — Jamie N. Commons
“American Idol” — Top 10 finalists revealed. Featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Friday, Mar. 8
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan” — The Lone Bellow
Saturday, Mar. 9
“Saturday Night Live” — Justin Timberlake is the host and musical guest.
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