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, Tyler, The Creator unleashes Wolf (catch him on Thursday’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” and watch him play “Felicia The Goat” in this Mountain Dew ad), and New Kids On The Block (who appear on “The View” Wednesday) release their sixth studio album, 10. Meanwhile, the defunct Rilo Kiley curate some great unreleased material, B-sides, and rarities for their RKives collection, and Alkaline Trio drop their ninth full-length record, My Shame Is True. Over on TV, MTV Artist To Watch Jessie Ware guests on Thursday’s “VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan,” and tune in to MTV.com on Friday to catch her livestreamed set from Webster Hall at 9 p.m. ET. The week caps off with Phoenix as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Tyler, The Creator, Wolf: For every controversy Odd Future and Tyler, The Creator have conjured, one thing he does do is live up to is his name. Tyler continues to be inventive on his dark, new effort, which addresses such personal issues as his absentee father and the death of his grandmother. Watch the NSFW “Domo 23” video, where his rap boasts land him in the wrestling ring. The clip ends by juxtaposing a clip of “Bimmer” (part of the song trilogy “Partyisntover/Campfire/Bimmer” that features Lætitia Sadier of French indie rock group Stereolab), where he likens his paramour to a BMW with harmonies from Frank Ocean (Ocean is also featured on “Slater”). Others from the OFWGKTA crew, including Earl Sweatshirt (“Rusty”) and Hodgy Beats (“Jamba”), make appearances, too. Also check out “IFHY” with Pharrell and “Treehome95″ featuring Erykah Badu.
+ New Kids On The Block, 10: For NKOTB’s sixth studio album, strangely titled 10, Donnie Wahlberg told MTV News that the band has returned to their roots. “We’re spilling our guts with our singing. We really went back to our vocal roots. Everybody sang and everybody’s a part of it. It’s more of a traditional vocal group record,” he said. To wit, check out “Survive You”’s barbershop quartet vocal harmonies (or in the New Kids’ case: quintet). Then, there’s the hip-hop-tinged “Miss You More,” the R&B-influenced “Jealous (Blue),” the dancefloor-ready “Crash,” and the poppier “Now or Never.” Also, watch “Remix (I Like The),” where the guys party it up with actress Artemis Pebdani.
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.
+ Rilo Kiley, RKives: Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett, Pierre de Reeder, and Jason Boesel called it quits as Rilo Kiley in 2011, but they never strayed too far from our musical hearts. Jenny’s heading on tour with The Postal Service, Blake and Jason worked on The Elected’s Bury Me In My Rings, and Pierre’s label, Little Record Company, is releasing Rilo Kiley’s new album. Well, new, relatively speaking: RKives packages together B-sides, rarities, and unreleased material from their decade-long career as one of indie rock’s finest. Listen to “Let Me Back In,” an ode to their Los Angeles hometown. Other gems include “It’ll Get You There,” “Runnin’ Around,” “Draggin’ Around,” and the Blake-fronted scorcher “Well, You Left.” Also check out their Zondo remix of “Dejalo” from 2007’s Under The Blacklight, which features Too $hort (!!).
+ Alkaline Trio, My Shame Is True: For their ninth full-length album, the Trio treads familiar tried and true touchstones, where morbid (“The Torture Doctor”), self-deprecating (“I Am Only Here To Disappoint”), and romantic (“Kiss You To Death”) themes receive clever turns of phrase, buoyed in pop-punk. Watch the video for “I Wanna Be A Warhol” via mtvU, starring Milla Jovovich. Singer/guitarist Matt Skiba’s penchant for wry, anthemic lyrics shine: “I wanna be a Warhol/ Displayed on your wall/ Still hung up on you,” he sings. Stream My Shame Is True via Spin.
TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, April 1
“Late Show With David Letterman” — The Band Perry
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Goo Goo Dolls
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Demi Lovato
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Janelle Monae, DJ Jazzy Jeff
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Vacationer
“The Voice” — “The Blind Auditions, Part 3.” Featuring coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher.
Tuesday, April 2
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Blake Shelton
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Cold War Kids
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Deerhunter, B.J. Thomas
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Pete Wentz, Tift Merritt
“Conan” — von Grey
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — The Bacon Brothers
“The Voice” — “The Blind Auditions, Part 4.” Featuring coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher.
Wednesday, April 3
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan” — King
“Late Show With David Letterman” — The Flaming Lips
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Gloriana
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Gary Allan
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Gordon Lightfoot
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Delta Rae
“Conan” — Darius Rucker
“Chelsea Lately” — Blake Shelton
“The View” — New Kids On The Block
“The Talk” — Blake Shelton
“Live With Kelly And Michael” — Juanes
“American Idol” — Top 7 finalists compete. Featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Thursday, April 4
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan” — Jessie Ware
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Tyler, The Creator
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Seth Sentry
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Ryan Bingham
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Damien Jurado
“Conan” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“American Idol” — Results show, one finalist is eliminated. Featuring judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Friday, April 5 live on MTV.com
“MTV Artist To Watch Live: Jessie Ware” — Jessie Ware performs live from Webster Hall in New York. Stream the set on MTV.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Friday, April 5
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Gin Wigmore
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Cat Power
Saturday, April 6
“Saturday Night Live” — Phoenix is the musical guest.
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