It seems like this was a week for angry music. So young George Ezra is a refreshing change.
His album Wanted on Voyage is streaming only in the U.S. The project includes his hit "Budapest." The young British singer sites sites Bob Dylan among his influences. He is on tour, and nearly all of his U.S. performances are sold out through March.
Fall Out Boy has been offering singles from their project American Beauty/American Psycho for weeks, but the full album is now available to stream and buy. The band has the No. 1 album on iTunes. They will perform on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon tonight, Jan. 20.
Joey Bada$$' new album B4.DA.$$ follows Fall Out Boy on the iTunes charts. The album released Jan. 20, the same day as the hip-hop artist turned 20, according to his Facebook page.
Marilyn Manson's The Pale Emperor was released Jan. 20 in the U.S. Manson will be on tour Jan. 21. He begins in the U.S., then heads to Australia, back to the U.S., then to Europe. His "Hell Not Hallelujah" tour name confirms that I'm not interested.
Mikky Ekko's Time is a little more my speed, but it's not one I feel the need to put on my playlist. It released Jan. 20. Ekko wrote Rhianna's hit "Stay." He is heading out on tour in late February.
The Decemberists' album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World released Jan. 20, as well. The release marked "The Decemberists Day" in their hometown of Portland, Oregon. But they won't stay home for long. They'll head to Europe in February, then return to the U.S. for several shows in March and April.
Female punk rock band Sleater-Kinney, whose music I had the pleasure of being introduced to a decade ago, is back together after almost a decade. (I swear I'm not the cause of the breakup.) They're wasting no time hitting the road in support of their new album No Cities to Love, which released Jan. 20. They have shows booked in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Other new releases include Belle & Sebastian's Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, Ryan Bingham's Fear & Saturday Night, Hey Rosetta!'s Second Sight, Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth, Above & Beyond's We Are All We Need, Hanni El Khatib's Moonlight, Zara Larsson's Uncover, and Ledisi's acoustic album The Intimate Truth. This last one deserves some attention. I hadn't heard of Ledisi, but these acoustic tracks are affecting. Give it a listen.
Originally published on News for Shoppers, but with less editorial comment.