Monday Music News Oct14

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monday music news 2013 10.14

PAUL McCARTNEY’s new solo album, aptly named New, is out this week, with neon-light-bedecked cover art and production from the likes of Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon), and long-time McCartney collaborator Giles Martin. The set, which showcases McCartney’s distinctive vocals and remarkable abilities to keep evolving as a singer, songwriter, and musician, includes tracks “Save Us,” “Alligator,” “Early Days,” “I Can Bet,” and “On My Way to Work,” among others; his postmodern-meets-(duh)-Beatles sound is sure to both endear him to old fans and win him over a whole slate of new ones.

SIGUR ROS’s Georg Holm, Jonsi Birigisson, and Orri Pall Dyrason recently spent some time in Croatia to play musicians (what else?) in the rampant hit HBO series Game of Thrones, a series inspired by the books written by George RR Martin. Sharp-eyed viewers will note that this isn’t the first band that’s appeared in the show, however – Coldplay’s drummer Will Champion and Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody have also popped up (in full costume, of course) in series three of Thrones.

NOAH AND THE WHALE have just dropped their fourth studio album, Heart of Nowhere, on Caroline Records, a set that they recorded in West London at British Grove Studios. To promote their newest roundup of tracks, the band is currently on the road, with a schedule that will keep them there until the end of this month. Stops on the trek (U.S. dates, all) will include Toronto, Boston, and New York City.

PYXIS POINTS | Krakow, Poland’s Unsound Festival is taking place all this week, with a much-anticipated performance in line from Forest Swords | Unknown Mortal Orchestra are dropping an EP next week that will include their cover version of Beck’s “Puttin’ it Down” | Frank Turner is joining Alkaline Trio and The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on a tribute album to late punk singer Tony Sly | and My Bloody Valentine have added some tour dates to their autumn trek, including stops in Chicago (11.3), Montreal (11.6), and NYC (11.11 and 11.12.) – Kristi Kates