Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, including Foo Fighters, BTS, Wyclef Jean, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.
Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold (Roswell/RCA). After taking a bit of time out of the spotlight, Dave Grohl and company are finally back with a new Foos album. Grohl primed anticipation for this record shamelessly, teasing with the promise of a variety of massive guest stars. He definitely came through: Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman, and the Kills’ Alison Mosshart all show up on the set.
BTS: Love Yourself: Her (Big Hit Entertainment). K-Pop phenomenons BTS are ready for (and seem quite capable of) a takeover of America with their release (out Sept. 18), adding the U.S. to their already growing global presence. Andrew Taggart of the hitmaking Chainsmokers helped write one track on the dance-friendly record, which saw presales flying through the roof.
Wyclef Jean: Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee (Legacy). The former Fugee and onetime presidential candidate (in his native Haiti, that is) takes a political slant on his latest set, tackling such subjects as immigration and America’s racial divide. He rounds this out with a rich list of guest appearances, including Emile Sandé, Supah Mario, the Knocks, LunchMoney Lewis, D.L. Hughley, STIX, and T-Baby.
Prophets of Rage: Prophets of Rage (Fantasy). The supergroup featuring Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill puts out an unsurprisingly uncompromising political debut. Revolution is the name of the game, and there are few artists out there currently more suited to putting this concept to a soundtrack.
Gary Numan: Savage (Songs From a Broken World) (The End / BMG Rights Management). Those who only know Numan for his ’80s new wave hit “Cars” may be surprised to know he has more than 20 albums under his belt. This is his 22nd, and it focuses on the concept of a post-apocalyptic, post-global-warming Earth in the not-too-distant future, inspired by Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency.
Ringo Starr: Give More Love (Roccabella/UMe). There are only two Beatles still alive, and Starr is holding up this enormous legacy admirably with his latest solo release. On the record, he mixes a variety of influences, including rock and country — plus he recruits fellow Beatle Paul McCartney to join in, along with other cool friends such as Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench, and Joe Walsh.
Yusuf: The Laughing Apple (Cat-O-Log/Decca). The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens continues his career renaissance with his latest set, released through Decca Records — the label he started his career with half a century ago. On the album, he revisits some of his own earliest material, offering new presentations of the songs. The album cover is his own artwork; the first time he has designed one of his covers since 1972.
Michael McDonald: Wide Open (BMG). This is the iconic vocalist’s first album of original material in 17 years; he took special care with the music, creating the set over several years. To top off his talent, he invited guests Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller, and Branford Marsalis for extra shine.
Galantis: The Aviary (Big Beat). Grammy-nominated production team Galantis — Christian Karlsson (aka Bloodshy, one third of Miike Snow) and Linus Eklöw (aka Style of Eye) — continues to set new standards in dance music, providing a collection of well-written/crafted tunes that live up to the hype of their 2015 debut.
Carole King: Tapestry: Live at Hyde Park (Legacy). Recorded in July 2016, this marks the first-ever performance of King’s album in sequence. Helping her along are guests Louise Goffin, Danny Kortchmar, and the West End cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Gizmodrome: Gizmodrome (earMUSIC/RED). This is a good week for supergroups — this one is composed of Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Level 42’s Mark King, and Vittorio Cosma, and the resulting album shows off each of the seasoned musicians’ unique talents to gratifying effect.
Musiq Soulchild: Feel the Real (Soulstar Music Company/eOne). The R&B luminary follows up last year’s Grammy-nominated Life on Earth with another straightforward, easy-to-digest set full of his smooth vocals and accessible songwriting.
Big & Rich: Did It for the Party (B$R). The ultimate country party boys are back with an album that is, amusingly, pretty much a synopsis of their entire career. As expected, the record is full of good-time grooves, edged with a crisply retro feel that’s perfect for Indian summer days driving down the highway.
Rostam: Half-Light (Nonesuch). The former Vampire Weekend member turned in-demand producer takes the solo route after last year’s excellent collaborative effort with ex-Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser.
Black Kids: Rookie (Not Fussed). Fans of this group have had to wait nearly a decade for its sophomore release. Worth it? For those who liked the debut and its sonic vibes, yes — this is a decent continuation of their fresh, danceable, youthful-feeling indie pop from 2008.
Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton: Choir of the Mind (Last Gang/eOne Music). Metric singer Haines delivers her first release as her Soft Skeleton solo project in a decade, and she cushions the set with her fine vocal work and lushly layered arrangements. Overall a mesmerizing and thoughtful work.
Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis … Yes, I’m Ready (OKeh/Sony Masterworks). Multi-award-winning jazz fixture Bridgewater returns to her roots on this set, reimagining various American blues and R&B classics with backing by the Stax Academy Choir.
Bruce Cockburn: Bone on Bone (True North). This is Cockburn’s first album since 2011’s Small Source Of Comfort, and it finds the Canadian veteran singer-songwriter wielding his craft admirably after several years away.
John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: Live at Ronnie Scott’s (Abstract Logix). Fans of McLaughlin get the ultimate souvenir in this live recording of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue, captured in March 2017.
Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim (Mute). The 12th solo album from the former Sonic Youth guitarist finds him mining retro influences such as the Beatles and Beach Boys; the result is a record that sounds as if he’s having quite a good time.
Superfruit: Future Friends (RCA). Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying of a cappella sensations Pentatonix decided to pursue a side project in late 2016, allowing them to focus on other genres besides the category that made them famous. Here, they indulge in a thoroughly infectious, groove-heavy vibe (with, of course, fantastic vocals as always).