Welcome to Buzzworthy’s The Week In Pop, where we round up new album releases, talk show musical guests and appearances, TV appearances by your favorite pop stars and more (so you don’t have to).
What’s a better way to begin your week than with some good, old-fashioned fun. who drop their much-anticipated Some Nights on Tuesday? (Answer: Fun is always best. See what I did there?) Sleigh Bells, who just melted our faces on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, release their sophomore album, Reign of Terror, too. And “Glee” goes on hiatus until Apr. 10 after Tuesday’s regionals episode. That’s okay — we’ll be watching the epic Michael Jackson episode over and over until then.
Check out this week’s album releases and talk show music guests below.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Tuesday, Feb. 21
+ Cursive, I Am Gemini: The Nebraskan indie rock outfit take on another concept album. This time it’s about twin brothers separated at birth: one is evil and one is good.
+ fun., Some Nights: Their sophomore album has already spawned a hit-destined single with “We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monáe),” which already hit No. 1 on iTunes Top Songs. Their knack for catchy melodies and sing-along, anthemic choruses pepper throughout.
+ Perfume Genius, Put Your Back N 2 It: Mike Handreas aka Perfume Genius crafts minimalistic, yet arresting piano compositions that serve as the underpinnings for his haunting, thoughtful and often fragile vocals and lyrics.
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.
+ Pulp, Freaks; Separations; It: On these three reissues Jarvis Cocker and company, who gave us the Britpop classic “Common People,” re-release their first three albums just in time for their reunion shows in the States. The U.S. sets are their first in more than a decade.
+ Sinead O’Connor, How About I Be Me (And I Be You)?: Her ninth album, Sinead O’Connor gets back to her roots. That is to say after forays into reggae and other detoured experimentations, her compelling storytelling and striking voice are once again pleasingly wrapped in infectious melodies informed by poppier notions.
+ Sleigh Bells, Reign Of Terror: Derek Miller’s big, metallic riffs meet Alex Krauss’s sometimes sweet, sometimes pep-rally shout vocals in their excellent sophomore effort. The material alludes to Miller’s recent tragedies (his dad died, his mom has cancer), but the dire sentiments sound a hopeful rally cry through the anguish.
TV SHOW APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, Feb. 20
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — rebroadcast with Far East Movement
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Taylor Swift, Robert Randolph, Los Lobos
“Last Call With Carson Daly” — Mastodon
“Conan O’Brien” — rebroadcast with Joe Jonas
Tuesday, Feb. 21
“Conan O’Brien” — fun.
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Eric Hutchinson
“The Ellen Degeneres Show” — Taylor Swift
“Glee” — “On My Way” is the show’s Regionals episode and Winter Finale before a seven-week hiatus.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — Eric Hutchinson
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Heartless Bastards
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — Natasha Bedingfield
“American Idol” — Final Judgment, Part 1
Friday, Feb. 24
“VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live” — fun.
“Late Show With David Letterman” — We Are Augustines
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Chiddy Bang
“Chelsea Lately” — rebroadcast with Lenny Kravitz
Saturday, Feb. 25
“Saturday Night Live” — Maroon 5 are the musical guests (repeat).
Sunday, Feb. 26
84th Annual Academy Awards — Billy Crystal hosts, Jennifer Lopez is among the presenters. Music (Original Song) nominees include: Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie for “Man Or Muppet” from The Muppets, and Sergio Mendes/ Carlinhos Brown/ Siedah Garrett‘s “Rio” from Rio.