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).
If you've ever crushed out on someone in the string section during band class (just me?), this is your week. Andrew Bird, the quirky-clever pop maven, classically trained violinist and masterful whistler releases Break It Yourself. Bruce Springsteen also releases his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball. We have no idea if Katy Perry's hair will still be blue this week, but we can confirm she's a guest star on NBC's "Raising Hope" on Tuesday, and Demi Lovato opens up in her "Stay Strong" MTV documentary. Also, James Mercer and his (all new backing) band The Shins bring their dreamy, romantic pop stylings to "Saturday Night Live."
Check out this week's album releases and television show music guests below.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
Tuesday, Mar. 6
+ Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself: While his single "EyeonEye" carries a lot of his whimsical hallmarks (from the gentle genre hopping to clever wordplay, adventurous violin melodies and indie pop catchiness), Break It Yourself is generally more pensive than hook-filled, which makes for a pretty, sweet listen.
+ Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball:Fresh off a weeklong celebration of all things The Boss on "Jimmy Fallon" last week, Springsteen's Wrecking Ball has arrived. Check out the protest song "We Take Care Of Our Own," which also points to hope and patriotism amid our challenging times.
+ Carl Cox, All Roads Lead To The Dancefloor: An enduring favorite in the DJ culture, Carl Cox returns with an aptly named album that was first released on USB -- the album, remixes, interviews and more were released in phases, so there would be new material given to those with the USB for several months. Now, the album itself comes to CD.
Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.
+ Fleetwood Mac, Go Your Own Way: Live 1977: Recorded the year their landmark Rumours was released (and around the time the band's storied interpersonal turmoil would make for amazing "Behind The Music" fodder decades later), the live set includes classics like the title track, "Rhiannon" and "Landslide."
+ Kaiser Chiefs, Start The Revolution Without Me: The Leeds quintet sound less tightly wound than their jittery, anthemic "I Predict A Riot" days of their debut. Their stretching out, though generally less riotous, still employs plenty of electro and indie pop quirk, such as on "Little Shocks" and "Kinda Girl You Are."
+ Blues Traveler, 25: Turning 25 this year, Blues Traveler releases a 29-track, two-CD retrospective, which includes a remix of their megahit "Run-Around," a cover of Sublime's "What I Got," greatest hits, B-sides and unreleased demos.
+ Fall Out Boy, Icon: As part of the ICON series, this Fall Out Boy compilation houses many of their biggest hits, including "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race," "Sugar We're Goin Down," "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," and "Dance Dance."
+ Nirvana, The Lowdown: On the heels of the 20th anniversary of their landmark Nevermind album, the two-disc audio CD includes a bevy of interviews recorded at various points with the band, as well as contributions from friends and Courtney Love.
TV SHOW APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES
Monday, Mar. 5
"Late Show With David Letterman" -- Lana Del Rey, rebroadcast
"Tonight Show With Jay Leno" -- Imelda May, rebroadcast
"Last Call With Carson Daly" -- Blake Shelton, Jessie Baylin, rebroadcast
"Live With Kelly" -- guest cohost Nick Lachey
"The Voice" -- "The Battles Begin"
Tuesday, Mar. 6 on MTV
"Demi Lovato: Stay Strong" -- Demi Lovato opens up about her personal struggles and her trip to rehab in MTV's raw, hour-long documentary.
Tuesday, Mar. 6
"VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live" -- Ice Cube
"Tonight Show With Jay Leno" -- Madonna, rebroadcast
"Late Show With David Letterman" -- Yelawolf with Kid Rock, rebroadcast
"Last Call With Carson Daly" -- Kylesa, rebroadcast
"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" -- Wale, rebroadcast
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" -- Lenny Kravitz
"Live With Kelly" -- guest co-host Nick Lachey
"Raising Hope" -- Katy Perry guests
Wednesday, Mar. 7
"VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live" -- Macy Gray
"Tonight Show With Jay Leno" -- Cee Lo Green, rebroadcast
"Last Call With Carson Daly" -- Gavin Rossdale, Laura Marling, rebroadcast
"American Idol" -- The finalists perform live
Thursday, Mar. 8
"VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live" -- Neon Hitch
"Late Show With David Letterman" -- The Airborne Toxic Event, rebroadcast
"Tonight Show With Jay Leno" -- Chiddy Bang, rebroadcast
"Jimmy Fallon" -- Young Jeezy, featuring Ne-Yo, rebroadcast
"Last Call With Carson Daly" -- Foster The People, rebroadcast
"Colbert Report" -- Emmylou Harris
"American Idol" -- The first finalist of the season is sent home
Friday, Mar. 9
"VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live" -- VH1’s Save the Music school performance
"Tonight Show With Jay Leno" -- Estelle, rebroadcast
"Last Call With Carson Daly" -- Horrors, rebroadcast
"Live With Kelly" -- Big Time Rush
Saturday, Mar. 10
"Saturday Night Live" -- The Shins are the musical guests