Karmin, Silversun Pickups Release New Albums; Usher Hits ‘SNL’

Welcome to Buzzworthy’s “The Week In Pop,” where we round up new album releases, talk show musical guests and TV performances by your favorite pop stars and more (so you don’t have to).

So, what to give mom for her big day? (Sunday is Mother’s Day, guys!) How about Silversun Pickups‘ third album for moms who loved the alt-rock ’90s. Or introduce her to the swag-pop of dating duo Karmin. If she’s into history, opera and Blur/Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn, impress her with his latest solo effort. Or dedicate Saturday night to swooning over Usher together as he performs on “Saturday Night Live.” (We won’t judge.) Oh, and P.S., the winner of “The Voice” Season 2 will be revealed on Tuesday!

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

Tuesday, May 8

+ KarminHello: The YouTube success story and now MTV POSTED’s artist for May, Karmin (Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan) package their swag-pop into this seven-song EP. Peep their pepped-up “Brokenhearted” video, and check out club jam “Hello” and hip-hop-tipped “I’m Just Sayin.’”

+ Silversun PickupsNeck Of The Woods: Hailing from the Silver Lake music scene in Los Angeles, the foursome mine the alt-rock ’90s with their sound. And though they don’t eschew their Smashing Pumpkins-styled influence on their third full-length record, they do expand their sonic territory. Stream Neck Of The Woods in its entirety before its release.

+ KeaneStrangeland: “This one seems to be looking back and forward and the whole thing about traveling through your own ‘strangeland,’” said Keane of their fourth album. But it sounds more like a move back than ahead. They’ve returned to the sweeping piano-buoyed melodies of their early days. Check out “Disconnected” and the nostalgic “Silenced By The Night.”

Check out more new album releases and upcoming TV appearances and performances after the jump.

+ Meek Mill, Dream Chasers 2 Mixtape: Fresh off his 25th birthday, Meek Mill’s much-anticipated new mixtape drops. The MMG signee and one of MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” is back — check out the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “A1 Everything” and the Drake and Jeremih joint “Amen.”

+ Damon AlbarnDr. Dee: Blur and Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn’s been busy confusing us with whether those bands are kaput or sticking around. In the midst of this, the apt genre-spanner releases a 16th-century folk opera about Dr. John Dee (an Elizabethan alchemist and philosopher), which is equally confounding and ambitious (and weird).

+ Barenaked LadiesStop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before!: With 10 unreleased tracks and two rarities, the album compiles work from Barenaked Ladies’ early days on Reprise Records. The set includes a live cover of Beastie Boys‘ “Shake Your Rump” (RIP MCA) and a Pull’s Break remix of the Canadian pop-rockers megahit “One Week.”

+ St. Vincent, Stranger Mercy: Annie Clark’s recent acclaimed album Strange Mercy gets a CD/DVD limited edition repackaging. It includes the original CD along with her “Cheerleader” and “Cruel” music videos.

+ S. CareyHoyas EP: Bon Iver‘s classically-trained percussionist and musical director experiments with computer-based music on this electro-chillout gem. A collaboration between he and A.A. Bondy member Ben Lester, Hoyas is the follow-up to Carey’s debut solo effort, All We Grow. Listen to the soaring “Two Angles.”

TV APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES

Monday, May 7
“VH1′s Big Morning Buzz” — Eve 6
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Spiritualized
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — Snow Patrol
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — B.o.B.
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — The Beach Boys
“The View” — Norah Jones
“The Talk” — Carnie Wilson
“The Voice” — Four vocalists compete in the final performances

Tuesday, May 8
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Macy Gray
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — B.o.B., O.A.R.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Silverson Pickups
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” — Of Monsters And Men
“Conan O’Brien” — Ed Sheeran
“The View” — Ricky Martin, “Evita” Broadway cast performs
“The Talk” — Courtney Love, Linda Perry
“Ellen” – Flo Rida
“The Voice” — The winning vocalist for Season 2 is revealed!

Wednesday, May 9 on MTV
MTV’s Hip Hop POV” — Episode 4 premieres!

Wednesday, May 9 
“Late Show With David Letterman” — Florence + The Machine
“Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — “The Voice” winner
“Conan O’Brien” — Reggie Watts
“Live With Kelly” — Karmin
“Ellen” — Nicki Minaj
“American Idol” — Four Finalists compete to “California Dreamin’” theme

Thursday, May 10 on MTV
“America’s Best Dance Crew” — The dancers take on week 5!

Thursday, May 10
“Late Show With Davide Letterman” — Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — Carrie Underwood
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” – Awolnation
“Chelsea Lately” — Adam Lambert
“Live With Kelly” — guest cohost Nick Lachey
“American Idol” — One of four voted off. Jennifer Lopez and David Cook perform.

Friday, May 11
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” – Big K.R.I.T.
“Live With Kelly” — guest cohost Nick Lachey
“Ellen” — Hilary Duff

Saturday, May 12
“Saturday Night Live” — Usher is the musical guest.

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