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.