Latest Album Releases | Spring 2013 with Paramore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and She & Him

Getting tired of listening to the same albums on repeat? Check out the latest album releases from Paramore, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and She & Him. And remember, a new album release = UPCOMING TOUR DATES. Check out summer tour dates and ticket availability at TickPick.com!

Paramore

Paramore (2013)  Paramore released their fourth, self-titled album on April 12. But this band isn’t the same one which brought us “Misery Business” and “Hallelujiah” just four years ago. Not only has the band been through the loss of band members Josh and Zach Farro, but they’ve also adopted a more declarative, pop-rock vibe to their message and vocals, brought to us by the incredibly talented Hayley Williams. According to an album review from Consequence of Sound, “as Paramore ages, they creep further into the pop sphere, a positive segue as almost every song on the album boasts a hook that could dominate top 40 radio.” There’s something about this album which makes you want to climb a mountain, put up a fight, and simply take on the world. Don’t get me wrong, Paramore still harbors that “don’t mess with me, I’m full of angst” appeal both lyrically and musically. Williams demands her listeners to crave, be angry, be assertive. To compare Paramore’s fourth album to Riot! (2007) or Brand New Eyes (2009) would be giving it a huge disservice because this album simply isn’t like the others, and it’s not meant to be. Paramore isn’t the band they were four years ago. Williams tells us through the single “Now” (Official music video for “Now”) that “There’s a time and a place to die, but this ain’t it”. From the resilience of the band, and of this new album, we know this isn’t it for Paramore. Check TickPick for the best deals on Paramore tickets! For a complete listing of Paramore tour dates, check the Official Paramore Website.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs SXSW 2013Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released their fourth album, titled Mosqito. Lead singer Karen O displays her usual merciless ferocity, sending us into her discontent musical psyche. This album has multiple personalities, all which contribute to and compliment one another. According to Paste MagazineMosquito “is an album that pulsates so warmly with misty familiarity.” My favorite tracks on this album are “Subway”, “Sacrilege”, and “Despair”. With the song titled “Area 52”, Karen O reminds us that her music isn’t about conforming to mainstream lyrics and sounds, but it’s about her own musical journey and how it is as turbulent and dysfunctional as life itself. She lulls us with slower, more emotional tracks, songs that bring us back to “Maps” from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut album, Fever to Tell. Since the beginning of their career, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been a band that gives an uncontested expression of talent and energy onstage. Click to watch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at their single performance at SXSW 2013, which includes a performance of the single “Sacrilege” from Mosquito. And if you are dying to see the astonishing Karen O live, check TickPick for Yeah Yeah Yeahs tickets!

 

She and Him

 She & Him

The royally indie folk duo is due to release their third album, conveniently titled Volume 3 (Listen to their released single from the album titled “Never Wanted Your Love“) on May 7th. Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward took on the stage name She & Him back in 2008. Since then they’ve come out with two volumes of songs originally written by Deschanel and produced by M. Ward, as well as a Christmas album titled A Very She & Him Christmas. Deschanel has seamlessly taken on the title of singer/songwriter as an addition to her ongoing acting career. Deschanel and Ward both have rich, tantalizing voices which showcase the simple, universailty of Deschanel’s writing. The musical arrangements are also composed by Deschanel and on Volume 3 we are to expect some complex tempo shifts, disco grooves, and string and horn interludes (as well as guest appearances by Tilly and the Wall, Pierre de Reeder from Rilo Kiley, and Tom Hagerman from Devotchka). When you listen to She & Him, you feel like you’re reading Zooey’s diary. According to Pitchfork.com, the emotionality in her music is reminiscent of a “playfully frustrated Loretta Lynn”, while M. Ward “dresses her songs in deceptively simple SoCal folk rock, dusty cowboy-trail country music, and crisp Brill Building pop”. She & Him has already announced their North American Summer 2013 Tour Dates and they are as follows:

Date
Event
Jun 13TBD She and HimRyman Auditorium – Nashville, TN From $104
Jun 15TBD She and HimVerizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, TX From $109
Jun 158:00 PM She and HimVerizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, TX From $24
Jun 16TBD She and HimACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX From $105
Jun 198:00 PM She and HimThe Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 22TBD Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, & She and HimGreek Theatre – U.C. Berkeley – Berkeley, CA
Jun 227:00 PM She and HimGreek Theatre – U.C. Berkeley – Berkeley, CA From $104
Jun 237:00 PM Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell & She and HimHollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA From $116
Jun 297:30 PM She and HimAragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
Jul 6TBD She and HimRumsey Playfield Central Park – New York, NY From $83

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