The eighth studio album from Built To Spill, Untethered Moon, is due out from Warner Bros. on April 21. A limited-edition vinyl version will be released exclusively on Record Store Day (April 18) … California Nights, the third full-length by Best Coast, will be available May 5 via Harvest … The Darkness will return June 1 with the release of fourth album Last Of Our Kind on Kobalt Label Services … On June 16, Yonder Mountain String Band will release its new record, Black Sheep, via its own Frog Pad label at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival … Warner Bros. has announced the signing of Ben Lee, and will issue his latest studio album, Love Is The Great Rebellion, later this year. This announcement comes just after Lee self-released A Mix Tape From Ben Lee, which features Zooey Deschanel, Ben Folds, Sean Lennon and more. Proceeds will be donated to The Q’Ero Project … The second solo release from Brandon Flowers, The Desired Effect, will be out via Island on May 19 … Bee Gees: 1974-1979 is a five-disc boxed set featuring four Bee Gees albums as well as a bonus disc featuring a selection of songs from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. It’s due out March 24 … Ben Folds will kick off an extensive world tour this April, including an exclusive festival appearance at Bonnaroo, with plans to release a new digital album this spring with a vinyl release to follow in the summer … On May 5, Domino will reissue Mwng, the fourth album from Super Furry Animals, in honor of its 15th anniversary. The band will play several dates in the U.K. in support … 4AD has announced the April 21 release of Red House Painters, a limited-edition LP boxed set containing the first four out-of-print Red House Painters albums … The 30th anniversary of the Smiths’ eponymous debut was celebrated last year with the recording of Tease Torment And Tantalize: A Tribute To The Smiths’ Debut. Featuring contributions from Kevin Devine, Mother Falcon, Field Mouse and more, the tribute album will be available March 24 via Reimagine … Deluxe editions of Bad Company’s first two albums, Bad Company and Straight Shooter, will be released April 7 via Rhino, complete with previously unreleased tracks and other bonus material … Coliseum’s new album, Anxiety’s Kiss, is due out from Deathwish on May 5 … Live At The Bitter End, August 1971, a previously unissued live recording by Dion, will be released April 7 via Omnivore … March 10 marks the digital release of Frank Turner’s The Third Three Years on Xtra Mile … Domino will issue Patrick Watson’s fifth album, Love Songs For Robots, on May 12.
A double-album/DVD package, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Live In Paris, featuring a performance during Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s sold-out European tour last year as well as the documentary film 33.3%, will be available May 5 from Vagrant … Kindred is the new release from Passion Pit, due out via Columbia on April 21 … RCA will issue the 35th studio album from Van Morrison, Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue, on March 24. It will contain duet performances with the likes of Michael Buble, Steve Winwood, Bobbby Womack, Natalie Cole and more … Blues Traveler has announced the April 7 release of Blow Up The Moon via Loud & Proud … On May 5, the second record from Django Django, Born Under Saturn, will be available from Ribbon … After a 16-year hiatus, Blur returns on April 28 with a new album, The Magic Whip, on Warner Bros. … Era Of Manifestations, a collection of improvisations by People Of The North (a.k.a. Oneida’s Bobby Matador and Kid Millions), will be released by Thrill Jockey on March 24 … Rhino will issue Steve Howe’s two-disc career-spanning retrospective, Anthology, on March 10 … Shelby Lynne’s 13th full-length, I Can’t Imagine, is due out May 5 via Rounder … The second LP from METZ, II, will be available from Sub Pop on May 5 … April 21 marks the release of Damogen Furies, the new Squarepusher album, via Warp … Stillness In Motion: Vai Live In L.A features Steve Vai’s 2012 performance at Club Nokia, and it will be available in two-CD and two-DVD configurations from Sony/Legacy on April 7.
UPDATED FEBRUARY 23: WINNING PICKS IN RED. WE GOT 21 OF 24 RIGHT.
This year has some tough categories, including big ones like Best Picture (Birdman or Boyhood? Or maybe The Imitation Game if the two B‘s cancel each other out) and Best Actor (Keaton or Redmayne?). MAGNET editor (and longtime amateur Oscar predictor) Eric T. Miller tells you who will win in each category.
I usually write a lengthy (for me, anyway, who’s well-known to family, friends and co-workers for my one-word emails) intro to these. But we’re on a wicked (I was born in Boston; I’m allowed to say “wicked”) print deadline, so here are my picks, straight up. And as always, this is who I think will win, not who I necessarily think deserves to win. (I’m talking to you, Professor Cost.)
Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Animated Film: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Film Editing: Sandra Adair, Boyhood
Best Score: Johann Johannsson, The Theory Of Everything
Best Song: John Legend and Common, “Glory,” Selma
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound Editing: Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper
Best Sound Mixing: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, Whiplash
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, Interstellar
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Live Action Short: The Phone Call
Sound & Color is the second album from Alabama Shakes, which will be out April 21 via ATO. The band is touring North America this spring and summer in support … Dead Oceans will issue the new Tallest Man On Earth album, Dark Bird Is Home, on May 12 … The sixth album from Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, is due out May 19 from Domino … Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday will be honored by Legacy Recordings with the March 31 release of The Centennial Collection, a single-disc anthology featuring 20 classic recordings … This April, the one and only BBC Session recorded by the Lemonheads, Bored On The Fourth Of July, will be commercially available for the first time ever via Fire … Saturns Pattern, the latest album from Paul Weller, is set for a May 11 release on Warner Bros. … A new self-titled solo record from Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers is due out from File Under: Music on April 14 … Reclamation/Ipecac has announced the May 19 release of the new Faith No More album, Sol Invictus … Ringo Starr’s 18th studio release, Postcards From Paradise, will be available March 30 from UMe … On March 31, a 22-track collection of rare and previously unreleased material from Translator, Sometimes People Forget, will be released by Omnivore … The fourth solo album from Steve Von Till, A Life Unto Itself, is due out from Neurot in May … The Key To The Universe is the latest Michael Des Barres album, set for an April 7 release via FOD … Pinkflag will issue the new self-titled album from Wire on April 21 … Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan has announced the April 7 release of solo album Non-Believers on Merge … All eight Roxy Music studio albums will be available in a vinyl boxed set as Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Albums on March 17 from Virgin/UMe … May 5 marks the release of Rose Windows’ self-titled sophomore album via Sub Pop … The Last Fret, the third solo bass album from Wendy Atkinson, will be available from Smarten Up & Get To The Point on March 16 … Double Naught Spy Car and Stew have teamed up to bring us Panorama City on April 14 via 11 Foot Pole.
Ride will reunite this year for a world tour, kicking off with a performance on the main stage at Coachella in April. The band’s out-of-print best-of collection, OX4, will be reissued by Rhino on March 31 … Nanna is the upcoming album from Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, due out March 17 via Nettwerk. The band tours North America this spring in support … The sixth album from Great Lake Swimmers, Forest Of Arms, will be available from Nettwerk on April 21 … On March 31, Compass will issue the latest studio album from Ron Sexsmith, Carousel One … Rhino has announced the April 14 release of two-CD deluxe editions of Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink. Each features the original remastered album as well as an entire disc of b-sides and bonus tracks … Dwight Yoakam’s new record, Second Hand Heart, is set for an April 14 release via Warner Bros. … For All My Sisters, the new album from the Cribs, will be released by Arts & Crafts on March 24 … April 21 will see the release of Hi Honey, the latest Low Cut Connie record, via Contender … Omnivore is reissuing expanded editions of Roger Taylor’s solo albums Fun In Space and Strange Frontier on March 24 … The sophomore LP from Ivan & Alyosha, It’s All Just Pretend, is due out from Dualtone on May 5 … Everclear’s ninth studio album, Black Is The New Black, will be available this spring via The End … The 25th anniversary of Local H will be celebrated with the April 14 release of new album Hey, Killer via G&P Records. The band will also play at Metro in Chicago on April 19 … Foil Deer is the sophomore record from Speedy Ortiz, which will be released April 21 from Carpark … On March 31, Kiam will issue Fucking Love Songs, the new solo album from Tim Foljahn … The third record by Villagers, Darling Arithmetic, will be available from Domino on April 14 … Poster Children’s Rick Valentin will release his debut album as Thoughts Detecting Machines, Work The Circuits, on March 16 via Twelve Inch … An expanded 40th anniversary edition of Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy will be released by Capitol Nashville/UMe on March 31 … Staple Records/Vagrant will issue Dustin Kensrue’s Carry The Fire on April 21.
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On April 14, Calexico’s new album, Edge Of The Sun, will be available via Anti- … It Was Triumph We Once Proposed … Songs Of Jason Molina features Glen Hansard performing the material of the late Jason Molina. The EP, due out March 17, will be preceded by a short, intimate U.S. tour in February … Epitaph has announced the signing of Desaparecidos, and will issue its new as-yet-untitled album sometime this year. The band hits the road for a tour in April, including a performance at Coachella … Damon & Naomi’s new record, Fortune, is available for preorder via 20-20-20, and will ship by February 14 … The latest album from Mikal Cronin, MCIII, is due out May 5 via Merge … This year, the Who will continue to celebrate its 50th birthday with the March 24 release of all 11 of the band’s studio albums on vinyl, as well as a double vinyl version of The Who Hits 50!. The band will also kick off a North American tour on April 15 … Run is the new studio album from AWOLNATION, set for a March 17 release via Red Bull … The eighth studio album by Rocky Votolato, Hospital Handshakes, will be available from No Sleep on April 21 … Capitol will issue Brian Wilson’s 11th solo studio album, No Pier Pressure, on April 7. It features collaborations with Beach Boys bandmates, Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, and more … Lower Dens’ third record, Escape From Evil, is due out March 31 via Ribbon Music … On March 31, UMe will issue the 18th studio album from Ringo Starr, Postcards From Paradise … The second installment of Jealous Butcher’s year-long vinyl reissue campaign for Red Red Meat will take place on April 28, with the reissue of Bunny Gets Paid as a double-LP, complete with bonus tracks … The sophomore LP from Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Straight To Video (originally released in 1997), will be reissued on vinyl March 24 from Straight To Video Records … Light In The Attic has announced the February 10 reissue of two Thin Lizzy albums, Shades Of A Blue Orphanage and Vagabonds Of The Western World … The eighth studio album from Hayden, Hey Love, is set for a March 24 release via Arts & Crafts … The Wave Pictures have signed to Team Love, which will issue Great Flamingo Burning Moon on March 17 … Thin Walls is the new record from Balthazar, due out March 30 via Play it Again Sam … On April 14, Beth Hart’s latest studio album, Better Than Home, will be available. She’ll tour extensively this spring in support … The Damnwells will release a new, self-titled album featuring the band’s original members on April 14 via Rock Ridge.
On March 24, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s new LP, Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, will be available from Mom + Pop. The band will kick off a supporting U.S. tour on April 8 … Beat The Champ is the new album from the Mountain Goats, due out from Merge on April 7 … Toro Y Moi has announced the April 6 release of What For? via Carpark … Last June, EELS played the Royal Albert Hall during its 53-show world tour, which was filmed and recorded. On April 14, Royal Albert Hall, a DVD/two-CD package, will be released by E Works/PIAS … Roll Call will issue the new Geographer album, Ghost Modern, on March 24 … A four-disc boxed set featuring John Coltrane’s 1961 tour of Europe, So Many Things: The European Tour 1961, is due out March 10 … Jekyll Island, the new record from Surf City, is set for a March 24 release via Fire … On March 9, Woodsist will release the new Simon Joyner album, Grass, Branch & Bone … 50 years after the Sonics’ debut, the band has released a new studio album, This Is The Sonics, available now on its Revox label … Looper has announced the April 14 release of a five-disc career-spanning boxed set, These Things (which will include brand-new album Offgrid:Offline), on Mute … In 2012, Paul McCartney was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year, and special guests including Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Coldplay and more paid tribute to the former Beatle by performing classic songs from his career. A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from Shout! Factory on March 24 … Verve will issue Mark Knopfler’s new record, Tracker, on March 17 … Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday features Jose James paying tribute to the legendary singer in honor of her 100th birthday. It’s set for a March 31 release via Blue Note … April 28 marks the release of the first new Mew album in six years, “+-“, via PIAS. The band will tour internationally this spring, including a date at SXSW … A deluxe version of Laibach’s 2014 album Spectre, which will feature bonus tracks and a remix album, will be released by Mute on March 31.
New Glow is the new record from Matt And Kim, due out from Harvest on April 7. The duo will kick off a U.S. tour following the release … On March 31, Sufjan Stevens’ latest work, Carrie & Lowell, will be available from Asthmatic Kitty … JEFF The Brotherhood is releasing new album Wasted On The Dream on March 10 via Warner Bros. … One Little Indian will issue the latest album from Jesse Malin, New York Before The War (which features guest appearances from Alejandro Escovedo, Craig Finn, Peter Buck and more), on March 31 … The 10th album by the Minus 5, Dungeon Golds, is set for a March 10 release via Yep Roc. The band will tour the U.S. this spring supporting Tweedy and the Decemberists … Don’t Lose This is a previously unreleased collection of songs by Pops Staples, featuring new production by Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy. It’s due out from dBpm/Anti- on February 17 … Tom Paxton has announced the March 10 release of Redemption Road on Pax … On March 31, Eagle Rock will issue Daryl Hall And John Oates’ first new concert video in seven years, Live In Dublin, on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats … Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate) will release his debut album as Lieutenant, If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week, via Dine Alone on March 10 … UMe will re-release two James albums, Laid and Wah Wah, together as a super deluxe boxed set on March 24 … Zero is the first studio album from the Rezillos in nearly 40 years, due out March 10 via Metropolis … For the first time ever, the J. Geil’s Band’s classic 1979 Rockpalast concert will be available on DVD; House Party Live in Germany will be released by Eagle Rock on February 24 … Art Pepper’s Neon Art LP series will be available on CD for the first time beginning February 17 from Omnivore.
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield have teamed up to pay tribute to the late Elliott Smith on Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith. The album is due out from Ramseur on March 17, and will be supported by a tour later this year … Full Bleed is the new record from Caught On Tape, the moniker of Thurston Moore and John Moloney, set for a February 10 release via Northern Spy … A deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti will be released by Atlantic/Swan Song/Rhino on February 24, exactly 40 years to the day after the album’s original debut … The same day, the first installment in a series of previously unreleased Iron & Wine songs will be available from Sam Beam’s own Black Cricket Recording Co. Archive Series Volume No. 1 is a companion to debut album The Creek Drank the Cradle … Smithsonian Folkways will issue the first career-spanning boxed set featuring the work of Lead Belly, Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, on February 24 … After a four-year hiatus, Colin Hay has announced the February 17 release of new album Next Year People via Compass … The Wombats’ third full-length, Glitterbug, will be out from Bright Antenna on April 7 … Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky is a multimedia boxed set containing the music of the Pretty Things, including 11 studio albums, bonus discs of previously unreleased demos and live recordings, two DVDs and more … March 9 will see the release of The Velvet Trail, the new studio album from Marc Almond via Cherry Red …. The two out-of-print Chavez albums, Ride The Fader and Gone Glimmering, will be reissued on vinyl by Matador on January 20 … Zero is the first studio album from the Rezillos in nearly 40 years, due out March 10 via Metropolis …. Yep Roc will issue Take It Like A Man, the collaborative album by Jim White Vs. The Packway Handle Band, on January 27 … Keith Sweat will release Harlem Romance, a 15-track love-songs collection selected from his first five solo albums, on February 10 via Rhino … The third and final volume of the soundtrack to HBO series Boardwalk Empire—featuring tracks by Elvis Costello, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, Loudon Wainwright III and more—will be available from ABKCO on January 13.