The best new music of the week: Sleater-Kinney, Hey Rosetta!, Jamie Cullum and more

By Nicholas Jennings

As music columnist for, each week I’ll bring you my selections for the best and most notable new music, albums you’re going to want to add to your collection plus a five-song playlist to try out. Happy listening!


Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love
The all-female trio of Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss haven’t been heard from in 10 years—taking a break for family and for Brownstein to develop and star in TV’s Portlandia. Now, the acclaimed riot-grrrl groundbreakers are back with their eighth album, featuring kickass numbers like the pounding “Price Tag” and the chime-y guitar-driven “Bury Our Friends.”

Hey Rosetta!Second Sight
The seven-piece indie rock band from St. John's, Newfoundland has a penchant for anthemic songs laced with poetic lyrics by frontman Tim Baker. Its fourth album sticks to the group’s gorgeous, string-laden folk-rock sound. While there are subtle numbers like the delicate “What Arrows,” it also features such robust rockers as the urgent “Kintsukuroi.”

Jamie CullumInterlude
The boyish singer-pianist swings back into jazz, teaming up with guest vocalists Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula on the Billie Holiday standard “Good Morning Heartache.”

Charlie WinstonCurio City
The British singer-songwriter boasts a pleasing folk-pop sound on his third album, especially on “Hello Alone,” and then adds a touch of electro to the pulsing “Lately.”

Fall Out BoyAmerican Beauty/American Psycho
Like Green Day, Fall Out Boy is outgrowing its adolescent punk-rock ways, with diverse songs on its ambitious sixth album like “Jet Pack Blues” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright.”

Cattlefish & the BottlemenThe Balcony
Despite the goofy name, this Welsh quartet, featuring Aussie frontman Van McCann, is garnering a huge buzz with Arctic Monkeys-like tracks such as “Kathleen.”


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