New Music Out This Week 8/28: Metallica, Rick Wakeman, America, Katy Perry, Seether, The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Angel Olsen and The Empty Hearts (Preview/Pre-Order)


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This upcoming Friday, Aug. 28 brings with it a number of notable new music releases from acts all across the wide spectrum of music. Below is our curated list of Rock Cellar’s new music picks for Aug. 14, along with links to purchase (where applicable).

Metallica — Metallica and San Francisco Symphony S&M2 (Click here to pre-order S&M2 on 2-CD and click here to pre-order on 2-CD/Blu-ray and other editions from our Rock Cellar Store). 

This week, Metallica releases S&M2, the live orchestral album capturing the magic of the thrash/metal titans‘ performances at the Chase Center in San Francisco last fall. Accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony, the gigs were truly special and work as a sequel of sorts to Metallica’s first orchestral live album, S&M, from the late 1990s.

America — Half Century box set (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of the band America are commemorating their 50th anniversary in style this Friday, Aug. 28 — with an 8-disc Half Century box set.

The collection features a massive assortment of material and a new song, “Remembering”:

Katy Perry — Smile (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Versatile pop queen Katy Perry is five albums into her career, and this week she’ll add one to that tally. Smile is the follow-up to her 2017 album Witness, and finds Perry at her most powerful once again.

“Daisies,” the first single from the album, peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the album also includes her standalone 2019 single, “Never Really Over,” which peaked in the Top 10 in several countries around the world.

The Avett Brothers — The Third Gleam (Click here to pre-order The Third Gleam from our Rock Cellar Store).

This Friday, esteemed folk/rock band The Avett Brothers will release The Third Gleam, an eight-song collection of new music.

This weekend, the band will perform its first concert in six months at the Charlotte Motor Speedway — a sold-out drive-in concert that will also be live-streamed via Nugs.net. Click here for full details and ticket information regarding the drive-in concert, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Rick Wakeman — The Red Planet (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Rick Wakeman, the keyboard legend known for his work with Yes still has grandiose musical inclinations — and this Friday, he’ll release The Red Planet. A collaboration with The English Rock Ensemble (Wakeman on keys, Dave Colquhoun on guitars, Lee Pomeroy on bass and Ash Soan on drums), The Red Planet is a deeply trippy exploration to the furthest reaches of space and psychedelia.

My Morning Jacket — The Waterfall II (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

In early July, Jim James and My Morning Jacket surprised fans with the release of The Waterfall II, the band’s first new album in five years and the follow-up to the acclaimed 2015 album The Waterfall.

This week, The Waterfall II receives its physical release, so now’s your chance to add it to your collection.

Seether — Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Seether is a big deal, and this Friday the South African band unleashes its eighth album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”). For two decades now, the band has grown in stature on a global scale, guitarist/vocalist Shaun Morgan’s passionate, emotionally-tinged lyrics leading the way for the group’s aggressive and incendiary brand of grunge-tinged-hard rock.

After you check out the new album, catch Seether’s special live stream event coming up on Aug. 30, too.

Angel Olsen — Whole New Mess (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Celebrated indie/folk singer/songwriter Angel Olsen returns this week with Whole New Mess, a collection of stripped-back and deeply intimate recordings of songs that originally appeared on her acclaimed 2019 album All Mirrors.

Last week, Olsen shared a live performance video for “Waving, Smiling” as a preview of the new record. Filmed at the Masonic Temple in Ashville, North Carolina, the performance is as haunting as it is captivating, fully putting Olsen’s talents on display:

The Empty Hearts — Second Album (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

The Empty Hearts are a supergroup of the highest degree, featuring Clem Burke (Blondie), Andy Babiuk (The Chesterfield Kings), Elliot Easton (The Cars) and Wally Palmar of the Romantics, and this week the band releases its aptly-titled Second Album.

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