Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest/buzzing releases, including new music from Bell Biv DeVoe, Lauren Alaina, Migos, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.
Bell Biv DeVoe: Three Stripes (eOne Music). It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a new album from the famed New Jack Swing trio (as we all know, one-third of legendary boy band New Edition). In fact, it’s been 16 years! The 2017 version of the group is predictably lots of fun, laying on slick dance-friendly grooves and welcoming guest appearances from Boyz II Men and SWV.
Lauren Alaina: Road Less Traveled (Mercury Nashville/19/Interscope). The American Idol season 10 runner-up puts her writing foot forward on this release—the follow-up to her successful debut Wildflower — by having co-writing credit on all 12 songs. The title track, which is also her first single, was penned with Meghan Trainor and Jesse Frasure.
Migos: Culture (Quality Control Music/300 Entertainment). The Atlanta trio, who took over the globe with the chart-topping phenomenon “Bad and Boujee,” has been promising fans since last year that a full album would drop soon. They did just that this week, offering up a statement-making sophomore set which hosts special guests Gucci Mane, DJ Khaled, 2 Chainz, and more.
Brantley Gilbert: The Devil Don’t Sleep (Valory). Georgia-bred Gilbert has always made his mark as a nimble outlaw country/rock songwriter, but on his fourth album he makes a creative leap that will be sure to surprise even longtime fans. In the three years between albums, Gilbert has found personal fulfillment (notably, marrying the girl of his dreams in 2015) and the new direction can be heard here.
Sleater-Kinney: Live in Paris (Sub Pop). This disc marks the first official record of Sleater-Kinney’s lauded live performance. Recorded in 2015 at Paris’s historic La Cigale venue, the set includes songs from almost all of the band’s albums over the years.
Train: a girl a bottle a boat (Columbia). The eighth studio album by Grammy-winning hitmakers Train is their first without founding member and guitarist Jimmy Stafford, who announced in October he’d be taking a break from the band for an unspecified period. The lead single, “Play That Song,” shows off frontman Pat Monahan’s well-documented ability to deliver a pop song that sticks.
Kehlani: SweetSexySavage (TSNMI/Atlantic). California R&B singer Kehlani is a self-made woman, having established her style via two self-released albums. On her debut major-label, she shows off a lyrical prowess unique for the genre, exploring a range of feelings ranging from conversational to confessional.
Stephen Pearcy: Smash (Frontiers Music s.r.l.). Just in case you didn’t realize, Pearcy — best known as the frontman for ‘80s hair metal hitmakers Ratt — has a thriving solo career, having already released three albums prior to his latest studio set. Here, he admirably straddles the line of both pleasing his Ratt fanbase and setting out some new groundwork to keep newer fans interested.
Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound (Carpark). Cloud Nothings frontman Dylan Baldi calls his band’s latest set “my version of new age music” — which apparently means layered, dense, and melodic soundscapes with ‘90s indie-rock influences. At any rate, fans will enjoy the group’s continuous evolution.
Mark Eitzel: Hey Mr. Ferryman (Merge). Former American Music Club frontman Eitzel is lauded for his ability to beautifully inject a bit of melancholy into anything he touches. His latest solo album takes the singer-songwriter’s taste for the dark into probably his darkest corners yet, while somehow still remaining accessible and relate-able.
Deaf Havana: All These Countless Nights (SO Recordings/Caroline). The U.K.-based band has always been known for a chaotic-yet-controlled approach to alt-rock, which has contributed well to their success. On their latest, they continue this measured approach of energy and complicated emotions mixed with an infectious delivery.