— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle
— Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters release “The Boy Named If” on Friday, Jan. 14. The 13-song collection is described as “urgent, immediate songs with bright melodies, guitar solos that sting and a quick step to the rhythm.” The first single is “Magnificent Hurt” — a rocker with a pounding backbeat and some ’70s organ. The album will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette and on streaming services. It will also come in an edition with an 88-page hardback storybook, featuring 13 illustrated short stories whose titles correspond to the song titles.
— “Brightside,” the fourth studio album by The Lumineers, lands on Friday, Jan. 14, and it has a song inspired by a car crash. “Where We Are” revisits the accident that guitarist and lead vocalist Wesley Schultz and his girlfriend-turned-wife, Brandy Schultz, had about 10 years ago. The mid-tempo song has the lyrics “Where we are/I don’t know where we are, but it will be OK.” The new album was also preceded by the release of three singles: “Brightside,” “Big Shot” and “A.M. Radio.”
— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy