Notable new music to be released this week includes Coheed and Cambria’s “The Afterman: Descension”; Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom”; and My Bloody Valentine’s “mbv.” Here’s a look at the top releases of the week:
v Richard Thompson, “Electric”: Folk-rocker puts a seal on a long and storied career.
v Frightened Rabbit, “Pedestrian Verse”: The band moves up in the hierarchy of rock bands with its fourth release.
v Eels, “Wonderful, Glorious”: Not their best, but another fine record.
v The Steeldrivers, “Hammer Down”: Bluegrass band keeps making music that never goes out of style.
v Tosca, “Odeon”: Downbeat ambient duo is darker than ever on new album.
“Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special” (8 p.m., NBC): Everybody from Blake Shelton to Bill Clinton shows up to pay tribute.
“Smash” (9 p.m., NBC): Will the “hate-watching” subside in Season 2 of “Smash”? The much- maligned Broadway drama returns with some cast tweaks and other changes, including no more ridiculous scarves for Julia (Debra Messing).
“Silicon Valley” (9 p.m., PBS): “Silicon Valley,” the latest offering from the “American Experience” documentary series, is an absorbing examination of the rough-and-tumble early days of the high-tech industry and the ingenuity that went into changing the way the world works, plays and communicates.
tv listings, b6
Tim McGraw shows at amphitheaters
Country-music star Tim McGraw will come to First Niagara Pavilion near Pittsburgh on May 18, and Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, on May 31. McGraw’s next album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” will be released today.
Tickets for the Blossom show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Prices range from $26 to $65.75, plus fees.
Exhibit focuses on abolitionist families
A collection of documents, books, period pictures and photographs showing the anti-slavery and abolitionist activities of four Trumbull County families — Adams, Smith, Scott and Whittlesey — in the 1800s is on display at the Sutliff Museum, inside the Warren library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, through February. A descendent related to all these families gathered the items.
Included in the display is a pamphlet published in 1835 detailing the formation of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society at a meeting in Putnam Village. Among the letters is one from George Adams of Warren to his brother Fitch in Cleveland asking for 12 copies of a children’s version of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Written in 1853, the letter demonstrates the popularity of the book that some say helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War.
Also on display is an enlarged facsimile of a slave dealer’s business card from New Orleans that reads “Boazman & Dawson, dealers in slaves.” For information, call 330-399-8807, ext. 121, or go to sutliffmuseum.org.