Updated: Tegan & Sara's New Album 'Heartthrob'

Editor's Note: Portions of the text below appear in the January issue of Variance, written by Rachel Faylene; artwork by Lindsey Byrnes. (Full story)

Tegan and Sara's new album Heartthrob officially releases Tuesday. As if the previously released tracks weren't proof enough, the pair definitely ventures into pop territory with this entire set. And it's so, so good.

"As an artist, when you’re making music and you’re touring for a living, you start setting all these goals for yourself,” Sara told Variance. “Tegan and I have accomplished the many things we wanted to accomplish. We’ve been all over the world and we’ve seen our audience grow from a handful of people, to a hundred people, to five hundred people, to now.”

LISTEN: Rick Ross' New Single 'Box Chevy'

It's the weekend, so things are already looking pretty good, but Rick Ross just made things a little better with the release of a new track, "Box Chevy." The new cut is the lead track off his recently announced forthcoming album Mastermind. The D. Rich-produced "Chevy" is a perfect selection either for the club or with the windows rolled down. Regardless, it's good to have new music from Mr. Rozay.

LISTEN: ON AN ON's Debut Album 'Give In' [FULL STREAM]

ON AN ON is set to release their full-length debut Give In on Jan. 29, but fans have a chance to hear the album this week in its entirety. An advanced preview is now streaming via Hype Machine. Give In is also now available through Roll Call Records for pre-order with bonus content including remixes and music videos on the band's website.

LISTEN: Paramore's New Single 'Now'

Paramore unleashed late Monday night the new track they had promised. "Now," the lead single off their long-awaited self-titled new album, officially released to the trio's website for streaming. After a nearly four-year absence, Paramore is set to arrive April 9 via Fueled By Ramen. Fans can also pre-order the new set, as well as deluxe bundles and vinyl.

LISTEN: Tegan & Sara's 'Shock To Your System'

Another new Tegan & Sara track before you head off into the weekend! Of "Shock To Your System," which debuted via Vanity Fair on Friday, Sara explained: "I was writing in Montreal during the dead of winter and I would spend days by myself ... which resulted in a bit of cabin fever." She also describes the lyrics in the song as "an interior dialogue between the part of me that was transfixed by my loneliness and the other part of me that was ready to get over it."

LISTEN: President Obama's Inauguration Playlist

Photo by Terry Richardson

As the nation prepares to celebrate the 2nd inauguration of President Barack Obama, the White House has released the president's official Inauguration Playlist, which includes many of the artists performing at Monday's festivities, including the inaugural ball. The wide range of acts includes Beyoncé (who will be performing the national anthem), fun., Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley, John Legend and others.