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10 Albums to Look for in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, May 13, 2014 04:35pm | Post a Comment

It feels like summer’s already here, but there are still plenty of great releases lined up for the tail end of this spring. Here are 10 we’re looking forward to that you can preorder now.

 

The Roots - …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (LP, CD)

the roots and then you shoot your cousin lpOut May 19

Before they were Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots were one of the most dynamic and socially conscious groups in hip-hop. “When the People Cheer” reminds us of how great they are as pure rappers, and it’s got a cool stop-motion video to boot.

 

Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain (LP, CD)

conor oberst upside down mountain lpOut May 19

The Bright Eyes frontman and prolific singer/songwriter releases his first for Merge, an intimate collection of Americana-inspired songs featuring Oberst’s trademark howling voice and confessional style. He plugs in for the rollicking “Governor’s Ball,” a shining example of Oberst’s growing maturity as an artist.

 

Sharon Van EttenAre We There (LP, clear vinyl LP, CD)

sharon van etten are we there lpOut May 27

The folk-rocker goes a little electronic on the first single from her fourth album. Could it mean a new direction entirely for Van Etten? Not that we weren’t enamored of her sound before, but “Taking Chances” is pretty gorgeous.

 

Neil YoungA Letter Home (LP, Deluxe Edition LP, CD)

neil young a letter home lpLP out now; Deluxe LP and CD Out May 27

This album of covers was recorded by Young, with help from Jack White, straight onto vinyl. The resulting album sounds like it was dug out of an old hope chest and popped onto the victrola, lovingly considered and performed in Young’s inimitable raw style.

 

Fucked UpGlass Boys (LP, CD)

fucked up glass boys lpOut June 3

Fucked Up grew up big time on their last album, the epic David Comes to Life. With those big shoes to fill, Glass Boys is sure to have the Canadian post-hardcore band giving it their all. “Sun Glass” sounds like a jangly summer song before Damian Abraham’s gnarly growl comes in and tears shit up.

 

Watch an episode of “What’s In My Bag?” with Abraham below:

 

Jack White - Lazaretto (LP, CD)

jack white lazaretto lpOut June 10

Jack White’s second post White Stripes and Raconteurs album as a solo artist. The garage-rock champion has said Lazaretto will feature many different styles, as with his previous album, Blunderbuss. The title track moves in some familiar territory for White—stomping, Led Zeppelin-style drums, staccato blues riffs, old timey fiddle and White’s wildman voice—but his near-rap delivery and some retro-futuristic synth doodles add just the right dash of something new.

 

First Aid KitStay Gold (LP, CD)

first aid kit stay gold lpOut June 10

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, who became YouTube sensations from their pretty cover of Fleet Foxes“Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,” come further into their own on their third album. “Cedar Lane” moves on a swaying county beat with beautiful (as always) harmonies from sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg.

 

LowerSeek Warmer Climes (LP, White Vinyl LP, CD)

lower seek warmer climes lpOut June 17

The Copenhagen-born post-hardcore band grows by leaps and bounds on their second LP and first for Matador. They’ve been dubbed the next Iceage plenty, but from the sound of the excoriating “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin,” they won’t have to deal with being compared to other bands much longer.

 

The AntlersFamilars (LP, CD)

the antlers familiars lpOut June 17

The Antlers are responsible for some of the most emotional indie pop of the past decade, so we’re already excited for Familiars, led by the gently orchestrated “Palace,” which features a stirring, nearly operatic lead vocal from main man Peter Silberman.

 

Craft Spells - Nausea (LP, CD)

craft spells nausea lpOut June 10

Justin Vallesteros is back four years after his debut LP with another album of perfect, shimmering dream pop. Songs like “Breaking the Angle Against the Tide” are cleaner and more focused than ever before, and listening feels like waking up to a warm summer morning.


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