DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT
12 early-summer records you totally want to cop
The Moon Rang Like a Bell
(May 27, OWSLA)
The Gainesville-born avant-gardists sharpen the ethereal focus of their meditative electro-pop on this hotly anticipated second album.
Sharon Van Etten
Are We There
(May 27, Jagjaguwar)
The Brooklyn singer-songwriter cuts far closer to the bone than most folkies – and, on this self-produced album, burrows even deeper toward stark, intimate truths.
(May 27, Joyful Noise)
Gat, an Israeli guitarist, spent years shredding in the shadow of his hell-raising Monotonix bandmates, but he’s got his own game now.
(June 3, What’s Your Rupture/Mom + Pop)
These buzzy, nervy prog-punks have built up a huge head of sophomore-album steam thanks to an always-scathing, occasionally snotty, hyper-intelligent approach.
(June 10, Dead Oceans)
Fractured, discombobulating noise rock built on industrialized electronic samples and twisted psychedelia – it’s hard to believe this self-assured statement is the LA’s band’s debut.
Electric Brick Wall
(June 24, Drag City)
Ask Folio Weekly contributor Daniel A. Brown about his former Royal Trux bandmate Jennifer Herrema and you’ll get one answer: She rocks. Herrema’s second album as Black Bananas mixes electronic bounce with the trashed-rawk that made her famous.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
A Long Way to the Beginning
(May 27, Knitting Factory)
Seun, the son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, taps Dad’s band and guest rappers like M-1 of Dead Prez to craft a socially conscious assault.
Third Time to Harm
(May 27, Tic Tac Totally)
The cover of these Austin garage-punks’ third album says it all: three raised middle fingers that embody the menacing rage of their Stooges-like stomp.
Ride the Black
(June 3, Easy Sound)
Nobody does charmingly lackadaisical country-rock filtered through a gloomy Pacific Northwest lens better.
(June 3, Matador/Arts & Crafts)
The Canadian hardcore kingpins kick out some of the fiercest and most abrasive jams on the planet; their righteous politics, far-ranging album concepts and life-affirming live shows only add to that throat-shredding luster.
The Fresh & Onlys
House of Spirits
(June 10, Mexican Summer)
These prodigious Bay Area rockers do it all — Krautrock, Baroque pop, country jangle, surfy shoegaze – on their knotty, hit-stuffed fifth full-length.
First Aid Kit
(June 10, Columbia)
The Swedish sisters follow up their 2012 smash The Lion’s Roar (and recently singing backup on Conor Oberst’s new record) with more heavenly harmonies and spot-on approximations of ghostly Americana.