Summer 2016 Preview

Summer is almost here, and with it will come releases from several of my all time favorite bands. Get excited in advance for albums from Band of Horses (!) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (!) among others.

I’m kicking my summer off with Catfish and the Bottlemen’s newest release, The Ride. It was actually released this week, but isn’t yet available on most streaming platforms. However, if “Soundcheck” and “Twice” accurately set the scene, it should be excellent.

Next up is a new release from Tegan and Sara, called Love You to Death. The twin sisters haven’t released an album since 2013, but their single “Boyfriend” features the same synthpop vibe as 2013’s “Closer.”

On June 10, get ready for 3 (hopefully) great albums at once.

Band of Horses: Why Are You Ok? Featuring “Casual Party,” which I am in love with. I have very high hopes for this one, and will definitely post a review.

Fitz and the Tantrums’ self-titled album- this one will be on repeat, even if it’s just to hear “HandClap” one more time.

Peter Bjorn and John: Breakin’ Point- Not sure what to expect from PB and J. “Dominos” sounds really different from old favorites like “Young Folks,” so we may be in for a surprise.

A week later, look out for the newest album from Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Getaway will be their first release since 2011’s I’m With You. I’m already repeating the title track and cannot wait to hear the rest. They just don’t quit!

The last album with a definite release date (for now) is the Avett Brothers’ True Sadness, out June 24. While I’m an outspoken opponent of country music, the Avett Bros cross genre lines with every album. We’ll see what True Sadness has to offer!

Happy listening, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for some hot new tunes.

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