8 Albums to Revisit Before Festival Season

posted by Dan Murphy on March 13, 2014

Arctic Monkeys 2014 by Laura Baker-Finch

2013 was the year of the comeback with numerous reunions and long awaited follow-up albums. Now, many of these well established bands are hitting the 2014 festival circuit - and you better be ready. Here are some records to revisit from the biggest names of this year's festival season, just click on each album name to stream on Spotify.

1. Outkast - ATLiens

It's happening. Outkast is reuniting for a 40-festival tour spanning the globe, and the world is rejoicing. Therefore, we think it's time to go back to their epic sophomore album, ATLiens, which saw Outkast come into their own and put Southern hip hop on the map.

Notable Festivals: Too damn many to list. 

2. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf

2013 saw the first album from the Josh Homme-led Queens of the Stone Age in six years, ...Like Clockwork. They'll promote it on a tour with Nine Inch Nails in addition to the festival circuit, but we still hope they'll play a few from Songs for the Deaf, our first introduction to the badassness that is QOTSA.

Notable Festivals: Coachella, Hangout, Sasquatch!, Primavera Sound, Øya, Pukkelpop

3. Arcade Fire - Funeral

Admittedly, when this album first came out you couldn't get away from the "OH-OH!!" screams in "Wake Up" for a good six months, prompting a guy like me to not actually revisit it in something like five years. But I think enough time's passed to get back to Arcade Fire's breakthrough album, especially after 2013's bombardment of Reflektor shenanigans.

Notable Festivals: Lollapalooza South America, Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Primavera Sound, Glastonbury

4. Beck - Odelay

When Beck played his epic headlining set at the 2012 Governor's Ball, we got four songs from this old school fan-favorite. We'll probably also get a majority of tunes from his new album Morning Phase, out now! We're getting psyched.

Notable Festivals: Coachella, Pitchfork Chicago, Bestival, Edgefest, This is Not a Love Song, Forecastle

5. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine

Nine Inch Nails was one of many big names to reunite in 2013 and give us a new album, and now they're hitting some festivals while on the road with Queens of the Stone Age, as mentioned above. Don't be afraid to relive the industrial roots of the band with 1989's Pretty Hate Machine.

Notable Festivals: Lollapalooza South America, Primavera Sound, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park

6. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

So far, Jack White has only scheduled festival shows for 2014, where we expect he'll mostly play stuff from his 2012 debut solo album, Blunderbuss. However, he's been known to put on sets of songs spanning his entire career, and the White Stripes tunes have generally come from their first big breakthrough record, White Blood Cells.

Notable Festivals: Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Osheaga, Free Press, Forecastle

7. Nas - Illmatic

Nas might not be hitting many festivals on his upcoming tour, but he is celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest rap albums of our time, Illmatic. He'll be releasing a reissue as well as a documentary about the landmark album later in the year, so brush up on your Illmatic before you catch him on the circuit.

Notable Festivals: Coachella, BUKU

8. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Arctic Monkeys was yet another huge band to release a highly anticipated follow-up album in 2013. AM ended up being one of the year-end favorites among critics, and now they're performing a few big festivals in addition to their massive tour. Here's one from the album that got it all started.

Notable Festivals: Bonnaroo, Firefly, Osheaga, Reading, Leeds

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