8 Albums to Revisit Before Festival Season
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.