Most-Anticipated Album Releases of Summer 2014 Part 1

posted by Dan Murphy on May 09, 2014

Summer is almost here and with it a slew of new releases from some of our favorite artists. From stoner punk and blues rock to screamo and depressing folk music, here are our top picks for June and July releases. Mark these release dates on your calendar, and catch many of the artists below at summer festivals. 


Jack White via Grizzly Bomb

My most anticipated pick for June and most likely the entire summer is Jack White's Lazaretto, the followup to 2012's Blunderbuss. Simply having another album from the modern rock legend would have been satisfaction enough, but apparently that wasn't acceptable for Mr. White. He's releasing the Lazaretto vinyl with a crazy amount of bonus material, including grooves underneath the center label storing hidden tracks and two separate intros for the first track "Just One Drink." You can catch Jack White at Free Press Summer Festival, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Forecastle, Osheaga, and Sonic Boom.

Another one to look out for is Parquet Courts's Sunbathing Animal. The band won the hearts of critics with their apathetic 2012 release Light Up Gold, which conveyed the contemporary Brooklyn lifestyle through bloodshot stoner eyes. You can catch Parquet Courts at Sasquatch!, Glastonbury, Optimus Alive, Latitude, Fuji Rock, and Lollapalooza

Screamo punk rock veterans Fucked Up are also slated to release their David Comes to Life follow-up, Glass Boys. While I wouldn't expect another epic, 78-minute rock opera, their newest single "Paper the House" certainly has my interest peaked. Fucked Up is playing Field Trip, B-Sides Festival, Southside, Best Kept Secret, Hurricane, Pemberton, and Heavy Montréal

June will also see the release of deadmau5' While(1<2), of which he said, "This is the first album I've ever done that I would even call an album," which kind of makes sense considering that in his keynote interview at CMW, he posited that EDM only makes him look like a musician. The new album is 2+ hours long and contains 25 tracks. You can catch deadmau5 at Pemberton, Sziget, and Pukkelpop

Craving some depressing dream pop? Well, you're in luck: The Antlers are releasing their newest LP Familiars. Fans and critics were fairly satisfied with 2012's Burst Apart, but it simply couldn't stand next to the 2009 cult-classic concept album Hospice. Let's see how the new one compares. You can catch The Antlers at various live concerts

June Releases:

SBTRKT - Transitions III (June 2)
Klaxons - Love Frequency (June 2)
Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin (June 3)
Buzz Osborne (The Melvins) - This Machine Kills Artists (June 3)
Camper Van Beethoven - El Camino Real (June 3)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run (June 3)
Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites (June 3)
Fucked Up - Glass Boys (June 3)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) - Black Hours (June 3)
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (June 3)
The Orwells - Disgraceland (June 3)
Tigers Jaw - Charmer (June 3)
Chief Keef - Bang 3 (June 10)
Umphrey's McGee - Similar Skin (June 10)
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold (June 10)
Imogen Heap - Sparks (June 10)
Jack White - Lazaretto (June 10)
The Fresh & Onlys - House of Spirits (June 10)
Big Freedia - Just Be Free (June 17)
Boris - Noise (June 17)
Cerebral Ballzy - Jaded & Faded (June 17)
deadmau5 - While(1<2) (June 17)
Lana del Rey - Ultraviolence (June 17)
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour (June 17)
The Antlers - Familiars (June 17)
The Knife - Shaken-Up Versions (June 17)
Ed Sheeran - X (June 23)
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent (June 24)
How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart? (June 24)
Strands of Oaks - HEAL (June 24)
Modeselektor - Modeselektion Vol. 3 (June 27)


Mark Kozelek via the Artist

Did Sun Kil Moon's tragically sincere album Benji send you spiraling into existential crisis? Well, Mark Kozelek is letting you relive that experience with Live at Biko, comprised mostly of songs from that heartbreaking February release. You can catch Mark Kozelek/Sun Kil Moon at Forecastle, Pitchfork Chicago, Newport Folk, Green Man, Jabberwocky, Hopscotch, End of the Road, and Pygmalion.

We'll see the follow-up to Acid Tongue from former Rilo Kiley-frontwoman Jenny Lewis. The new album, entitled The Voyager, contains tracks produced by Beck, Ryan Adams and Lewis' boyfriend Jonathan Rice and chronicles the breakup of her aforementioned band as well as the death of her estranged father. You can catch Jenny Lewis at Governors Ball, Forecastle, Newport Folk, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and End of the Road.

Morrissey also recently announced the release of his new album World Peace Is None Of Your Business (oh, Morrissey...). It will feature tracks like "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet," "The Bullfighter Dies," and "Kick the Bride Down the Isle." Sounds like things are looking up for ol' Morrissey! You can catch him at various live dates

White Fence, the moniker under which Tim Presley writes and produces music, is releasing another LP entitled To the Recently Found Innocent. In addition to being in a bunch of other bands, Presley has made a habit of releasing a solid album once a year since 2011, including a collaboration with fellow LA native Ty Segall. Hopefully he stays the course with this new work. You can catch White Fence at Deserted at the Palms and Woodsist

It looks like former At the Drive-In and Mars Volta members Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are trying to make fans forget about their string of five stale albums with a new punky side project Antemasque. They'll be releasing a self-titled LP in July, but the new band doesn't have any tour dates booked yet so keep vigilant for updates. 

July Releases:

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde - High Life (July 1)
Mark Kozelek - Live at Biko (July 1)
Beverly (members of Vivian Girls) - Careers (July 1)
La Roux - Trouble in Paradise (July 7)
Braid - No Coast (July 8)
Cold Beat - Over Me (July 8)
Anand Wilder - Break Line The Musical (July 15)
Antemasque - Antemasque (July 15)
Bleachers - Strange Desire (July 15)
Jungle - Jungle (July 15)
Luluc - Passerby (July 15)
Melted Toys - Melted Toys (July 15)
Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business (July 15)
Reigning Sound - Shattered (July 15)
Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again (July 22)
White Fence - To The Recently Found Innocent (July 22)
Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) (July 29)
Jenny Lewis - The Voyager (July 29)
Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty (July 29)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (July 29)

Stay tuned later in the summer for Part 2 of our summer album series, in which we'll highlight our most anticipated albums of August and September. Until then, happy listening!

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See Also:

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